He was born as the third son in the family, my grandma did not breastfeed him. He started smoking at age 19. And worked as security guard and mechanic at a mining company of copper and nickel. He moved from one island to another and finally settled in one of the slums of Manila with his 6 children. He worked non-stop as a limo driver, driving 24-hours non-stop at one time, as a result he suffered from Tuberculosis. He took meds for his TB and hepatitis. Before he died at 64, he stopped smoking (cold turkey).  He loved to eat BBQ of chicken feet and meat.

His lung cancer was diagnosed after a CAT scan and MRI scan.  His doctors said that he has 3 months to live and he survived for 10 more months with green papaya juice, protein smoothie and massage. We used oxygen tanks for him and forgot to add pain killer in his regimen.  He said that the pain is like hell while he is still on earth. He died at home surrounded by family.

Air pollution in the Philippines

I always came home with dark soot inside my nose. There is no regulation for drivers to pass smog test before they can drive their vehicles. Some tourists find the city of Manila to be very smoggy city when compared to other countries.

Current News

Emphysema is considered a smoker’s disease. But it turns out, exposure to air pollution may lead to the same changes in the lung that give rise to emphysema.

A new study published Tuesday in JAMA finds that long-term exposure to slightly elevated levels of air pollution can be linked to accelerated development of lung damage, even among people who have never smoked.

The study looked at the health effects of breathing in various pollutants, including ground-level ozone, the main component of smog.

The researchers found that people in the study who were exposed for years to higher-than-average concentrations of ground-level ozone developed changes to their lungs similar to those seen in smokers.

“We found that an increase of about three parts per billion [of ground-level ozone] outside your home was equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 29 years,” says one study author, Joel Kaufman, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington.

The study involved nearly 7,000 adults living in six U.S. cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, St. Paul, Minn., New York City and Winston-Salem, N.C. Generally, people in the study were exposed to annual average concentrations of between 10 and 25 parts per billion of ground-level ozone outside their homes.

The Philippines ranks third on the highest cases of death due to air pollution. A May 2018 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that there were around 45.3 deaths per 100,000 individuals due to air pollution.

In the Asia Pacific region, Philippines also ranks second in indoor air pollution. This is primarily caused by cooking with kerosene or solid fuels such as wood or coal (uling). Deaths among women and kids have been linked to indoor air pollution.

Ways to cut air pollution

  • 1 – Cloud Seeding.
  • 2 – Giant Sprinklers.
  • 3 – Smog-Eating Buildings.
  • 4 – Pigeon Air Patrol.
  • 5 – Smog Free Tower.
  • All Electric: Setting the Stage For Zero-Emissions Vehicles
  • City Tree: Purifying Urban Areas the Natural Way
  • Fuel Bans: Taking Fossil Fuels Off the Roads For Good
  • Pollution Vacuum Cleaners: Sucking Up the Air’s Contaminants