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Monday, January 31, 2011

Jack Sparrow's "The Pitied Tourist"

My wife and I just watch “the tourist” of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.  Well, my only comment is, JD still have his “Jack Sparrow” antics.  Like when he was asked to show his teeth during an interrogation.  Hahaha… I suddenly felt I was in a different movie.  My wife commented (which I agreed, second comment… lol), that there should be justice in “Frank” (JD’s role).  It is just he was overshadowed by Angelina’s character “Elise”.  They both are the main star of this movie, right? If only the movie had shown that Elise fell in-love with Frank (or if there is, emphasized some more), instead of just showing him being used and later on, pitied upon, then there would be strength in JP’s character. Peace. God bless.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy New Year and "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai"

Advance Happy New Year to our Filipino-Chinese brothers… and to all Chinese in the world.  Kung Hei Fat Choi!!!… For all these years I thought I was greeting someone a “Happy New Year” in Chinese.  But if you greet them that don’t worry, it’s not wrong.  We just often mistaken it as “Happy New Year”, but “Kung Hei Fat Choi!” is Cantonese for greeting, “Congratulations and be prosperous! Or Congratulations and wishing you prosperity”.  However, considering that majority of the Chinese Filipinos speaks Hokkien, I suggest that we say the greeting in Hokkien, which is "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai" which means just the same.  Why??? Kasi daw para kang nagbibisaya sa Tagalog.  Just for information, in Mandarin it is “Gong Xi Fa Cai”.

Here are additional trivia about the Chinese New Year. Enjoy and God bless:
Ø  The Chinese New Year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit,
which is also known by its formal name of Xin Mao.
Ø  It will be held this coming February 03, 2011.  It is the first day of the Chinese New Year.
Ø  And it is Year 4708 in the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries. It predates the International Calendar (based on the Gregorian Calendar) in use at the present, which goes back only some 430 years. Basically, a calendar is a system we use to measures the passage of time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in days, months, years and centuries. These are fundamentally based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars.  Days are measured by the duration of time of one self rotation of the earth. Months are measured by the duration of time of rotation of the moon around the earth. Years are measured by the duration of time it takes for the earth to rotate around the Sun.

Ø  Chinese New Year Celebration Day:
2007 Feb 18
2008 Feb 7
2009 Jan 26
2010 Feb 14
2011 Feb 3
2012 Jan 23

Ø  There are three ways to name a Chinese year:
  1. By the zodiac animal
2008 is known as the Year of the Rat.
2009 is the Year of the Ox.
2010 is the Year of the Tiger

There are 12 animal names; so by this system, year names are repeated every 12 years.
Rat - Zodiac Animal
Senju Kannon – Buddhist Patron
N – Compass Direction
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 – Year of Birth
Kokūzō Bosatsu
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Kokūzō Bosatsu
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Hare or Rabbit
Monju Bosatsu
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Fugen Bosatsu
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Fugen Bosatsu
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Seishi Bosatsu
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Dainichi Nyorai
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Dainichi Nyorai
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Fudō Myō-ō
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Amida Nyorai
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Boar or Pig
Amida Nyorai
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

  1. By the Stem-Branch Formal Name
2011 is the year of XinMao .
2010 is the year of Geng Yin .
2009 is the Year of Ji Chou.

In the 'Stem-Branch' system, the Name of the Year is repeated every 60 years.
2011 is the 12th year in the current 60-year Cycle.
2010 is the 11th year in the current 60-year Cycle.
2009 is the 10th year in the current 60-year Cycle. 

  1. By its Year Number
          2012 is Year 4709 by Chinese Calendar.
          2011 is Year 4708 by Chinese Calendar.
          2010 is Year 4707 by Chinese Calendar.
          2009 is Year 4706 by Chinese Calendar

  • Decorate house doors with red scrolls on which Chinese characters are written and hang up red paper lanterns.
  • Make sure there are healthy, preferably blooming, plants around the house. They symbolize life and  renewal.
  • Settle all debts. You must not owe anyone money.
  • Thoroughly clean the house before the first day of the year.
  • Get a haircut and wear new clothes.

Miracle Fruit - Graviola/Guyabano - Cure For Cancer?

Hello everyone, a mistah (Jules B) shared this information in our group and I want to share it with you.  The Graviola or locally known to us Filipinos as Guyabano is a common fruit in our country.  So far I haven't seen a concrete basis or study of this fruit for cancer cure, but hey, you won't lose anything if you try it. I do believe it's very nutritious and delectable (have you tried guyabano shake) but for cure, I still recommend to seek a professional opinion.  I recommend it as a supplement though... malay mo, di ba? So here it is... thanks bok for sharing this. God bless.


