A 1-2 Filipino-Chinese punchBy Recah Trinidad
Philippine Daily Inquirer
WHILE waiting for the promised positive response from Malacañang, the amiable super trader Sebastian Chua has proceeded to spread goodwill.
He keeps sending out comforting messages through his network.
In a text message yesterday, he warned that drinking iced tea raises the risks for developing painful kidney stones.
“Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center explained that the popular drink contains high levels of oxalate, a chemical that leads to the formation of small crystals of minerals and salt found in urine.”
That’s one timely shot from a fellow who likes to see healthier, more productive countrymen.
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Earlier, he sent great tips on correct water intake.
“One glass of water upon waking up helps activate internal organs; 2 glasses 30 minutes before meals aid in digestion; 1 glass after taking a bath helps lower blood pressure; 1 glass before bedtime helps avoid strokes or heart attacks while sleeping.”
In his last text communication with President Aquino, Mang Baste, owner of Star Paper and the world-class Star Billiards Center in Quezon City, was told his request for approval of a proposed national pool academy was forthcoming.
The academy is designed to put up a vast playing and training center for all aspirants, young and old. The center aims to discover talents from the widest possible base, with the talented ones to be honed into internationalists, complete with scholarship and stipend.
Mang Baste, a big supporter of pool in the country, celebrates his birthday at the Gloria Maris in Greenhills on Feb. 16. His only request: No gifts, please.
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A Manny Pacquiao devotee, Peter Tanyao of the Little Ongpin restaurant in Mandaluyong City has become doubly wary following back-to-back losses suffered by his idol.
He has also refused to be victimized again by suspicious health inspectors who claimed they were from the Mandaluyong Health Inspector’s Office.
Tanyao, 61, has sent an urgent call for responsible officials in Mandaluyong City to check and stop the obvious extortion being perpetrated by a group claiming official affiliation with the Mayor’s Office.
“The group was back again at my establishment last week. They insisted on testing our water, provided by Manila Water, Inc., while again demanding a monthly fee of P350. I believe this is not being done to small businesses in other cities.”
Tanyao, who refused to cooperate, said he was threatened with a big penalty or closure.
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When this reporter checked with the Mayor’s Office, we were told the inspector group that kept demanding fee from Tanyao was not in anyway recognized by City Hall.
“I have receipts and witnesses to back my complaint,” Tanyao said.
He said he was raising a howl in behalf of small businesses that continued to be harassed by the group.
Tanyao said they’ve been complying with all city and health requirements. He challenged the alleged health inspectors to a confrontation before proper authorities.
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