Rising From Deep Slumber

The long shadow of time beat down impartially to a set of alumni in a path sliding towards obscurity and oblivion. Well, almost!

For over forty seven years, the Hawaiian Philippine Company Elementary School Batch 1969 (HPCo. E/S Batch 69) has gone dormant, like in a state of blissful sleep.


Then, one day, an awakening shattered the air of uncertainty over the future of the alumni. After nearly five decades in hibernation, a core group came to life to call on fellow alumni to regroup and organize themselves.

The group leveraged today’s technological advances in communication to connect all alumni from one end of planet Earth to the other. A chat room on Facebook was setup for instant access to the conversations.

Overcoming the cobwebs of years of inactivity, a handful group of eight alumni celebrated the first ever and historic milestone: 47th reunion of HPCo. E/S Batch 69 in December 2016. The attendees were Madam Pres. Haydee Ricafort, Arlene Chu, Alice Pedral, Corazon Asejo, Jose Asejo, Elmer Posa, Jie Bitamor and Corazon Sulpico.

Motivated by renewed enthusiasm and a profound sense of purpose, the alumni resolved to meet regularly as they invited the others and quickly grew in number.

Last May 11, 2017, thirteen alumni gathered for lunch at Melken’s in Balaring, Silay City.

Then again in May 27, 2017, fourteen alumni had lunch and videoke at Melken’s, joined in by balikbayan and fellow alumni now based in the United States, Fr. Uldarico dela Pena.

Organizing for the 50th Golden Alumni Homecoming

Last September 2, with 28 alumni in attendance, the HPCo. E/S Batch 69 met at the Silay North Elementary School ALS Room, formed an organization and planned for a big 48th alumni homecoming on December 23, 2017, with a couple of socio-civic activities for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students on 21st December.

This was followed by another alumni meeting last October 1 held at the same venue.

Meanwhile, Batch 69 has turned over donations to its Alma Mater: two bookshelves and an educational globe for the Library and volleyball set for athletes. Donations are the alumni’s way of giving back to their beloved school.

And yet, the grand goal is for all alumni to unite and come in force for the 50th Golden alumni reunion on May 2019.

Presently, HPCo. E/S Batch 69, which comprises over 170 students in four sections on record, has reached out to 60 alumni and counting.

Contributors: Jie Bitamor and Regie J. Begaso


Juices Market Research Reports and Industry Analysis


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This guestpost on global market industry insight into juices and beverages is courtesy of Ashlan Bonnell, Managing Editor of MarketResearch.com.

The global market for juice is expanding. Consumption increased in 2012, totaling 68,388.1 million liters of juice around the world. Juice consumption is expected to keep growing, driving the market value up to $128,741.1 million by the end of 2017.

Although the largest juice markets are in China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, other countries are expecting large annual growth in the upcoming years.

Fruit and vegetable juices have begun gaining more popularity as health and dietary concerns also grow. Currently in the market, orange juice has the highest global demand, but there are many other juices that have high attention. These include: grapefruit juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, grape juice, tomato juice, other single fruit or vegetable juice, other citrus juice, and mixtures of juice.MarketResearch.com’s collection of market research studies on the beverage industry, specifically in juices, will help you stay competitive and grow in this healthy market. Reports cover both vegetable and fruit juices. Our beverage market research can help you discover multiple perspectives that will help you answer your beverage research questions or give insight into industry segmentation, size, and growth of the global market. Also available are highly regarded outlook reports for the U.S. and global markets, along with a full library of country-specific studies for juice.

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How to Start Juicing: 7-Day Juice Plan to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet

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Here are expert how-to juicing tips and recipes for a 7-day plan of healthy juicing from eatingwell.com

Everything you need to start juicing: 7-day plan of healthy juicing recipes, expert how-to juicing tips, juicer-buying advice and how to juice using a blender.

Excited to start making your own healthy, fresh juice at home? EatingWell’s 7-day juice plan is designed to be a starter kit with tips and recipes to help you get started juicing or, if you’re already a home-juicing enthusiast, to give you new ideas for your juicer. Each of our 7 healthy homemade juice recipes provides about a quarter of the average daily recommended fruit and vegetables per glass (5 1/2 cups for a 2,000-calorie diet). Several studies show that adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your mental health and sense of well-being, yet most of us don’t get enough.

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10 Tips to Boost Your Immune System

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From JuiceladyCherie.com we are posting this unique, compelling and useful article on 10 Tips to Boost Your Immune System which we hope you will enjoy.