The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer
cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo ..

Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make
back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic
version of it for sale.

So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or
just drink some sour sop juice yourself as a prevention from time to time. The
taste is not bad afterall. Its completely natural and definitely has no side
effects. If you have the space plant one in your garden. The other parts of
the tree are also useful.

The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

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Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be
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Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not
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Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life
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Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including
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The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the
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Graviola--the plant that worked too well

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Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money
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As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a
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....A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent
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the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin..."

...The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is
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...A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola
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Tips and basics about the Honda XR 200 motorcycle

My XR200 had been with me since 2004. Based on my experience with it (which I learned the hard and somewhat embarrassing way), I would like to share with you some of the basics about it and tips that might be of help:

Ø       Read the Honda XR200 manual.
Ø        The XR seat is about 851 mm (33.5 inches) high (so how long are your legs?).  You might consider this, an XR is pretty heavy.  But hey, if you’re a risk taker… I knew many.
Ø       The XR has an ignition switch in the right of its handle bar to put it to start (should I still tell you to turn it on using its key?), being a 200, it does not have a kick starter. So it depends a lot on its battery. But don’t worry, if incase your battery is weak and your XR won’t start, grip your clutch, set your XR to 2nd gear, ask someone to give you a push, then apply some gas as you loosen your grip on your clutch.  If you’re not confident doing this, ask someone you trust.  Though I don’t recommend this but hey it’ll come handy.
Ø        Based on the manual, the XR’s tank can contain 9 liters of gasoline (estimated 7 liters before you reached the tank’s reserve).  I calculate my consumption as to 30 kilometers per liter to be safe (however, it is estimated to be 35-38 km/L), so it would be alarming if I already reached near the 270 kilometers mark in my odometer counter after a full tank.
Ø       Gasoline and battery is good, in fact, it just had its tune up, but it won’t start… you might accidentally switched the “engine stop”. Just switch it on.

Ø       The XR is hard to start especially if not used for a while, the trick is the switching your choke on for a head start. Just don’t forget to turn it off.  The choke lever is located underneath your tank.

Ø     You’re riding your XR and suddenly it stops and you’re sure you have gasoline, before you call your mechanic (which I did), you might want to check if your gasoline tank valve is off… turn it on or put it in reserve (in case you just thought you had a fill).

Ø       If it still won’t start, you might want to check your spark plug.  You have tools in your tool case at the rear part of your XR. You can use it to remove your spark plug.  Clean it.  If it still won’t start (hey you did everything you can), you can now call your mechanic for help (do I have to tell you to have a cell phone and save your mechanic’s number in your contacts? Haha…) 

Ø   This happened to me, someone took/stole my spark plug cap (ganun na siguro kahirap ang buhay). Don’t worry; just connect the black wire directly to your spark plug and your good to go.  But buy a replacement for your spark plug cap.  It is there for a reason.

Ø      Through surfing the net and own experience, you’ll find this informative: After 500kms, you can run 80kph. At 850kms, you can run at 100kph so your engine won’t be sluggish. Tune-up is every 3000kms (from brand new up to 2-years old XR), just keep changing the oil every 1000-1500kms. This frequent change oil will make your engine run smoothly, snappier and have a longer life (based on experience, the longer the distance you travel every day, the earlier you must change your oil). Use a liter of 20w-50 or 20w-40 of 4-stroke oil (any brand will do).
Ø      Keep your chain oiled or greased.  It might look dirty but it would surely save you money.
Ø      For tire pressure, it really depends on the road you travel and preference. For me, I usually have this: front tire (25-28 psi), rear tire (30-35 psi).
Hope I shared something useful and I’m glad to be of help.  I’m open to any comment or additional information.  God bless.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Premier Law Enforcement Academies in the Philippines

Hello my dear readers and fellow bloggers… as I mentioned, I want my blogs to be informative and somewhat in relation to what I had experienced and what I’m passionate about.  And so, I begin my informative blogs…

I had been a cadet in a prestigious academy here in the Philippines.  I’m with the class of 1999.  The cadet life was not easy… being in a military academy, what do you expect?  The first year was physically strenuous, exhausting and “rotting like hell”.  The second year, we’ll our body already adapted to pressure, however, the academics… whew… was really tough.  And then the third year… well for me, the pressure here was in your leadership… how you handle your underclass and being a role model to them (as they look up to you); and how you contribute in helping your first class handle the corps (as they expect you to do well as their successor).  The fourth year… well I haven’t reached that part… why? It’s a long story.  But hey, did I regret entering the academy and had I wasted 2 ½ years of my college life? Absolutely no… I learned a lot from my experience there and helped me in many ways… it’s truly an honor.  Then, did I regret going out of the academy?... I met my lovely wife, Ellinor, and I’ve got 2 beautiful kids, Rael and Justin… and I’m living my life to the fullest… what do you think?  No regret, what’s done is done.  God has a purpose for everything… and everything is all for HIS Glory.

