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Mountain Climbing in The Philippines

Mountain Climbing

If you have a passion for heights and adrenaline rush, then mountain climbing is the best for you this summer in Philippines. Mountain climbing takes more than just courage to discover different mountain terrains in the country. You need good climbing gear, a healthy body, and the will to face unexpected change of weather conditions until you reach the summit. Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind. Only a few people get to appreciate this activity because climbing any mountain is a very difficult activity. Aside from struggling and reaching the peak, you have to carry loads of other things to survive such as climbing gear, cooking utensils, food, your tent, and water.  You also need a good pair of hiking shoes and backpack. Most of all, you must learn the basic survival skills coz you never know what happens when you are up there. The person who loves to climb mountains is usually referred to as a mountaineer.

Mountain range in PH

 

 

Popular Mountain Destinations in Philippines

  1. Mount Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas – Around 2 – 3 hours bus ride from Metro Manila, this mountain is ideal for beginners who just want to have a relatively easy and refreshing hike.
  2. Mount Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas – It’s a 3 to 4 hour hike along open windy trails, with nice views and mountain landscapes. This can also be day hiked or camped overnight and is good for beginners.
  3. Mount Pulag in Benguet – this is the coldest mountain in the Philippines, where sometimes temperatures go down to -5 degrees Celsius during the evening and dawn. Views of the mountain’s so called “Mossy Forests,” “Grasslands,” and the “Sea of Clouds”. Awaiting at the summit during sunrise are a few of the highlights, and it is the country’s third highest mountain.
  4. Mount Makiling in Laguna – The trail in this mountain is heavily vegetated, where one should go over or crawl under fallen logs and navigate through dense vegetation composed of thorny rattan plants. Blood leeches (locally known as limatik) abound in this mountain but only during the rainy season.
  5. Mount Tapulao in Iba, Zambales – Mountaineers fondly call this mountain “The Long and Endless Road,” referring to the seemingly endless hike with an average of 12 to 14 hours going up to the summit alone
  6. Mount Apo, Davao Del Sur– the highest mountain in the Philippines, and is the grandfather of Philippine mountains. Climbing Mount Apo is every Filipino mountaineer’s dream. With its so-called “Mossy Forests,” “The Boulders,” the extinct crater, the “Lake Venado” (which is the highest lake in the country) and the summit itself, this mountain’s breathtaking landscapes are truly a sight to behold.
  7. Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite– If you are interested in getting unusual animals and plants, this mountain has a considerable supply of exotic flora and fauna.
  8. Mount Daguldol, Batangas – There’s a golf course-like summit that will surely give you fewer struggles and more comfort upon reaching the top, it is good for beginners.
  9. Mount Ugu, Benguet – beautiful scenery and spectacular views awaits everyone who wishes to reach the summit of this mountain.
  10. Mount Pinatubo, Zambales – This once active volcano has gained popularity because the caldera formed and Lake Pinatubo has since become a tourist attraction.

Beautiful Mountain Ranges

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UK Pinoy Diaspora

Mahigit sa 12.5 milyong Pilipino ang nasa labas ng bansa.  Ang pangunahing dahilan ay pagtatrabaho upang suportahan ang kanilang pamilya sa Pilipinas.  Ang iba naman ay nakapg-asawa ng dayuhan kung kaya’t sila ay naninirahan sa labas ng bansa kasama ang kanilang mga anak at pamilya. Meron din namang mga Pilipino ang nasa ibang bansa upang mag-aral at magkaroon ng mas mataas na edukasyon para sa sariling pag-unlad at karanasan.  Sa United Kingdom, maliit lamang ang populasyon ng mga Pilipino ang matatagpuan hindi katulad ng Amerika na may mahigit 4 na milyong pinoy ang naninirahan sa kasalukuyan.  Noong taong 2009 ang mga Pinoy sa United Kingdom ay mahigit kumulang sa 200,000 lamang.  Ang bilang mga mga pinoy ay dumami simula noong 1970 kung saan ang mga employers ay naghahanap ng mga empleyado mula sa labas ng bansa.  Ang National Health Services (NHA) ay nagsimulang mag recruit ng mga Pilipino at karamihan sa mga ito ay nagtatrabaho sa mga ospital bilang mga nars, hospital staffs, caterers, at mga nurse trainees, caregivers, chambermaids at iba naman ay mga waiters.  Dahil sa kakulangan ng mga trabahador sa UK, maraming mga pilipino ang nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho sa United Kingdom simula noong taong 1980.  Sa kasalukuyan, mahigit kumulang sa 20,000 ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong nars ang nagtatrabaho sa UK. Mahigit sa sampung libong pilipino ang nabigyan ng British Citizenship noong taon 2007.

