Wednesday, July 27, 2022

VERY STRONG | My experience on 7.3 Magnitude Abra Earthquake in Baguio, Benguet

 While I was busy doing my chores, our house started shaking. I thought it was just a normal small quake. But then the shaking never stops. We immediately reminded all folks inside the home to get out. While we are already outside the house, the quake gets stronger and stronger. It lasted for approximately 20 seconds long. This terrifying experience reminded me of a similar experience 22 years ago, the 1990 Luzon earthquake. 

What we just experienced is a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that jolted the whole Luzon island. The epicenter is believed to be in Lagangilag, Abra Province in the northern part of the island. Although we are more than a hundred kilometers away, the tremor is so strong that it made my messy room messier. the quake spilled my cup filled with hot tea. 

After the quake, we estimated the magnitude to be at least 6, but awaiting the official announcement of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in their social media posts for the verification of the actual measurement. 

As of writing this blog, I can still feel minor aftershocks. You can really feel that the ground is shaking and some light objects with a poor foundation move from one place to another. Thankfully, no one was hurt at home.

I posted some photos and videos on my Facebook Page: The Story of Anthony. People were quick to respond from other parts of Luzon with similar experiences. 

However, there is one casualty in our next barangay. He was a construction worker who was trapped in a pile of heavy rubbles in a building that is under construction. concerned neighbors contacted the authorities to retrieve the body for proper post-mortem examination and autopsy. 

I decided to document this incident in my vlog and in this blog to share my terrifying earthquake experience. I would like to let people know how I felt so petrified by this incident. 

Praying for the affected people of this recent Abra earthquake


Monday, July 25, 2022

New and Affordable Beach Resort: BeachCamp by LOC in Caba, La Union, Philippines | Travel Tips and Ratings

This is a glimpse of BeachCamp Resort by LOC in Elyu (La Union), a resort that offers a calm getaway for both local and international travelers or tourists. It gives a calming ambiance to those who want to escape from a stressful environment. For tourists, taking a dose of Vitamin Sea eliminates stress and negativity from work, home, and toxic friends. 

More info at my Facebook Page: Story of Anthony


BeachCamp by LOC is one of the newest beach resorts in Caba, La Union. The place is specifically located at Barangay Santiago Sur, Caba, La Union, Philippines. It will take at least 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Baguio, 2-4 hrs drive from the North in Ilocandia while it will take you at least 4-6 hours from Manila. 

Note: The Google map and Waze show that you have reached your destination when reaching a swampy area and it will seem the Google Map made an incorrect arrival spot. The next thing you have to do is to follow the unpaved road on the right side. 

Check-in time is 2pm while Check-out time is 12noon the next day


Open Kubo (Php 1000 for 8 pax day rate)

This is a spacious area for family or friends who wants to spend their day relaxing and unwinding. 

A -Type Kubo (Php 1700 for 4 pax overnight) 

A unique type of accommodation that makes you feel like camping along the beach.

Aircon Room with Toilet (Php 2400 for 4 pax overnight)

Best for a family who wants to spend overnight in the resort. 

The scenic view

Grabbed from my drone, the place is pristine with grey sand that looks similarly white during the day. The area is not that populated as compared to other resorts in San Fernando and San Juan in La Union. What I love is the absence of rocky landscapes across the shorelines. Even if you go far like a distance of 20 meters, the water level is still below your waistline. 

Mysterious Sea Fireflies

The owner forgot to inform me about the presence of "sea fireflies". These are the bioluminescent planktons that react to any movement along the shorelines, giving a luminous glow during the night. This is best observed during the Full Moon.

The Beach

The whole stretch of coastline is not rocky at all. the area has smooth grey sand. You can walk along the beach while enjoying its warm breeze. It is not mossy, it is not murky, and you can build sand castles. There are no sharks, no snakes, or crocodiles. 

My Ratings

1. Service (10/10): The staff provides an approachable ambiance, making you feel at home during your stay at the resort. They are jolly, easy to mingle with, and you can even share different stories under a cup of coffee or any juice drink. 

2. Ambiance (10/10): This is the best part. The place is still virgin with little or no resorts nearby. There is an obvious observation of a lesser crowd than other resorts in the area. You can relax without having concerns with other guests. 

3. Facilities (8/10): The place is still under construction. Soon, there will be new amenities such as swimming pools and function halls. Perhaps more rooms for additional guests in the area. 