1. Cleanse your colon. 70 percent of the cells that make up the body’s immune system are found in the wall of the gut.

2. Oregano oil helps kill some of bad bacteria that may be dominating your digestive system. Take 200 mg three times a day.

3. Japanese mushrooms—enoki, shitake or oyster – are a great immune booster. They are loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, that does not get destroyed during the cooking process.

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Vegetable Juicing

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Juicing-for-Health.com features this highly interesting article about juicing vegetables and the benefits. Find out more…

Ultimately, you want to aim to drink more vegetable juices for its highly cleansing and healing properties that are effective for reversing many ailments and … melting away toxic fats.

If you have clicked on this section first, I suggest you also read the fruit juicing section later, about why you should juice. The reasons for vegetable juicing and fruit juicing are the same, but vegetables have something much more important that fruits have less of — chlorophyll.

What Is Chlorophyll?

When you hear the word “chlorophyll“, you may vaguely remember this word from Biology in school. To some of you, the word may mean almost nothing, other than the green thing in plants.

Yes, it is “the green thing” in plants, the phytochemical that makes plants green. But, it is also a very important proteinous compound that acts as our internal healer, cleanser, antiseptic, cell stimulator, rejuvenator and red blood cell builder, just as it is the “lifeblood” of the plant.

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Blender binge: Are blender nutrition claims true?

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This article on nutrition and health written by Ben Popken first appeared at today.com

A nation of time-starved consumers looking for a health edge has embraced the blades of a blender.

Americans trying to cram more fruits and vegetables into their diet have gone on a smoothie and juicing binge. There’s even a new product category, the “personal blender,” which has seen a 17 percent growth in the past year alone. It has a smaller counter footprint than a traditional KitchenAid-style model and sports a smaller container, 3.5 oz or less container, that often doubles as a to-go cup.

And why not? After you’ve blitzed your beets, clobbered your kale and rendered your peanuts to powder, a liquid meal can be convenient. Instead of cooking, cutting and chomping, just gulp and go.

But some mixer makers also believe their products unlock nutrients that your body wouldn’t be able to get to otherwise.

One of them, the popular “NutriBullet,” made by Capital Brands, says it turns ordinary foods into “Super Foods.” By pulverizing ingredients “at a cellular level,” the product claims it “releases vital nutrients that would have otherwise remained locked inside un-chewed bits of food.”

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Fruit and vegetable juicing may be key to helping people with addictions

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(NaturalNews) Could juicing be instrumental in overcoming addictions ranging from nicotine to misuse of medications? For many people, the answer is a resounding, “yes.”

Keri Kenseth, an avid juicer, says that eating fresh fruits and vegetables in this manner is the ideal way for people to maintain good health, or in the case of people with addictions, to nurture their bodies back to health.

How juicing helps people with addictions restore their health

Bodies that have faced years of addictions are riddled with toxins that wreak havoc on overall functioning. From clarity, mood, circulation, to digestion, virtually every aspect of a properly-running system is jeopardized when addictions enter the picture.

That’s where juicing comes in.

Kenseth explains that juicing allows people to consume only the essential nutrients from fruits and vegetables, which work to flush out the toxins that have been accumulated from addictive behaviors. Good thing, because over time, all that tobacco, alcohol or other harmful substances can take a toll on our mental and physical health.

Because the fresh fruits and vegetables used for juicing are void of animal products and refined sugars, the body regains energy and its immune system becomes stronger, helping to give those addictions a proper send-off as they leave our body. In other words, adding known harms like processed foods or ones that are not whole to our diets only add fuel to the fire for a body that’s already struggling with toxins.

Personal stories of those who credit juicing for turning their life around

One incredible story comes from Quentin Vennie. He was a heavy smoker, overdosed on Vicodin and struggled with addictions to other medications. Flash forward to a life of juicing and yoga, he’s free of his addictions and now a Certified Personal Trainer in New York City. He says he looks to foods, not medications, to heal himself.


There’s also Tom Coghill, who admits to facing muscle spasms and short-term memory loss after abusing alcohol, painkillers and tranquilizers. When he decided to make a change in his life, he started juicing foods like carrots, cantaloupe, cucumber and watermelon. He says he experienced increased energy and more importantly, turned his life from one of life-threatening addictions to one of health and newfound spirituality.

While juicing clearly has many benefits, it should be noted that it may not be for everyone. It may sometimes cause diarrhea, hyperglycemia symptoms due to consumption of high concentrations of natural sugars, or lead to infections in instances where individuals do not properly clean their juicers.