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Wednesday, November 5

Rico Corn Rice Makes Healthy Yummy  

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A few months ago, I was able to find RiCo Corn Rice in the grocery shelves. I immediately bought a 1-kilo pack to try it because I saw on the label that it has a lower glycemic index. I remember asking my son if he'd like to try it and he said yes. I knew he would agree because he loves to try out "unusual things."

But you know, corn rice is not really new to me. As a young girl, I have already tried eating corn rice during the many summers I spent in the province. But RiCo corn rice is different because it's orange-colored. I remember eating white corn rice and its texture is softer and stickier.

RiCo corn rice is made of 100% Philippine-grown corn fortified with iron and calcium. According to the package, corn rice is:

  • For controlled blood sugar level - It's best for diabetics and pre-diabetics because of its low glycemic index.
  • For good eyesight - Corn contains the anti-oxidants beta-carotene and lutein.
  • For increased energy - Corn rice provides adequate carbohydrates for energy as well as Vitamin B complex.
  • Aflatoxin safe - These toxins are usually found in stored rice and are hazardous to health.

Cooking RiCo corn rice is quite easy and it's similar to cooking regular rice except that it needs a bit more water. When my mom saw this, she immediately told me that it would require more water even before she saw the package instructions. Again, it's based on her experience in the province. White corn rice, apparently, would not need extra water.

Some important things to remember, though:
  1. The grains should not be washed to preserve its water soluble nutrients.
  2. If a loose and fluffy consistency is preferred, RiCo rice corn should be cooked like pasta. Boil the water first, put the corn rice until it's cooked, then drain the excess water.

My cooked RiCo rice corn is a hit! I partnered it with grilled squid, much to the delight of my boys because they thought I cooked Java Rice, hehe... (Sosyal daw!) The husband did not know that it was rice corn until I told him that it was. It basically tastes the same as regular rice. Actually, it's yummier if you ask me.

RiCo corn rice is available in 1-kg, 2-kg, and 5-kg packs. The 1-kg pack I bought from SM Supermarket cost Php 70 while a 2-kg pack costs Php 125. I'm trying out new recipes using Rico corn rice so better stay tuned. By the way, recipes are available at

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Saturday, November 1

PRAYER FOR ALL SAINTS DAY and ALL SOULS DAY: Rosary and Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory  

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This is the first All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day that we will be celebrating without my dad who passed away 6 months ago. Tonight, we will be staying in my parents' place and we'll be praying the Rosary and Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  Just sharing what I compiled from Catholic sources in the Internet for those who may need this tonight.

Rosary for the Holy Souls

Sign of the Cross

V. O Lord, open my lips.
R. And I shall praise your name.
V. O God, come to my aid.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning…

(Apostles’ Creed)
All: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. And one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

V: For the intentions of our Holy Father, the Pope:
(Our Father, Hail Mary (x 3), Glory be…)

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. The Agony in the Garden
Lord Jesus Christ, through Your bloody sweat of fear that You shed on the Mount of Olives, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Bring to completion their purification and console them with the Cup of heavenly comfort.

• Our Father…
• Hail Mary… (x 10)
• V: Lord, grant them eternal rest… R: and let perpetual light shine upon them.
• (Fatima Prayer:) O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Your mercy.

2. The Scourging at the Pillar
Lord Jesus Christ, through Your painful Scourging which You tolerated so patiently for us sinners, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Bring them to live for ever with Christ and give them eternal relief.

3. The Crowning with Thorns
Lord Jesus Christ, through Your painful Crowning which You suffered so patiently for us sinners, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory and give them the crown of eternal delight.

4. The Carrying of the Cross
Lord Jesus Christ, through Your painful Carrying of the Cross, which You suffered so patiently for us sinners, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Bring them to the everlasting peace of perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity and lead them into eternal joy.

5. The Crucifixion of Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, through Your painful Crucifixion, which You suffered so patiently for us sinners, we ask You have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Turn Your Holy Face towards them and let them be in Paradise with You today.

All: Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your five Holy Wounds and through all of Your Sacred Blood that You shed, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and in particular on our parents, spouses, relatives, spiritual guides and benefactors. Complete the healing of their purification and let them enjoy and participate fully in Your Salvation. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, Thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show onto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V: Let us pray
All: O God, Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled unto Thy protection, implored Thy help or sought Thine intercession, was left unaided by Thee. Inspired by this confidence I fly onto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To Thee I come, before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Do not, O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise my petitions but, in Thy clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.

St. Michael Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust Satan down to hell and with him all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Litanies for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Lord, have mercy on us.
R: Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R: Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven ,
R: *Have mercy on the Souls of the Faithful departed.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
God the Holy Spirit, *
Holy Trinity, One God, *

Holy Mary ,
R: *Pray for the Souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Mother of God *
Saint Michael, *
Saint Gabriel, *
All ye holy Angels and Archangels, *
Saint John the Baptist, *
Saint Joseph, *
All ye holy Patriarchs and Prophets, *
Saint Peter, *
Saint Paul, *
Saint John, *
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists, *
Saint Stephen, *
Saint Lawrence, *
All ye holy Martyrs, *
Saint Gregory, *
Saint Ambrose, *
All ye holy bishops and confessors, *
Saint Mary Magdalen, *
Saint Catherine, *
All ye holy Virgins and widows, *

All ye Saints of God,
R: Make intercession for the Souls of the faithful departed.

