Outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis Confirmed in the Philippines

FeaturedOutbreak of Japanese Encephalitis Confirmed in the Philippines


Sudden deaths and hundreds with disabilities in children younger than 15 year sold due to viral encephalitis have been reported across the Southeast Asian countries and all regions in the Philippines as well. The outbreak has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and have estimated that there are currently 3 billion people at risk for JE, living in JE-prone areas, including 24 countries in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions. The virus  can cause inflammation of the brain, leading to high fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting, confusion, and in severe cases, seizures, spastic paralysis, and coma. It could also mimic a stroke, as was the case reported in Davao during the second half of 2016. There is no specific treatment for this disease. Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a leading cause if viral encephalitis in Asia is fatal in 20 to 30% cases and among those who survive, 30% to 50% suffer from permanent disabilities.

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Where Does Japanese Encephalitis Come From?

Japanese Encephalitis is primarily a rural disease. Transmitted by the mosquito vector Culex tritaeniorhynchus via a vertebrate host mostly pigs or wild birds. Up to 3% of mosquitoes may be infected in endemic areas. The species is found in rural and agricultural areas particularly in flooeded rice fields and piggeries. However, an epidemiologic study conducted by Dr Anna Lena Lopez of the National Institute of Health (NIH) published in 2015, showed that the virus circulates in all the regions of the Philippines, including urban areas like Metro Manila.

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The mosquitoes bite in the late afternoon and early evening.

How severe is this virus?

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) showed that although majority of cases occur in children younger than 15 years of age, adults remain at risk, with 15% of cases occurring in individuals older than 18 years. In tropical areas, disease can occur year-round. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau surveillance system revealed that for 2016, among 875 acute meningitis-encephalitis suspected cases reported as of August 2016, 119 (14%) were laboratory-confirmed for JE.


Prevention is key

Since no cure for the disease exists, the most effective and cost-efficient form of prevention is vaccination. However, the JE vaccine requires multiple doses, which has been a significant barrier in past immunization campaigns. In resource-limited settings, high delivery and storage costs act as financial obstacles for vaccine administration. Additionally, the three-dose regiment compromises compliance rates for individuals unable to return to health care facilities for numerous dosages.

In the past, chemical control of vector populations with the use of pesticides was successful in breaking the transmission cycle. However, this is now only considered a short-term solution due to increased levels of insecticide resistance. Here are few things you can do to prevent the mosquito bites:

  1. Search and destroy mosquito breeding places
  2. Use self-protection measures
  3. Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than 2 days
  4. Say Yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak
  5. Spread awareness to your fellow parents, students, neighbors about this virus!
  6. Ask your Pediatrician now about the vaccine!

We have to recognize that the Japanese Encephalitis virus is a major health issue and that it is a preventable disease.

“Prevention is better than cure.”

There is a Vaccine to prevent JE

The JE-chimeric vaccine, a live attenuated recombinant vaccine, was first licensed in the Philippines in 2013. The vaccine is produced by Vero cell culture, a cell culture technology recommended by WHO. It is the only JE vaccine available locally, and is approved for use for individuals 9 months old and above, with high immunogenicity rates. *

Remember that adults can get it too! Adults must go to Adult Infectious Diseases instead of  going to Cardiologists for a diagnosis.

*Xing Li et al. Immunogenicity and Safety of Currently Available Japanese Encephalitis Vaccines: A systematic review. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2014 Dec, 10 (12): 3579-3593


How To Cook Japanese Curry Macaroni Recipe


This week, it’s all about Japanese Curry and whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen! I used House Foods Kokumaro Curry Hot for that rich and creamy flavor. I always love curry with rice, but with pasta is also nice!

It’s cooking time!
Turn off the heat. Mix the roux until it is dissolved. Then simmer in the lowest setting for 5 minutes. Add water if you want to. 🙂
Kokumaro Curry Macaroni for lunch!
Kokumaro Curry Macaroni for lunch!

There’s also a bonus video about this hack that I recently learned from a House Foods Curry expert!

Watch Cooking Curry Hacks!

Exquisite Details of Danilo Arriola’s “A Place In The Sun” Solo Show


I met up with Dan in late July to talk about his upcoming solo show. I brought lavender tea to set the mood. I get nice compliments from him every time. He is genuinely honest and appreciative. I don’t think I ever mentioned that to him!

