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More rice intake suggests protection from obesity according to a study

More rice intake suggests protection from obesity according to a study

  • Countries that consume high amounts of rice have a lower obesity rate than those countries that have a low average of rice intake.
  • Tomoko Imai the lead researcher made a recommendation that in order to protect against obesity in Western countries, they should eat more rice.
  • It is possible that rice that contain fibre, nutrients and plant compound may increase the feelings of fullness and prevent overeating.

People already had in mind that rice should not be eaten if a person is aiming to lose weight. However, a study showed that eating rice more could help people against obesity.

Based on recent finding, countries that consume high amounts of rice have lower obesity rate than those countries that have low average of rice intake.

During the European Congress on Obesity meeting, Tomoko Imai, the lead researcher recommended that in order to protect Western countries from obesity, eating more rice is advisable. This is based on the observation of countries that eat rice as staple food turned in low rates of obesity.

“The observed associations suggest that the obesity rate is low in countries that eat rice as a staple food. Therefore, Japanese food or an Asian-food-style diet based on rice may help prevent obesity. Given the rising levels of obesity worldwide, eating more rice should be recommended to protect against obesity even in western countries,” said Tomoko Imai.

Also, a  discovery on people who have more dietary fibre and whole grains have lower body weight and cholesterol and also have lower rates of non-communicable diseases compared to those who eat less rice.

However, it is still unclear what the effect of rice consumption on obesity.

Imai and colleagues have conducted experimentation to better understand the link between obesity and rice. Thus, they examine all rice products based on relative consumption and energy consumption in the diets of 136 countries with more than a million population and the data used was from the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations.

On their analysis, that countries that consume high levels of rice are Bangladesh, Lao, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The countries that have lower rice intake included France, UK, USA, Spain, Canada and Australia.

Researchers have been taking account and adjusting the known risk factor but there was an inverse association between rice consumption and rates of obesity. It led the study to suggest that having higher intake of rice could provide protection against obesity.

They also said that it is possible that rice that contains fibre, nutrients and plant compound may increase the feeling of fullness and prevent overeating. It can result to protect against weight gain.

“Rice is also low in fat and has a relatively low postprandial blood glucose level which suppresses insulin secretion. However, there are also reports that people who overeat rice are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Therefore, an appropriate amount of rice intake may prevent obesity,” said Imai.

But researchers say that this study should be investigated further.

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KathNiel reaches New Heights in the Past Year

KathNiel reaches New Heights in the Past Year

  • Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s achieved milestones in 2018.
  • They have broken records via their movie The Hows of Us and had projects that made impact overseas. 

There were 125 films shown last year. And most of them were from film festivals like Sinag Maynila, Cine Filipino, Cinemalaya, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, TOFARM Film Festival, Cinema One Originals, QCinema, and the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival.

Despite a number of film festivals, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo‘s The Hows of Us topped the highest grossing film in 2018.

In fact, It was the only Filipino movie that has reached the eight hundred million mark in the Philippine box-office which beaten the previous holder of the top spot, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo‘s A Second Chance.

READ: KathNiel lords over other love teams, critics suggest that this is not healthy for the entertainment industry

The movie also held premieres in Indonesia and Vietnam. It was Star Cinema‘s first time to do so in Jakarta.

KathNiel were not just rocking the box-office but the world of fashion as well. They were the cover of METRO Magazine‘s August 2018 issue.

They have been part of ABS-CBN’s line of representatives in the Thailand Network Trade Launch, which is the country’s largest media event. They attended the trade show with Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales.

READ: BOX-OFFICE CHAMPS: How did KathNiel movies gross through the years?

The couple has also won the Favorite Foreign TV Actor and Actress award in the Face of the Year Awards in Vietnam.

La Luna Sangre was acquired by MKCS Global became the platform for the show to be aired in Myanmar. She’s Dating the Gangster was also acquired by a Spanish movie channel called Cinelatino.

Last but not the least, aside from the success of their careers, 2018 has also been the mark of the confirmation of Bernardo and Padilla’s real-life romance of more than five years.

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Former domestic helper from an ethnic minority reaches Miss Universe Top 5

Former domestic helper from an ethnic minority reaches Miss Universe Top 5

  • Get to know more about Miss Universe Vietnam 2018.
  • She is the first-ever beauty queen from a Vietnamese ethnic minority community.

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray may have won the title, but alongside the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018, there were other contestants who won the people’s hearts.

One of them was Miss Vietnam, who had experienced her own ups and downs in life and in the international pageant.

Her Growing up Years.

H’Hen Nie grew up in an ethnic minority, the Rade tribe, which only makes up about 5 percent of Vietnam‘s population.

The community is accustomed to women marrying early and having kids at a young age. It has been handed down from many generations. Because of that, she has been told to marry at 14-years-old.

But Nie had bigger dreams than that and decided to move to Ho Chi Minh. This marked the start of her Miss Universe journey.

Her life at the city was far from smooth as she had to work as a domestic helper, tutor, and leaflet delivery girl just to afford her studies and basic necessities.