Be merciful,
R: Spare them, O Lord.
Be merciful, 
R: Hear them, O Lord.

From all evil,
R:*O Lord, deliver them.
From Thy wrath, *
From the flame of fire, *
From the region of the shadow of death, *
Through Thine Immaculate Conception, *
Through Thy Nativity, *
Through Thy Most Holy Name, *
Through the multitude of Thy tender mercies, *
Through Thy most bitter Passion, *
Through Thy most Sacred Wounds, *
Through Thy most Precious Blood, *
Through Thine ignominious death, by which
Thou hast destroyed our death, *

We sinners,
R:* We beseech Thee, hear us.
O Thou Who didst absolve the sinner woman and
hear the prayer of the good thief, *
That thou wouldst release our deceased parents,
relations and benefactors from the bonds of their sins
and the punishment for them, *
That Thou wouldst hasten the day of visiting
Thy faithful detained in the receptacles
of sorrow, and wouldst transport them
to the city of eternal peace, *
That Thou wouldst shorten the time of expiation for their sins and graciously admit them into the holy sanctuary, into which no unclean thing can enter, *
That through the prayers and alms of Thy Church, and especially by the inestimable Sacrifice of Thy Holy Altar, Thou wouldst receive them into the tabernacle of rest and crown their longing hopes with everlasting fruition, Son of God, *

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R: *Grant them eternal rest.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, *
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, *

Christ, hear us.
R: Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
R: Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
And lead us not into temptation,
R: But deliver us from all evil. Amen.
From the gates of Hell,
R: Deliver their Souls, O Lord.
May they rest in peace.
R: Amen.
O Lord, hear my prayer ,
R:And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let Us Pray…

O God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the Souls of Thy departed servants the remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
R: Amen.

O God, the Giver of pardon and the Lover of the salvation of men, we beg Thy clemency on behalf of our brethren, kinsfolk and benefactors who have departed this life, that by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, Thou wouldst receive them into the joys of Thine everlasting kingdom. Through Christ Our Lord.
R: Amen.

O God, to Whom it belongs always to have mercy and to spare, be favorably propitious to the Souls of Thy servants and grant them the remission of all their sins, that being delivered from the bonds of this mortal life, they may be admitted to life everlasting, Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
R: Amen.

May the prayer of Your suppliant people, we beseech You, O Lord, benefit the souls of Your departed servants and handmaids, that You both deliver them from all their sins and make them partakers of Your redemption.
R: Amen.

May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R: Amen.

Sign of the Cross


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Thursday, October 16

Which Kakao Friend Are You?  

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In addition to KakaoTalk’s unique and diverse features, the fast, fun and free mobile messaging app is best known for its Kakao Friends characters. No matter your personality, you will be able to find your perfect avatar among the seven distinct and colorful characters.

So which Kakao Friend is just right for you? Are you an attention-seeker like Neo? Or more playful and silly like Muzi? Check out the Kakao Friends profiles, then dig deep and bring out the Kakao Friend inside of you!

Dynamic Jay-G

Are you always trying to look your best? Do you keep a part of yourself hidden while secretly hoping others will notice? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you just might be a Jay-G!

Jay-G is a secret agent by day, and a hip-hop star by night. He’s always the coolest guy in the room with his signature tuxedo and dark sunglasses. Not only is Jay-G’s suit crisp, but he always makes it a point to get his hair done fresh. Despite all of his efforts, Jay-G somehow struggles to impress the ladies.

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Tuesday, July 1

Back pack to the rescue  

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As I tried shooting a photo in one event I attended recently, I suddenly felt a sharp shooting pain on the lower right side of my back. It was so intense, like a leg cramp, that I wasn't able to move for a minute or so. I, then, remembered that I twisted my lower back muscles when I jumped from the floor to the couch after seeing a small mouse the other night. Hilarious, I know! But my back pain's the issue here, hahaha!

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Monday, December 30

Ways to Maintain a Healthy Body  

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It takes more than regular exercise in order to keep your body healthy. Although it may help you burn excessive calories that can accumulate on various body parts, you need certain vitamins and minerals in order to keep yourself optimized. In fact, you could decrease your muscle mass by not providing these nutrients as you exercise. What can you do to keep yourself in prime condition?

Eating healthier is a great start in order to promote a more positive lifestyle. Altering your meals doesn't have to mean that you need to give up the foods you enjoy. Did you know that correct portion sizes can play a dominant role in healthier eating? For instance, a can of pasta is actually meant for two servings. You are eating two lunches each time you empty the contents of the can into your bowl. By decreasing your intake to proper measurements, you can begin to feel the effects rapidly.

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Saturday, September 28

Let Her Go by Passenger  

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My husband and I are currently hooked on this song I'm sharing with you. It's a song of regret and the speaker in the song only got to realized the importance of his girl when she was already gone. Part of the lyrics go this way:

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Friday, September 20

What if I took up a music course?  

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"What if I took up a music course in college?" This is one of the many "what ifs" in my life. I love music and I had lots of fun singing and playing the piano when I was younger. I have little formal training because my parents could not afford the lessons and I don't hate them for that. As young as I was then, I already knew I couldn't make a living with music.

But hearing my boy compliment my singing made me re-think and remember this "what if." People compliment my singing but it's a different feeling when I heard it from Rap. He said I should've been a singer and I should've joined singing contests to get famous. I told him that he will be the one to continue that dream. That's why we enroll him in in piano and voice lessons while we can still afford it. I think he has a better future in music than me.

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