COC Faculty and studes take part in SOS Children’s Village Iloilo Fun camp



With the aim of raising more funds, marketing the organization and developing children’s creativity skills and talents, SOS Children’s Village Iloilo conducted a fun camp at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary last April 23 this year.

50 children from Iloilo City participated the said camp with a registration fee of Php 500 to include the snacks and materials for the activities such as the puppet show, bottle painting, origami making, kite making and storytelling among others

“The fun camp was successful because we have raised funds summing up to Php 50,000,” said Ms. Babelyn Cabalar, Fund Development Coordinator, SOS Children’s Village Iloilo.

College of Communication Graduate School faculty and students facilitated the fun camp.                                                                               ###




Gumamela (HIBISCUS) as an Alternative Medicine For Common Illness

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As much as possible we would like to use herbs as an alternative medicine for some practical reasons. When we say illness usually people would worry about medical expenses. But now, we don’t have to worry much because there are existing herbs that was proven effective. One of them is gumamela that is very accessible and can be seen even in our backyards. Have you ever imagine how this flowers growing in some of our gardens can be an option in curing our illnesses? I was also surprised when I discovered its multiple benefits.

Gumamela scientifically known as (Hibiscus rosa- sinensis Linn) is a shrub that usually grows from 1 meter up to 4 meters high and usually culminated as ornamental plant in the Philippines. Gumamela (Hibiscus) flower varies in different color: red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink, and other color combination. The Hibiscus with 5 petals are noted to have medicinal properties. The flowers are considered as astringent, the roots contain mucilage that is calming on the mucous membranes of the digestive and respiratory tracts. It has also the following medicinal use: expectorant, diuretic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic anodyne, and refrigerant.

Parts Utilized and their uses

  • Flowers as flavanoids and proanthocyanidins which are antioxidant, antipyretic,analgesic and spasmolytic.
  • Roots as expectorant
  • Leaves as laxative
  • Seeds as stimulant
  • Bark as emmenagogue

Used as treatment of:

  • Bronchitis- as an expectorant
  • Coughs, Sore Throat
  • Fever- as refrigerant drink
  • Treats dysentery
  • Urinary Tract Infection, Bladder Infections
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Prevention of Constipation
  • headaches, boils, swelling, abscesses and mumps
  • In Venezuela, used to treat tumors
  • In Dominican Republic, used to treat hematomas
  • Myocardial Injury, Myocardian Injury
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Preparations and Use of Gumamela (Hibiscus)

There are two ways to utilize gumamela as herbal medicine. The dried and fresh gumamela.

For the dried gumamela, first collect the flower, leaves and roots. Wash, then cut into small pieces and sun dry. To use as decoction, boil the parts of gumamela that was dried (1/4 cup dried gumamela in 1 glass of water).

For the fresh gumamela, wash the gumamela flower and leaves , cut into small pieces and boil (1/3 cup of gumamelain 1 glass of water).

Use as Poultice

Poultice is the use of fresh or dried herbs that is mashed, crushed or pounded and often heated (boiled in water to soften) and applied to the skin directly to reduce pain.

Preparation and Medicinal Use:

  • For mumps and urinary tract infection: use dried drug materials 15-30 grams, boil to decoction and drink.
  • Decoction of roots, barks, leaves and flowers can be used as an emollient
  • For abscesses, carbuncles and boils: crush fresh leaves and poultice the infected area. Also, pound flower buds into a paste and apply to external swellings; used for boils, cancerous swellimg and mumps.
  • Decoction of roots can also be used as expectorant for coughs and drops for sore eyes.
  • Decoction from roots of red and white-flowered plants is a Kelantan antidote for poison. Same decoction is drunk for venereal disease and fever.
  • Decoction of flowers and roots can be used as natural diuretic.
  • Bark is an emmenagogue; can also be used to normalize menstruation.
  •  Malays, use a decotion of leaves as a lotion for fevers, and roots can be used for the glands in the neck.
  • Infusion or poultice of leaves used for headaches.
  • Seeds used as a stimulant and for cramps.
  • Decoction of leaves can be used for fevers.
  • Leaves are mildly laxative.
  • Mucilage applied during labor.
  • Red flowers used for sprue.
  • Infusion of flowers and leaves used as expectorant in bronchitis.
  • Infusion of flowers, exposed all night to the dew can be used for gonorrhea.
  • Flowers fried in ghee, given for menorrhagia. the dark red petals are used as a mucilaginous infusion for painful urination, strangury, cystitis, and other irritable genitourinary conditions.
  • Hair stimulant: oil made by mixing the juice of fresh petals and olive oil in equal proportions, and boiled until the water has evaporated.
  • Seeds, pounded to a pulp and mixed with water, can be used for gonorrhea.
  • Red flowers are purgative, when taken with papaya seeds may be abortive.


