Why You Have To Submit for STD Tests

Guest Post by: Maryann Carreon

Undertaking and submission on sexually transmitted disease testing is very unusual among late adolescents and young adults, but is more frequent on middle to later life.

STD tests

STD tests

This is more possible due to the fear of discrimination of the implication of the test, whether or not the result is negative or positive for the STD’s tests.

The maturity and gained experiences on how to handle adverse situations make an underlying principle to the increased frequency of submission for STD’s testing during late adulthood.

The Most Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases are diseases acquired through sexual contact—whether through vaginal, anal or oral course. The most common of these are Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B infection. These diseases are not easily diagnosed, but can be confirmed through specific blood tests for specific diseases in questioned.

Misdiagnoses are highly common of these diseases because of the ability and capability to imitate or mimic symptoms exhibited by many diseases. This characteristic is highly attributed to Syphilis which many physicians called it the “great imitator”.

The confirmation and diagnosis of disease-causing bacteria is only through specific laboratory blood examination for syphilis. Proper medication and treatment are applied after diagnosis to cure the disease, and thus recover health.

On the other hand, other STD’s like HIV and Hepatitis B virus infection that once acquired remain lifelong diseases—no cure for the present time, but can be contained and prevent further disease progression.

Their disease-causative agent uses the human body as its home or reservoir, and own factory for their reproduction without exhibiting any apparent symptoms.

The infection goes through asymptomatic latency period where The human may not notice he or she is carrying or harboring the virus. The continuous virus replication and reproduction in the body produces detrimental consequences to the immune system.

Virus transmission to other people is high during this latency stage.

What is the Significant of Submission to STD’s Test?

The presence of bacteria or viruses are detected and confirmed only through specific blood tests for Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B infection.

Even though there is still no known cure for certain diseases, there is an available standard therapy once the infection is acquired to maintain and regain health for those infected.

Blood test and early diagnosis of STD prevents virus transmission to other people and provides immediate therapy to counteract the actions and effects of the virus to the body.

Gaining necessary information regarding sexually transmitted diseases is one form of primary prevention and can be of help to undertake submitting to STD’s tests.

Sometimes, blood examination for STD’s may be costly and awkward for some people, but the gain in finding results from blood tests outweighs the anxious situation during specimen collection. Confidentiality of the results for STD’s is highly practiced in the laboratory. Patients can also be tested anonymously upon request.

Knowledge is power

Knowledge of different laboratory examinations for specific diseases can be intentionally obtained through reading. This time, no one can declare it is costly because it only requires time for you to read.

Though there is unending notion and perception that “prevention is better than cure”—this concept always provides the most important method for STD’s prevention.

Nora Aunor’s “Taklub” Selected in Cannes’ Official Roster of Films

MANILA, Philippines – Once again, Superstar Nora Aunor’s film, “Taklub” (Trap) was selected as one of the 53 films for this prestigious international film Olympics in France.

There were almost 2,000 competing films from all over the world. The updated selection of “Taklub” was revealed by Cannes on its official website for its “un certain regard” section.



Image credit: Taklub


The brilliant Brillante Mendoza has directed the film, which is about a survivor during the devastating super storm, Haiyan that killed almost 10,000 people in Tacloban. It’s the 4th time that the talented director’s work was included with other noteworthy films in Cannes.

Brillante is also the only Filipino director to win the Best Director in Cannes for his film “Kinatay” in 2009.

The Superstar’s record is unprecedented in Philippine cinema. She is the only Filipino actress who has won various awards from international award giving bodies from all over the world such as:

Bisato d’Oro: Premio Della Critica Indipendiente
APSA (Asia Pacific Screen Awards)
7th Asian Film Awards
’10 Asian Best Actresses of the Decade’
Green Planet Movie Awards

Sakhalin International Film Festival

These are only three of the numerous awards she received internationally. Her films participated in Venice, Russia, Berlin, San Francisco, and various places. Her recent achievement was the “Lifetime Achievement Award” given by AIFFA, an ASEAN award giving body for outstanding personalities in the film industry. It was the first time a Filipina actress received such award.

