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My Firstborn, the Prom Princess

26 February 2011 Makati Shangri-La Hotel This is a long over-due blog post. But better late than never. My daughter Max, turned 16 early this year. She is a junior in De La Salle Zobel. She went to the Prom this year. Yesterday, she was my adorable round crawling baby. Today, she is my Prom […]

In Our Own Backyard

I am proud to report that the Philippine Senate has been able to reduce by as much as 50% the volume of garbage it generates following its successful implementation of a solid waste management program. This has happened because of the establishment of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in our parking lot pursuant to the Ecological […]

My Vision of a Better PhilHealth

1 June 2011 Senate of the Philippines PhilHealth Amendments On June 1, 2011, I sponsored Senate Bill No. 2849 which amends the existing PhilHealth law or Republic Act No. 7875. I had to take time to educate myself and spend a lot of long hours, including ice packs for my headaches and at night, after working, […]

Behind the Scenes

Do not be fooled. That is not a girls’ lunch out or is it a summer weekend tea party. It is just a regular summer working day for me and my staff. During the senate summer recess and even after session resumed, we continue to work either at the office, in my house or out of […]

Murder At Sea

Today, I woke up to a very disturbing headline in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, entitled “Coral Reefs Twice Size of Manila Destroyed”. Last Tuesday, officials from the Bureau of Customs reported that a “reef complex” off the coast of Cotabato Province was obliterated, destroying coral reefs and killing other marine life. In the opening paragraph of the […]

Smoking Kills

The statistics… Tobacco use kills more than five million people per year. It is responsible for 1 in 10 adult deaths. Every eight seconds, someone dies because of smoking-related diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and heart diseases.[1] Among the five greatest risk factors for mortality, it is the single most preventable cause of death. […]

My Thai Princess

6 to 9 January 2011 Bangkok, Thailand I have visited Thailand for various reasons. In 2007, I was there to cheer for our national team during the Southeast Asian Games. I have joined a number of triathlons there, including last year’s 70.3 Ironman Asia Pacific Champs in Phuket. I have also been there to study […]

A Blessed Mother's Day

I woke up this morning and immediately noticed that my daughter, Nadine, was not beside me. A few minutes later, she and my other daughter, Max, walked  in the room with my breakfast on a tray- a full breakfast that Nadine cooked! She made me French toast with lite whipped cream, cinnamon and lite syrup. […]

Subic International Triathlon 2011

30 April 2011 Subic Bay Freeport Every year, the Subic International Triathlon (SUBIT) is on my calendar. I have missed it more often than I have joined it for various reasons. Last year, I missed it because of the senatorial campaign. Although I was running and biking throughout the campaign, I did not have time […]

Film Showing in Barangay Ayala Alabang on the State of Maternal & Child Health

26 April 2011, Tuesday Alabang Country Club, Ayala Alabang Village Film Showing on Maternal and Child Health Last March I sponsored a film showing on the “state of maternal and child health in the Philippines” in the Senate. After the film showing was an open forum to discuss the thoughts and reactions of the viewers. We felt […]