Last Friday I went up to Benguet Province and visited Baguio City and La Trinidad Municipality.

The trip was a nice break from the mad heat and humidity of Metro Manila.  I was disappointed to see that the city has become chaotic and too crowded since I last visited a few years ago.

imga0361.jpgimga0380.jpgimga0351.jpg“Lion Head” along Kennon Road, Baguio Cityimga0366.jpgimga0370.jpg


Belleville News-Democrat: 32 killed in shootings on Virginia Tech campus

32 killed in shootings on Virginia Tech campus
By Jane Stancill, Kytja Weir and Greg LacourMcClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The deadliest shooting massacre in American history savaged Virginia Tech on Monday, as an unidentified gunman killed 32 people and wounded perhaps dozens more, then killed himself, leaving his motive and his identity unknown as of early evening.

I am still in a state of shock. I still cannot believe this! God bless these poor people they do not deserve such a sad fate.

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Coming Soon: Philippine Grown Blueberries

MindaNews: Dolefil testing blueberry production ni SouthCot
GMA News: Blueberries from Polomolok? Dole-Phils eyes plantation

According to the news articles above, Dole Philippines, who already owns pineapple and banana plantations in Mindanao, Philippines is considering growing blueberries. This is good news since this is an expensive fruit which would give more job opportunities in Mindanao.

I am expecting that blueberries would finally be available in local supermarkets. Right now, there are about a handful of stores in Metro Manila that sell frozen blue berries. In New Zealand its available in almost all supermarkets when in season.

You can read more about blueberries from the following links:
Wikipedia: Blueberry
US Highbush Blueberry Council: Blueberries Health
The Guardian UK: US scientist points to blueberry health benefits


lower credit card interest

According to a news article that I saw on the Philippine Star published on April 2, 2007, BPI Card Corporation will lower the interest rate for its ExpressCredit Classic product.  By may card holders will have a lower rate of 2.90% per month from the current 2.99 percent per month.  The rate will continue to go down until it becomes 2.70% per month by October 2007.  Although even at 2.70% which is equivalent to a 32.40% per year it still is a good development in the call for lower interest rates.

This credit card product is proprietary to BPI as it does not carry the logo of either VISA, Mastercard, American Express or JCB.  Therefore, the card cannot be used outside the Philippines and not all shops in the Philippines are able to accept the card.


Liquid Glutathione

I was at a local supermarket and I saw this interesting new product. It is a bottled water product with liquid glutathione. According to some glutathione can help in lightening one’s complexion and is claimed to be an antioxidant.

gluta liquid

For more info on this check this Wikipedia article.