Matatagpuan ang pinakamalaking populasyon ng mga Pilipino sa Earls Court, London.  Meron ding malaking populasyon ng mga Pinoy sa  BirminghamLiverpoolManchesterLeeds and Barrow-in-Furness at ang iba naman ay nakakalat sa ibat ibang panig ng bansa.  Dahil na rin sa dami ng mga pinoy sa Liverpool, naging bansag na rin ang pangalang “Little Manila” kung saan maraming mga Pilipino ang matatagpuan at naninirahan dito kumpara sa ibang panig ng UK.

Katulad ng kinagawiang tradisyon sa Pinas, ang mga kababayan sa UK ay nagtatag din ng Barrio Fiesta upang ipagdiwang ang kapistahan sa bansa.  Dahil dito, ang mga pilipino ay nagkakatipon tipon at nagkakasiyahan at ipinagdiriwang ang mga nakalakhang kultura sa Pilipinas at talagang naiibsan ang kanilang pangungulila sa bayang Pilipinas.  Dahil sa napakagandang resulta ng Barrio Fiesta ay naging isang napakalaking organized event ito sa UK taon taon at dinadaluhan ng halos lahat ng mga kababayan sa UK at kahit na mga dayuhan.  Ang Barrio Fiesta ay naging isang tulay upang ang mga kababayan ay nagkikita, nagtatagpo, nagdiriwang at nagkakasiyahan habang kumakain ng masasarap na pagkaing pinoy na syang hinahanap hanap ng mga kababayan at nanood ng mga tradisyonal na sayaw, mga palaro, at kung ano ano pang uri ng mga libangan na talaga namang sariling atin.

Sa kasalukuyan, maraming mga Pilipino sa UK ang nagtatrabaho bilang nurse, caregivers, at mga hospital staffs.  Ang kanilang kontribusyon sa United Kingdom ay napakalaking tulong sa bansa.  Ayon pa sa isang balita, taon taon, mahigit sa pitong libong narses ang pumupunta sa UK kumpara sa USA kung saan mahigit lamang sa 300 nurse ang nakakaalis upang magtrabaho doon dahil sa tagal ng proseso.

Kung mga grocery stores, Filipino shops, restaurants, at kung ano ano pang produktong pinoy ang pag-uusapan, hindi pahuhuli ang ating mga negosyanteng kababayan.  Naglilipana at maraming matatagpuang mga tindahan na talaga nga namang Pinoy na pinoy at talagang patok na patok sa mga kababayan.  Siguradong hindi na mamimiss ang Pilipinas dahil lahat ay matatagpuan sa sa kanilang mga tinitirhang lugal, at kung hindi man, malaking tulong ang dulot ng internet kung saan sila ay pwedeng umorder ng mga produktong pinoy kahit anong oras na kailangan.  Kung pera naman ang pag-uusapan, tiyak na hindi ka magsisisi dahil malaki ang palitan kung kaya’t maraming Pilipino ang gustong magtrabaho at manirahan sa United Kingdom.

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Halo-halo (Mix-Mix) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which various boiled sweet beans and fruits are added and served in a tall glass or bowl.  It is basically a mixture of sweet preserved beans (red beans, chick peas), coconut meat (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), pounded dried rice (pinipig), sweet yam (ube), cream flan (leche flan), shreds of sweetened plantain (saba), filled with crushed ice, milk (or coconut milk) and topped with ice cream. There are many varieties of halo-halo recipes depending on your favorite ingredients and taste.

Halo Halo is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which various boiled sweet beans and fruits are added.

Halo-halo also known as Mix-Mix, it is a very popular Filipino dessert.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoon purple yam jam (haleyang ube)
2 tablespoon jackfruit (langka)
2 tablespoon saba bananas
2 tablespoon sweet potatoes (kamote)
2 tablespoon red mung beans
2 tablespoon young coconut (macapuno)
2 tablespoon gelatin (green or red or both)
250 ml evaporated milk
shaved ice to fill the glass

A scoop of your favorite ice-cream

2 tablespoon caramel custard (leche flan)

 How to Prepare:

Put all fruits and the sweet ingredients in a bowl in any order of your preference, followed by shaved ice, evaporated milk and scoop of ice cream.

