Audience Guesting at Talentadong Pinoy 2014 Season Finale

Yesterday’s trip to TV5 studio was entirely worth it. Not only was it our second time to have an audience guesting in this show but also, some of us were also given a chance to do another performance of our talent as well.

The show opened with a wonderful performance, featuring Hall of Famer ‘Yoyo Tricker’ and  the 7 contestants :  Lights  Color Production, Mystique , Crew Mechanics, Empoy and Entoy brothers, MadiBeats, Street Voice,  and Tazmania followed by the entrance of hosts Mr. Robin Padilla and his wife Mariel Rodriguez as well as host Ms. Kaye Brosas (substitute of Ms. Tuesday Vargas) and the talent scouts Ms. Antoinette Taus, Mr. Richard Gutierrez, Mr. Derek Ramsay, Ms. Gelli de Belen, and Mr. Arnel Ignacio.

Throughout the show, each contestant performed well , amazing the audience with their unique talents. What I admired in them the most was their passion and determination in what they do which was shown in their performance. One quality that I also admire is that no matter how many times they failed or have fallen, they still gathered up the strength to stand up and go on with their performance as if nothing happened. What matters most was the contestant’s belief that they can do it and their determination to win. As they say, winners never quit and quitters never win. Don’t give up just because you failed as this failure will become your stepping stone to success. If you really want to achieve in everything you do, think positively!

For me, each contestant is already a winner as they have given their best shot in their performance, especially Mystique and The Street Voice (whose voices blended in very well in their singing), as well as Lights Color Production.

As for who won the competition? Watch out for it this Saturday, October 4, 2014  on your television (TV5 channel) at 7 pm.

Photos taken :

A. Before the show

B. During the show

C. After the show


A Stopover at Starbucks Coffee

I. About Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee was established or founded in March 30 , 1971 in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker and Zev Siegl who met while they were still students in the University of San Francisco. Inspired and taught by a coffee roasting entrepreneur, Alfred Peet, these three partners thought of selling high-quality coffee beans and equipment. The company named was derived from the chief mate’s name, Starbuck.

The company’s first coffee shop was originally located at 2000 Western Avenue from year 1971 to 1976 but then moved to Pike Place Market in the year 1912, only selling roasted whole-roasted coffee beans at the said period. Later on in 1984, the three Starbucks owners purchased Peet’s. Despite the failure of the total sales of coffee in US, sales of specialty coffee were increasing and in 1986, six stores in Seattle were opened and Starbucks Coffee started to sell espresso coffee.
Years later in 1987, the company was sold to a former employee Howard Schultz (now a chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks) who then have opened his own coffee shop named II Giornale coffee. Starbucks Coffee later then expanded its business outside Seattle and opened branches in Waterfront Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Chicago , Illinois, US.

Up to its present time, Starbucks continues to grow in and out of US, expanding its business and opening more branches in Africa (Egypt and Morocco), North America (Aruba, The Bahamas, Canada, Curacao, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and United States), Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru), Asia (Bahrain, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam), and Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, etc.)

II. Sample Products of Starbucks Coffee
Other than just coffee and beverages, Starbucks Coffee also sells food (pastries, sandwiches, breakfast, salads, lunch, etc.)

A. Drinks (Refreshers, Chocolate Beverages, Smoothies, Iced Tea, Espresso Beverages, Fizzio Handcrafted Beverages, Bottled Drinks, Frappuccino Blended Beverages, Teas, Freshly Brewed Coffee , Kids’ Drinks & Others, and Iced Coffee)

B. Food (Bakery, Hot Breakfast, Starbucks Petites, Sandwiches , Paninis & Salads , Bistro Boxes and Yogurt and Fruit)

C. Starbucks Secret Recipes

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health matters, heart

Health Talk: Tachycardia

What Tachycardia Is

Tachycardia (Tak-ih-kahr-dee-uh) is a type of heart rhythm disorder wherein the or heartbeat is faster than its normal pace, wherein the heart rate in either the upper or lower chamber is increased. This type of heart rhythm disorder occurs when an abnormally in the person’s heart produces fast electrical signals. Tachycardia is rather the opposite of bradycardia wherein the person’s heart beats slower than its normal.

