Tips to protect home from intruders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2019   •   1351

People plan an out of town vacation to remove stress, whether it is from work or other things. But if they’re stressing about their home being robbed, what’s the point?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) released its guidelines to assure the public that this year’s summer vacation is peaceful and secured.

Here are a few more reminders to ensure that your home will be safe from intruders.

  • Make sure all the doors and windows are locked
  • Leave old slippers or shoes outside your door to make it seem like someone’s at home
  • Ask neighbors if they are willing to check on your house every now and then
  • Leave a light on outside your house
  • It is advisable to install a burglar alarm
  • If it still fits your budget, purchase CCTV cameras with motion detectors
  • Make sure to put all your valuables in a safe place

For other emergencies, the PNP encourages the public “to provide the police with relevant and timely information through social media (Twitter @pnppio and @pnphotline or PNP official Facebook page) and Isumbong Mo Kay OCA text line at 0917-8475757”—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Tara drawing tayo! 5 ways to make your long weekend memorable

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

It’s almost the end of the year, have you gone on vacation yet? Have you been anywhere else besides your bed or the kitchen?

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It’s not bad to unwind once in a while especially with all the stress from work or school. We have listed a few fun activities you can do with your friends, loved ones, or by yourself—self-love.

Take a hike!

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Spend time with nature. Hiking has been one of the popular activities today because of the breath-taking views to enjoy with good company. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the local culture.

READ: Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

You can become a joiner through various hiking groups on Facebook and make friends with new people. This is also a good exercise but be sure to be well-prepared before hiking. Check the itinerary that will be given by hiking organizers and re-check your stuff before leaving.

If you’re uncomfortable talking to strangers you can just reconnect with nature without the need to become social, no one would mind.

Just dive in!

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If climbing mountains seems too tedious for you, just get the classic vitamin sea instead. Nothing beats a good old beach vacation. Imagine yourself dipping in fresh saltwater or making sandcastles. Also, budol fiigghhtt!

You can also enroll in free-diving lessons and enjoy an underwater experience. Be a mermaid for a day! Just make sure you have the proper training before diving in—safety first!

Nurture your culture!

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You can also try immersing yourself in art. The Philippines has interesting museums you can explore. Some of them are even offering free entrance—yay! Free stuff.

Spend your vacation touring Manila, track the roots of Filipino culture and appreciate the art that embodies it. Looking at art can also have a calming effect. Some museums even offer fun activities like painting, origami, or seminars.

Eat to your heart’s content!

If museum hopping isn’t triggering your excitement then try food exploring! Every city in the country has its own best food destination — it’s not just Maginhawa anymore.

Spend your vacation trying some of the best foods that the Philippines can offer. Imagine yourself as a well-known chef in search of the most delicious bites. Create a memorable culinary experience by going to the unfamiliar. Is there a food that you haven’t tried before?

Home sweet home

What else is there to say? Food, check! Entertainment, check! Comfort, check!—AAC

Italian cows finish summer vacation

UNTV News   •   September 18, 2019

It is the end of summer holidays, not only for children but also for cows who have been vacationing in lush green alpine pastures in the mountains of Italy’s northern Trentino region.

As the temperature begins to drop, farmers bring their livestock back down from the mountains in order to return them to their stables on the farm where they will spend the winter.

Known as the ‘Desmalgada’ or return from the alpine pasture, the tradition has been turned into a local day of festivities.

In the town of Cogolo in the Peio area of Trentino, some 1,170 metres (3838 feet) up in the Alps, cows are dressed in their best cow bells and collars and brought down for a fashion parade through the center of town.

“We are putting on their bells for the parade, we are getting their party clothes on,” said farmer Stefano Benchimol holding onto a cow as a floral head-dress was being attached to it.

“These animals in June went up the mountain in order to eat the sweeter grass and herbs, now they have to return to their homes,” explained Tourism Official Viviana Marini.

“This is a big party because the cows are returned to their owners, who accompany them on their dissent and then show them off in a parade through the town to show how strong and beautiful these animals have become during their time in the alpine pastures,” she said.

It is difficult to miss the animal parade as a cacophony of bell ringing fills the town. The only disgruntled participants appeared to be the herds of goats bringing up the rear of the parade, with only tiny bells and not a head-dress in sight. (REUTERS)

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Chile withers as 70% of the country stricken by drought

UNTV News   •   September 18, 2019

Chile is drying up and the problem is getting worse. A drought currently affects over 70% of the country according to the country’s climate change office and the previous decade has been the driest on record.

Sabina Martinez is the local secretary for potable water of the municipality of Runge, a rural area some 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of the capital, Santiago. She says it has barely rained at all this year, the town’s reservoir is dry, and the summer – with its higher level of water usage – hasn’t even begun yet.

Runge’s human population isn’t alone in feeling the effects of the drought, and a program is underway to transport over 3,000 domestic animals from the area around Runge 400 kilometers (248 miles) south to an area that isn’t quite so parched.

Estefania Gonzalez of Greenpeace Chile says the government should enact policies to both combat climate change and regulate the use and abuse of local water.

Gonzalez notes that Chile will be in the spotlight on climate change given it will host the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, in Santiago, from December 02 to 13 this year. (REUTERS)

(Production: Jorge Vega)

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