Pasalubong is common to all Filipinos. I do it to friends and relatives who travel too. It is the Filipino culture's form of "parayg" or endearment when they ask you for pasalubong (gifts). It's our way of appreciating them for being able to go and see the world. It's a tap on the shoulder saying, "Good job! Have fun!" It is received as a flattery but we have to watch for it so as not to overdo it. Make sure you are not putting pressure on the traveler.
I was attending the Saturday mass vigil at Sacred Heart Parish last night and I came across the last page of their Ignite magazine. It's the Easter Exercise. It says, "Wake up in the morning and realize it's Easter then jump for joy". Easter truly is a wonderful feeling. For us Catholics, this is the most significant event of our faith, Jesus' resurrection. It is a time of celebration.
Remember the baby we ran for 2 Hearts to Beat Fun Run and the several garage sales we participated in? Yes, Baby Gabrielle had undergone her open heart surgery and have survived the whole ordeal. Yehey! Congratulations to everyone for helping. You saved Baby Gabrielle's heart. This is the latest picture of baby Gabrielle. She is healthy and strong. Check out more information at Let It Echo facebook page.
Babies with Congenital Heart Defect is commonly called "blue baby". This is because when the baby cries, the baby turns blue (because of the lack of oxygen in the blood). No, Congenital Heart Defect is not new. It is not caused by modernization and chemicals in our food. Until now, there is no study that could pinpoint exactly what causes it. The condition existed even in olden times. It was just not being talked about. There was also no way of healing it.
I am featuring today Gabrielle Mikhail Pacana or Baby Brielle. Baby Brielle was born on September 27, 2011. Two weeks after her birth, she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot is the rarest type among the known Congenital Heart Defects. Her parents were advised by doctors to have surgery before she turns one.