In the local arena, she’s the first actress who received two simultaneous Best Actress Awards for two different films.

Superstar Nora Aunor continues to reap awards for the Philippines and she will remain the symbol of excellence and hope for a country that has been struggling with poverty and corruption.

Top 5 American Idol 2015 Prediction: Who Goes Home Tonight?

The Top 5 American Idol 2015 predictions may seem obvious but it’s actually difficult to predict who goes home tonight because of the immense talent of the Top 6 contestants.



Top 6 American Idol 2015, Image credit: AI


Among the American Idol 2015 Top 6 contestants that include the following:

1. Jax Cole
2. Rayvon Owen
3. Clark Beckham
4. Quentin Alexander
5. Tyanna Jones
6. Nick Fradiani Jr.

And, the prediction for the Bottom 2 contestants on American Idol 2015:

1. Rayvon Owen
2. Quentin Alexander

For the Idol Fan Save, it’s Rayvon Owen who would be most probably saved, leaving Quentin Alexander on the chopping block.

Check back later for the actual results of the Top 5 American Idol 2015. Let’s see if the predictions are correct.

Pacquiao’s Celebrity Visitors: Batman, Lone Survivor and Rambo; Pacquiao in a Hollywood Movie Soon?

Big Hollywood stars have visited Manny Pacquiao during his training at the Wildcard gym for his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.


Sylvester Stallone

Image credit: Sylvester Stallone


Christian Bale, who once acted as Batman, dropped by the gym together with Mark Wahlberg who starred in the blockbuster hits “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

The latest celebrity to visit the Pacman was Sylvester Stallone, who acted as Rocky and Rambo in the films with the same title.


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Sylvester Stallone visits Manny Pacquiao, Image credit: Pacquiao’s FB Page


Will a Hollywood producer be ingenious enough to perceive this as a sign that all these action stars can come in one gigantic movie together with Manny Pacquiao?

That would be an action film that would surely be a blockbuster movie of all time.

Hollywood producers, why don’t you grab this golden opportunity?

Jimmy Kimmel Sings Manny Pacquiao’s Song “Lalaban Ako Para sa Pilipino”

Jimmy Kimmel has sung Manny Pacquiao’s song “Lalaban Ako Para sa Pilipino” in his show to the delight of the audience.

Manny Pacquiao training Twitter

Manny Pacquiao training Image credit: Manny Pacquiao’s Twitter

Manny Pacquiao’s song has been recently released on YouTube and it will be his entrance song in his fight with Floyd Mayweather on May 2, 2015.

Pacquiao has been a regular guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show every time the champ had a fight in the US. Reportedly, the Pacman considers Jimmy as one of his good luck “charms”.

Kimmel gamely sang the song twice. Although, the diction was still American, he tried his best to sing the song the Manny way.

Kudos to you, Jimmy Kimmel!

From his official Facebook page, the Champ thanked Jimmy Kimmel for singing his song:

“Thank you Jimmy for singing my new album “Lalaban Ako para sa Pilipino.” That was good. You’re practicing hard for that song. I’m excited to be in your show next week. Thank you so much for all your support. God bless.”

Watch Jimmy Kimmel sing Manny Pacquiao’s song in the video below, courtesy of JimmyKimmelLive.

Watch: Manny Pacquiao’s Official Song for May 2 Fight with Mayweather

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao’s official song for his May 2 fight with Mayweather is finally released. The song entitled “Lalaban Ako Para Sa Pilipino” (I’ll Fight for the Filipinos).


Manny Pacquiao song

Manny Pacquiao” song


The song has a simple but meaningful lyric that reflects the love of the Pacman for his countrymen.