There are three types of tachycardia : atrial or supraventricular tachycardia, sinus tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia. In atria or supraventricular tachycardia, the fast heart rate starts from the upper chambers of the heart. There are two forms of atrial or supraventricular tachycardia (paroxysmal atrial tachycardia and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia). An atrial or supraventricular tachycardia occurs when electrical signals in the heart are being sent abnormally, causing a disruption or interference with these signals coming from the sinoatrial node.

Atrial or supraventricular tachycardia may simply be caused by either heart attack or a serious mitral valve disease whereas symptoms are dizziness, lightheadedness, palpitations, angina, shortness of breath, unconsciousness and cardiac arrest. People who are probably more likely at risk for this are children, women (but may also occur in men), anxious young adults, physically fatigued people, coffee drinkers, heavy alcohol drinkers and heavy smokers.

This type of heart rhythm disorder may be treated by or with carotid sinus massage, gentle pressing on eyeballs (with eyes closed), Valsalva maneuver, dive reflex, sedation, lessened coffee intake, lessened alcohol intake, abstain from tobacco use, and more rest.

Sinus tachycardia, on the other hand, is a fast but steady heart rate which occurs when the sinoatrial node sends out electrical signals to the heart faster than usual. Causes of sinus tachycardia include fever, anxiety, medications and street drugs, severe emotional distress, fright and strenuous exercise or even anemia, increased thyroid activity, heart muscle damage due to heart attack or heart failure and hemorrhage, whereas its symptom is faster heart rate.

Ventricular tachycardia,  last but not the least, is a fast heart rate starting in the lower chambers of the heart. This type of tachycardia may be life-threatening heart rhythm which requires diagnosis and treatment. Ventricular tachycardia occurs when electrical signals are sent to the heart abnormally, intervening the flow of electrical signals and restricting the heart from properly pumping the blood. This type of heart rhythm disorder may be caused by the following: lack of oxygen to heart areas due to lack of coronary artery blood flow, cardiomyopathy, medications and sarcoidosis (a type of inflammatory disease affecting the skin or other body systems). Its symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, unconsciousness and cardiac arrest.

This type of heart rhythm disorder may be treated by or with immediate electrical defibrillation, medications, radiofrequency ablation, or surgery.


Nuts About Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

About The Company

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was found or established by Herbert Hyman in the year 1963 , with his dedication or passion for finding and serving his customers the best coffee and tea, making him California’s founding father of gourmet coffee.

Celebrating its 50th year, Coffee Bean continues its expansion and becomes one of the largest , privately-owned family-run coffee and tea shop, also becoming the model for a successful coffee and tea company. Continuing its search for only the finest and rarest leaf and premium, coffee beans, CBTL now offers over 22 coffee varieties and 20 kinds of tea for its customers with their hard work to build relationships with farms and estates, assuring the availability of the best coffee and tea harvests.

Products Served By Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf serves or offers coffee (Brewed Coffee, Iced Coffee, Espresso, Café Americano, Cappuccino and Caramel Macchiato) , Tea (Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Tea Latte, and Tea Selections), as well as coffee-based iced blended drinks (Mocha, Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Caramel,  White Chocolate Dream, Espresso and Cream, etc.) , and non-coffee ice blended drinks (Pure Vanilla, Pure Double Chocolate, Sunrise, Mango and Matcha Green Tea).

Aside from coffee and tea, the company also serves breakfast, good tasting dishes (sandwiches, ciabizza, pasta, and salads), and cakes and pastries.


A. Espresso (Brewed Coffee, Iced Coffee, Espresso, Café Americano, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato)

B. Latte (White Chocolate Dream Latte, Double Chocolate Latte, Vanilla Latte, Mocha Latte, Café Latte)

C. Coffee (Today’s Fresh Brew)

D. Non-Coffee (Hot Vanilla, Hot Double Chocolate)

E. Coffee-Based Ice Blended Drinks (Original Mocha, Original Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Caramel, White Chocolate Dream, The Ultimate)

