September 2008 LET – Licensure Examination for Teachers – Result

Update: November 2009

October 2009 Teachers Board Exam Results

The result of the Licensure Examination for Teachers held this October 2009 was released already.

Kindly visit the Teachers Board Exam Results page for the list of new professional teachers in Elementary, Elementary ATEP and Secondary. Click here.

Update: September 2008 LET Results:

September 2008 LET Result

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 17,816 elementary teachers out of 58,471 examinees and 18,801 secondary teachers out of 53,195 examinees successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (L.E.T) given by the Board for Professional Teachers on September 28, 2008 in 24 testing centers all over the Philippines.

The Board for Professional Teachers is composed of Dr. Brenda B. Corpuz, Officer-In-Charge; Dr. Josefina T. Cunanan, Vice-Chairperson, Dr. Flordeliza P. Mayari and Dr. Norma A. Adamos, Members.

The results of examination with respect to three (3) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examinations.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be announced later. The requirements for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card (ID) are the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, latest Community Tax Certificate (Cedula); 1 piece 1� x 1� picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 pieces 2� x 2� picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), metered documentary stamp for the Oath Form; and the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2008-2011. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

Oathtaking tickets are available at the Office of Professional Teachers, 3rd Floor, PRC Annex Building for NCR and Region IV passers; and at the PRC regional offices for the passers from the other regions.

The schedules for the oathtaking ceremonies in each testing center are as follows:

CENTER – VENUE – DATE – TIME

  • N.C.R. CUNETA ASTRODOME DEC. 16, 2008 (TUESDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • TUGUEGARAO ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM DEC. 7, 2008 (SUNDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • BAGUIO UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO DEC. 14, 2008 (SUNDAY) 9:30 A.M.
  • CEBU USJ- R COLISEUM, BASAK CAMPUS DEC. 20, 2008 (SATURDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • REGION IV CUNETA ASTRODOME DEC. 16, 2008 (TUESDAY) 1:00 P.M.
  • PALAWAN GOV. ALFREDO �AMOR ABUEG GYMNASIUM, PALAWAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, PUERTO PRINCESA CITY DEC. 13, 2008 (SATURDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • LUCENA SACRED HEART COLLEGE GYMNASIUM DEC. 6, 2008 (SATURDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • REGION VI – ILOILO ILOILO GRAND HOTEL, ILOILO CITY DEC. 8, 2008 (MONDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • REGION VI – BACOLOD GOLEGIO DE SAN AGUSTIN GYMNASIUM, BACOLOD CITY DEC. 19, 2008 (FRIDAY) 9:30 A.M.
  • CAGAYAN DE ORO AND BUTUAN CAPITOL UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM DEC. 14, 2008 (SUNDAY) 8:00 A.M.
  • OZAMIZ RAMIRO GYM. DEC. 13, 2008 (SATURDAY) 2:00 P.M.
  • REGION V – LEGAZPI ALBAY ASTRODOME DEC. 8, 2008 (MONDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • REGION III – PAMPANGA PASKUHAN VILLAGE DEC. 22, 2008 (MONDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • ZAMBOANGA / PAGADIAN / TAWI-TAWI / JOLO, SULU DON PABLO LORENZO MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL DEC. 6, 2008 (SATURDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • REGION VIII – TACLOBAN LEYTE PARK HOTEL, GYM. DEC. 7, 2008 (SUNDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • GENERAL SANTOS AND COTABATO NOTRE DAME OF DADIANGAS UNIVERSITY DEC. 13, 2008 (SATURDAY) 9:00 A.M.
  • DAVAO UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO DEC. 14, 2008 (SUNDAY) 9:00 A.M.