Mix, eat and enjoy!

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Trivia Time March 2013

  1. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

  2. Dom Perignon is the name of the monk credited with making the discovery of the bubbled wine, now called champagne.
  3. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.They would give their happy thoughts and well wishes to ward off the evil spirits.
  4. Sunglasses were invented in China in 1200 to conceal the eyes of judges while sitting in court.
  5. A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.Diamonds

 

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sports

If you love extreme adventures and adrenaline rush, then white water rafting is for you. White water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity where you use inflatable rafts to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white waters or different degrees of rough waters, in order to generate thrill and excitement for the rafters. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.

Rafts in white water are very different vehicles than canoes or kayaks and have their own specific techniques to maneuver through whitewater obstacles. White water rafting can be a dangerous sport, especially if basic safety precautions are not observed. White water rafting is often played for the adrenaline rush and this can become a problem for participants’ safety.

Adventure Sports in Philippines

Adventure Sports in Philippines

Thrilling and exciting, the Philippine white water rafting experience offers so much more. The Philippines’ wonderful scenery, majestic mountains, and beautiful waterfalls have made the Philippines a prime destination for adventurous whitewater enthusiasts, with around five river trails to choose from.  Whitewater rafting is one of the newest extreme adventure sports to hit the Philippines and the famous place is Cagayan de Oro. In fact, it is already called as the water rafting capital of the country because Cagayan De Oro river has breathtaking rapids that provide the more adventurous traveler with thrills and challenges of rapids intervals not less than 10–15 minutes of each other. The Cagayan de Oro River has everything that makes for a memorable experience with the awesome roar and power of water cascading over rocks and boulders.

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Bakasyon na naman, excited na ang lahat dahil umpisa na nang tag-araw.  Sa mga mag-aaral at sa mga kabataan ang panahon ng summer ang pinakamasaya sa lahat dahil walang iiisipin kundi lakwatsa, bakasyon, kain, tulog, nood ng telebisyon at gala kung saan saan.  Malaking bagay ang pasok ng tag-init o tag-araw sa bansa dahil ang mga tao ay nagbabakasyon sa kani-kanilang probinsya pagkatapos ng mahabang panahon na ginugol sa pag-aaral.  Ang mga dayuhan naman ay talagang sinasadya ang buwan ng Abril at Mayo upang pumunta sa Pilipinas dahil sa napakaraming mga islands at resorts sa Pilipinas na talaga namang patok na patok tuwing summer.  Masarap maglakbay sa ibat ibang sulok at panig ng bansa dahil walang sagabal katulad ng pagbagyo, ulan, at pagbaha  habang nagbabyahe sa mga napakaraming magagandang destinasyon sa bansa.

Perfect tropical white sand beach in Boracay, Philippines

Mga Dapat Gawin Ngayong Summer

  1. Island Hopping – dahil tag-init na napakadaling bisitahin o puntahan ang mahigit na pitong libong isla sa bansa
  2. Swimming – napakasarap maligo at lumangoy sa swimming pool, sa dagat, at kahit na ang mga ilog, talon, at mga sapa
  3. Scuba Diving – matutong mag scuba diving dahil napakalinaw ng ating karagatan at makikita ang iba’t ibang uri ng mga isda, korals, at halamang dagat sa bansa.
  4. Mall Shopping – sa mga mahihilig mag shopping at ayaw umitim sa init ng panahon napakaraming shopping malls sa bansa lalo na sa Maynila ang pwedeng puntahan ngayong summer.
  5. Road Trip / Travelling  – mag-enjoy sa napakagandang mga tanawin sa buong kapaligiran lalo na na’t kung kasama ang barkada o pamilya habang nagbabyahe patungo sa probinsya
  6. Camping – dahil walang ulan at bihira ang bagyo, masarap mag camping kasama ang tropa
  7. Mountain Climbing – para sa mahihilig umakyat sa bundok, maraming matataas na bundok sa bansa na pwedeng akyatin ngayong summer
  8. White water Rafting – para lamang sa malalakas ang loob at mahilig sa adventure, meron mga piling lugar sa bansa kung saan merong water rafting.
  9. Fishing – napakalinaw at napakalawak ng ating karagatan kaya’t pwedeng mangisda lalo’t na at tag-araw dahil ang tubig ay napakalinaw at walang ulan o bagyo kaya’t hind maalon ang karagatan
  10. Sailing – sa mga mahihilig sa sailboat, bangka, at paraw, ito ang magandang gawin sa summer.

