“I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”

— Harry S. Truman
THE National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)-Region I, in partnership with the Philippine Consulate in New York, will honor Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, with a reception to raise funds for his Kariton Klasrum (Pushcart Classroom) advocacy.


The event will be held on Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., at Lovin’ Life Learning Center at 4 West 43rd Stret in Manhattan.

Suggested donation is $25 (payable to NaFFAA-R1).
The selection of Peñaflorida, who started his “pushcart classroom” in the Philippines to bring education to poor children as an alternative to gang membership, was revealed last year by CNN’s Anderson Cooper at the conclusion of the third-annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Peñaflorida, who received $100,000 to continue his work with the Dynamic Teen Company — whose 10,000 members have taught basic reading and writing to 1,500 kids living in the slums — was selected after seven weeks of online voting at CNN.com.
More than 2.75 million votes were cast.
Seats are limited to the Nov. 12 reception for Peñaflorida.
To reserve, call any of the following: Cora Reyes 646.789.6788, Roger Alama 516.807.2882, Lito Pernia 201.658.0476, Ricky Enriquez 201.384.9450, Elsa Olsen 917.209.6383, JT Mallonga 917.573.0263, Marlene Stern 203.912.8293, Frank Celoza 617.755.3948, Nimfa Tinana 908.494.4014, Nena Kaufman 917.528.1212, Dr. Aida Rivera 917.751.8851 or Marievic Dimaculangan 212.819.9655.
There is a parking garage at 43rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). First print your parking coupon by visiting www.iconparking.com
Parking fee is $10, credit card only, and is good for 10 hours.
The catch is you have to enter the parking garage after 6 p.m. and not earlier.
Be there, honeypies.
Home remedies that really work by Reginald Fitz and Laurie Miller.
n COMMON COLD: Taken as a preventative, the Chinese herbal remedy echinacea can slash chances of catching a cold by nearly 60 percent — and that figure rockets to an astonishing 86 percent when used in combination with Vitamin C, according to University of Connecticut researchers.
n SORE THROAT: Try putting clean fingers in each ear for a few seconds. Stimulating the nerves in the ears seems to short-circuit throat pain temporarily.
n HICCUPS: A teaspoon of sugar swallowed dry can stop hiccups in just a few minutes. The sugar is believed to soothe the nerves that would otherwise tell the diaphragm to contact spasmodically.
n PUFFY EYES: The tannins in black tea are believed to tighten the bags under eyes. Dip two tea bags into boiling water for several minutes, allow to cool, and then place the damp bags gently over each closed eye for 10 minutes.
n URINARY INFECTIONS: Drink a solution of half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed into eight ounces of water. Baking soda makes the bladder more alkaline, which reduces bacterial growth.
n BLISTERS: Moisten a cotton ball with a commercial mouthwash such as Listerine and dab it on your blister three times a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts.
n BLEEDING CUTS: Sprinkle black pepper on the wound. Experts say it stops the bleeding and helps blood coagulate for faster healing, while killing lingering bacteria and reducing scarring.
n MOTION SICKNESS: Suck on a lemon. Compounds in lemons help soothe queasiness.
Important news regarding teen texting while driving.
Texting while driving is considered less risky than driving while drunk, according to a shocking survey of 700 14 to 17 year olds.
Only 36 percent agreed that they could be killed if they text and drive, compared to 55 percent agreeing the same could happen if they were to drink and drive.
Says State Farm’s Laurette Stiles: “We have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to helping teens understand that texting while driving can be every bit as dangerous as driving while driving.”
Here’s a drug-free insomnia fix.
Can’t get to sleep? Hit the gym! Exercise cures insomnia without risky drugs, according to a Northwestern University study.
The study involved 23 inactive adults, 55 and older, who had a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, and also had impaired daytime functioning.
One group bicycled, walked or jogged for 40-minute sessions four times a week. The others did not exert themselves physically.
After 16 weeks, the exercisers reported better sleep quality. They also said they had more vitality and less symptoms of depression.
Concluded Dr. Phyllis Zee: “Now we have promising results showing aerobic exercise is a simple strategy to help people sleep better and feel more vigorous.”
Here’s some berry good news! Blueberries can help control insulin levels in people at risk for two 2 diabetes.
Louisiana State University researchers had one group of adults drink blueberry smoothies twice a day while another group drank placebo smoothies. The study subjects were obese and prediabetic.
After six weeks, 67 percent of the people in the blueberry group had a greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, compared to only 40 percent of those getting the placebo.

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