Bastat ang mahalaga bayan ko’y masaya.” (What counts is that my country is happy)

The song is in Tagalog, and the voice of the Champion is clear and has a distinct quality that makes the video endearing. Surely, Filipinos will love this song that expresses the genuine love of Manny Pacquiao for his countrymen.

Pacquiao has been a leading proponent of the rich sharing their blessings with the indigent in the country. Being the representative of Saranggani Province is one way he was able to help other people.

Lalaban ako para sa Pilipino!

Watch the video below courtesy of WorldBoxingOrg.

Nora Aunor Recognized by Hollywood as one of the 10 Asian Best Actresses; Receives Prestigious 2015 AIFFA Lifetime Achievement International Award

Superstar Nora Aunor received the 2015 AIFFA Lifetime Achievement Award in the ASEAN region and is recognized by Hollywood as One of the Top 10 Asian Best Actresses of the Decade.

Nora Aunor in Himala

Nora Aunor in Himala

During the live telecast of the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival Awards (AIFFA), Nora Aunor was introduced appropriately.

“The recipient is selected from among the many ASEAN film makers cast and crew who contributed to the film industry locally and internationally.”

“There is someone among us here, who has swept more than 60 different awards, internationally. She has won Cannes. She has won at the Berlin International Film Festival. She has won international awards in Russia, Hongkong, Venice and Egypt, just to mention a few. We are very proud that she is from ASEAN, and when asked what her passion is, she nobly says: “I do films for what good it can bring to society.” She is recognized as One of the 10 Asian Best Actresses of the Decade by Hollywood.”

The only Superstar of Philippine Cinema acknowledged her fans in her speech. The superstar became emotional in her speech saying:

“My fervent wish is for films made in the ASEAN region to continue being recognized internationally, more awards, more films, more and more support coming from each government. Films that value the society, films that raise social awareness and concerns, and films that still excite us to be inside the darkness of the movie theaters. Thank you to my fans for still believing in me through all the years…”

It’s the first time that a Filipino actress has won the AIFFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Miss Nora Aunor.

Watch the video posted by Bobby Bantay Rodriguez.

10 Tips on Maximizing Facebook Ads at Cheaper Prices

By: Evelyn Trinidad

Marketing has taken a different turn with the advent of internet and social media. Among the more compelling approach is advertising in the Facebook.

The tycoons, the magnates and the giants of the business world embraced this revolutionary strategy to create more gains and compete for the number 1 niche.


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Image credit: Facebook


It is a way for businesses to go ahead of the other competitors. The social media created a sizzling competition among players in the commercial arena and has ushered in greater impact in the industry.

The social media can be daunting if you do not have any idea how to go about it and it can be pleasurable when you do. The succeeding discussion talks about tips that can help you get the most benefits with the least expense:
1. Create a compelling Facebook Advertisement of your own

Before embarking on advertising using Facebook, you need to build an effective Ad or page whichever works for you. You invest on it or do your own whatever is more convenient.

In doing so, you need to be clear with the message you want to impart to your readers; include your business logo; add in pictures; make your page or ad attractive and attention-getter; make catchy phrases to intensify your ad.

You also have to be truthful about your products; and create a distinct brand for your products. If you have a good ad on Facebook, you need not spend on other ways to sell your products. With an effective Facebook ad, you can reach the widest market.

2. Determine your objective

You must know exactly what you want to achieve. How you are going to arrive at it, which is going to do it and why you are doing it. This is to make sure that you will not divert from your purpose and waster your resources.

3. Make your presence felt on Facebook

There are plenty of Facebook tools & techniques that you can use to maximize your Facebook advertisement that leads you to doing away with other more expensive advertising plans. You can use the following:

4. Be generous in posting your ads or page

It would be useful if you frequently post your ad or page at different times to catch all your target audience. You can post your ads as many times as you can in a day.

It may be too overbearing but you are sure to reach the people you want. The more often you promote your page, the better chances for more fans.

5. Build a jam-packed foundation of clients

Attract as many fans as you can by creating interesting and relevant ads. In order to do that, you need to know your target audiences, what it is that they love to see in the ads.