Elementary New Professional Teachers:

  1. Aala – A�over – September 2008 Let Results
  2. Baac – Bu�i – September 2008 LET Result
  3. Caabas – Cu�ado – September 2008 LET Result
  4. Dabatos – Dynaque – September 2008 LET Result
  5. Ebajay – E�ola – September 2008 LET Result
  6. Fabali�a – Fuyonan – September 2008 LET Result
  7. Ga – Guzon – September 2008 LET Result
  8. H Amin – Hwang – September 2008 LET Result
  9. Ibaan – I�igo – September 2008 LET Result
  10. Jabagaton – Juvida – September 2008 LET Result
  11. Ka-Ami�o – Kuyong – September 2008 LET Result
  12. La Fahara – Luzorata – September 2008 LET Result
  13. Maalat – Myint – September 2008 LET Result
  14. Naag – Nu�ez – September 2008 LET Result
  15. Oafallas – O�ot – September 2008 LET Result
  16. Paalan – Puzon – September 2008 LET Result
  17. Quebalayan – Quodala – September 2008 LET Result
  18. Raagas – Ruzol – September 2008 LET Result
  19. Saaban – Sytamco – September 2008 LET Result
  20. Ta-awan – Ty – September 2008 LET Result
  21. Uayan – Uypala – September 2008 LET Result
  22. Vacalares – Zurbito – September 2008 LET Result

Secondary New Professional Teachers:

  1. Aala – A�osa – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  2. Baa – Bu�ag – September 2008 LET Result
  3. Caay – Cuyahon – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  4. Da – Dylim – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  5. Eata – Eyao – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  6. Faba – Guzman De – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  7. Habacon – Kwe – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  8. La Madrid – Luzon – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  9. Maagad – Mu�oa – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  10. Na-ayao – O�edo – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  11. Pa-at – Puzon – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  12. Qua – Rutor – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  13. Saab – Ty – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  14. Uaje – Vulcan – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result
  15. Wabe – Zu�iga – Secondary – September 2008 LET Result

Top Passers:

The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places are the following:

E L E M E N T A R Y L E V E L

RANK – NAME – SCHOOL – RATING

  • 1 ELISSE ADRIANNE HILARIO REGALA PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA 91.80
  • 2 RUDOLF TAMANGEN VECALDO CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY-TUGUEGARAO 91.60
  • 3 MELISANDE CABACUNGAN JUAN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN 91.00
  • 4 JOHN WILBERT RAYMUNDO ARETA�O POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE OF ANTIQUE 90.40
  • 5 SHEILAMARIE CABUGON CACHERO MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITYLAOAG- COLL. OF EDUCATION 90.20
  • 5 IRIS CULANCULAN DUHAYLONGSOD UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN 90.20
  • 6 RODERICK DE LA CRUZ MARBELLA PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-LOPEZ 90.00
  • 7 DOROTHY JOANN LEI OSOG LABRADOR ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA 89.80
  • 7 ESTEFANIE SALCEDO VARGAS ATENEO DE NAGA 89.80
  • 8 RICHELLE ALDAY STEIGERWALD UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN 89.40
  • 9 PRINCES RAYMUNDA GUZMAN GATAN NATIONAL TEACHER’S COLLEGE 89.20
  • 10 CATHERINE GIMANG CAPILLA NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY (CVPC)-DUMAGUETE 89.00

S E C O N D A R Y L E V E L

RANK – NAME – SCHOOL – RATING

  • 1 MA. CLEOFE NICOLAS TABANGIN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BA�OS 92.20
  • 2 ROMINA ANN SOON YAP ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY-Q.C. 91.80
  • 3 ANGELA DIMALANTA CARREON UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN 91.60
  • 4 MARIA ELENA FERMIN FERRER UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 91.20
  • 5 JOHNNY ABELLERA ESMILLA JR. UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN 91.00
  • 5 LUCILLE VIRTUDAZO GANDIONCO UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS 91.00
  • 6 TONY DANE BUGARIN QUETULIO ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY-Q.C. 90.40
  • 6 MARIA NENITA SILANG SE PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA 90.40
  • 7 ARIEL DANGCALAN CO UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 90.20
  • 8 RYAN OLIVER DA�GANAN BAUTISTA UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA 90.00
  • 8 CARL JESTONI BARIQUIT DAKAY UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS 90.00
  • 8 ELEXOR TORRES DAMASCO UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS (BAGUIO COLL. FNDTN.) 90.00
  • 8 AUDIE DACUMOS LAUDENCIA PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA 90.00
  • 8 FELIZARDO NICODEMUS PULUMBARIT JR. UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN 90.00
  • 9 OLIVER VALLEJO AROMIN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY 89.80
  • 9 MIREN AMALE MENDEZONA JOPSON ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY-Q.C. 89.80
  • 9 ROCHELL CASIA MIGUEL PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY-MANILA 89.80
  • 10 PAMELA CRISTINA PARCISO CRISOSTOMO-TUMANG UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA 89.60
  • 10 ISRAEL CRUZ CRUZ UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 89.60
  • 10 VON RYAN GASME�A PANGWI UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO 89.60

