Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where to find Tai Chi and Qigong classes in the Philippines

Photo rights belong to Spring of Harmony by the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society

Qigong is an ancient practice of movement and breathing developed to improve circulation and energy throughout the body. In the Philippines, there is the Sheng Zhen Society in Manila, the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society and other groups that freely practice the meditative arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

There are also free Tai Chi and Qigong sessions every Sunday, 7 am to 8:30 am, at the University of the Philippines (behind the Admin Building), Diliman, Quezon City.

In Marikina, every Tue, Thu, and Sat, from 7 am to 8:30 am at the Pan de Amerikana Bakery and Garden Restaurant, Gen. Ordonez, Concepcion, Marikina (sponsored by Pan de Amerikana). For inquiries, please contact Irene Chia at +63 917 845 6856 or e-mail us at peace.blossoms.society@ gmail.com

Tai Chi demonstration at the St. Paul's University, Manila
Photo by Miss Irene Chia

Miss Irene Chia teaches Tai Chi and Qigong in Manila. You may call her at 0917 845 6856 for inquiries. Rate: P200/300 per person for a 1 1/2-hour session. Minimum of 4 people. Venue provided by client for free. Visit her website http://irenerchia.multiply.com/

This coming January 15, you may check out this one:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Sheng Zhen,

Experience the stillness of an open heart in practicing qigong with Master Li Jun Feng, teacher and master of Sheng Zhen Qigong (qigong of Unconditional Love). Balance your mind, body, and spirit through this practice.

We would like to invite you to taste this
experience by attending a HEALING QIGONG
WORKSHOP with Master Li
on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM.

The workshop will be at the Marixi Prieto Room,
2nd Floor, Denyse Hall, Assumption College, san lorenzo village
makati (in front of Mother Rose Hall – Take the Ponce St.
entrance Gates 6 or 7).

The Cost: Php 2,500 (Meals not
included). Meals are available at the Assumption Cafeteria.
Confirmation and full payment are requested on or before January 26, 2011.

Details: Please deposit full payment in any BPI Branch to ISZS Account, C/A No. 3201-0335-69 (6750 Ayala Ave. branch) and fax your deposit slip to 8191282 or email it to shengzhenworkshop@gmail.com on or before January 26, 2011. Kindly indicate your name
and BPI branch used.

For more information or for
any questions you may have, contact:
Gina 09178114751 or
Chiquita 09178949515 or
Ching 09178142959 or

Join us – even if you have never practiced qigong before,
even if you are just beginning to practice, or are an advanced and learned

We look forward to sharing this experience with you!

With love,
The Sheng Zhen Society in Manila

Monday, January 24, 2011

Emergency Contraception in the Philippines

I believe Filipino women should have the right to basic reproductive health information so I'm posting this medical information taken from the 2002 Directory of Hormonal Contraceptives, published by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). All thanks should be attributed to Dr. James Trussell who is currently the Director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University who put up this very important site - The Emergency Contraception Website  http://ec.princeton.edu to help women the world over. 

Here is a list of the ECPs (Emergency Contraceptives) available over the counter in the Philippines.

Oral Contraceptives used for EC / Progestin-Estrogen Combined
In 28-day packs, only the first 21 pills can be used

  •   Femenal

  •   Nordiol
Dosage in taking ECP:
Take 2 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex and take 2 more pills 12 hours later:
  • Charlize
  •   Lady
  •   Nordette
  •   Rigevidon 21 + 7
  •   Seif
  •   Trust Pills
Dosage in taking ECP:
Take 4 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex and take 4 more pills 12 hours later:

Read about other pinays experiences with ECP like Nordette and Trust Lady Pill at this blog post: Where to get the Morning after Pill in the Philippines?