F. Non-Coffee Based Ice Blended Drinks (Pure Vanilla, Pure Double Chocolate, Sunrise, Mango, Matcha Green Tea)

G. Tea (Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Tea Latte, Tea Selection), Signature Tea (Hot Tea, Today’s Iced Tea-Black, Green Teas, Herbal and Fruit Infusions, Flavored Black and Oolong, and Flavored Green), Tea Latte (Chai, Double Vanila, English Breakfast, Tropical Passion, Moroccan Mint, African Sunrise, Matcha Green Tea)

H. Breakfast (Bagel with Cream Cheese, Tasty Toast Treat, Food For Thought, Blueberry Bagel with Cream Cheese, Brek O’Day, Salmon Scramble, Eggs Ben, Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel)

I. Good Tasting Dishes (Gourmet Sandwiches- Chef’s Tuna, Chiptotle Roast Chicken, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Salami and Cream Cheese, Roast Beef, Turkey and Melted Cheddar Cheese; Ciabizza-Tuna and Olive, Vegetarian, Sausage and Bell Pepper, Salami and Mushroom; Pasta – Tomato & Herb Linguine, Spicy Tuna Linguine, Roast Chicken and Mushroom Fusilli, Lasagna, Spinach and Cheese Ravioli, sardine and Garlic Linguine; Crisp Salads – Greek Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Chilled Spicy Chicken Pasta Salad, Coffee Bean’s Classic Caesar Salad)

J. Cakes and Pastries (Cakes – Chocolate Fudge Cake, Chicago Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel Lava Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Toblerone Cheesecake, Triple Decker Cheesecake, Guiltless Chocolate Delight, Turtle Pie; Pastries – Espresso Pistachio Biscotti, Cranberry Almond Biscotti, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Ensaymada, Tuna Pandesal, Ham and Cheese Pandesal , Sardine and Feta Wheat Pandesal, Cheese Muffin, Honey Bran Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, Banana Chocolate Muffin, Lemon Square, Banana Caramel Slice, Blueberry Bagel with Cream Cheese, Raisin Scone, Mocha Waffle, Salted Caramel Brownie, Chicken Pot Pie, Spinach and Feta Cheese Quiche; Others – Honey Stick, Sour Apple Stick, Orange Juice, Pink Guava Juice, Mango Juice, Acqua Panna, Perrier, etc.)

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Visit any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores:

A. Quezon City

CBTL – Tomas Morato

Address: G/F Bellagio Square, Sct. Fuentebella cor Tomas Morato Ave. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 371-8688

CBTL – Eastwood City Walk 2

Address: G/F, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr., Avenue Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 706-3106

CBTL- Gateway Mall

Address: Ground Level, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 799-2616

CBTL- Trinoma

Address: Trinoma Level 3 Indoor/Outdoor, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 757-6003

CBTL- UP Ayala Land TechnoHub

Address: Ground Level , UP Ayala Land TechnoHub Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: (02)738-4470

CBTL- Centris Walk

Address: Ground Floor Centris Walk, Eton Centris, EDSA Corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 352-2080

CBTL – Robinson’s Galleria

Address: 2nd Level, East Wing, Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 909-7204

CBTL – Katipunan

Address: Ground Level, Regis Center, 327 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 442-3454

CBTL – Robinson’s Magnolia

Address: 2/F Robinson’s Magnolia, Aurora Blvd., cor Dona Hemady Ave., Kaunlaran, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 720-9619

B. San Juan

CBTL – Greenhills Promenade

Address: Ground Level, Promenade Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan

C. Ortigas

CBTL – Ortigas Park

Address: Ortigas Park, F. Ortigas Jr. , Ortigas Center, Pasig
Telephone: (02) 632-1808

CBTL-Rockwell Business Center

Address: G/F Rockwell Business Center, Tower 2, Ortigas Ave., Ugong, Pasig City
Telephone: (02) 738-3641

D. Manila

CBTL – Robinson’s Place Ermita

Address: 2nd Flr. Robinson’s Place Manila (Midtown Wing) (at Pedro Gil and Adriatico St.) , 1000 Manila, City of Manila
Telephone: (02) 567-2004

CBTL – University Mall

Address: Unit 4, 2/F University Mall, Taft Ave. Ermita, Manila
Telephone: (02) 708-4649

CBTL- One Archer’s Place

Address: Unit 12 G/F One Archer’s Place, Green Podium, Taft Ave. Malate, Manila
Telephone: (02) 621-0724

