Going Nuts

Go Nuts

Do you like snacking on nuts? Nuts are known to provide vitamins and minerals essential in organ function. They are also a good source of protein and fiber.

Found nuts from Bicol at Marsha’s Delicacies, the famous pasalubong center of Marsha Navarro-Chua along the national highway in the Vigan area. They are made by her sister Vicky’s growing food processing company in their home province of Bicol. Vicky’s Pili and Food Products, currently under the helm of daughter Zandra, make traditional honeyed crispy pili and mazapan, but I got more interested in trying the lightly salted pili and savory adobo cashew nuts. Whatever special quality Himalayan salt imparts, I find salted pili can be as irresistible as other salted nuts. I was stuck on thinking pili can only be good when combined with something sugary. On the other hand, adobo flavor gives an interesting twist to the more common plainly roasted cashew nuts. The nuts were fresh tasting and good quality, an important thing to remember when eating nuts as rancid nuts can be dangerous to health.

Find Vicky’s Pili and Food Products next to Ilocano chichacorn and Marsha’s famous native cakes at Marsha’s Delicacies in Ilocos Sur.

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What is the MAMMOvan?


Have you seen this van going around town?

Recent studies by the Department of Health show that breast cancer has become the most common cancer in the Philippines. The incidence rate of breast cancer in the country is also the highest in Asia and the 9th highest in the world, according to reports.

Besides heredity, there are other risk factors linked to breast cancer like exposure to hormones and lifestyle.

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According to Ilocos-based Breast Cancer Imperative (BRCAI) Inc, a non-government volunteer organization, founded by Delia Cachola Baquiran, “Early detection is the cornerstone of cancer control and offers the greatest promise of survival, thus reducing the mortality from breast cancer. ‘Downstaging’ of breast cancer which occurs with early diagnosis has shown a higher potential for cure because more curative treatment options can be offered at the early stages of the disease than at its advanced stage which is happening now among Filipino women.”

It is for this reason that BRCAI, in partnership with the Timoteo and Luisa Cachola Fund, Toyota Motors Philippines Foundation, the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc., the Philippine College of Surgeons-Northern Luzon Chapter and other kind donors, has initiated the MAMMOvan, the Philippines’ first, providing free or subsidized accessible mammogram services for disadvantaged women.

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Designed for detection and screening cancer at different stages, the MAMMOvan, in close coordination with the local DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, goes around the Ilocos provinces on schedule. DSWD-certified women can avail the services of qualified radiologists operating the portable mammography machine (inside the van).

BRCAI will assist qualified patients from start to finish, meaning detection to referrals and chemotherapy.

Aimed at reducing late cancer detection,  they also conduct breast cancer education.

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Breast Cancer Imperative, Inc., 187 JP Rizal Avenue, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines Tel Nos.: 077 770 2162 (Philippines) / +63 077 770 2162 (International) Website: bcimperative.org Email: info@bcimperative.org

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