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Deedee M. Siytangco
Angel Thoughts

Being Healthy and Fit the Organique way

‘Take good care of your bodies; it’s the only place you have to live in.’—Anonymous “I’m happy championing Organique Acai premium Blend juice, the brand whose vision and mission I advocate. I am very pleased to be associated with the company that fulfills its promises and whose message is aligned with my personal beliefs and lifestyle,” Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, former Ford Supermodel and now health buff gushed to us in our Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel forum. Tweetie has a certain healthy youthful glow about her now in her more “matured” age. She is an actress, entrepreneur, and a mother of four children, one in college already. Sportswoman Tweetie owns and manages TdLG, a boutique that designs and manufactures handcrafted jewelry, mostly made from kamagong. Her pieces of art are attracting buyers around the …

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Soroptomists and challenges of service

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Mahatma Gandhi We met the personalities of the Soroptomist International, a woman’s volunteer organization which boasts of the biggest number of clubs (more than 15,000) and  members worldwide. The Bulong Pulungan also witnessed the launching of the new SIPR Website. Led by the Soroptomist International of the Philippine Region (A Foundation) Inc. governor Rosario “Cherry” Tumameng, the ladies from different member clubs came to the Bulong Pulungan in their snappy hand-woven bluish-lavander blazers made by indigenous tribes, all afire with  noble intentions and projects  to help transform the lives of women and girls in the country. They also aspire to have a unified voice in building strong and peaceful communities. The four pillars of the SIP are Malen Ang, …

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Hugs, Not Drugs At Self

“Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.”   First some good news... “The Best of Aliw” will be on at the Resorts World theatre this Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. With “the Best” of its awardees like my favorites The Angelos led by George Tagle, Lea Salonga, Dulce, Gerphil, RJ Jacinto, Lisa Macuja, Spirit of ‘67, Jed Madela, Rico J. Puno, Halili Cruz Dancers, and Imelda Papin. All those great performers will be directed by Freddie Santos and will be for the benefit of the Aliw Welfare Fund and Christ the King parish. See you all there! Now  in the midst of our violent drug war which has claimed many casualties, caused many also to surrender and drug factories to be raided and shut down, we met …

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Cultured pure diamonds are eco-friendly

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” —Henry Kissinger Truly, in these very troubled times, only Pope Francis can get all the heads of the world’s different religions together and pray together for peace! At Assisi, Italy, the pope gathered religious leaders from different religions and denominations, representatives of refugees, and troubled governments to sign a covenant to seek peace and pray for peace last Tuesday. This tradition started with St. John Paul II and has been continued by his successors. Whatever our political affiliations are in this divided country of ours, let us all pray and work for peace. As St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “Let peace begin with me!” The accusation of convicts against Sen. Leila de Lima is being taken as gospel truth by some …

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Giving back

ANGEL THOUGHTS “Love does not measure; it just gives.”—St. Mother Teresa Corporate love for the community it serves is called Corporate Social Responsibility. But by any other name, it gives a very humane face to businesses who want to do more than just earn profits. At a recent dinner among friends and media colleagues at XO Heritage Bistro, we learned about the 180-year-old Ayala Corporation, continually evolving its business framework to combine good business sense and a drive to satisfy unmet needs of Filipinos. It was enlightening to meet and listen to Ayala executives that evening which included Yla Alcantara, public relations head; Dr. Michael Santos and Paolo Borromeo for medical services; and Cel Amores of the prestigious Ayala Museum. We learned  for instance that Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Ayala Health) and Ayala Education …

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Three generations of designing Veloso women

ANGEL THOUGHTS “The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, it may not be enough...give your best anyway. For you see, in the final judgment, it’s between you and God. It was never between you and them, anyway. Have a good relationship with God.” —St. Mother Teresa Hidden behind a wall and a pair of nondescript brown gates on Zamora Street, Pasay City is a gem of a space, the sprawling home of a National Artist, carefully tended to by his fashion designer daughter, Malu Antonio Veloso. This is the ancestral home of Architect Pablo S. Antonio, built in the late ’40s yet looking nothing like an old house. The tropical architecture Antonio became famous for, with its green spaces …

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‘Moments’ with the ‘living saint’

ANGEL THOUGHTS As long as one is alive, whoever he or she is, that life is sacred. — Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle Today is the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa by Pope Francis in Rome. Alive, she was called “The Living Saint” and world leaders all respected and revered her, Christians or non-Christians. But her happiest moment was when Pope John Paul 11, now a venerated saint himself, visited her and saw for himself her work among the poorest of the poor, the homeless, the rejected, the forgotten. They shared a deep friendship and understanding of each other’s mission that lasted their lifetimes. For her work, establishing hostels, hospices, homes, and feeding programs regardless of their religions, showing God’s love to the world, Mother Teresa was given a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She visited …

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A millennial’s solution to the drug problem

ANGEL THOUGHTS “When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” The drug problem is mainly affecting the Millennials because according to the Dangerous Drugs Board, the mean age of drug dependents in this country is 20 to 29 years old. Thus, last week, a Millennial legislator Rep. Christopher de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) took a stand at the Plenary of the House of Representatives to offer his formula to wipe out the drug crisis in this country. Rep. De Venecia said that because the drive against drugs by the Philippine National Police (PNP) is focused only on the “eradication of the family tree of the drug supply ecosystem,” there should also be a parallel national effort to prevent the demand for illegal drugs, to institute an affordable rehabilitation program …

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A model working farm school

ANGEL THOUGHTS “The Filipino is worth dying for”— Senator Benigno Aquino jr.   Today is the 33rd death anniversary of Senator Ninoy Aquino Jr. His assassination woke us up to the real horrors of Martial Law. His willingness to die for his people started our movement to freedom. His death strengthened us to fight the dictatorship until we ousted him through our peaceful People Power Revolution. Please remember him in your prayers. There will be ceremonies at the NAIA tarmac at 8 a.m. today and at 11 a.m., wreath-laying ceremonies at Ninoy’s bust at Terminal 3. Now, my first outing with my Bulong Pulungan group after my vacation was to visit the Farm School of Sen. Cynthia Villar in Las Piñas. We took it as the prefect occasion to present her an award (long over-due) …

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Tacos, tortillas, and burritos

ANGEL THOUGHTS “In life, have a friend who is like a mirror and a shadow;  A mirror never lies and a shadow never leaves.” —Anonymous We left our hearts in Mexico City.  Spending four full days there was a blessing and when we left, we vowed to find our way back again... sometime soon. By the way, we need visas to get to Mexico but Mexicans do not have to get one coming here. They have 30 days to stay here. We took the flight back to Vancouver and it was back to the arms of my grandsons and their daddy, Junie. Then after four days, we made the long flight via PAL (really shining through) back to Manila. We had to wait 20 minutes before we could land, the one runway of NAIA …

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