Original Post

Just today, I received hundreds of emails from our subscribers asking me when will be the release of the result of the September 2008 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers).

Actually, only the people from the PRC, especially those in charge of the Licensure Examination for Teachers, knew when will be the September 2008 LET results be released. But on the previous years the LET result were released in 2 months after the exam. So, if we would consider the length of processing� of the LET result of the previous years, we can say that the September 2008 LET result will be released on the late November 2008.

However, the number of the LET takers of this year was already deducted by those LET examinees who took the April 2008 LET. Now, if the number of the LET examinees of the September 2008 exam is lesser compared to the previous LET, then the length of the processing of the September 2008 LET results will be shortened. In other words, the September 2008 LET results might be released by the early days of November 2008 or by the mid of that month.

Don’t worry, soon as I’ll receive the copy of the September 2008 LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) result, I will immediately post an announcement with links to the lists of passers. Since you are subscribers of this blog, then you will receive the copy of my announcement post directly at your email.

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Is The Halloween a Christian Festival?

On the night of October 31, people will celebrate a very popular holiday, the Halloween. I am not sure if Filipinos really celebrate Halloween. But when I was still in College, I once attended a Halloween Disco held in Tacloban City.

Halloween is actually a shortened name of the festival called, “All Hallows Even” which means the eve (evening) of the “All Hallows Day”. Today “All Hallows Day” is called “All Saints Day”.

But, you might wonder why the Halloween is celebrated on the evening of October 31 while the All Saints Day is on November 1. So, how come that the Halloween became the evening of the All Saints Day?

To let you know, the old way of measuring the day starts on the sunset to the next sunset. So, the evening comes first before the day time. And by considering the old way of measuring the day, Halloween is really part of the All Saints Day.

All Hallows Eve, A Pagan Festival

Historians traced the origin of the Halloween back to the ancient Celtic Festival which is called Samhain (So-Wen). Samhain is the festival celebrated by Celts of Ireland, Britain and France at the end of the harvest season which is also called as the Celtic New Year.

The end of the harvest season usually falls on October or November. But when the Celts adopted the Julian calendar, they fixed the date of Samhain to November 1.

It’s the Julian calendar wherein the day is measured starting on the sunset to the next sunset. In other words, Halloween is the evening of the November 1 if based to Julian calendar, but it is the evening of the October 31 if based on the calendar that we are currently using, the Gregorian calendar.

Samhain is actually a pagan harvest festival and at the same time the celebration to honor the dead ancestors similar to the All Saints Day of the Catholic Church which is celebrated on the same day, November 1.

Christians and the Halloween

The question of one of our subscribers is: “Is the Halloween a Christian festival?”

That question is already answered above. Halloween is originally a pagan festival. The activities included on this festival like trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, etc., are all originally pagan activities. So, even if a Christian Church will adopt this festival and Christianized it, it remains pagan.

Another question is: Should we, as Christian, celebrate Halloween?

Well, the true Christian is part of the body of Christ as taught by the Apostle Paul:

4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5, NKJV)

Now, since a true Christian is part of the body of Christ (Christ is the head of that body), therefore the true Christian follows the teaching of Christ.

So, are pagan’s ways of living acceptable to Christ?

