Length of hospital stay: A grand total of 1.5 days

“The length of hospital stay for newborns and mothers after uncomplicated deliveries has decreased and has become commonplace worldwide. In the United States, the mean length of stay reported in 1992 was 2.6 days and declined to 1.1 days in 1995 for vaginal deliveries. This trend towards early newborn discharge has also been reported in 22 other countries.” — R Farhat – 2011 (with 34 citations), made available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3336902/

Nice paper, but what’s nicer for me is that it holds true in my wife’s case. She (we) stayed in the hospital for a grand total of 1.5 days. Not bad.

Thanks to our Almighty God, to Dr. Marilyn Ortiga-Co who took care of her in 2010 and 2017, to nurses Cha and Sheila of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center.

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I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback on CGHMC, the latest of which can be read at


…and hope they can continue to reach more and more people.

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Screengrab from http://www.chinesegeneralhospital.com.ph/




Kailan sila handang magkolehiyo? Meron pa ngang sumagot ng ‘now na’

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Mga nag-‘inquire’ sa isang pamantasan: ‘Factor’ din ang pagpili ng mapapasukang kolehiyo pati kurso.


Pakinggan natin ang mga sumagot sa tanong ni Thomas Hagley Sr, isang textbook author. Tinanong niya ang mga kagrupo niya sa isang popular na business- and employment-oriented social networking service na nag-o-operate gamit ang mga website at mga mobile app.

Sulat ni Hagley: “When are they ready for college? What personal characteristics would you see as signs that a young person is ready for college? (I’m a grandparent trying to provide guidance to a 20-year-old granddaughter.)”

Mga Sagot:

Christina Giacobbe-Nuzzolo Thomas: I honestly believe that a student’s preparedness for college is not measurable by any characteristics. I’ve stood before freshman for over seventeen years. There are ones who thrive in a new environment while some struggle. Ironically, I’ve found that students who didn’t do well in high school adapt easily and succeed because it’s a fresh start. Students who had straight A’s in high school struggle with not having control over their academics. Professors don’t need to follow the same rules as their teachers. I always shake my head when they get that first test from a professor that had nothing to do with material that was supposed to be on the exam. College makes students self-sufficient and responsible! They have a grandfather who cares about their success… that’s all they need!

Farah Jamal Karmali: All great comments. I would say: a real desire to be there and to learn (intrinsic motivation), focus, a willingness to try again and learn from “failures”, a commitment to working hard and pushing yourself to achieve your potential. Hope that helps. As a Mom of a high school student, I also wonder how best to advise my kids, but encouraging them to believe in themselves and not be afraid to try is at the top of my list. I believe it will work out in the end.

Terry Baker: AweldI CertEd Thomas hi, I only agree with Christina’s comments above and at twenty the short answer to your headline question is….’Now’

Y Padma Sai: Hello. Great ideas, but present generation students are more addicted to electronic gadgets. Parents and teacher are unable to control them. Please give your valuable suggestions.

Nathan Okia: You are ready for college when you have attempted some advanced courses at high school.

Carolyn Mattocks: Readiness for college is normally based on personal experiences and academic performance. I grew up in a rural area of North Carolina and completed my high school education at at Title I high school. Normally, Title I schools have been stereotyped as having enormous disadvantages. However, I identify my experiences as a student as being some of the best preparation that one could receive to prepare for college. I received a strong value system in alignment with the philosophy of my parents, but because of academic performance I was able to attend two summer programs which gave me insight about college life. These programs were at UNC-Charlotte and Duke University. Each gave me an opportunity to determine if I had an interest in pursuing a particular major, but most importantly it gave me the opportunity to learn about college life. These experiences helped with my preparation for college readiness.

Maria Calkins: Academic preparation only goes so far. Any student who has a decent GPA in high school can do well in college. It’s the “soft skills” that matter in this decision. How independent are they? Have they demonstrated agility in difficult situations? As a college professor for over 2 decades, I’ve seen B & C HS students excel in college because they have grit, open minds & clear goals (or are open to trying as many new things as possible in helping them clarify their goals). On the other hand, I’ve seen A students who excelled in high school struggling to deal with college because they come believing that they already have what it takes to succeed, aren’t very flexible, and become distracted by the social aspects of college because those are in their comfort zone. The size of the HS and colleges involved are also important. Someone who was a “big fish in a small pond” in high school will often struggle at a large university. I hope this helps!

DC Alviar: One needed to stop attending his first university of choice because he failed most of his subjects in his first two semesters. He earned the diploma from another university, but not without delay. The Q is also timely as the Philippines jumpstarts its K-12 program, which leads us to ask: Is it possible that the difficulties with K-12 might have been caused by the premature program launching? As for the delayed graduation case, it’s indicative of the student’s utter lack of preparation to go to a university based in Mega Manila (culturally shocked he was; he’s “college-ready” for as long as he would still be based in the Visayas, where he spent his last two years in high school). The reason why he initially failed in college was his equally utter lack of soft skills. When he reached 20, he became more responsible, removed his Visayan accent, and reverted to his Manila accent. If I look at the totality of this kind of personality, it mattered in his delayed but successful college feat.

