Kabang, the heroic one-year-old dog in the Philippines whose face was horribly disfigured when she saved two young girls from being hit by a speeding motorcycle has become a celebrity of sorts.
Kabang, a white-and-black “aspin” (short for asong Pinoy or native dog) shielded Dina Bunggal, 11, and cousin Princess Diansing, 3, from harm when she jumped into the path of the motorcycle.
But her head got caught in the spinning front tyre, causing her to lose her entire upper snout, including her nose and lower part of her eyelids.
Veterinarian Mario Ariola said that Kabang’s story generated reactions, including on the internet, “where many people got interested.”
Her deed has been described as heroic and her resulting plight has drawn a wave of sympathy. Despite the still open wound on her face, Kabang (a Visayan term that means spotty) is not showing any sign of trauma, according to Ariola.
“She was very calm, friendly and submissive when she was brought to our clinic,” he said. Kabang is almost two months pregnant.
“We are hoping she can give birth after the accident,” the veterinarian added.
The dog’s owner, Rudy Bunggal, said: “She has become a superstar. People come here to have their photos taken with the dog. Some came with medicines and vitamins,” Bunggal said.
One visitor even brought roasted pig for Kabang.
“Kabang had ‘lechon’ while I had none for breakfast,” Bunggal said in jest.
Donations have poured, not only for resilient canine, but also for her owners.
“Some people came bringing in clothes, a little money for us. We are so thankful. We did not ask for those things, but still we are thankful,” he added.
Ariola admitted that some of his personnel had recommended euthanasia “after seeing her pitiful state, but the owner strongly objected and we respected their decision.”
Ariola also appealed to other animal doctors, seeking specialized surgery for Kabang.
“Her snout can still be reconstructed and we are looking for an Elizabeth collar (cone-shaped protective medical device worn on the head of an animal) for the dog because yesterday we saw the dog following the owner harvesting swamp cabbage, so it’s inevitable that her open wound will remain fresh,” Ariola said.
Throughout the Philippines, Siquijor province is synonymous with witches, healers and demons for many people.
Magic on the island province consists mainly of traditional cultural beliefs that have existed in the Philippines for centuries. When Catholicism was introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century, locals began to mix their ancient practices with their new religion.
Many witches in Siquijor are devote Catholics who use Catholic imagery in their sorcery.
“It’s good that the witches are going to church, and we try to steer them away from magic,” said the Rev. Larry Catubig, the senior Catholic priest on the island. “But when they go back into the mountains, we have no control over what they do.”
Richard Quezon, mayor of the capital town, also named Siquijor, said he used to be terrified of evil witches said to live in the mountains, located in the middle of the island.
Dark witches in Siquijor mostly perform love spells for distraught ex-lovers and their fees can be up to $700.
Healers on the island treat all sorts of ailments for people. Quezon said he went to a witch because of a skin condition that wouldn’t go away.
“The medicine from the pharmacy didn’t work, but the herbs and spells from the healer worked right away,” he said. “Some things science can’t explain.”
A 35-year-old man has had extensive cosmetic surgery to make him look more like the comic book character, Superman.
Herbert Chavez, from the Philippines, has dramatically altered his appearance to look more like the famed Man of Steel.
In his quest to emulate his favourite superhero, he has undergone a variety of procedures ranging from chin augmentation to thigh implants.
According to a video report on the Philippines’ Bandila News, translated by the RealSelf blog, Mr Chavez has been going under the knife since 1995 to achieve the transformation.
Mr Chavez, whose profession is given as ‘pageant trainer’, also has a sizeable collection of Superman memorabillia.
His look appears to be an amalgamation of all the actors who have played Superman, as well as comic book depictions of the fantasy character.
A psychiatrist told Bandila News that Mr Chavez could be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, meaning that he is obsessed with making cosmetic changes to his body.
To me he looks closer to Michael Jackson then Superman….
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Displaced women in two villages on Mindanao Island found an unconventional way to stop their menfolk fighting, clear roads and start rebuilding amid a separatist rebellion.
The “sex strike” in rural Dado village on the often lawless southern island of Mindanao in July helped end tensions and bring some prosperity to the 102 families living there, said UNHCR national officer Rico Salcedo.
“The area is in a town which is subject to conflict, family feuds, land disputes. The idea came personally from the women.”
The idea was conceived by a group of women who had set up a sewing business but found that they could not deliver their products because the village road was closed by the threat of violence.
“There had been a string of clan conflicts. You would have a number of men who would go against another family. There were scattered incidents of shooting at each other,” said UNHCR staffer Tom Temprosa.
The sewing group’s leader, Hasna Kandatu, said they warned their husbands they would be cut off from sex if they continued causing trouble.
“If you go there (to fight), you won’t be able to come back. I won’t accept you,” she recalled telling her husband, in a video on the UNHCR website.
Her husband, Lengs Kupong, recalled his wife telling him: “If you do bad things, you will be cut off, here,” he said, motioning below his waist.
Junrey Balawing turned 18 on Sunday and at the same time became the shortest man in the world.
It will only become official when Guinness officially measures him. This involves three measurements taken throughout the day.
‘I am so excited! I am small, but now I am a man.
‘I have tried beer for the first time. I like it but can only have a little. I want a beautiful wife.
‘I know she will probably be taller than me. I can’t wait for my party.’
His mother adds:
‘Junrey can only walk with some help and he can’t stand for too long because he’s in too much pain.
‘But he loves it when I tell him he’s the smallest man in the world – he is beaming with pride.’
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So was this event planned for a record and headlines, or was it to help poor people?
Guinness Book of World Records has decided not to include an event held in the Philippines last week. The event was for the largest number of circumcisions in one day.
Guinness officials said that would not consider the ‘circumcision party’ due to hygiene considerations.
Philippine public health officials claimed that more than 1,500 boys underwent the free surgery in a sports stadium in the city of Marikina as a rite of passage for preteen boys in the predominently Catholic country.
“Guinness World Records does not recognize the number of medical procedures within a set period of time or in a mass group due to hygiene considerations and risks,” spokeswoman Jamie Panas told AOL News. “Medical procedures should be undertaken only on the advice of a doctor and the patients’ welfare should always be the primary concern.”
She added that Guinness has never had a record for mass circumcisions.
Back in 2002 Marikina was added to the record books for the world’s biggest pair of shoes created.