If we will examine the Bible, we will learn that Christ told his followers to avoid the pagan ways of worshiping God, and pagan ways of dealing others. For example:

  1. Christ commanded his follower to avoid praying in pagan way:7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:7-8, NIV)
  2. Christ told his followers not to worry of the earthly things because these are the things that pagans are after:31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. (Matthew 6:31-32, NIV)
  3. Christians are taught by Christ not to follow how the pagans love others.44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (Matthew 5:44-47, NIV)
  4. The Christian who doesn’t want to be reconciled to his brother in the Church should be considered as pagan:15″If your brother sins against you,[b] go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-17, NIV)

Now, since Christ obviously is against to pagan and their ways of living, then it is also clear that Christians should not be part of any pagan festivals.

So, what should we do during the Halloween?

Actually, there are lots of things that you can do during the Halloween without taking part of the festival. While other people celebrate this pagan festival, you can spend your time with your family doing any family related activities that can help enhance your relationship to the other members of your family.

Finale

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How to Buy Fresh Fish?

I was not really an expert in detecting fresh fish that can be cooked and served in every meal that we had. I started going to the market to hunt and buy fresh fish just this July 2008 as my wife and I started to live in one household… that was right after our wedding.

I am the one given the task to buy fish, meat, spices, vegetables, and fruits in the market. And every time I visit the market, I really tried hard to learn few things about the freshness of these things that I need to buy.

Since one of our subscribers via email asked me how to recognize fresh fish, then I will try to answer his question based on the knowledge that I got after observing and comparing fresh fish with bad fish. The email goes:

Thanks! Since my wife works far from our place, she comes home late at night. So, I am doing what she was supposed to do for us like shopping and cooking dinner. Almost everyday, I am encountering this “problem” on buying fresh meat and fish. I can’t figure out if those meat or fish were fresh. Upon reaching our house to prepare those, on washing, I found fish as soft with foul smell on their stomach.

I was advised to choose fish with “hard” body and clear eyes. How could I then recognize fresh fish when you informed me that if they are stiff (Hard) with fresh eyes are preserved with formalin.

The Fresh Fish

Live fish is really fresh. When I was still in Surigao City, I had no problem buying fresh fish because early dawn you could find a lot of live fish at Surigao City Wet Market.

However, if you found no live fish in your market then you need to examine the fishes for their freshness.

Actually, there are few things that you should consider as you examine the fish in the market for their freshness. And these are:

  1. Eyes
  2. Gill
  3. Blood
  4. Odor
  5. Tenderness

(1) Fresh Eyes

When you are about to kiss your wife on her lips, you look first into her eyes, isn’t it? And that’s what you need to do first to the fishes on the market stall. Look into the eyes of the fish… and read what the eyes of the fish are telling you (just kidding).

Fresh fishes have live and clear eyes. If the eyes are cloudy then that fish stayed on the iced box for several days already. If the eyes of the fish look old, or full of wrinkles, then I’m sure that fish is dead for a long time already.

However, if you badly need to buy a fish but you couldn’t find any fish with live and fresh eyes, then you can still consider those fishes with cloudy eyes. Just make sure those fishes could pass the next quality test.

(2) Fresh Gills

After checking the eyes, then check the gills of the fish. Fresh fish has deep red or dark red gills and usually has sticky mucus-like liquid on it.

If the color of it is already pinkish, it means that the fish is already stocked on the ice for several hours. But if the gills look gray or brown, then reject them. They’re bad already.

But there are vendors who wanted to cheat their customers by soaking the fish with gray gills on the water with red food coloring or with fresh blood.

To know if the gills really are fresh, try to wipe the gills with your thumb. After wiping, if the color remains deep red/dark bright red then that fish is really fresh. But then after wiping the gills, the color of the gills became gray, then that fish is already dead for a long time.

(4) Fresh Blood

Fresh fish has fresh blood.

If the blood of the fish is already pinkish, it means that that fish has been soaked in sea water with ice for a long time already. This fish might be good to be cooked and eat but it’s not fresh already.