If you find it interesting to join our law enforcement and be of service to our country, here is several information of some of the prestigious academies in our beloved Philippines…namely: the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)… the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)… the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA).

I hope you’ll find this helpful and informative. Thank you for making me a part of your life’s journey.  I hope you succeed and if you do, be a good servant of our country and God’s follower. Good luck and God bless.

(Please note that all information and pictures are taken from the internet through the courtesy of GOOGLE, PMA, PNPA & PMMA sites.  If there are errors in the information below, kindly comment and I’m more than glad to change it. Cheers…)


Qualifications to be a PMA Cadet
Filipino Candidates
Ø  Natural Born Filipino Citizen
Ø  Single and never been married
Ø  Have never sired (male) nor given birth (female) to a child
Ø  5 feet 4 inches tall if male; 5 feet 2 inches tall if female
Ø  Not a day older than 22 years old and not a day younger than 17 years old on 01 April of the year following the date of the examination taken
Ø  Of good moral character
Ø  At least High School graduate with a general average of 85% or higher; for 4th year High School students, 3rd year general average of 85% or higher
Ø  Must pass the WRITTEN, PHYSICAL & NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC examinations
Ø  Able to perform the minimum requirements for Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Minimum Requirements for Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Sit up
55 reps
39 reps
Push up
47 reps
35 (modified position) reps
3.2 km Run
17 mins 9 secs
18 mins 59 secs

If accepted as a cadet in the Academy, you will become a full government scholar. As a cadet, you will also receive a monthly pay and various allowances to cover the cost of your expenses essential to your training.
You will be accepted as a cadet or plebe during a “reception” in the sacred Borromeo field of PMA on April 1. (Just an advice, it’s a military academy; a reception might mean differently, just expect for the worst. It’s April Fool’s Day after all)

Foreign Candidates
Non- Filipino candidates may be allowed to submit their applications and be selected as cadets to the Philippine Military Academy provided they satisfy the same basic requirements for Filipino cadets. The president of the Philippines is authorized to grant one foreign cadet per class for each foreign country maintaining diplomatic relations with the Republic of the Philippines. The following are the conditions for admission of a foreign cadet:
Ø  Their pay and allowances, per diems, and traveling expenses shall be borne by their country.
Ø  They will be subject to the same rules and regulations governing attendance, discipline, resignation, discharge, and graduation as Filipino cadets.
Ø  Foreign cadets will not be entitled to appointment to any office or position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines by reason of graduation from the Philippine Military Academy.
Ø  They will not take the oath of office upon admission and execute the engagement for service.
Ø  Foreign cadets usually take their own oath of office before the ambassador of their respective governments.
Ø  Foreign cadets shall take the PMA Entrance Examinations in their respective countries which shall be administered by the Defense and Armed Forces Attaches (DAFA) of the Philippines.

PMA Entrance Exam Requirements for Applicants: (usually held in August)

- complete the information in the application form and subsequently
- two (2) copies of 2x2 ID picture
- pencil
- authenticated or NSO copy of birth certificate
- true copy of High School Form 137

Application forms shall be mailed to the following address:

Office of Cadet Admission
Philippine Military Academy
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City 2602
Tel Nos. (074)446-8002 / 447-3690
447-3292 / 447-3686 local: 6551 or 6545
Mobile Phone Nos. 09185872384 / 09273810493
Public Information Office
Philippine Military Academy
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City
Email Address:


Admission Requirements

PNPA needs able, responsible and well-motivated youths who have the aptitude for service to meet the varied and challenging duties of a public safety service officer.

