Filipinos love to drink softdrinks, but many are traveling to a spot in Mercedes, Camarines Norte after hearing of a well by the sea whose fresh water actually tastes like soda! Aside from the novelty of drinking softdrink-tasting water from a well, people also go there after learning that this particular water can help cure various medical issues!
On Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, a team visited the spot that’s called “Boro-boro” by the locals, a Bicolano term for “boiling” because the water in that well appears to be boiling. The soda spring has cold water, but bubbles rise from the bottom, leading the locals to call it “Boro-boro” even if the water is cold.
Those who were able to drink from the well attest that though it is set by the sea and is even covered by seawater during high tide, the water is fresh and sweet. The spring creates naturally delicious water. So, the locals often hang out at the spot to just enjoy a drink. Many bring glasses, pitchers, and bottles to get water from the soda spring – after all, they can enjoy free softdrinks!
A local shared that this spot has been producing the softdrink-tasting water for decades, with the well actually built in 1962 using 5 culverts. Quite amazingly, the well continues to produce the softdrink-tasting water over the decades.
And while it is a bit difficult to access because of the rough roads leading to the spot, a lot of people continue to visit the place after learning that the water can ‘cure’ various medical conditions. Several of these people shared their stories with the KMJS team.
So, the water might be fresh, delicious, and can ‘cure’, but the question now is whether the water is actually safe for drinking.
The Camarines Norte Water District took samples of the well water, but the results weren’t as good as everyone expected! Uh-oh… Watch the video here:
What is Soda?
Soda or softdrinks is a carbonated drink that is often made from water, sweetener, and natural or artificial flavoring. Gases are added into the drink; thus, the carbonated drink is best consumed when cold and immediately after opening because the gases eventually ‘escape’ from the drink. Without the gases, the drink does not taste as good.
Best Vegetables to Grow at Home
Vegetables are nutritious to eat. But these healthy foods can be so expensive or the ones that arrive at your locality might already be several days old. Don’t worry because there are actually a lot of vegetables that are so easy to grow at home!
If you live in the Philippines are other areas where there is a lot of sunshine, then these vegetables would be perfect for your garden.
Something that you can commonly see in most Filipino homes, malunggay is so easy to grow. In most parts of the country, you can just ask for a stem that you can plant at home. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or fertilizer. Once it takes root and grows leaves, you can have an endless supply of malunggay all year round.
A delicious vegetable, pechay is so easy to grow. It does not even need a lot of soil. This is a perfect vegetable to grow even if you don’t have a lot of space because you can simply plant this inside 1.5L-softdrink bottles and place on a spot that gets some sun.
One of the easiest vegetables to grow, eggplants are perfect for the home garden. You can even grow these in containers. Just make sure to provide support so the heavy branches won’t break or the container won’t topple over.
A very low-maintenance vegetable to grow, okra is perfect for sunny areas. The plant grows fast. Once it starts bearing fruits, you’ll have a steady supply of okra. Just make sure to harvest while the fruits are still young or else the vegetable will be too hard.
A lot of Filipinos use tomatoes for most dishes, whether salads or soups and stews. What’s great about this vegetable is that it is easy to grow and will also be perfect for container gardening if you don’t have a lot of space.
It is easy to grow squash but this vegetable requires a lot of space to grow. While it won’t be ideal if you have a small space, this would be perfect for gardens with plenty of space for the vines to grow.
8 Healthy but Delicious Pinoy Foods You Need to Try
When you think of Pinoy foods, fat-rich dishes like lechon, adobo, and crispy pata often come to mind! But there are also lots of healthy but still delicious Pinoy foods that every health buff needs to try.
A lot of Pinoys love tortang talong but because this is cooked in oil, this isn’t as healthy as ensaladang talong or eggplant salad. It is prepared in a similar way as the torta dish, with the eggplant roasted with the skin on. Then, the skin is removed before the eggplant is mixed with tomatoes, onions, and calamansi.
Tahong or mussels are popular seafoods in the Philippines, thanks to its ready availability and affordable price. A rich source of folate, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12, tahong is truly a healthy food. This dish is cooked with ginger, lemon grass, and leafy greens like malunggay or kamote tops.
Ginisang monggo or sauteed monggo beans is rich in folate, manganese, phosphorus, thiamine, iron, and magnesium. Often considered as poor man’s meat, monggo can be prepared without meat but also tastes great with pork and chicharon.
Prepared with coconut milk and spices, laing is an authentic Pinoy food that’s rich in iron as well as vitamins A and C. It is a delicious and healthy dish.
Bulanglang or Law-oy
A simple yet very healthy dish, this food item has different names in different areas of the country. Made of vegetables cooked in water without a lot of additives or even meat, this dish is called bulanglang in Batangas and law-oy in the Visayan region. You can add any vegetable you like but this is often cooked with malunggay or camote tops, okra, squash, eggplants, and spices like tomatoes, onions, and lemon grass.
Prepared fresh from the sea, with just some calamansi or vinegar to taste, seaweed salad can be made from lato, guso, or some other seaweed. This healthy dish is a perfect companion to grilled or fried fish or pork.
A traditional dish that’s cooked using vegetables with alamang (shrimp paste), pinakbet is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is often prepared with squash, string beans, eggplants, and okra. You can cook this with or without meat.
Fish Sinigang or Tinola
Sinigang and tinola are culinary cousins. These are both cooked with a water base and spices but sinigang makes use of items that make the soup sour, such as tamarind or unripe mangoes. Whereas tinola often uses malunggay leaves and camote tops, sinigang uses kangkong leaves and radish. Both can have eggplants.
Dad Promises to Give Php10k as Reward for Daughter’s Weight Loss in 5 Months
One dad promises to give Php10k as reward for his daughter’s weight loss in 5 months – and netizens could only wish #SanaAll! LOL
Dad Offers Php10k Reward for Weight Loss
Everyone knows how hard it is to lose weight. That’s why many people put “weight loss” as part of their long list of New Year’s resolutions but do this every year because they just can’t lose weight.
Year after year, people try to lose weight but end up gaining more as they just can’t let go of the delicious high-calorie food they love to it. Plus, doing exercises can be so tiresome. But many would say that you can overcome all that with proper motivation. And what’s a better motivation for a young girl than money, huh?
Dad Jeric Paulo De Jesus feels a bit apprehensive about the weight of his daughter, Jelaine Paola De Jesus. So, he decided to give her the best motivation to lose weight – a whopping prize of Php10k! Wow.
“See you in 5 months baboom 🤣🤣🤣. Mapapasayo kaya ang 10k?? Abangan!!!!” this dad encouraged his daughter, sharing her photo and the ‘contract’ they made.
“Nasa 69kg na siya, magdadalaga na kaya ko inalok yong challenge. Pabata nang pabata na rin kasi ang inaatake sa puso eh kaya pinagdiet ko na rin,” Jeric explained.
To make the deal official, they drew up a ‘contract’ that came with a witness to the deal, mommy Annalaine De Jesus.
In the contract, the young girl’s starting weight is at 69kg. The weight goal is 50kg for a duration of 5 months.
A lot of netizens are unsure whether the young girl can reach the target weight in such a short amount of time without starving herself, but many are also cheering her on!
A person’s ideal weight is based on gender and height. For example, a person with a height of 5’0” has an ideal weight of 48.1kg if male and 45.3kg if female. Someone who’s 5’2” has an ideal weight of 53.5kg if male and 49.9kg if female.