The people who like your ads may turn out to become your clients, thus, when you get more people to become your fans, you are getting more opportunities to have more customers.

When you have a huge number of fans, then there is no need for you to employ the traditional advertising strategies or other marketing schemes. It means lesser expenses on your part.

6. Update your Ads frequently

Ensure that your ads are updated as often to infuse new ideas to sustain the interests of people on it. If you need to put interesting articles on it then do so. People love to read relevant and recent posts.

7. Set a budget for your Facebook ad

You need to establish a budget for your advertisement, something that you are willing to invest on advertising. When you have done that, do not spend beyond what has been set.

8. Be definite with your target market

When you do your ad, be sure to identify your target market and focus on driving them to your ad. By doing so, you will not waste time, money and effort on things that will not contribute to your goal.

9. Establish your network

Stay in touch with other business advertisers or businessmen. You may find businesses that complement yours and a partnership may be forged. With this bond, you get to be advertised in their website or page and in turn build your market.

10. Avoid too much traditional advertising

Using the old ways of advertising is expensive. Limit the use of these methods and concentrate on Facebook advertising. It is much cheaper and has a broader reach without having to having to spend so much. Only use the traditional advertisement tools if it is necessary.
Online advertising has taken the lead in marketing and Facebook is one among the many social media used for online marketing. If you to spend less but gain more, go for Facebook advertisement.

Try it, you won’t regret that you used Facebook.

Philippines’ Miss Tres Nailed “Sex Bomb” on Asia’s Got Talent Auditions

Another Filipino group, Miss Tres, made it through Asia’s Got Talent Auditions. The Philippines’ Miss Tres, a singing trio, nailed “Sex Bomb” to the delight of the surprised judges.



Miss Tres, Image credit: AGT, FB


asia's got talent judges

Asia’s Got Talent judges, Image credit: AXN FB

They were sexy and lovely that their male voices astounded the audience. They revealed their real male names after their performance.

The audience and the judges expected female voices to come out of the sexy trio because they look exquisitely feminine.

I did not see that coming…” Anggun stated after the performance.

The contestants revealed their real names when David Foster asked them outright. The sexy “ladies” real names were Joselito, Romeo and Conrado.

The other Pinoy who went pass the auditions were:

1. Moymoy Palaboy and Fe Garcia – Singing Duo
2. Gwyneth Dorado – 10-year old Singer
3. Junior New System – Hip Hop Dancing group
4. D’ Intensity Breakers – Dancers
5. Shadow Play – Shadow dancing
6. Beatbox contestant – Beatboxing

Hopefully, all of these contestants will qualify for the Finals on Asia’s Got Talent.

Update: The Miss Tress group has posted on its FB page that they will not be proceeding to the semifinals of Asia’s Got Talent.

“To all our supporters …. we are no longer competing for the semi finals of AGT thank u for all ur support god bless u all.”

Watch the YouTube below, courtesy of Asia’s Got Talent.

Holy Week Penitents in Pictures

Catholics are visiting churches, performing the sacrament of penance, participating in the Way of the Cross, and doing all their Holy Week rituals as a way of atoning for their sins.

This is inspite of the Catholic church’s discouragement of these activities.
In other parts of Pampanga, re-enactment of the passions of Christ and even actual crucifixion took place.

Whatever the penance that believers offer, hopefully, these will atone for their sins and provide them the peace they have been searching for.
Some may shrug indifferently to these rituals, but to these penitents, it’s a sacred offering and vow they do annually and – sometimes – anonymously.
Here are some pictures of penitents flogging themselves.


Holy Week Penitents’ pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade

Holy Week Penitents' pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade

Holy Week Penitents’ pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade

Holy Week Penitents' pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade

Holy Week Penitents’ pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade

Holy Week Penitents' pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade

Holy Week Penitents’ pictures, Image credit: Lester Parlade