CBTL- Avenue of the Arts

Address: Ground Level, Avenue of the Arts, 1388 Roxas Blvd. cor Sta. Monica Ermita, Manila
Telephone: (02) 450-1928

CBTL –Adriatico

Address: The Glass House , 1771 M. Adriatico St. Malate, Manila
Telephone: (02) 353-6388

E. Muntinlupa

CBTL – Alabang Town Center

Address: Former Stage Area Town Plaza, Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Telephone: (02) 850-6398

CBTL – Asian Hospital

Address: Ground Flr., Asian Hospital & Medical Center, Filinvest Corporate City (2205 Civic Drive), 1780 Muntinlupa City
Telephone: (02) 856-5976

F. Mandaluyong

CBTL – SM Megamall

Address: 3/F SM Megamall, Atrium, Bridgeway, Dona Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA, Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: (02) 909-7235

CBTL – Shangri-La

Address: 4th Level, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Shaw Blvd cor EDSA , Mandaluyong
Telephone: (02) 661-9986


Ti Amo, Tea-Amor!


Feeling down or getting stressed in your work and craving for something good to drink? Then Tea-Amour may be the best place for you to chill and hang out with your colleagues and school friends/barkada.

The company derived its name from the Italian word ‘Ti-Amo’ which means ‘I Love You’ and it signifies the main product beverage line, moreover it is an eco-friendly setting which uses natural tea leaves as well as coffee beans for their concoctions. Tea-Amor’s logo simply represents or reflects the positive identity, personality and concept or belief. Tea-Amor also features dishes like sandwiches.

Tea-Amor sells different kinds or concoctions of milk tea and other drinks such as All Seasons (Jasmine Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Winter Melon Tea, Mango, Hawaii and Lychee) , Pure Milk Tea (Taro Milk Tea, Wintermelon Milk Tea, Japanese Matcha Latte, Peppermint Milk Tea and Caramel Milk Tea), Café (Brewed Café, Coffee Milk Tea, Coffee Mocha Milk Tea, Choco Milk Tea, Latte Coffee Milk Tea, Macchiato Milk Tea, Latte Coffee, Coffee Mocha and Macchiato), Hot Tea (Brewed Café, Taipei Milk Tea, Caramel Milk Tea and Winter Melon Milk Tea), Shakes (Malt Chocolate, Taro Vanilla, Malt Chocolate Vanilla and Honey Dew) and Froo Milk Tea (Buko Pandan Milk Tea, Melon Milk Tea, Strawberry Milk Tea, Mango Milk Tea and Lychee Green Milk Tea) and their add-ons include egg pudding, choco pudding, lychee jelly, green apple jelly, pearl, oreo (3 pcs) and green milk mousse which come at a different price.

Share the good vibes now with your friends at Tea-Amor! 🙂

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Health Talk: Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia

  1. What Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia Is

    Bradycardia (bray-dee-card-dee-uh) is defined as an irregular heartbeat or a heart rate of less than 60 minutes which consists of different types ( collectively known as bradyarrhythmia):
  • Sinus Bradycardia – an unusually irregular heartbeat caused by heart disease, reaction to certain medications or even normal causes (e.g. excellent fitness or relaxation)
  • Sick sinus syndrome – known or referred to as an unusually slow heartbeat caused by a malfunctioning of the heart’s pacemaker.
  • Heart block or AV block – it is an unusually slow heartbeat caused by slowing or blocking of electrical impulses through the heart’s system.

From the term itself, the term “sinus” refers to the sinus node, which is the heart’s pacemaker that creates a normal regular heartbeat of a person. Brady from the Greek word, ‘bradys’ which means slow and cardia or kardia meaning heart.

II. How Is Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia diagnosed?

Before going through any test, your doctor would simply review the patient’s symptoms and family and medical history, as well as conduct a physical examination. A series of tests may be recommended by the doctor to measure a patient’s heart rate in order to establish the link between the slow heart rate and his/her symptoms and identify the conditions that could possibly cause the problem.

An echocardiogram is one of the tests used or recommended by the doctor to evaluate bradycardia. This type of test uses small sensors or electrodes that are being attached to a patient’s chest and arms to record the electrical signals being sent through the heart, allowing the doctor to look for the patterns and determine the kind of bradycardia that a patient may have.