Organic Betadine Good for Infectious Wound

We are living in a modern generation. A lot of new technologies came out to our world. Nowadays, a new innovation generates in our universe, a new invention which lead to us as a good example of how our intellectual capacity exists. In line of medicine which undergo to the laboratory process or in the form of organic such as a herbal medicine.

When we say Betadine, what comes to your mind? It simply answers that, this is the number one effective medicine to cure and prevent infection to the wound. Another thing, as we all know, that Betadine is in the form of laboratory process and there are a lot of chemicals to use. Betadine is also used in hospitals and homes as an important line of defense against infections. It also help to reduce bacteria that can cause skin infection. But for now, there is new invention about Betadine in the context of organic process or let just say the herbal medicine and it is the easiest way to undergo. One thing that it is new invention, it is also a new understanding about the importance of the herbal medicine. As we say, Herbal Medicine, some people are believe and used as a treatment to their illness or disease that they experience with. In these days, many people believe on the wonder of the herbal plants that could give a lot of benefits to our body and to maintain a healthy living.

From the municipality of Pototan, Iloilo there is one organization of women called Kalipi Organization that trained about doing different kinds of organic products and one of the products that they made is the Organic/Herbal betadine. The said organization is group of the women who undergo training and do making the said product which could help preventing infection to the wound. This Herbal/ Organic Betadine is the best way to cure other infections related to the wound because it made up of a natural process by different kinds of herbal plants and this are the Coconut oil, Kalawag, Attuetes, Malunggay Stream and Langkawas. As we all know, there are a lot of benefits of this kind of plants.

Here are the some benefits of Coconut Oil in terms of Infection:

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  • It is mostly made up of almost 50% of the fatty acids and it has had a 12-carbon Lauric acid and also contains the monolaurin.
  • It can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Coconut oil had properties such as antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antibacterial and has soothing qualities.

The Benefits of Kalawag/ Turmeric in preventing Infection:

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  • It is an anti-inflammatory to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases and wounds.
  • It also a powerful anti-oxidant that could fight some infections.
  • It is also good in the antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises and has an antibacterial agent.

Benefits of a malunggay in preventing infection:

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  • It acts as an anti-oxidant
  • It is also an anti-microbial properties
  • It is also a germ-killer or drying agent
  • It can also treat pockets of infection like athlete’s foot, snakebites, warts and wounds.

Benefits of a Langkawas or Galangal in terms of infection:



  • It acts as an anti-fungal

From the above mention of herbal plants, we can see that there are a lot of functions to undergo with.  And all of the stated plants can help preventing infections and came up a finished product of a herbal betadine.  It is a good medicine to the wound by curing it. This Betadine is the knewest invention because of the different herbal plants that this made up. According to Mrs. Salvacion Tupas one of the member of the said organization their  betadine is good for the wounds and other related skin diseases. It simply shows that this organic /herbal bretadine is a natural making because of the plants involved on this medicine and by the process of organic. The organic Betadine is just one of the unique medicinal products because it is composed of the different kinds of herbal plants in which it could help a lot to the local populace on our country. And it is a natural way to cure the skin diseases and such as use to cleanse the wound by preventing infections.



Cassava: Anti-alcoholic wipes and Mouthwash

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is a perennial plant with nutty taste that grows best under a tropical, moist, fertile, and well-drained soils. It is said that cassava originated from Brazil, South American forests. This chewy underground tuber is one of the most popular edible root-vegetable.