A. Qualifications
Ø  A natural born Filipino citizen;
Ø  Of good moral character;
Ø  Male or female, single and with no child or children;
Ø  Not younger than 17 years old nor older than 21 years of age at the time of admission;
Ø  Height of at least 162.5 cm (5ft 4 in) for male, and 157.5 cm (5ft 2 in) for female;
Ø  Weight of not more or less than five (5) kilograms of the standard weight   measurement corresponding to height, age and sex;
Ø  Must be able to perform the following physical fitness test;

Full Arms Hanging
40 sec
2 mins Push-Ups
2 mins Sit-Ups
100 meter dash
17 sec
20 sec
1000 meter run

• Physically and mentally fit for cadetship training;
• No criminal, administrative, civil cases on file before any Prosecutor’s Office or Court of Justice and other/or derogatory record(s);
• Not a former cadet of PNPA or other service academies separated for cause(s) or by reason of resignation;
• Must pass the Cadet Admission Test (CAT), general physical, neuro-psychiatry, medical, agility test and interview.  


PNPA conducts Cadet Admission Test (usually held in October) once a year on the following Testing Centers:
Mariano Marcos State University, Castro Avenue, Laoag City
La Union National High School, San Fernando City, La Union
Cagayan National High School, Caritan Sur, Tuguegarao City
Regional Training School 2, Cauayan, Isabela
Nueva Ecija University of Science & Technology, Cabanatuan City
Pampanga National High School, San Fernando City
Camp Vicente Lim National High School, Mayapa, Calamba City
Regional Training School 4, Camp Nakar, Lucena City
Bicol University, Legaspi City
University of Iloilo, Iloilo City
Bacolod City
Cebu State College of Science & Technology, Cebu City
Leyte Institute of Technology, Tacloban City
Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City
Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School, Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City
University of Mindanao, Bolton St., Davao City
Lanton National High School, Lanton Apopong, General Santos City
NPC/NCRTI/Philippine Public Safety College, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Ramon Magsaysay National High School, EDSA, Quezon City
Philippine College of Criminology, Sales St., Sta Cruz, Manila
Baguio City National High School, Baguio City
Urios College, Butuan City
Notre Dame University, Cotabato City
Camarines  Norte State College,  Camarines  Norte    

Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry, Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao



Contact Information

Philippine National Police Academy
Camp General Mariano N Castaneda
Silang, Cavite, Philippines 4118 
Tel. No. (049) 545 5939 to 40
Website :


1.       Interested applicant who wishes to take the Entrance Examination should apply in person or through mail to the Committee on Admission, PMMA Complex, San Narciso, Zambales. Applicants by mail must fill-up the Application Form and mail it to:
      The Chairman
Committee on Admissions
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
San Narciso, Zambales

2.       Only true and correct entries are accepted; any false information will be a ground for your disqualification.
3.       Applicants must choose his/her preferred testing center from the table of Testing Centers.
4.       FILING of APPLICATION. Applicants have two (2) options to file their application
  • Personal – from January to September at PMMA Zambales only
  • Mail – from January to First Week of September only
  •  4 copies of recent 2x2 colored pictures with nameplate, front view; white background
  • Examination fee of three hundred fifty pesos (P350.00) in cash or postal money order payable to the PMMA Committee on Admissions (if application is filed through mail, only postal money order will be accepted);
  • Certified true copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Civil Registrar; (Photocopy only)
  • Note: Baptismal and Hospital Birth Certificates are not honored.
  • 2 pcs. Self-addressed long white mailing envelopes with P30 worth of stamps per envelope
6.       EXAMINATIONS. The PMMA entrance examination (usually held in September) covers the following subjects/ areas:
  • English
  • Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Trigonometry);
  • Science (General Science, Chemistry & Physics)
  • Abstract Reasoning
7.       SCREENING. Successful examinees of the Entrance Examination still have to undergo the following to qualify for admission:
  • Neuro-Psychological Evaluation
  • Pre-Medical
*  Height / Weight
*  Color Perception Test (ISHIHARA)
*  Snellens
*  Pre-Dental
  • Laboratory Examinations
  • Physical Examination
8.  ONE-MONTH ORIENTATION TRAINING. The Summer Orientation Training is a one-month indoctrination course where probationary midshipmen are quartered at the PMMA compound during the entire duration of the period. The “probies” are isolated from their families and friends and prohibited from entertaining visitors. 

     A hectic schedule consisting of military training, refresher course in Mathematics, English and introductory lectures in Navigation or Marine Engineering makes up the day of every “proby”.

Applicants who qualified for the One-month Orientation Training must report to the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy on the first day of May.

  1. Male or female, physically fit, natural born Filipino citizen/foreigner with study permit;
  2. Single and never been married;
  3. At least 16 but not more than 22 years old by June next year;
  4. Height of at least 160 cm. (5 ft. 3 in.) weighs 55 kgs. (120 lbs.) stripped for male and 155 cm. (5 ft. 1 in.) weighs 50 kgs. (110 lbs.) stripped for female;
  5. Free from being accused/convicted of any crime against the law and state;
  6. At least a high school graduate qualified to enroll in a four-year course or graduating from high school on April next year;
  7. At least earned average academic performance and preferably has taken Trigonometry in High School;
  8. Applicants must have never been enrolled at PMMA.

