Staying strong for Christmas away from home

ROSITA Morrell, a 69-year-old resident of Monte Maria Village, Catalunan Grande in Davao City and a mother of four children, hasn’t seen home since she left in 2013 to work abroad.

Morrell is currently working as a caregiver at a home for the aged in Fresno, California.

At her age, Morrell already has nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.

It’s been a long time since she experienced the Christmas in the Philippines as well as celebrating the season beside her loved ones.

Morrell said Christmas in the Philippines is really different from where she is right now.

“I missed everyone, and I miss home,” She said.
Despite of her age, Morrell still managed to endure a heavy work since she is a vegetable lover and a health conscious person.essensa1_

She loves organic food and her favorite meal is mixed vegetable soup or what they called in Davao “law-uy”.

Apart from her family, she misses the food in the Philippines, most probably the spinach and the morringga leaves where she used to pick up at her backyard in Davao.<a href=”http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/lifestyle/2016/12/19/staying-strong-christmas-away-home-515850″ target=”_blank”>MORE</a>

Get to know Asia Pacific’s queens

THE long wait is over because after almost a decade, new queens have been hailed for Miss Asia Pacific International. The newly crowned queens were tasked with the goal of promoting the beauty and diversity of each of their countries. As the first leg of its journey, the beautiful winners graced the Queen City of the South with their presence to learn about its culture, people and appreciate its cuisine.

The competition having been founded in the year 1968 is the first and oldest beauty pageant in Asia. But in 2006, the competition came to a halt. Having just recently been rejuvenated, the competition is now seeing a stronger future after having chosen the beautiful mix of faces to represent it and forward its advocacy for the year 2017.

The grand relaunch was held last Nov. 23. During the event, Miss Netherlands Tessa Helena Le Conge was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 and also bagged the award for Miss Friendship. Miss Thailand Chawanya Thanomwong won first runner-up and was hailed Best in Swimsuit. Miss Philippines Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan won second runner-up, while Miss Cook Islands Felicia George was hailed as third runner-up and bagged the awards for Miss Photogenic and Best in Talent. Miss Korea Soyeon Kim came in fourth and was also chosen as Miss Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. Only four of the winners were able to visit Cebu as Krishnan had to attend her thesis defense.

Miss Peru Ana Lucia Leiva won the People’s Choice Award.<a href=”http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2016/12/18/get-know-asia-pacifics-queens-515759″ target=”_blank”>MORE</a>

Kochi Prefecture, a must-visit destination in Japan

HAVING stayed in Shikoku Island, particularly Kochi Prefecture, for two weeks has given me the opportunity to explore the wonders of this business and leisure destination in Japan.

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Shikoku is the smallest and least populated among the four main islands of Japan. It has four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushima.

Despite its size, which is said to be at 18,800 square kilometers only, there is so much to enjoy in the area.(MORE )