It was business first with Dan, then back stories along the way. An hour meeting was not even possible. Three hours wasn’t enough either. It’s like going through a museum while listening to the tour guide. Every detail is vital and you wouldn’t want to be caught inattentive! So one of the most notable points of this meeting was when Dan showed me more or less seven pages of the exhibit perspectives he drafted by hand. Perspective drawings! God must have showered him extra patience. Whoever is curating and organizing his exhibition won’t get stressed out. I wish I took photos of those to feature here.

“A Place in the Sun” is a demonstration of how delicate Dan is. It’s a celebration of elements and discipline, substance and contrast. You will witness here the objects Dan used as subject on his paintings and details he carefully sourced and selected.

Danilo Arriola, A Place In the Sun
The Man, Danilo Arriola



The famed olive tree branches








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Wearing WAREHOUSE Black Lace with Fringe Dress

This is me surrounded by majestic paintings, crowd, and COCKTAIL FOOD!

BCBG MaxAzria Sandal Silver Heel
At par: Wearing BCBG MaxAzria Silver Metallic Heel on this special evening. A perfect way to go classy and edgy.

Special mention and thanks to Joehan Roxas, Mary Elwin De Jesus, and Juert Asejo


Danilo Arriola, an academically trained painter and a chiaroscurist opened his solo show  “A Place In The Sun” last Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at the ArtistSpace Gallery, Ayala Museum.  Exhibit runs until September 6th, 2017.

Facebook Page: @artofdaniloarriola @artistspacegallery

Dream of Snow

Dream of Snow

brian-gordon-green-snow-falling-on-trees-at-dusk1I dreamed of falling snow last night accompanied by happiness and positivity. I usually associate snow with loneliness and stillness based on my experiences. But this time, I remember the snow falling on my face and I was smiling and truly content.

So I searched for the meaning of snow in dreams and this what it says…

“Dreaming of snow is associated with cleanness, clarity, and a possible fresh start ahead. A stage in your life is over and there is a new beginning coming. Since snow is water in solid form, it symbolizes something about to take shape in concrete form. The water connection makes the snow appear in dreams in connection to feelings, maybe because you have been suppressing your feelings lately and they remained frozen, which means it is time to reanimate them. Spiritually, the snow represents your beauty and serenity, as well the melting of your problems.”

Wrapping Up 2016

Wrapping Up 2016

There’s so much to be thankful for and here are some of the most memorable things this year:

I turned 30…

The part-time job I lost before Donald Trump won…

The two clients from Florida who stopped paying us. That’s two month’s worth of pay check…

Le Hub’s dreaded work schedule…

My partners for philantropy…

A partner who believed in me and made me a VP. Valuable Person…

Travels and beautiful places we’ve visited…

That huge cityscape painting JC and I finished for his aunt. I’m never touching acrylic paint in months again… 😛

All the conventions and conferences I have attended. I feel honored as one of the Women in Tech who attended RISE this year…

All the ‘pasalubongs’ my family and friends sent me and my husband…

All the tasteless movies shown this year..

New colleagues who trust our family biz…

My spiritual practice that keeps me grounded and kind…


Few friends who keep in touch with me, and that friend who blocked me on Facebook…

Night outs with my siblings…

New partnerships and humble beginnings…

A memorable December with our grandparents and aunt at home…

Thank you.


Love lost, love gained. 

In springtime when I learned love is on the way, I lost love the following week. It was the hardest and perhaps the most (physically and emotionally) painful I’ve experienced. I have no idea what to do and there was no one to help. I had one day to mourn and bounced back the next day to work. I opened up my health risk limited to my clients and colleagues only. It was relieving because their sympathy was sincere and brief. That same week was when the rest of the world is celebrating Mother’s Day while I celebrate my weight loss.

Love gained was when my husband ordered two boxes of pizza. I stopped crying since then. Love gained when few of my friends shared hefty time with me this year. Love gained when I hear our family’s encouragement. Love gained when I wake up every morning saying thanks to a new life, a new beginning.

That Time of Year Again

That Time of Year Again

You've Got Mail

I live in Southeast Asia now, thousand miles away from the East Coast yet I still feel melancholy everytime October kicks in. It’s like autumn is already in my system. I can’t avoid it and I am just happy to not separate from it. A serious case of #sepanx. Hence, my annual tradition of watching You’ve Got Mail is in the air! I think this started in 2010 and ever since I watch it like a maximum of twice a year. Once in spring and once during fall season. It never fails to torture me from missing NYC and the feeling of falling in love.

That’s it. Good night. x

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