But don’t be fooled of the pre-sliced fish meat that has fresh blood. Some vendors cheat their customers by wiping fresh blood into the pre-sliced fish meat.

(5) Fresh Odor

Now, try to smell its odor. Fish with fishy odor is already bad. Fresh fish should smell like moist, sea breeze, and fresh. Actually, it’s hard to describe the fresh smell of the fish. But I think you can compare its fresh smell to the smell of fresh fruits.

Now, if the fish you found smell bad (offensive, foul) and smell like a shit, then that fish is already getting too old to be cooked.

(6) Tenderness

Now, if you still want to make sure that the fish that you’re about to buy is fresh, then try pressing its body or flesh gently. Fresh fish has firm and elastic flesh and it should be bounced back in its place after you press it.

In other words, if the flesh of the fish is already soft and that after touching its flesh the mark of your thumb remains on it, then that fish is dead for a long time already and it started to rot.

However, don’t be confused of the firm flesh of the fish with the stiff fish. Fresh fish with firm flesh is like a spring. If you hold the head of the fresh fish and shake the fish, the body of the fish should bounce.

On the other hand, the fish preserved with formalin is stiff and therefore doesn’t bounce back like a spring if you hold its head and shake its body. Even if you soak it in water for a long time, it remains stiff.

But not all stiff fish are preserved with formalin. There are stiff fish that are preserved in freezer or in a box filled with ice. However the stiffness of this fish will be lost after you soak it in water for several minutes if not hours.

More tip…

Now, the best thing to do when going to the market to hunt for fresh fish is to bring with you an ice-box with ice. Place the fish or meat you bought in that box to preserve its freshness.

By the way, the tips that I have given are just few of the things that we need to know when hunting fresh fish. I know, some of you have more ideas on how to find fresh fish that I haven’t learned yet. Please share your ideas by posting your comments at our comment section or by replying this email that FeedBurner has sent you.

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Formaldehyde or Formalin

Formaldehyde is the simplest member of aldehyde family but it is very reactive chemical. Formaldehyde is soluble in water and when mix with water the solution is called formalin. In other words, the gaseous form is Formaldehyde and the liquid form is Formalin. However, Formalin is not at all time composed of Formaldehyde and water alone. Some manufacturer of Formalin added other alcohol substance to the solution of Formaldehyde and water.

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling, irritating, poisonous, and flammable gas and its chemical formula is CH2O which is also called as Methanal. It is commonly produced by oxidation of Methanol.

Formaldehyde is used as disinfectant and preservative and used in the industry of textiles, plywood, papers, insulators, plastics, paints, etc.. The Formalin is widely used in embalming dead bodies.

Why are you writing about Formaldehyde and Formalin?

Actually, I just want to share you some thoughts about Formaldehyde or Formalin.

To let you know, every time we talk about the China Milk Scare or the China Melamine Scandal, we end up discussing about Formalin. It is because the Chinese businessmen were silently killing people by mixing melamine into their dairy products just to cheat the standard test of the government for dairy products, while Filipino fishermen and fish vendors are silently killing people by using Formalin in maintaining the freshness of the look of the fish they’re selling.

You see, Chinese businessmen cheated the standard test for dairy products using melamine, while Filipino fishermen used Formalin in cheating fish buyers. While melamine caused kidney stones, Formalin or Formaldehyde is considered carcinogen and is very irritating and poisonous chemical.

How did you know that fishermen and fish vendors are using formalin in preserving their fish?

Actually, some people here in Maasin City that I talked with told me that there are fishes being sold in the Maasin City Wet Market are preserved using Formalin. But these people who told me about it don’t have evidence to back up their accusation. What they told me is of course their conclusion based on the looks of the fishes.

Here’s why they concluded that some fishes were preserved using formalin:

  1. Most of the large fishing boats that deliver tuna, shark and other big fishes here in Maasin City Wet Market stay at sea fishing for two weeks. That’s the reason why these fishing boats bring hundreds of kilograms of fishes here in Maasin. But in that length of time, fishes still look fresh. When the fishermen in those fishing boats were asked what they are using to preserve the fish, they would answer that they’re using sea water and ice.