She touched hearts at her homecoming video, wherein she plopped down on the floor and ate using her hands. It gave the Netizens a sneak peek of the life she used to live.

The beauty queen also rode an overpacked motorcycle through the muddy roads and visited houses to give gifts to the elderly and kids.

Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 – H'Hen Niê's Homecoming

Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 – H'Hen Niê's Homecoming

Posted by Sash Factor Vietnam on Friday, December 7, 2018

Bullying issue.

The controversy surrounded Miss Vietnam as she was deemed to be bullied by Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers in one Instagram live.

Alongside Miss Cambodia, Nie’s lack of English speaking skills were said to be made fun with by the Western contestant.

“She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes… [laughs and nods],” Summers said.

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Regina George, is that you? This is basically like the most dramatic reality show, but condensed into 1 minute lol. @sarahrosesummers hopefully will prove that ignorance will not win you a @missuniverse title…whatever that means these days. This is basically what normalized xenophobia looks like. If she’s trying to show empathy, the condescending, intolerant tone tells a different story. A reminder that you’re participating in a competition in a country/continent where English is NOT the primary language. Cc: @francesca.hung @valeriamoralesd @rern_sinat (Miss Cambodia) • #sarahrosesummers #rernsinat #valeriamorales #francescahung #missuniverse2018 #missuniverse #missworld #missusa #missaustralia #misscolombia #beautyqueen #beautypageant #pageant #pageantlife #missamerica #wiwt #ootd #realityshow #meangirls #reginageorge #gossip #catty #lol #wtf #dietprada

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Nie, on the other hand, had nothing but positive words for Summers.

“Everyone in this competition, myself included, loves and respects one another.

“When she knew about my difficulties with (the English) language, she took an interest and showed me love. That’s why she knows about that. Thank you Miss USA for taking care of me, showing me love and helping me recently.”

Netizens showed appreciation.

The Netizens didn’t fail to show their admiration for Miss Vietnam as tweets about her touching backstory and notable donations to the charity.

A twitter user said that aside from Miss Philippines, Nie is also worth congratulating.

They also commended her decision to defy the Vietnamese society’s beauty standards.

Translations sparked outrage.

Translations are tricky when it comes to international pageants as it may cost anyone from the winning crown.

Netizens have voiced out their disappointment when it comes to Miss Vietnam’s translator as they said that the English translations of her answer is not accurate and messed up.

The question presented was, “The #MeToo movement has sparked a global conversation. In response, some have said that the world has become too politically correct. Do you think the #MeToo movement has gone too far?”

And the translator’s response was as simple as: “I don’t think that it has gone too far. Protecting women and women’s rights is the right thing to do. Women need protection and rights.”

But according to a Netizen named Audrey, the translator totally missed the key points of Nie’s answer.

Others even said that the beauty queen could’ve ranked higher if only the translator did her job correctly.

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KathNiel attends Star Cinema’s first ever movie premiere in Indonesia

KathNiel attends Star Cinema’s first ever movie premiere in Indonesia

  • KathNiel attended the premiere of ‘The Hows of Us’ in Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • It was the first time that a Star Cinema film held a premiere in Indonesia.

Fans recently welcomed real-life couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla at the premiere of the intenational screening of their box office hit The Hows of Us.

They visited Indonesia and also held a premiere in Vietnam.

This was the first time that a Star Cinema film held a premiere in Indonesia so it was a huge honor for the two Kapamilya stars.

Aside from the red carpet screening of their movie, Kathryn and Daniel also held a meet and greet session for their growing fanbase in the said countries.

Their schedules are jampacked as it was also revealed that right after the international screenings of The Hows of Us, Daniel will head over to his solo concert rehearsals, and Kathryn will be filming with Sharon Cuneta and Richard Gomez for an upcoming movie.

“Sa mga Filipino and non-Filipino fans namin sa Jakarta and Vietnam, pupunta na kami diyan so sana ma-enjoy niyo ang movie.”

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President Rodrigo Duterte holds bilateral meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister, Indonesian President

President Rodrigo Duterte holds bilateral meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister, Indonesian President

  • President Rodrigo Duterte holds bilateral meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister, Indonesian President
  • The President then joined his fellow ASEAN leaders in a social dinner hosted by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, which was followed by the Plenary Session

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, April 27, met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit here.

The President together with some of his Cabinet officials first met with Prime Minister Phuc at Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel.

The Prime Minister congratulated Duterte for the successful Philippine ASEAN chairmanship, stating that its outputs were good foundations for more productive work for ASEAN.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Phuc exchange pleasantries following a successful bilateral meeting at Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore on April 27, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Both expressed confidence in the steady growth of Philippine-Viet Nam strategic partnership.

Duterte said the Philippines looked forward to increasing two way trade with Viet Nam and encouraged more investments.

Both leaders cited the importance of partnership to ensure ample supply of rice in the Philippines.

They also stated the need to continue working closely together to ensure security and stability in the region, including in the South China Sea.

The two reaffirmed the importance of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as the constitution of the oceans.

