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More than 10K nurses sought jobs in the US alone in 2018, and that’s worrisome if you’re a PH resident needing nursing care

Last February 5, the ACTS-OFW Party List of the Philippine Congress revealed that in 2018, a record number of nurses sought jobs in the United States–the highest in 9 years. According to the group, a total of 10,302 Filipino nurses hoping to practice their profession in America took the US licensure examination for the first …

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The pursuit of happiness is best achieved on a bike’: Musings of a newbie bicycle commuter

“Isn’t it risky?” That is what most people I talk to automatically ask, when I say “I commute by bicycle to my work in Makati from Bacoor, Cavite every Monday.” Well if they mean, me getting arrested for having such a handsome face while riding a bicycle along the streets of Metro Manila, then it …

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Gretchen Ho: On Vios Cup and her favorite “meatless fuel”

During the Vios Cup’s just-concluded final leg of the 5th season held September 21 and 22 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga, TessDrive.com got to sit down with TV and sports personality Gretchen Ho, who shared her experiences behind the wheel and her favorite meatless snack Quorn. The adrenaline-pumping Vios Cup has been touted …

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Want to start a plant-based Christmas feast in your home? Get great ideas from VegFest Pilipinas this November 17 and 18

“Let there be peace on every plate” is this year’s VegFest Pilipinas theme, and the 80 all-vegan merchants of the most awaited festival will prove that vegan food can be delicious, fun and exciting to eat, without the artery-blocking cholesterol and all the violence that comes with eating meat. “This 2-day festival is filled with …

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In Nueva Vizcaya, the smiles are ‘sour’ because the citrus grows better

A visit to the citrus plantation in Malabing Valley in Nueva Vizcaya last September 13 and 14 has provided some valuable information. The visit was part of the activities on the conduct of the Cagayan Valley Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development’s (CVAARRD) Farms and Industry Encounters through the S&T Agenda (FIESTA) on Citrus. …

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Yet more proof that plants hold the key to our health: Take a closer look at ‘duhat’ and ‘bignay’

Two projects implemented by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) found that duhat (Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels) and bignay (Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng) contain anthocyanins that possess health-promoting properties, particularly antioxidant and enzyme inhibitory properties. Because of these properties, the two extracts can be processed as food supplements and food additives. They also …

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What’s better than eating chocolates? Making money out of ‘nature’s brown gold’, of course

Let’s just call it your “cash cacao”. And in a nutshell (pun intended), we’re taking advantage of one of our most guilty pleasures, chocolates! An event in Mati City, Davao Oriental, focusing on the economic opportunities presented by cacao, the raw material used to make chocolates, was held August 23 and 24. Known as the …

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The P3.5B alloted for the PUV modernization program is a lot of money — until you realize how many have to share the pot

The financial support is coming in, for sure. The national government will spend another P447 million next year to carry out the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), a member of Congress said last August 21. “The fresh funding is on top of the P843 million allotted this year to support the program,” said Surigao …

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Finally, an iconic Italian scooter brand will come out with an electric version. But will the cheap Chinese-made ones even care?

The Piaggio Group will start production of Vespa Elettrica in September. The long-awaited electric version of one of the world’s most iconic scooters will be produced at the Pontedera plant in the province of Pisa, the same one where Vespa first rolled off the line in the spring of 1946. The first vehicles will already …

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Carra-what? Increased ‘munggo’ production depends on this abundant seaweed

We all know what “munggo”, or “monggo” is. That small, greenish member of the legume family we love to saute or make a key ingredient of in savory or sweet dishes  is also popularly called the mung bean. It grows abundantly in Southeast Asia. But with the human population explosion in the Asian region, production …

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