Friday, March 6, 2015

Repertory Philippines brings 4,000 Miles stage play to Manila Theaters

As part of its initial offerings this year, Repertory Philippines' 4,000 Miles premieres at Philippine theaters. This critically­ acclaimed stage play written by Amy Herzog won Best New American Play by the 2012 Obie Awards, and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. It was heralded as Time Magazine 's #1 Play or Musical of 2012 as well.

The play examines familial bond that 91-year old woman Vera Joseph and her grandson Leo Joseph Connell share and how these two find their way in today’s world.  


Play starts when Leo decides to stop by his grandmother’s West Village apartment for a surprise visit. Leo has been cycling across the country but stopped communicating with his family back in Minneapolis at some point. His sudden withdrawal into himself and his unexpected arrival stirs Vera’s anxiety about his emotional state.

In the next scene, Leo's grief is compounded by Bec's announcement that they should part ways. His girlfriend (who is in college in Manhattan) comes over to berate him for not calling and to announce the break up. Later he brings home another girl from a bar, in a desire to lose himself in a little casual sex.

The bike trip has had a traumatic interruption. Leo is quietly trying to conquer his emotional frailty that resulted from a tragedy during his cross-country trip. Towards the end, Leo finally pours out some of his secrets--the reasons behind his surprise visit. Leo was dealing with his first major loss, the death of a close friend. Vera listens to his a long monologue, hidden in shadows. After Leo’s confession, Vera tells him her hearing aid wasn’t turned on, so she missed a lot of it.

Leo was lost. The moving heart of the play is how he slowly finds himself again, through his growing relationship with Vera. Watch how grandmother and grandson infuriate each other, worked their way out of their complexities and ultimately reach out to each other.
4,000 Miles will be shown starting today until March 29, 2015. Theater veteran Baby Barredo plays the role of the nonagenarian Vera, while Jeff Flores portrays Leo in Repertory Philippines' adaptation of 4,000 Miles. They will be joined by Caisa Borromeo and Cara Barredo as Bec and Amanda, respectively.



Renowned theater actor Bart Guingona, will be taking the directorial chair for this adaptation of Amy Herzog’s masterpiece.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Novartis launches the first once-daily dual bronchodilator Ultibro® Breezhaler®

Do you suffer from chronic coughing? Or shortness of breath after a light physical activity with wheezing or whistling sound? Do you feel tightness in your chest area?

You may be exhibiting symptoms of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a progressive medical condition characterized by damage to your lungs and airways. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) block airflow as a person exhales and makes the breathing process increasingly difficult. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthmatic bronchitis all fall under the COPD umbrella.


Most people are not aware that they have the disease, which makes early treatment challenging. COPD results in coughing and excess mucus production except in the case of emphysema. Emphysema sometimes show no symptoms other than shortness of breath. Many patients with emphysema have no cough or excess mucus production. Emphysema is usually the direct result of years of smoking cigarettes and affects middle-aged or elderly people.

Trash the Cigarettes

Lung irritants like smoke and chemicals can lead to COPD and breathing problems. Smoking cessation is often the first line of treatment for patients with emphysema or other types of COPD. A COPD patient or anyone who want to wants to prevent COPD haas to give up smoking immediately since most people with COPD developed it from smoking.



COPD can make everyday activities difficult, which may become isolating. COPD places a major burden on patients and society. Reducing symptoms and exacerbations is a key goal of treatment. Although COPD is often thought of as a disease of the elderly, as many as half of COPD patients are below the age of 654 when they are likely to be at the peak of their earning power and family responsibilities.

COPD symptoms usually worsen over time. More frequent flare-ups of COPD symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing, indicate the severity of the condition and the level of lung damage that has been sustained.

No matter what form of COPD you have, breathing difficulties are prevalent. Since there is no cure for COPD, maintaining a good quality of life depends on finding the right treatment.

Hence, Novartis strives to promote COPD awareness and asserts that COPD is not a death sentence.


Breathe Better, Live Well

Bronchodilators help relax the muscles around your airways quickly to make breathing more comfortable. While some are designed for short-term or others are long-acting and help you breathe easier throughout the day.

Indacaterol/glycopyrronium (Ultibro® Breezhaler®) is a fixed-dose combination of two established bronchodilator products for COPD manufactured by Novartis.

It promotes easier breathing for a better life. It relieves symptoms and reduce exacerbations (sudden worsening of symptoms) in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).





“Achieving symptomatic control for COPD patients can be a real challenge,” explained Dr. Teresita de Guia, Chairman of the COPD Foundation and the Philippine Foundation for Lung Health, Research and Development, Inc.


“Many of my patients tell me that not being able to catch their breath is the most difficult symptom of COPD. The launch of indacaterol/glycopyrronium (Ultibro® Breezhaler®) is welcome news, as COPD patients in the country now have a new treatment option that could help improve their symptoms and give them a better quality of life.”

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) gets worse over time. Once diagnosed, patients should begin treatment as soon as possible to manage their symptoms with medications and lifestyle adjustments. 

Sometimes, COPD symptoms worsen. This exacerbation or flare-up should be taken seriously. Administer treatment for COPD exacerbations as soon as possible to restore normal breathing. Severe flare-ups can be fatal when left untreated.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine


Craving for Filipino food? Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine is one which you definitely have to try.

As the name suggests, Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine restaurant is decorated with vintage items and historical momentos every Filipino can relate to.

Dekada serves Filipino food with peculiar, patriotic names. It was fun browsing through whimsical names of Dekada viands like Ponce Chicken and Beef Pochero, Dominicano Adobo Rice, El Filibusterismo Crispy Tadyang, La Liga Filipina Short Ribs Caldereta, Hulbalahap Pinakbet, among many others

Here is what we ordered:


The Magtagumpay Family Platter (P 2,199 pesos) consists of Kare-Kare,  Dilis Rice, Bangus ala Pobre, Crispy Pata, Inihaw na Manok, Garlic Sugpo plus steamed vegetables (okra and eggplant). Dekada brought the concept of the Philippine military boodle fight tradition to its restaurant. Food was served and spread on banana leaves.

And just like in the true spirit of a fight boodle, each one of us worked to dig in and get our fill from mounds of food! We enjoyed the hefty spread and had fun. The big servings of Magtagumpay Family Set are really  made for sharing.


We had a taste of the distinctively Filipino boodle fight experience at Dekada!

For dessert, we had Halo-Halo and Palitaw.

The Halo-halo we all Filipinos love is made perfect by Dekada. This cold dessert with brightly-colored ingredients made of tropical fruits and preserves is topped with a cherry plus scoop of ice cream. Had fun sharing this festive dessert!




Next came in Dekada's Palitaw, which was served with Muscovado sugar, sesame seeds and freshly grated coconut. The glutinuous rice cake was served warm. This relatively bland, chewy dessert gets it flavor from it into the grated coconut, excellent brown sugar mixture combined with fresh sesame seeds that have been toasted. The latter gives it a crunchy texture.


Your group dining experience will never be the same at Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine. Very good value for money!


Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine
2/F, Glorietta 3 Makati City
Phone (02)842-0131

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