Other device(s) used in measuring a person’s heart rate are:

  • Holter monitor – this is a portable type of ECG that can be carried around in a pocket, or even worn around the belt or strap or shoulder strap, recording the activity of a patient’s heart for 24 hours and providing the doctor with a prolonged look at his or her heart rhythms.
  • Event recorder – another portable ECG device which is intended to monitor the heart’s activity from over a week and lasting to a few months and can only be activated when the symptoms related to slow heart rate seem to act up.
  • Tilt table test – a kind of test that helps the doctor or attending physician understand how bradycardia or slow heart rate could cause fainting spells. This is type of test is done wherein a doctor asks the patient to lie flat on a special table then tilting it as if the patient is standing up.
  • Exercise test – another type of test wherein a patient’s heart rate is being monitored while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike, checking whether the heart rate increases appropriately in response to the activity.

Apart from these tests, the doctor may also recommend some laboratory examination in order to screen some underlying conditions that may possibly be causing bradycardia (e.g. infection, underactive thyroid, or electrolyte imbalance). 

III. What Causes Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia?

There are several possible causes of sinus bradycardia or arrhythmia and these are : heart tissue damage related to aging, damage to heart tissues brought about by heart attack, hypertension, congenital heart defects, myocarditis, complication of heart surgery, hypothyroidism, electrolyte imbalances, disruption of breathing during sleep, inflammatory disease (e.g. lupus, rheumatic fever), hemochromatosis, certain medications for heart rhythm disorders, high blood pressure, and psychosis. Other than this, sinus bradycardia may also be caused by problems in the sinus node (which may disrupt the electrical impulse traveling through the heart) and even heart block wherein electrical signals are not being transmitted to the heart’s ventricles.

IV. What Are The Symptoms of Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia?

A patient who has bradycardia may experience lack of oxygen supply needed by his or her brain and other organs , as well some of the symptoms like syncope, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pains, confusion/memory problems, and tiredness from activity.

V. Who Are At Risk of Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia?

There are at least two risk factors of bradycardia: age and heart disease. Older adults and those with poor lifestyles (e.g. smoking, heavy alcohol abuse, use of recreational drugs) , as well as psychological stress and anxiety are prone to this type of heart rhythm disorder.

VII. What Are The Possible Complications of Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia?

Sinus bradycardia may take a toll on a person’s health, especially the heart wherein electrical conduction problems may occur and damage the heart tissue when left untreated. Patients having this may experience frequent fainting spells, heart failure and even sudden cardiac arrest/death.

VIII. What Are The Medications and Treatments for Sinus Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmia?

The doctor may either recommend treatments , depending on the type of problems in electrical conduction in the heart, severity of the symptoms, and cause of bradycardia , change in prescribed medications for the heart rhythm disorder , or even a pacemaker.


Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Exposure Trip

Yesterday’s exposure trip to “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” was fun and worth it. “Who Wants To be A Millionaire?” is a quiz or game show originally based on the original British format with the same title and its main goal or mechanics is to win 2 million pesos by answering 15 multiple questions correctly. In this game, the contestant has four life-lines which he or she could use such as 50-50 (fifty-fifty) wherein two wrong answers are being eliminated from the choice, People Speak  in which the contestant asks help from the audience member, and Switch and Double Dip and is also given the choice to choose either from the Classic Money Tree or High-Risk Money Tree. As soon as the contestant is in the Hot Seat, the contestant is being asked increasingly difficult general questions and wins a certain amount of money for each question answered correctly.

This game show is being aired or broadcasted from 2000 to 2002 in Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)/Viva with Mr. Christopher de Leon as its host and on May 23, 2009 in TV5 (its new home tv) with actor-comedian Mr. Vic Sotto (“Bossing”) as the new host. Yesterday’s contestant was Mr. JC Nafarrete, a violinist and student of UPLB under the Conservatory of Music. He amazed the host and the audience member with his short but wonderful performance in playing his instrument before the game. Some of the questions asked throughout the game show were related with health, geographic, science, etc.