Aside from being a food,  cassava can also become paper, textiles, and adhesive. But what is the unexpected miracle that cassava can do?  It can lessen the drunkenness of a person. Cassava can be turn into an anti-alcoholic wipes and mouthwash. The processed extract of this root-vegetable can reduce the effect of excessive alcohol consumption. The product will help in alcoholism management in the body by making the individual conscious within 5-10 minutes using this natural product.


  • Cheap ingredients.
  • Natural products are the main content.
  • Abundant in tropical countries.


  • Not yet proven if safe to prepare at home.
  • Many agricultural lands were turned into commercial spaces so there would be a chance that time will come that the ingredient for these innovations will be lacking.

There are still on going studies to develop these innovations. Researchers are trying to figure out whether these products can be safely prepare or make at home because cassava can be poisonous if not correctly prepared. There are also instances that cassava has bitter taste which is not suitable to use at all.



Avocado Seed Oil Extract Against Bacteria Illnesses

Lacking of budget to have your skin disease checked up by a dermatologist? You don’t have to spend more money to have your skin diseases and some other illnesses treated. Here’s a cheaper and new natural way to cure ailment caused by bacteria.

It’s a miracle brought by Avocado seed oil extract. Avocado is often referred to as a super food because it is very nutritious and contains a wide variety of nutrients.

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Avocado (Persea americana) is called “alligator pear” because of its pear-like shape and it has rough skin like an alligator. This fruit is appreciated for its high nutrient value and due to its good flavor and rich texture it is added to all sorts of dishes. Nowadays, the avocado has become a very popular food with health conscious individuals.

Avocado oil has yet to be discovered for its great various health benefits. A previous study has discovered the positive antibacterial activity of Avocado seed oil extract. It is proven that the avocado oil is an effective agent that fights against Staphyloccocus aureus, Staphyloccocus epidermidis and Streptococcus pyogenes that causes minor skin infections and abscesses to life-threatening diseases like pneumonia, meningitis and septicemia, eczema and psoriasis.

Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are significant in their interactions with humans. S. aureus colonizes mainly the nasal passages, but it may be found regularly in most other anatomical locales, including the skin, oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract. Staphyloccocus epidermidis is an inhabitant of the skin.

Streptococcus pyogenes is one of the most common bacteria causing disease to humans. Acute Streptococcus pyogenes infections may present as strep throat, rash, infection of the external layers of the skin or infection of the deep layers of the skin. The extraction of avocado oil is simple and can be performed at anytime.

Here are the steps in making the avocado seed oil at home:

1. Scrape the avocado seed using a shredder so it would turn into smaller pieces.

2. Place the small pieces of avocado seed into an orange press (a machine used to crush fruit to extract juice) and this will be extracting oil from the avocado skins.

3. Pull the handle of the orange press down as hard as you can to press the avocado seed and extract the oil and it will drip down into a plastic container.

4. Continue working the orange press until no more oil coming out from the avocado seed.

5. Filter the extracted oil.

6. Let the oil filter overnight before using.

Treat skin diseases. Avocado oil can be used as a natural treatment for multiplicity of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The avocado seed oil hastens the healing of wounds and burns in addition to relieving the rash caused by diapers.

If you have a number of Avocados you can use the seeds to extract your own avocado oil so you will not spend more for the treat your illnesses caused by bacteria.


A Friendly thing for campers away from civilization.

 Do you like camping in the middle of somewhere away from the city life, along with your love ones or special someone under the beautiful moon? Well, this thing will be really useful for you and your family, the “Biolite camping stove”

The stove is really helpful for every individuals, especially to others who needs the services that the stove can give because it generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. So eventhough you are the middle of the forest or anywhere you can still play games, listen music, do assignments on your cellphones, loptops and other devices.

The stove needs no gas, it only needs twigs, dead wood, dried small branches in order to fire it up. But take note coal is not allowed.

Another cool thing is, after firing up you can now cook your meal or breakfast. You can fried some chicken and cook rice and etc. It means, it is very suitable in picnics with friends. During its full burn the stove can boiled 1 liter of water in just five minutes for your coffee.

All in all, this wonderful stove is very helpful for all of us especially in our country in the Philippines specifically in the remote areas because our country is always visited by typhoons, that’s why there are blackouts in some areas, the biolite camping stove is very helpful to them because the stove is not just for camping and outdoor activities but also for our personal purposes in our house, like for cooking dishes and giving power to your rechargeable gadgets for emergency, entertainment purposes and etc.