4. Expenses (10/10): The place is really cheap. The room rates, food, and other expenses are considerably affordable. Since we availed of the Aircon room, 5 bottles of juice, and 4 breakfast, I only paid a total of Php 3,785. If you compare it with the expenses of other resorts, it will really cost you more than Php 5,000 or more. 

5. Safety (9/10): I forgot to mention this in my vlog. I would say 9/10. You cannot really say it is 100% safe due to the different personalities and psychological capacity of other guests and other locals within the area. Guarding your belongings is still the best thing to prevent any untoward incidents. 


Definitely worth recommending this resort. I will probably return again if given the chance to unwind with friends, family, or a lifetime partner. 

For more information, visit their Facebook Page: BeachCamp by LOC

Have fun and enjoy

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Top 5 Best Sodium Ascorbate Capsules or Non-Acidic Vitamin C for the Year 2021


Vitamin C is one of the best nutrients in boosting our immune system from pathogenic microorganisms. The mechanism of action of Vitamin C is to help regenerate smooth muscle fibers of our cell and to improve the perfusion of white blood cells against infectious agents. The best way to have it is to eat fruits that taste sour, indicating a high content of vitamin c nutrients. 

However, not all people are compatible with the Ascorbic Acid supplement as it contains irritants affecting the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. Ascorbic Acid is known to cause irritations in the gastric mucosa. Signs and Symptoms include abdominal pain or sometimes, bleeding. Sodium Ascorbate is another form of a Vitamin C variant that helps to prevent gastric mucosa irritation while aiming to boost the immune system. 

Here are the Top 5 Best Sodium Ascorbate Capsules for the Year 2021

1. Ultima-C: This is a product that is well-known for individuals who are members of UNO MLM Company. Ultima-C is the most promising product of UNO company because it helps to improve the immune system without causing harm to the stomach. Discount is higher if you are a member of the UNO MLM company to avail yourself of a cheaper price of Php 10 per capsule.

2. 24-Alkaline-C: One of the fast-growing Sodium Ascorbate brand in the market. It's popularity hurdles the local market due to the onslaught of the pandemic. The brand has an average of at least Php 8 per capsule as well. This brand is available to all drugstores in the Philippines.

3. Fern-C: This is still one of the most popular products in the market. A decade ago, I already observed the presence of this brand in various drugstores. The main campaign is its non-acidic nature for people who wants to improve their immune system. The price of this product ranges between Php 7 to 12 per capsule. 

4. Radiance Vitamin C-Plus: The most interesting Sodium Ascorbate variant. It contains not only Vitamin C but other essential nutrients for wellness. These are collagen, sodium carbonate, Quercetin, and NAC that are essential antioxidants in the body. Price ranges from Php 10 and above, depending on the seller. 

5. Bewell-C: Another product that is regaining its popularity in the market. You can observe its presence in Watsons, which is heavily promoted by the sales personnel in every customer at the counter. There are promos that the brand offer, making it the cheapest sodium ascorbate than any other brands at Php 6 per capsule. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


There is one savior for me whenever I am having a set of pimple outbreaks. Collagen Toner by Watsons with Penta Lucent system is the best facial toner that I am optimistic about my face. This toner has the best instant effect on my face, indicating the compatibility on my skin. One thing more, I can feel the freshness upon using this facial toner every after use. There is a feeling of firmness that I believe it can really minimize fine lines around my face and even on my skin.

Collagen Toner by Watsons with Penta Lucent system has five different collagen compounds that are essential to improve the skin's collagen and elastin components. One effect is to firm the face by means of rejuvenating collagen and elastin. The Penta Lucent system aims to eliminate stressed cells responsible for making the face look pale and look darker.

3 Best Tips to eliminate Acne or Pimples and Scars:

1. Wash your face with either your favorite soap or facial cleanser: For best results, it is always essential to use the Collagen Toner with a clean face. Wash your face using any soap or facial cleanser helps to eliminate excess oil, dirt, dead cells, and impurities in your skin. One thing more, washing your face removes harmful bacteria and viruses, responsible for causing infection.

2. Use a base moisturizer right after washing your face: It is important to maintain the moisture of the face after washing with soap. The rationale is to prevent the face and neck from severe dryness that can lead to irritation and discomfort. Base moisturizer restores moisture to the epidermis, which nourishes the cells after washing away all impurities.

3. Apply the toner in a circular motion: After the washing and moisturizing routine took place, it is now time to apply the toner. Use a small amount of cotton to absorb the toner and then begin the circular motion to the face. Start from the frontal area of the face in a circular motion and then around the face. Include the neck and the nape when applying the toner for the best overall results. 