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PURO BASKETBOL sa isip at gawa ang maraming kabataan sa Pilipinas. Merong sinuswerte’t merong minamalas din sa basketbol pagkatapos mag-kolehiyo kung makatapos man.

Basketball community ‘disorganizers’: Only if we could exclude ourselves from their narrative

Mother leagues PBA, UAAP, Philippine NCAA and the influential United States NBA have suspended referees due to erratic calls, influencing game outcomes, and even simple non-calls. How about the reason of “poor officiating”? Not really.

The vague reason is creating such a stir with a whopping 93 percent of fans believing that NBA should suspend referees for poor officiating at least in the most recent playoff games. The Alaska Aces’ fifth straight win three weeks ago made Coach Luigi Trillo overjoyed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup amid the league commissioner office’s verdict a day after the game which had a referee suspended for six games for calling a game-changing goal-tending violation less than 30 seconds left when Alaska needed to tie Talk ‘N Text’s score.

Controversies hounding pro league officiating left Filipino players and supporters in the Kingdom relatively unaffected when they return to the hardcourt. Bad players are hardly ever slapped with suspensions and there has been no record found pointing to referee suspension from Dammam’s UFBF to Jeddah’s FBA.

“Player nga di nasususpinde, referee pa?” a fan and an organizer put it bluntly.

In a sense of a fan culture, points out a Filipino worker in Jeddah, the zero referee suspension in the Kingdom despite opposite indications of a growing trend in the mother leagues is a welcome development. This should stay: lack of suspension means we have no problem, he says.

He adds since organizers are on top of things this means more sponsors will believe in their endeavors. For team members on a losing side brought by officiating factors, he suggests them to go back to the drawing board, stop complaining too much, stay focused on the game plan, and think positive as referees are presumed fair in their calls regardless of imperfections.

Organizers are one in saying that referee suspension is the last thing they will do since the breed of Kingdom-based referees is one that gains much respectability and has a great amount of dedication to the physical and mental work, and the problems these OFW referees face in calling the shots for the game are not as complicated and tortuous as in American and Philippine settings.

If players can be fined or suspended per FIBA and league ground rules, why can’t the referees be? An answer from a skilled Kingdom organizer is simple: Referees go by the book and with a noble goal of coming to an endgame with the making of a sport winner and the one gracious in defeat, while players/coaches/managers are just out to win, sometimes at all cost.

Referee Lito Dela Cruz, who chairs the young body as well as co-equal seniors from the Basketball Referees Group (BRG), never stops encouraging dribblers to feel young and stay cool with one’s good character intact while in the sport.

Refereeing in more than a decade in the Kingdom is no easy feat. He has come across different temperaments from a player’s personal grudge against him that extended to days and months up to the time of the player’s exiting the Kingdom to a dedicated player’s good mood no matter the game results.

Like in college basketball’s “student first, player second” concept, each player in the Kingdom is a worker first before he becomes privileged to step onto Jeddah’s Green Hall Stadium and even the overgenerous gymnasiums of Dammam’s Al Qadisiyah, Al Ettifaq and Saudi Aramco.

Back to the role of Filipino referees in the Kingdom, suspending those who figure in poor officiating remains to be seen. DC Alviar, 18 Nov 2012


Arab News (July 14, 2002). Jeddah ‘basketbrawlers’ giving Pinoy community a bad name. Retrieved June 8, 2017 from http://www.arabnews.com/node/222489

Memories of a Lost Kingdom

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The story is still vivid, almost wild. A long time ago, a monarch habitually took time to cut grasses and clear the road of potentially hazardous big stones like a good gardener tending to his plants. Now, it is all but a hazy fairy tale of modesty from a ruler and his virtues gone for good. Without a palace to reside, an army to command or a golden throne to sit upon to receive courtiers, it is almost unimaginable how one could command respect through sheer moral compass.  Yet what if criminals and offenders were simply summoned and obligingly appeared before the same old man to meekly wait for sanctions. It was almost a tall tale meant to amuse a kid until one realizes that his grandmother, the Sultan’s sister, was the storyteller trying to put in trance a wide-awake grandson to bed.

These days, the kingdom that was formed as a gift from the two most powerful Sultanates in mainland Mindanao to their newly-married heirs eroded into a lore. If any semblance of its grandeur has remained, these are the pockets of occasional “crowning” of resurrected or make-believe titles to descendants looking back at the glory of the past while being confronted with a bleak future and very bloody present.