            MEDICAL :
    1. Undescended testicles
    2. Absence of one or both testicles
    3. Suspicious enlargement of testis or epididymis
    4. Varicocoele
    5. Uncircumcised (must be circumcised before medical exam)
    6. Height less than 5 ft & 3 inches
    1. History of childbirth/lactation
    2. Pregnancy
    3. Irregular menstrual cycle including menorrhagia
    4. Dysmenorrhea,incapacitating to a degree which necessitates recurrent absences
    5. Ovarian cyst, persistent and considered clinically significant
    6. New growth of the external and internal gentalia, e. g. myoma of the uterus
    7. Breastmass
    8. Endomentriosis unless surgically eradicated or controlled
    9. Cervicitis, acute or chronic
    10. Generalized enlargement of the uterus due to any cause
    11. Cervical polyps
    12. Height: Less than 5 ft & 1 inches
    1. Lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis (thoracic & lumbar) regardless of angle
    2. Bowlegged/knock kneed
    3. Pes Planus (flat footed)
    4. Arthritis, acute or subacute
    5. Underweight or overweight. Applicants must have the ideal body weight one week prior to start of probationary period.
    6. Severe skin diseases: bacterial, fungal or viral in nature. Excessive acne. Warts and all skin diseases must be cured prior to medical exam.
    7. Leprosy in any forms
    8. Tattoo/hypertropic tattoo scars causing disfigurement, extensive keloid scars specially in the facial area.
    9. Gross physical deformity asymetry whether congenital due to trauma or disease including  extra or missing appendages (i.e. fingers)
    10. Errors of refraction of eyes: near-sighted, far-sighted, astigmatism, cross-eyed and other ocular disorders.
    11. Visual Acuity of >30/20 OU
    12. Wearing contact lenses and eyeglasses
    13. Color blindness/defective color perception (Ishihara- perfect for BSMT and 2 mistakes for BSME)
    14. Deafness/perforated eardrum
    15. Severe or chronic otitis media
    16. Impacted cerumen (must be removed prior to medical exam)
    17. Chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps
    18. Hypertension, abnormal ECG tracings (e.g AV blocks, bundle branch blocks, ischemia, infarctions, arrhythmia tachycardia, bradycardia, etc.), heart abnormalities and diseases.
    19. Active PTB, massive pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary infarctions, pneumonitis, bronchopneumonia, atelectasis and other lung diseases.
    20. History of Asthma
    21. Lymphadenopathy
    22. Epilepsy, seizures, syncope and vertigo
    23. Anemia and blood dyscracia
    24. Hyperthyroidism (goiter) Hypothyroidism
    25. Diabetes Mellitus
    26. Hepatitis B whether active or inactive
    27. Gallstones
    28. Chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, duodenal ulcers and other GIT problems
    29. History of major operations within the preceding 6 months
    30. External/internal hemorrhoids and fissures, fistula-in-ano
    31. Old or recent fractures wherein internal fixation plates, screws are left in place which may be easily subjected to trauma
    32. Sexually transmitted diseases i.e HIV, gonorrhea & non-gonoccocal urethritis & syphilis
    33. Hernia
    34. Renal diseases and stones
    1. Cleft palate
    2. Malocclusion
      1. Class II
      2. Class III
      3. Lateral crossbite
    3. Open bite
    4. Tongue tied which may interfere with speech, breathing, swallowing and eating
    5. Missing of four anterior/posterior (front teeth/molar teeth)
    6. Complete upper or lower denture
    7. Impacted tooth/teeth
    8. Facial asymmetry
    9. Wearing of orthodontic brackets or any orthodontic appliances or prosthesis e.g. dental implants
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Marcelo H. Del Pilar High School, Malolos City
Cagayan National High School, Tuguegarao
Camarines Sur National School, Naga City
Bacoor National High School
Ifugao State College of Agriculture & Forestry, Nayon Lamut
Ilocos Norte National High School, Laoag City
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Pacita Complex National High School
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Solano National High School, Solano
Palawan National High School, Puerto Princesa City
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Gen. San. City High School-Main,Rizal St., Calumpang
St. Anthony High School, Anahawan, Southern Leyte
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San Narciso, 2205 Zambales
Tel. No. (63) (47) 9134396
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#957 Escoda St. cor. San Marcelino
Malate, Manila