Note: You can apply the toner to your face at least twice a day. For me, I apply once a day before bedtime. My face routine usually takes place before I sleep at night. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Lately, Kween Mother, the matriarch of Cadena family tackles about the Youtube Channel of late vlogger Lloyd Cafe Cadena. In her latest vlog, Kween Mother reiterates they will keep the channel to serve as digital memorabilia for the family, relatives, and to the Cadenators. Kween Mother opted to preserve the digital property of late Lloyed Cadena as it gave a memorable experience to the viewers who relate the scenes from the vlog to their real lives. 

However, in the middle of the discussion gave some viewers chills as they watch how the family decides about the fate of the channel. Starting from the 6'th minute, there are some voices that a viewer with a sharp auditory capacity can hear it. I first watched the latest vlog of Mother Kween to know how will they decide on the fate of Lloyd's channel and noticed some of the babbling words but never did I realize something weirder.

Here are the parts of the video where you can hear voices of Lloyd:
1st:  6:39: "Help"
2nd: 6:45: "Kausapin mko" (talk to me)
3rd:  6:48: "Ma!" (Mom)
4th:  7:22: "Uggh! Nahihirapan nako" (It's difficult for me)

I never thought Kween Mother will make it to the trending topic's list. Fans quickly comment on the clips they heard, where I just indicated above this paragraph, it gave me the chills and courage to rewatch the video. Upon watching, I confirmed two out of four clips where there are strange voices while Kween Mother is talking. 

The most audible voices are the 3rd ("Ma!") and the fourth voice ("Uggh! Nahihirapan nako!"). The first and second voices are hard for me to listen to. However upon replaying it again, I can finally hear the second voice ("Kausapin mko"). But it is really giving me a hard time to hear the first voice, which is "help"!

Upon posting on my Facebook page, which is The Story of Anthony, there are some comments saying the voices were uttered during the time Lloyd was fighting for his life in the hospital. Other comments suggest Lloyd's departure is something that is difficult for him to adjust in the other dimension that he is having a hard time coping with his new environment in the spiritual world. 

Anyhow, I would like to say may Lloyd Cafe Cadena Rest in Peace in his journey to the spiritual world. Condolence to the family and hoping for a brighter endeavor in the next years to come. 

Friday, October 9, 2020


Acne breakout is the worst thing that can happen to your face. Pimple outbreak makes it even worse due to the appearance of papules all around your face. Whenever there is either a pimple or acne breakouts in your face, it affects your mood. The concentration on your daily routine will have a lesser focus due to the appearance of red marks on the face or neck. After having a breakout, the next concern is the appearance of dark scars. 

I bought Pond's BB cream, thinking that it can really hide visible acne and pimple breakouts. That is my main purpose why I buy bb cream and foundation to use it whenever going out during the daytime. Good thing Watson's offer this product that seeks to help individuals gain their confidence back even if they are having pimple outbreaks. I decided to choose Pond's age miracle BB+ Anti Aging BB cream. This cream seems better than the regular bb cream.

Back Story: One month ago before purchasing Pond's anti-aging BB cream, I went to Watsons and purchased their latest rejuvenating set. The price is worth Php 800 and my money got short to purchase this product. So I have to leave behind Pond's age miracle anti-aging BB cream to purchase on the next month, which I already have it now and made a review. 

Upon applying the cream, it gives an instant coverage on your face, hiding pimples and scars. One thing more is the cream's ability to hide fine lines such as wrinkles. The ingredients help to restore your skin's youthful balance due to the presence of zinc oxide, niacinamide, and linoleic acid. 

The Box contents:
  • Makeup brush: One good thing about purchasing this product is the free brush. This brush is ideal for applying face powder on top of the bb cream in your face and neck. The brush has fine strokes when you apply additional dry powder.
  • Bb cream: The main product. It contains an anti-aging ingredient that is suitable to make you look younger than your age. Upon applying the cream on my face, it can really make a difference between before and after photos on the thumbnail. 
Price: At Watsons Store, you can avail of the product for just Php 499 or roughly 500. If you prefer purchasing online, you should expect a higher value due to the courier fee and another fee for the delivery.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


If there is one coffee we should try, this would be Mx3 Coffee Mix. Why? it contains some of the most essential nutrients that help to boost our immunity. This is an instant coffee mix that contains a mixture of coffee, sugar, and non-acidic milk powder or creamer. One good thing is the taste, which is not so sweet and does not have a single sign of bitterness in your mouth upon each sip of the coffee. This is a coffee mix that is perfect for your everyday routine during meals or snacks. 