    Now, if it is really true that fishermen use sea water and ice in preserving the fishes for them to stay fresh for two weeks, then why is it that the eyes of the fishes were still fresh? Something weird, they told me.

  2. In Barangay Ichon, Macrohon, Southern Leyte, I once saw a fish car with tuna fishes coming from Mindanao that were not soaked into the water with ice. These fishes were not even placed in the freezer but were just wrapped with papers. Remember that these fish cars were traveling from the place of their origin in Mindanao to Macrohon, Southern Leyte for several days. Fishes normally start to rot several hours after they died. Now, if these fish cars did not use any preservatives, then why is it that the fishes still looked fresh as they unloaded them from the fish cars? And if they’re really using preservative in preserving the fishes, then I’m sure that they were not using sea water and ice but a chemical.

What’s the problem with fish preserved using Formalin?

Well, eating fish with Formalin seems no effect at all especially if the Formaldehyde level you took is very minimal. But we should not forget that Formaldehyde is known as carcinogenic chemical. Carcinogenic means capable of causing cancer.

So, eating fish with formalin is like allowing cancer to grow in your body. And of course we don’t want to suffer from cancer.

How could we know if the fishes that we want to buy are preserved using Formalin?

Normally, fishes preserved with Formalin are stiff. They remain stiff even if you soak it in water for several hours or days. They also remain stiff even after you cooked them. The meat is rubbery. The scales are hard. The eyes look fresh and clear. The fishes do not have fishy odor. And the very obvious sign is that flies don’t go near with those fishes.

What is SIDS?

What is SIDS? This is a question sent to me by one of our readers.

SIDS stands for “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” and it is define as the unexpected, sudden, and unexplained death of infants. It is also called the “Crib Death” or “Cot Death”.

The affected infants actually do not have any illness, or in other words, these babies are healthy. Most of the deaths according to “healthlibrary.epnet.com” happen between two and four months of age, and affected babies mostly are sleeping.

What is the cause of SIDS?

Actually the cause of SIDS is unknown yet. Deaths actually happen without any symptoms, especially that babies affected mostly are sleeping. However, some expert considered the air that the affected babies were breathing might be one of the causes of SIDS.

Consider this information from the New York Times about SIDS:

SIDS is most likely to occur between 2 and 4 months of age, and 90% occur by 6 months of age. It occurs more often in winter months, with the peak in January. There is also a greater rate of SIDS among Native and African Americans.

The following factors increase the risk of SIDS:

  • Babies who sleep on their stomachs
  • Babies who sleep in the same bed as their parents
  • Babies who have soft bedding in the crib
  • Multiple birth babies
  • Premature babies
  • Babies with a sibling who had SIDS
  • Mothers who smoke or use illegal drugs
  • Teen mothers
  • Short time period between pregnancies
  • Late or no prenatal care
  • Situations of poverty

How to prevent SIDS?

Since we are not really sure of the causes of SIDS, so we don’t know also how to prevent it. However, a result of a study of SIDS suggested that rebreathing the Carbon Dioxide might be one of the causes of SIDS. So, to prevent the risks in rebreathing the Carbon Dioxide, they suggested to circulate the air using fans. The fans of course do not cool the air but they only let the air move, therefore, giving the babies the chance to breath fresh Oxygen.

I hope my answer helps.

“Akyat Bahay” Thieves in Southern Leyte

The authorities here in Southern Leyte should be alarmed of the successful operations of the Akyat Bahay (housebreaker) group of thieves who are currently operating here in the Province of Southern Leyte.

I heard from the talks of the residents in Malitbog, Southern Leyte that on these recent days, the Akyat Bahay thieves successfully broke in to the houses in Burgos, Divisoria (Bontoc), and San Vicente (Malitbog). The thieves on these separate locations and incidents used similar ways in robbing their victims:

  1. Feeding the dogs with food that contains poison.
  2. Forcibly opening the doors or windows.
  3. Stealing valuables that can be easily brought out of the house like cash, cards, jewelries, cellphones, and other smaller but expensive things.