If you are interested in biolite camping stove, just go to internet cafe and search for Aliexpress or Amazon for the information about the price of this awesome thing.


BY: Fym angelo C. Rago.


Disposable Heat Retaining Blanket

Are you a kind of person who likes to go camping? Or an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) responding to a person that is in the state of hypothermia? Well, if you are a camper or an EMT, or just an ordinary person seeking for comfort in a cold and lonesome night.

Introducing to you the “EMERGENCY BLANKET” a revolutionary product that could change your view of “comfort” in a cold and rainy night, “portability” and bringing your “survival skills” to the max!



The Emergency Blanket was 1st introduced in the 1950’s and it was  known as the “Space Blanket”. It was made out of plastic sheeting vapor-coated with metallic particles and was used  as a wall covering for bathrooms. But the trend didn’t last that long. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) then saw the advantages of the material that could repel the intense heat of the sun and protect the dark side of a spacecraft from the subzero coldness of space. By the 1969 Apollo 11 touch down on the moon, the fabric was advanced and Neil Armstrong’s space suit was made out of the space blanket material that included a layer of pure gold.


My niece sleeping with the Emergency Blanket


The Emergency Blanket can be bought at a low price and can be bought at selected stores in the Philippines and the rest of the world. Today the Blanket is made out of metallised polyester film that can reflect 90% of radiated heat, the blanket is also strong, waterproof, can stand in wet weather, packed in pocket sized packet and it’s also disposable.


10 out of the many survival and medical uses of the Emergency Blanket:

  • It can be used for wrapping yourself for warmth
  • It can be used for small rain shelter
  • It can be used for the treatment of hypothermia
  • It can be used for tying splints for sprained or broken bones
  • It can be used as a flotation device
  • It can be used as an improvised anchor
  • It can be used to reset a broken arm
  • It can be used as an improvised hammock
  • It can be used as an outdoor refrigerator and
  • It can be used to heat water and start a camp fire.


A water conserving device called Tippy Tap

According to UNICEF philippines, Children suffer disproportionately from diarrhea diseases – with more than 3.5 million children under five dying every year from diarrhea and pneumonia-related diseases. In the Philippines pneumonia is the 3rd leading cause of deaths among children under five, estimated at more than 10,000 children. Meanwhile, 10,000 die every year from diarrhea and the Department of Health (DOH) cited it as amongst the leading causes of death with a rate of 16 deaths per 100,000 children.

The simple act of washing hands with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrheal rates among children under five by more than 40 per cent, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 percent.( UNICEF philippines)

this is toppy tap looks like

This is tippy tap looks like.   photo credits to

Washing of our hands by soap and water removes bacteria and viruses that caused infection.

What is Tippy Tap?

The Tippy Tap is a technology first used in Africa and consists of transparent bottle or can with a tiny hole that releases a small amount of water each time it is tipped. The “faucet” is enough to provide a clean handwash. Tippy Taps are cost-efficient and can be easily replicated and produced in schools and barangays that do not have adequate facilities for handwashing.(UNICEF philippines).

This device is use for hand washing. Through hand washing we can help ourselves not to be prone in bacteria considering our hands is one of the dirtiest part of our body.

Tippy tap is cheaper, less water and low tech device use for washing hands in areas where there is no running water.

Any locally available container can be use in making a Tippy Tap. For example a 4.5 container, two poles for its stand and two thin sticks of about one meter, gravel or small stones and a tools to dig.

How to make a Tippy Tap?

Here are the steps:

Step 1, Find a suitable place in your garden to install the tippy-tap and dig two holes into the ground one meter apart. Put the two poles in the hole and strengthen the base.

Step 2, Tie or nail the smaller stick horizontally to the two vertical poles.

Step 3, Push a nail through the container where you want it to alternate.

Step 4, Make a hole near the cap to let the air in.

Step 5, Make 2-3 holes to allow water to pour out.

Step 6,  Pass a string through the first two holes you made to suspend the container from the horizontal stick.

Step 7,  A small notch is made in the center of the horizontal string to prevent the string from slipping away.

Step 8,  Take a string and tie it to the mouth of the container. This is the main pulling string which will be tied to a stick that will act as a foot peddle.