Nearing the end of the game, the contestant was issued a check by the host and asked if he would take it or go on with the game. At first, he was hesitant and took the time to think carefully before making a decision, but makes up his mind to just take the check instead as there’s a 50-50 chance of either winning or risking the money which was a wise decision for him, as the correct answer was far from the one he chose.

*Lesson learned from the game show : It’s not all about winning the money that matters, but making careful decisions as well. We have to think carefully of the decisions we make before going on with it.

Photos taken:

*Before the show

*During the show

*After the show

acting, dance, fun, performing arts, singing, Summer, workshops

Life In AATA

Enrolling in Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) is one of the best experience I have had this year 2014, taking up the course of Performing Arts (acting, voice and dance). In the first place, I should really have been in the Creative Scriptwriting course, which my parents would want me to enroll in since writing has been my forte, but my passion lies more in Performing Arts as I would want to try out a different course other than just writing.

Asian Academy of Television Arts is a school that offers training courses for individuals who aspire to be a production professional or a performing artist. For those who dream of becoming a TV production manager or scriptwriter, there are Creative Television Production wherein students learn about how it is to manage a TV production as well as be prepared to work in some of its aspects while in Creative Scriptwriting for Television, students get to learn about the different formats of scriptwriting and to develop their craft or skills in this course.

As for those aspiring actors/actress, singers, and dancers, Performing Arts would be a good choice to take as it allows you to explore your hidden talent and discover the “performer” in you. It’s time to get out of that shell or what we call “comfort zone” and bring out the best in you.

Other than these mentioned courses, special module classes are also being offered such as Modelling and Personality Development which helps students learn the basics of modelling and even develop their personality , Eric Morris Acting System, and Keyboard and Guitar lessons. There’s also Geleen Eugenio’s Dance Workshop which involves Modern dance (open for kids and adults), Hip Hop (kids, beginners, advance), Zumba, K-Pop, Belly Dancing and Latin Dance.

Of course it doesn’t stop there. There are also photo shoots, exposure trips (e.g. Sunday All Stars, Eat Bulaga, Talentadong Pinoy, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, etc.) and recital. I could say that enrolling in Asian Academy of Television Arts was really worth it. Not only does it help you in learning many things about working in the field of television or performing, but also, it helps you learn to socialize as well with other people.

Photos of my memorable experience/life in AATA

A. Performing Arts class

 Acting class with T. Upeng (Lesson/s learned: “Let go of your inhibitions”, “Don’t limit yourself”) 

 Voice class with T.Paul/T. Citas (Lesson learned : “Do not think that others will laugh at you because of your voice.”/ “Do not be ashamed of your voice.”) 

Dance class with T. Jomelle 

 (Lesson/s learned: “Tempo is an important part of dance” ; “Focus more on flexibility”/”Think and believe that you can do it”)

B. Modelling/Photoshoot, Exposure Trips, etc. 

 Modelling and Photo shoot

 Exposure Trips


C. Rehearsal and Recital Pics

 Rehearsals (June 2, 4 and 6, 2014)

 Recital (June 8, 2014 at Robinson’s Metro East)

D. Get-Together Party (June 14, 2014)

health matters

Health Talk: Cardiomegaly

What Cardiomegaly Is

Cardiomegaly refers to a condition in which the heart becomes larger than its normal size, due to a heart disease. This is brought by high blood pressure, or even by other heart conditions and other non-cardiac matters such as long-term anemia.

There are two types of cardiomegaly namely: dilated cardiomegaly and hypertrophic cardiomegaly. In dilated cardiomegaly, the heart becomes enlarged brought about or caused by the dilation of the heart muscle. It could also cause the heart to become weakened and enlarged, followed by a congestive heart failure. DCM signs and symptoms include those of left and/or right heart failure. An example of this condition would be dilated cardiomyopathy, a most common form of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomegaly, on the other hand, the heart muscle undergoes hypertrophy when placed under a tedious workload for a prolonged period. An example is the left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) which is the most common form or type of hypertrophic disease. LVH is caused by chronic hypertension. This is where the left ventricle increases contractility and/or preload in order to maintain the same stroke volume.

A. Dilated Cardiomegaly/Cardiomyopathy

B. Hypertrophic Cardiomegaly/Cardiomyopathy

How Is Cardiomegaly Diagnosed?