And only last night, we became the victims of this Akyat Bahay thieves.

Our two dogs and two cats were killed by the poison mixed with the food that these thieves threw at them. When the dogs went quiet, the thieves started to break in to the compound using the fence at the back of our house.

They started to check our dirty kitchen. There, they found the knife, the Lugi (a tool used in Copra making process), a hammer, and a piece of steel rod. I dont know what were they thinking and how did they use these things. What I know is that they’re bringing these things as they entered the house and searched for our valuables.

I thought at first, the house is really safe from “Akyat Bahay” thieves especially that all windows have well-set window-grills and the doors are made of first-class hard woods.

But the thieves found the weakness of that house, the sliding door. I think it was easy for them to forcibly open that door because it did not awaken my sister and my two aunts who were sleeping in the room near that door, and the door of that room has not been shut off.

They entered all the rooms of our house except the room where my sister and my two aunts slept, and the other room where my wife and I stayed. The thieves did not bother to enter the room of my sister and my aunts maybe because they don’t want them to be awaken. But these thieves tried to open the door of our room using the keys the found. Unfortunate they failed to open it.

We found out that thieves were there in our house only when my aunt found the door of the dirty kitchen was opened widely, and then next she discovered their shoulder bags outside the house near the location where the dead dogs lay.

Lessons from this experience

While the Police investigators were collecting for evidences, I reflected and learned these lessons.

(1) Don’t let the thieves enter your house.

One of the famous saying says: “Prevention is better than cure.”

This saying is of course talking about our health. And it is said that preventing to be ill is really better than curing the illnesses that we have. Spending money to make our body healthy and making our immune system strong is really better than spending money to cure our illnesses.

However, this saying can also be applied against thieves. Preventing thieves in breaking our house is really better than pursuing them after stealing all our valuables.

But how can we avoid the entrance of the thieves in our house? Here’s how:

  1. Check your house or the compound of your house of the possible entrance of thieves and install something that would hinder the thieves in infiltrating.
  2. Install electrical lighting in every corner of your fences making sure that the outside area of your house are well-lighted.
  3. One of your dogs should stay inside your house. This dog will discourage the thieves in breaking in your house even if they’re already inside your backyard, and at the same time, the dog serves as your burglar alarm.
  4. Always check your gates, doors, and windows if they’re properly closed and locked before going to bed. And check also if all the fence and backyard lightings are all switched ON.
  5. Lock the doors and windows of your rooms while you are sleeping.
  6. If someone who is selling items like floor wax, cleaning agents, gas stoves safety device, etc, wanted to go in to your house for a short demo, be alarmed because that guy maybe is studying your house for possible “Akyat Bahay” (housebreaker) operation. Don’t ever let them go in to your house.

(2) Don�t disturb the thieves while they�re stealing your properties

However, if the thieves are already inside your house, then here’s what you need to do:

  1. Stay quietly where you are. Don’t let them notice you that you are awaken and that you have noticed them already so that they will do nothing harmful to you.
  2. If you think you are still safe to move in your room because they haven’t entered yet your room, then try to send text messages to your friends and let them call the police.

For now these are the things that I learned through my reflection on what happened. If you have thoughts about it, please share it to us by posting a comment in our comment section of the live version of this article. Visit the live version of this article here >>> “Akyat-Bahay Thieves in Southern Leyte

Feeling Not Well yet

Everytime I remember what happened last night, I always feel the fear.

And I really wanted to cry not because my wallet that contains cash, credit card, ATM card, debit cards, and IDs was stolen by those housebreaker thieves, but because my two beloved dogs and two cats were killed. I really missed them. And while writing this article, the tears are flowing from my eyes down my cheeks and dropped into my lap.

These dogs and cats were not just our pet, but they were really parts or members of our family.

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