Step 9, Use one more small string to tie the main pulling string to the base of one of the vertical poles.

Step 10, Tie the pulling string to the foot peddle.

Step 11,  Fill the plastic container with water.

Step 12, Dig a hole and fill it with gravel or small stones to soak away water. This not only prevents the formation of a muddy puddle, but also avoids mosquito breeding.

That’s it. Water starts to pour when the foot peddle is pressed and stops automatically when the pressure on the foot peddle is taken off. Now you can  actually make your own version of Tippy Tap.

Herein Philippines Tippy Tap is already introduced by some organisation like UNICEF Philippines and Signpost Philippines with their partner organisations.

We should help our community to save water since water is very essential for us to live it not only good for drinking but it is also used for our daily activities, like in our hygiene purposes.

A Clean hand helps us not to be prone in any diseases that surrounds us.


Akapulko (Cassia Alata), Herbal Medicine for Skin Diseases

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey. As what this quote has stated, many of least important creatures are disregarded without knowing that God has created it with a purpose. One of which is the Akapulko plant.


Akapulko is an erect, shrubby legume with dark green compound leaves. Akapulko leaves have orange rachis that has 16-28 leaflets. Akapulko produces an axis of golden yellow flowers that has 4-winged pods containing 50-60 flattened, triangular seeds. Akapulko flowers are enclosed by yellow-orange bracts that are later shed in time. (

The akapulko plant is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate of the Philippines and is often used as a herbal medicine for skin diseases. It is used as medicine for skin diseases because the leaves contain chrysophanic acid, a fungicide that is used to treat fungal infections, like ringworms, scabies and eczema. The common ingredient in soaps, shampoos and lotions in the Philippines is the Akapulko plant because of its anti-fungal properties. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has helped develop the technology for a akapulko herbal medicine lotion.


Preparation Of Akapulko Herbal Ointment
To prepare an Akapulko herbal ointment prepare and follow these instructions.

1. Wash fresh leaves of Akapulko thoroughly and cut in small pieces.
2. Add one glass of cooking oil or coconut oil to one glass of cut fresh leaves.
3. Fry until crispy.
4. Remove from the heat; strain.
5. Cut 2 white candles (Esperma No. 5) into small pieces
6. In a cooking pot, pour the strained oil together with the candle pieces; stir until the candle has melted.
7. Pour the mixture into a clean container; cover when cool.
8. Apply the Akapulko herbal ointment to affected areas twice daily.
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Power plant; Sambong



Sambong or scientific name (Blumea balsamifera) is a medicinal plant came from the family of compositae or family of plants.  It grows up about 1.5-3 meters height and its stem is about 2.5 centimeters. It has yellow flowering heads that is 6mm long, has a seed and bears fruits that are ribbed and hairy on top. This plant grows in tropical countries such as Philippines, Africa, India and also it can be found in eastern Himalayas. This is known in Visayas as “ Bukadkad” .

Since sambong is considered as medicinal plant, it is helpful to introduce this in the community so that they will be able to know the benefits they can get from this plant. As we look in its composition, the benefits we can get from roots to leaves is very useful. Sambong roots and leaves are used for treating rheumatism, headaches, colds, and mild hypertension. Clinical study shows that a high level of sodium (salt) in the blood is a major cause of hypertension. Sambong is diuretic; it helps dispose the excess water and sodium in the body.

The plant possesses a multitude of functions that make worthy for the Department of Health to approve it as an Alternative medicine in treating particular disorders. Like for those who have renal failure. The Philippine National Kidney and transplant Institute (PNKTI) encourage taking sambong as herbal medicine for patient with this problem. This will help them to delay or avert dialysis or even a kidney transplant. Another, Sambong is for anti-cancer. This plant contains methanolic extract that has been found to have therapeutic activity against hepatoma cancer or cancer that starts in the liver. Sambong is also good for fighting anti-fungi and antibacterial for its leaves contains ichthyoreol acetate.

What a good help we have from Sambong. By the achievement that  this medicinal plant has given, Sambong is now registered in the Bureau of foods and drugs as medicine.

“And by the river upon the banks thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine”            -Ezekiel 47:7

by: Dizzyre Alog