Mx3 is one of the most promising drinks everyone should try. It contains potent nutrients that aim to strengthen the immune system. Coffee lovers will have another reason to enjoy this drink because it helps to relieve stress while sipping each drop. The good thing about this product is its ability to prevent acute and chronic ailments that hampers the physiological and mental integrity of a person. 

Beneficial ingredients of Mx3:

1. Garcinia Mangostana: This is the most potent ingredient of the drink. As an effective antioxidant, it helps to neutralize free radicals, responsible for causing neoplasms in the body. The anti-oxidant effects of mangosteen reduce the risk of developing cancer in the body. The detoxifying effects of this ingredient help to lower cholesterol, responsible for preventing heart diseases, stroke, and cardiovascular ailments. 

2. Vitamin C: In the form of ascorbic acid, this is the most important nutrient in our body for defending against pathogens. The presence of virus, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are responsible for causing diseases in our body. One of the most dangerous viruses that are causing a total lockdown in all parts of the world is the Sars-Cov2 responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic in the world. Vitamin C prevents our body to become vulnerable to contracting pathogens. 

3. Calcium: Another interesting component of this drink is the presence of calcium molecules. Calcium is responsible for helping the body on strengthening the bone cells. Having a regular intake of essential calcium in the body strengthens the bone and teeth. Calcium helps prevent osteoporosis and other bone diseases that change the posture of the body when walking or standing upright. 

Mx3 instant coffee mix is available at your nearest drugstores, pharmacies, or local botika. There are online sellers offering similar products in various online selling stores. The price per sachet ranges from Php 15 to 20 and per box is between Php 170 and above, depending on the seller. 

Always remember, prevention is better than cure.

Monday, October 5, 2020


Skin Reborn Rejuvenating Set is one of the newest rejuvenating sets you can find in the market. This product is locally made in the Philippines, highlighting the genes of Filipino skin from local dermatologists and chemists. One interesting thing is the use of Kojic Acid as a powerful ingredient that is suitable for making the skin looking more radiant. Here are the components of Skin Reborn Rejuvenating Set:

Each Set Contains the Following:
  • Kojic Acid Papaya Soap: Best to remove dirt in your face and body while the kojic acid and other ingredients provide a brighter effect on the skin.
  • Cleansing Toner: The perfect solution to clear out hidden oil and dirt in the face and neck.
  • Rejuvenating Cream: Contains essential nutrients that soothe the first and second layers of the skin while moisturizing and repairing collagen and elastin compounds. 
  • Sunblock: It has SPF 30 protection against the harmful UVA and UVB from the Sun.


1. Wash your face using lukewarm water. Make sure to wash your face, neck, at the back of the neck, nape, and the upper chest area. Using a circular motion, use the Kojic soap around your face, neck, ears, nape, and in the upper chest. The reason is to prevent uneven skin tone when using the product for more than one week. Rinse with water after one to two minutes.

2. Optional: Apply moisturizer immediately after use, which is my routine. You may or may not use moisturizer as an optional choice before applying the toner. The reason for this optional choice is to prevent any irritation from the face due to the strong impact of the kojic acid soap and the toner. 

3. The next step is to apply the cleansing toner for the face. Note that it is important not to apply too much toner as it can cause irritation to the face after using the kojic acid soap. Same with the Kojic Acid Soap application, brush the neck, nape, and back of the ears with the toner.

4. Apply creams. The first is the rejuvenating cream, which is my favorite part of using the rejuvenating set. This cream is very important as it helps your dermis and epidermis regenerate. Then apply sunscreen to protect your face and neck from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB from the sun when applying it during the daytime. 

Note: You may apply the rejuvenating cream either during daytime or night time, depending on your free time to pamper your face. Skin Reborn does not restrict any gender. This product is universal, regardless of your gender or sexual orientation. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020


One of the main reasons to stay healthy is to ensure our body becomes more resistant to infection. However, our body needs to take additional supplements, especially when there is a medical emergency in our community. The threat of novel coronavirus that is popularly known as Covid-19 is the recent case responsible for causing a worldwide medical pandemic in our community. The coronavirus has a significant high infection rate, which can easily transmit the pathogen to an individual.

With the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need Enervon-C, one of the most trusted over the counter food supplements in our community. As we all know, the coronavirus quickly spread worldwide in just a matter of less than a month. At first, most governments around the world ignored the health threat until it slowly infected their communities. Today, the Covid-19 is responsible for shutting down most countries around the world to prevent the spread of the disease.

