Georgina Wilson is Leighton Meester’s Counterpart, Shares Beauty Secrets

Local ‘it girl’ Georgina Wilson believes she’s happier to being herself despite being described as the Filipino counterpart of Gossip Girl’s main character Leighton Meester.

“I think she (Leighton) is very pretty but I think the best thing to do is to be happy about your self, so I’m happy and good just the Georgina Wilson of the Philippines,” Filipino-British Model and VJ said in a meet and greet for Garnier in Robinson’s Ermita.

Apparently, Georgina related she used to watch the American hit series Gossip Girl frequently where Meester plays Blair Waldorf, the insecure queen B of Manhattan’s social scene. Meester is in the country to be the fashion ambassador for local clothing brand, Penshoppe.

Beauty and Success

 When asked how she remains beautiful and fit amid busy schedules she said: “Besides taking care of your skin, you need to sleep enough, sometimes when you’re stress, kumakain ka ng bad food diba? And just try not to sweat the small stuff, wag kang mastress ng madali.”

In fact she shared that she has enough appetite for pizza and rice but makes sure she goes to gym afterwards, “I eat a lot but I try myself to stop eating because sometimes when I get full, I just want to sleep.”

Although Georgina is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful icon in the fashion industry, she admitted having insecurities and even experienced being chubby when she was younger.

“It’s only normal to have those insecurities; it’s how you handle those moments.  I do go through days when I feel really, really ugly. Life has its ups and downs, For me, for example Jennifer Lopez is perfect and never feels ugly or anything , but when I hear her say stuff like ‘it’s not always like this’ or ‘it’s just an image.’ I feel like I can relate with her more because it’s so true. It’s not like just because people perceive you to be beautiful, it does not mean that you didn’t go through any insecurities in your life.” she said.

“If you really feel good about yourself and you look good, then it really has repercussions on your success and on your general motivation,” she disclosed.


PH endemic for malaria, WHO says

-Marjorie Duran, Nina Uy

The Philippines is one of 10 countries that are endemic to malaria with 900 reported deaths in 2010, World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

Studies show that Malaria was estimated to take the lives of 216M people worldwide and kills 655, 000 yearly.

Other countries included in top ten are Cambodia, China, The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, The Republic of Korea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo encourages Western Pacific countries to fight malaria through the use of simple insecticide-treated mosquito nets that has been proven to decrease child deaths by around 20% and malaria cases by half.

Studies suggested the use of malaria control tools, including access to effective prevention, accurate diagnosis and prompt and reliable treatment could save more lives.

“Successful malaria control improves not only the health of people living in high-risk areas, but also their productivity and overall well being,” Shin said.

Malaria is a curable but life-threatening disease transferred to people through infected mosquito bites. It is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes which are capable of malaria transmission.

WHO celebrated World Malaria Day 2012 last April 25 with this year’s theme, “Sustain Gains. Save Lives. Invest in Malaria” to promote people’s awareness and emphasize that half the world’s population is at risk for malaria.

“National malaria programmes need to ensure widespread population access to life-saving and cost-effective interventions,” Shin said.

Anti-Spitting Bill

DOH (Department of Health) Assistant Secretary supposes that anti-spitting bill is not going to be effective and enforceable even if intentions are good.

Dr. Eric Tayag said in a text message that current science does not put anti-spitting having a significant impact on preventing spread of different diseases because the germs contained in spit generally die outside the body.

The House Bill 5901 also known as Anti-spitting Act of 2011, proposed by AVE (Alliance of Volunteer) party-list Representative Eulogio Magsaysay is an act that prohibits the spitting of saliva and other substances in public areas such as the malls, schools, churches, sidewalks and other public areas.

The said bill proposes a fine of P500 for first offense, P1,000 for the second offense, and P2,000 for the third offense to anyone caught violating rules or may face a jail term of six months.

Tayag said that we should just encourage people not to spit in public.

“Anti-Spiting is not going to work unless somebody catches the spit, then nothing spreads,” he added.

Dengue Statistics: My Initial task

The recorded dengue cases from January-March 2012 decreased in number compared to last year’s same time period where the most number of fatalities included 1-10 years age group.

In surveillance report by Department of Health (DOH), 16,511 (28.96%) dengue cases were recorded in nationwide hospitals in the Philippines lower than last year’s 23,241 comprising mostly of male victims.

The recorded dengue cases within the three-month time period in 2011 and 2012 happened mostly in the month of January with 10,710 and 7,865 cases recorded respectively.

In the said survey, 38% percent of fatalities belonged to the 1-10 years age group followed by 40 years and 31-40 age groups while the lowest fatalities belonged to the 21-30 years age group.

Most of the dengue cases recorded occurred in  NCR with 27.4%, followed by region III, 23.1% and Region IV-A with 16.9 %.The total Cases Fatality Rate (CFR) recorded in 2011 and 2012 were 145 (0.62%) and 88 (0.53%) respectively.

P.S. This news story is only a portion of the whole story that my mentor will be doing. She only tasked me to do the statistic interpreting thingy, and that was the hardest because I’m not good at that. And by the way, this is not yet edited. To reiterate, this is only a portion and this is not yet the whole news, that’s why you may find so many missing information and a fucked up lead. And since this is not yet the whole, I am allowed to publish it. Hahaha