Magnitude 5.4 aftershock in Ormoc City

ORMOC CITY— People went into fright anew after another earthquake hit the area on Monday morning July 10, only four days after a magnitude 6.5 tremor shook Leyte.


Customers and personnel at the Gaisano Capital in Ormoc City rush out from the building after a 5.6 magnitude

Roads were clogged up with vehicles as people headed out to the streets to search for a place.

Few people were crying in fear.

No less than 24 students were sent to a medicinal center set up by the city since they were hyperventilating.

The magnitude 5.4 tremor happened around 9:45 a.m. and had its epicenter in Ormoc.

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It occurred when city authorities were getting ready for a meeting to discuss a restoration plan because of the devastation caused by the July 7 earthquake.

Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez asked the public to remain calm.

He said the meeting would continue while classes would continue although few schools choose to send their students home.


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10 Anti-death penalty representatives to be removed from the House

Manila, Philippines — all of the 11 House leaders who voted against death penalty bill, including previous President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, will be replaced when it resumes session after the Holy Week break, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has recently announced after days of indecision.

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The solitary Commission on Appointments (CA) member, Occidental Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato, won’t be saved from the approaching patch up nor will 10 officials holding key committee chairmanships, including Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, according to Alvarez in his text message to reporters.

The replacements would come from the leaders’ own parties which would be nominating the replacements to the House administration, Alvarez said.

The Speaker said the revamp in the 292-seat chamber would happen after the Holy Week break.

“Yes, it will happen after the break. We are just waiting for the nominees from the respective parties,” Alvarez said.

The House is ready to adjourn Wednesday night and resume legislative work on May 2.

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The 11 House leaders, including Arroyo, a Deputy Speaker, disregard the administration stand by voting against the measure.

Nine committee chairs, including Recto, Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero, Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Sack ao, Quezon City Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Makabayan officials Emmi De Jesus, Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Antonio Tinio, also voted no.

The chamber voted 217-54, with one abstention, to pass the bill on third reading.

The House leadership was criticized for its indecision in carrying out Alvarez’s warning to strip the anti-death penalty lawmakers of their posts.

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas initially said he requested that the Speaker permit him to deal with the matter, however after an assembly of majority members, decided to send the ball back on Alvarez’ court.


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Breakfast Cereal

Try to prepare is quick breakfast cereal. Start your day making this healthy cereal for you family!

breakfast cereal

  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 16 shredded wheat cereal, frosted, bite size
  • 1/3 cup Post Grape-Nuts cereal


  1. Come in a small bowl all the ingredients and mix it together and it’s ready to serve for breakfast.


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Celery Soup

A fabulous and delicious celery soup that is easy follow recipe. Try making these soup!

celery soupIngredients

  • 1 cup milk or 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup kefir
  • 2 cups chicken broth or 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 lb celery & leaves, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Saute in a large dutch oven the onion until translucent. Then add the garlic and saute.
  2. Next is add the rest of the ingredients and cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend. Then add the milk or water. And its ready to serve.


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Chocolate Coffee Cake

Are you looking for a chocolate coffe cake recipe? Try this easy to follow recipe!

chocolate coffee cake

  • 2 cups cultured buttermilk or 2 cups yogurt or 2 cups whey or
  • 2 cups kefir
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups artificial sweetener (I use sucanat, but regular sugar would work too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 dash clove
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup nuts, if desired


  1. Combine into a large bowl the flour and liquid (buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, etc.) Cover the bowl and soak for 12-24 hrs.
  2. After soaking, the next thing to do is to combine the remaning ingredients. Then pour the mixture into a baking pan, you can cover it with chopped nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.


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Healthy Waffles

Try this easy to follow waffle recipe in your home. It’s wonderful and delicious, you may top it with any syrup that you want!


  • 1 cup kefir (or you can use buttermilk, or milk)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (can sub another kind of oil)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or use agave)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. First to do is to combine all the dry ingredients. Second is to combine the wet ingredients.
  2. Then mix together and scoop the butter and pour into a hot waffle iron.


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Lemon Ice Cream

You can enjoy this luscious Kefir ice cream with only 3 ingredients. A light and refreshing dessert that is easy to make!

lemon Ice Cream

  • 400 ml kefir or 400 ml milk or plain yogurt
  • 1 large grated zest of lemon
  • 130 g agave syrup or maple syrup or honey


  1. First is to melt the sugar before mixing all the ingredients including the sugar.
  2. Then place the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes. It will depend on your ice cream maker and the texture that you want.


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Fluffy Pancakes

Pancakes usually serve during breakfast or dessert. I made it more healthier because I add kefir on it. Try this quick and delicious homemade pancakes!


  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk or 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • neutral oil, for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium size bowl.
  2. Break and lightly beat the eggs into another bowl. Then add the kefir, milk and vanilla extract and whisk them all together.
  3. Next is to combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisk them together until they are combined.
  4. Meanwhile preheat the griddle over medium heat. Then lightly grease the griddle with the pancake batter.
  5. Cook each side of the pancake and serve it with your favorite toppings like jams or syrup.


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Cucumber and tomato salad

A refreshing, light salad for the whole family to dig in. A great main dish for vegetarians as well!

cucumber-tomato salad

  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat plain kefir cultured milk smoothie, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon mince chives
  • 1 English cucumber (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese (feta cheese works too)
  • 3 ripe heirloom tomatoes (about 2 cups)
  • Pinch each of salt, pepper, and chipotle powder


  1. Mix together in a small bowl the kefir, onion, sour cream, chives, dill, and seasoning. Cover iit and refregerate overnight.
  2. Then slice into bite-sized the cucumber and tomatoes and place them in a bowl and toss them together. Pour over the dressing into salad and add the blue cheese. Toss and serve.


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Cold Strawberry Soup

This cold strawberry soup recipe is made of strawberry and kefir, perfect for a summer treat to your family and friends. A delicious soup that is easy to follow here are the steps:

Strawberry Soup

  • ½ cup kefir
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 4 mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • ¼ cup almond milk (any milk will do)


  1. Heat a sauce pan over medium high heat. Then combine the strawberries and water on the pan and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Using your spoon or fork crushed the strawberries and remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.
  3. When the the strawberry mixture is cool, pour it to a food processor along with milk and kefir then blend until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate the soup for at least 30 minutes before serving and you may garnish it with mint.


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