This is life at present. In Muslim Mindanao, there is a sense of longing. So do the majority of Filipinos grappling with the pain of a lost generation amid the turbulence of a high-rolling materialistic world. The once close-knit community of kindred kinsfolks caved into the anonymity of a larger unattached crowd in the concrete jungle. Human life is cheap. Justice is simply served when the suspect is killed, guilty or not. Wealth is pegged on material richness regardless of how it is acquired. Meanwhile, public service simply turned into a profitable livelihood for leaders who ascended to power by virtue of a familiar surname, or, depending on where the political wind drifts, “friendship” with the powers-that-be in Manila.


The country that resisted Spain valiantly, fought the Japanese fiercely, and then wrestled and later worshiped the Americans is now confronting its biggest enemy so far — itself. Its history is not only penned in blood and heroism but in the treachery of some of the sons of the revolution. Once touted as Asia’s next Japan, one megalomaniac leader and his family reduced it to the region’s basket case for 14 years. Just as its people redeemed their pride and peacefully reclaimed democracy in 1986 as the rest of world watched in awe and admiration, it went back to business as usual called graft and corruption for those in power and national amnesia for the rest.   Reduced to hotbed of insurgencies from the Moros and the Communists and the more threatening presence of bandits and self-styled Islamic groups, it is also suffering from a serious dearth of leadership. Not even the election of a native-born son could promise liberation. Dirty politics including its most evil spin-off called graft and corruption played squalidly spawning its more lethal form among the local politicians who learned adeptly from their central government masters.

When gore, agony, and loss of morals across all aspects pervade life, man has an uncanny way to cope up. He summons the depths of his experience from the past. It has been said that great turbulence forges society to a greater wisdom. He will rebuild from these lessons. Who could have forgotten how our grandparents or parents who saw the bloody ‘40s and built families in the ‘50s spoke freely of chivalry when men opened doors for women or when parks, movies, and the radio, not narcotics, were the people’s idea of entertainment?

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It was not surprising when that generation indulged in a nostalgia. World War II saw the loss of lives and uprooting of families to a magnitude never before seen in history. Man’s darkest side emerged and went on a rampage unrelenting. Only when the surreal scene of dead bodies and the scarred living stood at the threshold of doom did man came to his self-preserving senses and stopped.

Human experience since time immemorial is built around this cycle of bad and good. There was the Dark Ages when even the so-called guardian of goodness, the Church, turned out to be as bad, if not, worse than the evil it swore to stamp out.  Then there was the Renaissance when man finally saw the light and began the rebuilding process that leapfrogged science, arts, and technology to unprecedented heights. Here in the home front, the evil that Martial Law brought about to a power-hungry leader and his family and the mass of millions who confronted him in 1986 also saw the best in the Filipino and his potential for greatness. Heroes rose and with them the creative genius of a suppressed people that turned to subtle forms to attack the Dictator Marcos and his evil minions. That celebrated metamorphosis has eroded too in recent years and replaced with a revisionist view sweeping the Philippines these days without let up. The anti-heroes have become heroes. And just like the libertarian fallout that enveloped the world after the inspiration of EDSA including the downfall of Communism, the Philippines’ consciously veered towards another leader of the Marcosian type, at least, in terms of brutality and priorities. In this ensuing morality play, all the Filipinos could find comfort over the thought that they do not monopolize the shrinking brain phenomenon. The US, too, has wholeheartedly embraced evolution’s greatest regression since one lunatic Austrian corporal become a German dictator and decided to butcher 6 million “inferior” humans during World War II. Now, the same German vein also flows into an American President who is as xenophobic as the Electoral College that won him the post even if his lady rival got more than 3 million votes in the world’s most famous democracy.

The world heralded globalization in the ‘90s hoping to usher in the dawning of one global village. As borders collapsed and people, cultures, and goods crisscrossed across countries, the ensuing exchange was unprecedented.  Many saw an opportunity just as many also saw a problem. Xenophobia, the old fear, emanating from displacement of weaker economies also grew. It was the same scourge that the Great Wars and subsequent upheavals in the Balkans and many parts of the world spawned before along ethnic lines. Rubbing more salt to the wound, the unabated growth of technology and the public’s unbridled access to its forms like Facebook and other social media magnified the problem. Ideas that are mostly seeded from ignorance, bigotry, suspicion, and fear crawled like the plague that almost wiped out the Europe of the old.

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A Frankenstein has been unleashed and is wreaking havoc to the youth and their perception of the world and all the values it holds dear. Prowling the information highway like the ancient plague of rats that almost extinguish Europe, man is now staring at a tinderbox waiting to be unleashed and shake his life in the years to come.

The Kingdom built on piety and modesty has long gone. It brought with it the good old values that the world now has dumped in the name of an alternative fact called materialism. Now, success is no longer built on character but on the acquisition of wealth. The fallout is already being felt. Integrity no long carries a politician to the public post. The brash, once frowned, is worshiped in the name of a more acceptable “truth” called being real, demonic real, to be exact.

Yes, abnormal is the new normal. Brace up for a new cycle of the familiar struggle between good and bad in a roller-coaster ride along a surreal landscape. MS Glang