Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Wedding Entourage of Kate and Prince William

April 29, 2010 is the most important date of the century. The whole world will witness the bonding of love between Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales.


Best Man: His Royal Highness, Prince Harry of Wales (the groom's only brother)
Maid of Honor: Miss Philippa Middleton (the bride's only sister)
             The Lady Louisse Windsor, 7 years old (William's first cousin)
             Honorable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8 yrs.old (son of Viscount Linley-the Queen's nephew)
             Miss Grace Van Cutsems, 3 years old (William's godchild)
             Miss Elisa Lopes, 3 yrs.old (granddaughter of the Duchess of Cornwall)
             Master William Lower-Pinkerton, 10 yrs.old (son of William's private secretary)
             Master Tom Pettifer, 10 yrs.old (son of William's former nanny)

These young girls and boys will perform their roles as Bridesmaids and Pageboys (commonly known as Groom's men) in the wedding and will have their position in the carriage after the ceremony.


Musicians: The Choir groups of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace
                 The London Chamber Opera
                 The Fanfare team of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force
                 The State Trumpeters of the Household of Cavalry
Official wedding Photographer: Hugo Burnard of Conde Nust Publications, he was personally chosen by Prince William to take wedding souvenirs because of his long service to the royal family as portrait photographer.
The royal wedding on April 29 can be followed online via the official Twitter and Facebook channels of the British Monarchy. The event will also be streamed live on YouTube, where the video will remain after the event.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monastery of Transfiguration -A Perfect Place for Retreat

during the palm Sunday
the beautiful garden around the chapel
the Monk Fathers

We just had our Retreat last April 14-17, 2011 held at the Monastery of Transfiguration located at the top of the mountain in San Jose Malaybalay Bukidnon. It was run and managed by the Benedictine Monks. The place is really a perfect place for retreat because you can really concentrate in meditation and prayer since the place is surrounded by plants and trees and different rare flowers. And all you can hear are the chirping of the birds, the sounds of the insects and animals. As you enter the chapel, you can feel the presence of God because of the silence. As the Monks are particular of the word SILENCE.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Annual Retreat @ Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon

This is the Monastery of the Transfiguration located at San Jose Malaybalay Bukidnon. It is owned and managed by the Benedictine Monks. Just a little hint for the place of our Annual Retreat which will start on April 14 and will end on April 17. I will be posting more pictures as soon as I get back from the Retreat.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Healthful Facts About Oregano

Oregano provides good  medicinal  effect  on  our  body, adds  a distinct flavor to food , and  gives a therapeutic  flavor substitute  like black  pepper”,  says  Cynthia G.  Castro, a nutritionist-dietitian.  Herbs has a higher antioxidant activity than fruits, vegetables and some spices, including garlic. That is why people should use more herbs for flavoring instead of salt and artificial chemicals. It was found out that oregano has 3-20 times higher antioxidant activity than the others. It has also 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries. Dried or ground oregano contains the following vitamins A, C, K, iron, manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium and omega-3fatty acids.
The plant’s oval grayish-green leaves are frequently used in pizza, spaghetti and marinara sauces, and many Italian dishes. Oregano complements beef or lamb stews, gravies, salads, soups, even tomato juice.

Oregano Anti  properties

Origano  known for its strong anti-inflammatory  and antibacterial  properties.
  1. Thymol
  • Helps loosen phlegm in the lungs
  • Relieves spasms in the bronchial passages
  • Inhibits bacteria growth, including Pseudomonas aeroginosa, a rod-shaped bacterium that takes advantage of the weakened immune system of an ill person and causes different infections such as respiratory tract infection, and Staphylococcus aureus, a spherical bacterium frequently part of the skin flora found in the nose and on skin.  It can cause minor skin infections such as pimples or life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia.
  • Treats Giardia lamblia, a common bacteria ingested through food, which can cause mild digestive problems to very serious illnesses 
  1.  Carvacrol
  • Helps prevent oxygent-bassed  damage  to the body “s cell  structure

  1. Rosmarinic acid
  • Treats Allergic asthma
  • Prevents oxygen-based damage to cells
  • Prevents cell damage caused by free radicals, thus reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis and premature aging.
  • Blocks the Cox-2 enzyme in the body that causes pain and possibly cancer.
  1. Flavonoid
  • Oregano leaf extracts stabilize lard against oxidation and show antioxidant powers when tested on vegetable oils during storage or frying conditions
  • Together with triterpenois, sterol, vitamins C and A, the leaf can treat infections in a woman’s reproductive tract after child birth.
Oregano Dont’s

When is oregano a  big no-no?
  • Do not used oregano if you have allergic reaction to it or to other herbs in the same family, such as thyme, hyssop, basil, marjoram, mint, and sage.
  • If you develop a rash or skin irritation.
  • If you have iron-deficiency anemia. Consult your health care before using oregano.
  • If you have taken an iron supplement or have eaten foods high in iron two hours before or after.