Cardiomegaly can be diagnosed through a physical exam and test recommended by a doctor. These tests include chest x-ray (images would help the doctor see your heart and lung condition) , electrocardiogram (records the heart’s electrical activity by means of attaching electrodes in your body. This also helps in diagnosing heart rhythm problems and damage), echocardiogram (ultrasound image of the heart and helps the doctor see how your heart efficiently pumps blood, examine which heart chamber is enlarged, look for evidence of heart attack and even determine if you have a congenital heart problem) , stress test (also known as exercise stress test which provides information on how well the heart progresses during a physical activity. This type of test involves a treadmill stress test or even riding a stationary bike in which your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing is being monitored), cardiac computerized tomography or magnetic resonance imaging (these types of test require you to lie down on either doughnut shaped machine/gantry or on a table in a long tube machine. In a cardiac CT, images of your heart and chest gets collected through a use of an X-ray tube inside the machine which rotates around your body. While in a cardiac MRI, a magnetic field and radio waves are used in order to produce signals that would create images of your heart.) , blood tests (another test done that checks the levels of certain blood substance that may possibly point out to a heart problem and this helps the doctor rule out other conditions that may be causing the symptom) and cardiac catheterization and biopsy (a type of test or procedure done wherein a thin tube or catheter is being attached or inserted in your groin area and threaded through your blood vessel going to the heart, extracting a small sample of your heart for a laboratory analysis. 

A. Chest x-ray

B. Electrocardiogram

C. Echocardiogram 

D. Stress Test 

E. Computerized tomography and MRI 

D. Cardiac catheterization and biopsy

What Causes Cardiomegaly?

There are several possible causes of an enlarged heart or cardiomegaly. It may be an idiopathic (unknown) cause, congenital heart problem, damage from a heart attack or an arrhythmia. It may also be associated with other conditions such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart muscle disease/cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, pericardial effusion, anemia, thyroid disorder (e.g. hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism) , hemochromatosis and other rare disease that may affect the heart (e.g. amyloidosis).

Cardiomegaly may also be brought about by the viral infection of the heart, peripartum cardiomyopathy, kidney disease, alcohol or cocaine abuse and even HIV infection.

What Are The Symptoms Of Cardiomegaly?

A cardiomegaly may or may not have any signs or symptoms in some people. Some possible signs or symptoms of an enlarged heart include shortness of breath, abnormal heart rhythm, increased abdominal girth, weight gain, fatigue, swollen leg, palpitations or skipped heartbeats, cough, edema, and chest pain.

Who Are At Risk of Cardiomegaly?

Possible risk factors of an individual to develop an enlarged heart or cardiomegaly include: having a family history of cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension (high blood pressure) , congenital heart disease, heart attack, obesity and cardiac ischemia.

What Are The Possible Complications of Cardiomegaly?

When left untreated, cardiomegaly may pose life-threatening complications on an individual. Some of these include heart failure, blood clots, heart murmur, or worst.. cardiac arrest and sudden death.

What are the Medications and Treatments for Cardiomegaly?

A doctor may possibly recommend certain medications or surgical treatments to be done for cardiomegaly.

A. Medications

Certain medications for cardiomegaly include diuretics (lowers the amount of sodium and water and helps in lowering the pressure of arteries in the heart) , angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (lowers the blood pressure and improves the heart’s pumping capability), angiotensin-receptor blockers (provides the ACE inhibitor’s benefits for those patients who can’t take them) , beta-blockers (lowers blood pressure and improves the heart function) , Digoxin (helps to improve the heart’s pumping function and lessens the need for hospitalization for heart failure) , anti-coagulants (reduces the risk of blood clot that possibly causes heart attack or stroke), anti-arrhythmics (keeps the heart beating normally).

B. Treatments

When the medications don’t seem to help enough, surgical treatments may be needed. These surgical treatments are: medical devices to regulate the heartbeat (e.g. ICD – continuously monitors the heart rhythm and delivers electrical shocks, should there be a need to control abnormal heartbeats) , heart valve surgery, coronary bypass surgery, left ventricular assist device or LVAD (an implantable mechanical pump used to help a weakened heart to pump) and heart transplant (a final yet critical option when all else fails)