Prime Minister Phuc likewise thanked President Duterte for the humane treatment and release of Vietnamese fishermen who were caught in Philippine waters.

Duterte then thanked Vietnam for hosting Filipinos in their country.

Both leaders reaffirmed the value of Philippine-Vietnam relations.

After his meeting with Prime Minister Phuc, President Duterte met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at Istana.

The two leaders during a pull aside meeting reaffirmed the importance of relations between the Philippines and Indonesia.

Both renewed the commitment to work at further strengthening ties on issues of mutual importance, including security, stability and sustainable development.

They also discussed opportunities to meet again in the future at a mutually agreed event or date.

The President then joined his fellow ASEAN leaders in a social dinner hosted by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, which was followed by the Plenary Session.

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5 Most Corrupt Countries in Asia, According to

5 Most Corrupt Countries in Asia, According to

  • An 18-month long survey carried by Transparency International revealed that one in four people have a paid a bribe when utilizing public service in Asia.
  • Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and India are the five most corrupt countries in the region. has recently released a list of the five most corrupt countries in Asia.

Based on an 18-month long survey carried out by Transparency International on 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions as well as territories in Asia Pacific, one in four people have paid a bribe when utilizing public service.

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#5 Myanmar

With a 40% overall bribery rate, nearly half of the respondents think that most or all police are corrupt while 40% perceive that the judiciary system is also corrupt. Its 2013 Anti-Corruption Law may have swayed people to believe that things are getting better. In fact, less than 25% of the respondents think that corruption has increased over the past year.

#4 Pakistan

Pakistan has a bribery rate of 40% and about 75% of the respondents think that most or all of the police are corrupt. As a matter of fact, about 7 in 10 people who encountered either the police or courts had to pay a bribe. But unlike Myanmar, people aren’t so optimistic for change as only a third believe ordinary people can make a difference.

#3 Thailand

Despite having a 41% bribery rate, Thai people seem hopeful as about 72% of them believe that the government is handling the fight against corruption fairly or very well and only 14% think that corruption increased in the past year.

#2 Vietnam

Vietnamese people, who see corruption as endemic, were among the most negative about the situation in their country along with Malaysians. Nearly 60% of the respondents think that their government is performing poorly when it comes to fighting corruption. The country currently has a 65% bribery rate based on the survey.

#1 India

Despite the fact that more than half of the respondents have had to pay a bribe in public services like police, hospitals, ID documents, schools, as well as utility services, 53% of the respondents think Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against corruption is doing fairly or very well. In addition, 63% think ordinary people can make a difference.

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10 Most Beautiful Traditional Dresses from Around the World

10 Most Beautiful Traditional Dresses from Around the World


Traditional clothing embodies a country’s culture and represents the sensibilities of ancestors long gone.

These clothes are now used for various occasions like praying or dancing in ceremonies to give honor to age-old beliefs. The Dailypedia lists 10 of the most unique traditional clothing around the world.

best in national costume

10. Thailand

Photo Credit: Flicker
Photo Credit: Flicker

The formal traditional dress used in Thailand are known as Thai. This is worn by men, women, and children of all ages. Thai as “chut thai phra ratcha niyom” means as a formal royal costume worn during occasions. There are also other traditional dresses like “Pha nung” a rectangular cloth draped over the lower portion of the body and the “Chong Kraben” a wraparound cloth worn also by women in Thailand.

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“Be Careful with My Heart” fever reaches Malaysia and Vietnam

“Be Careful with My Heart” fever reaches Malaysia and Vietnam


The Philippines’ number one daytime drama series “Be Careful with My Heart” is now a certified southeast Asian phenomenon in two countries as it continues to captivate viewers from Malaysia and Vietnam with its light, feel good love story.

The well-loved family series currently enjoys an average of 1.6 million viewers in Malaysia everyday via Media Prima, which is considerably high for a foreign content airing on Malaysian free TV.

Just like Filipinos, Malaysians would share their thoughts to their social media accounts to express how much they adore the romance between nanny Maya (Jodi Sta.Maria) and her boss Sir Chief (Richard Yap). It created such a buzz online that “Be Careful with My Heart” landed in the top ten Twitter trending topics in Malaysia.

Malaysian viewers embrace the series because of its light but engaging plot. They find it unique and just full of good vibes since the story doesn’t have an antagonist unlike the usual soap operas on TV. They are also delighted with the sweetness and politeness of the characters.

From Malaysia, the “Be Careful with My Heart” fever crosses over to Vietnam where it is also a widely-followed Filipino series airing every 7:00pm via Today TV.

According to Lam Chi Thien, the executive chairman and CEO of International Media JS Company, Vietnamese are endeared towards the show because they can relate to its characters and what they represent in society.

“Maya and Sir Chief are very down to earth and they represent the working class in the society,” he said in an interview with the Philippines primetime newscast “TV Patrol.”

“Be Careful with My Heart” is only among the many Filipino dramas made available to international viewers by ABS-CBN International Distribution.

ABS-CBN International Distribution has been recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 30,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.

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