Vitamin B-Complex
  • Improve the electric response of nerves while sending signals to other nerve cells throughout the body.
  • B-Complex is known to energize the body to support muscle movements. 
  • Alleviates signs and symptoms of a hangover or alcoholic intoxication. 
  • Improves memory performance and the logical functioning of the brain. 
  • Prevents the risk of experiencing muscle fatigue.
Vitamin C
  • Known either as ascorbic acid (Acidic variant) or sodium ascorbate (alkaline variant)
  • Strengthens the immune system as it improves the resistance of infection. 
  • Supports collagen and elastin formation of the skin and smooth muscles. 
  • It improves bone and teeth density in the body. 
  • Increases the production of white blood cells in the body.


Enervon multivitamins have a suggested retail price of Php 8.00. Buying a bottle is cheaper because the cost per bottle is Php 195. The content per bottle has 30 tablets you can take it once a day. This product is available in any open pharmacy or drugstores near you. Examples are Watsons, Mercury Drugstore, St. Joseph Pharmacy, and The Generics Pharmacy. 

Fight against Covid-19

The novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 Pandemic is mainly targetting the respiratory system. Taking one tablet a day of Enervon can increase the production of white blood cells to fight germs inside the lungs. When taking this food supplement, it can increase your resistance to other infectious agents.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


The Philippines sits within the Pacific Ring of Fire. This is the reason why the country often experiences ground shaking due to the presence of fault lines scattered across the archipelago. The Philippines is currently being rattled by the movement of Eurasian and the Philippine plates. There are multiple fault lines scattered across the nation, making it susceptible to earthquakes each day. The subduction zones in the archipelago are also causing pressure for the ground to cause a burst of magma in the surface of the Earth, known as Volcanoes.

The country is home to at least 25 active volcanoes and hundreds more potentially active ones that are living in a dormant stage. In this blog, I will be discussing my own Top 10 Most Active Volcanoes in the Philippines including some potentially active volcanoes.

1. Taal Volcano: The most popular volcano as of the moment due to its eruptive activity as of the moment. Taal Volcano is currently under Alert Level 4 status according to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology due to the ongoing eruption. The volcano has now 35 eruptions in known history by the volcanologists.

2. Mayon Volcano: This is the Philippines' most active volcano. With an elevation of 2,462 meters above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Bicol region. Mayon accumulated at least 50 eruptions with the recent in 2018.

3. Kanlaon: Located on the island of Negros in the Philippines. The volcano has at least 26 known eruptive history, making it the third most active volcano in the country. With an elevation of 2,435, it is the highest point on the island, making it suitable for vegetable farmers to plant temperate crops.

4. Bulusan Volcano: Another volcano in the Bicol Peninsula is silently spewing ash from time to time. Bulusan Volcano is the fourth most active volcano in the Philippines with 17 known eruptions recorded by the Phivolcs.

5. Hibok Hibok: This volcano created the island of Camiguin, which is also an island province in Mindanao. I went here last November of 2019 and I am thankful no eruption happened during my visit. With 5 eruptions in history with the latest in 1952, this island is really geologically active.

6. Smith Volcano: All the way to the northernmost island group in the Philippines, Smith Volcano is noticeably new. It has an estimated height of 600 meters above sea level with at least six known eruption history.

7. Mount Pinatubo: Unknown to many until it erupted in 1991, Pinatubo unleashed its hidden power to make the second-largest eruption in the 20th century after Novarupta in Alaska. Mount Pinatubo is a sacred mountain until it showed its real color that devastated Central Luzon.

8. Mount Parker: T'Boli tribe considers this volcano as a sacred mountain. Unknown to the present-day tribesmen, this sacred mountain blew up in 1641, creating a massive eruption similar to that of Mount Pinatubo.

9. Mount Musuan:  This is a small active volcano in Bukidnon, having to erupt at least two times in the 18th century. What is unique about this volcano is the presence of an installed cellular site to provide telecommunication services for the inhabitants surrounding the mountain.

10: Cagua: In Cagayan Valley, there is an interesting volcano that is now making a new tourist attraction. The volcano made one known eruption in 1907, reminding the residents of its active condition.

Potentially Active Volcanoes
  • Mount Apo (Davao Provinces)
  • Mount Arayat (Pampanga)
  • Mount Banahaw (Quezon)
  • Mount Santo Tomas (Benguet)
  • Mount Makiling (Laguna)
  • Mount Matutum (South Cotabato)