Scuba Diving

Napakaraming mga pwedeng gawin tuwing summer sa Pilipinas.  Dahil napakaganda ng panahon at napakasaya ng kapaligiran, hindi natin maitanggi na ang mga pilipino ay napakaswerte dahil ang ating bansang Pilipinas ay paboritong pasyalan ng mga dayuhan upang magbakasyon at bisitahin ang iba’t ibang tanawin, libo-libong isla, at maligo sa napakalinis nating karagatan.  Ang bansa ay binbuo ng napakaraming mga likas na yaman at likas na kagandahan na tunay nga namang maipagmamalaki sa buong mundo.  Bukod pa rito, ang mga Pilipino ay sadya ring masayahin ar marunong makisama kahit kaninuman.

Island Hoping

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An all time Filipino favorite, a Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish that makes a satisfying one-pot meal.  Being the staple food of Filipinos, rice is cooked several ways and Arroz Valenciana is just one of the most favored because you don’t have to think of any other dishes to pair it with.  Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella.  The Valenciana is basically stove-top cooking whereas, paella is more of baking and uses more seafood ingredients.

Arroz Valenciana is great for Christmas, Fiestas, weddings, birthdays, and available in restaurants in Philippines.  It’s a complete meal, and is healthy, too.  Recipes vary for each and every household and some people add shrimp, soda, or coconut milk as water substitute which enhances the taste of this dish.

 

Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella

A Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cup glutinous rice (malagkit)
  • 1/4 kilo pork liver
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 kilo chicken
  • 1/2 kg pork loin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 small can green peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 pcs dried bayleaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
  • salt to taste
  • Onion leaves

Instructions

1. Boil the pork & chicken in 6 cups of water – with onions, bayleaf and peppercorns, add 1 teaspoon of salt

2. Once the pork & chicken are cooked, separate the stock and set aside

3. Slice pork and chicken to bite sizes

4. Mix glutinous rice with white rice then boil the rice mixture with 3 1/2 cups of pork & chicken stock. Stir once in a while to prevent burning

5. Fry Pork liver and set aside

6. Fry in hot oil, Saute garlic, and the remaining onions. Season with salt and pepper.  Add the cooked pork meat & chicken, bell pepper, green peas and simmer for a few minutes

7. Add the cooked rice mixture; blend well, then add the rest of the ingredients and combine lightly

8. Arrange on a platter and garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs, strips of onion leaves

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Lungsod ng Maynila

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Ayon sa alamat, ang pangalang Maynila ay nanggaling sa salitang “may” at sa “nilad” na tumutukoy sa mga halamang tumutubo sa Ilog Pasig noon. Bukod pa dito ang lungsod ay tinawag din noon na Ginto (Land of gold). Ang pook na ito ay isang dating kaharian na pinamumunuan noon ni Raha Soliman at ang kanyang kaharian ay nakatirik sa tabing ilog. Subalit noong dumating ang mga Kastila, nagkaroon ng labanan at nanalo ang mga Kastila. Itinatag din ang lungsod ng Maynilad bilang punong lungsod hanggang sa pinalitan ito ng Maynila o ang tinatawag natin ngayong Manila.

Ang Kalakhang Maynila ay kilala bilang National Capital Region o NCR. Ang Lungsod ay mataong lugar na may bilang na mahigit 1.7 milyong katao maliban sa konting populasyon ng mga Intsik. Ang Tondo ang tinaguriang pinakamalaking slum area sa buong bansa na may kabuuang 259 na mga barangay. Ang Maynila ay ikalawa sa Lungsod Quezon na may pinakamadaming bilang ng populasyon at dating kabesera ng Pilipinas. Ito ang pinakapopular na destinasyon ng mga naninirahan sa probinsya at bukambibig ng bawat Pilipino.

Ang lungsod din and syang nangunguna sa listahan ng mga naghananap ng trabaho mula sa mga karatig probinsya kayat kung tutuusin, ang Maynila ay isang syudad kung saan matatagpuan ang lahat ng ethnic groups sa buong bansa. Maraming mga Pilipino mula sa ibat’ ibang probinsya ng Pilipinas ang nakikipagsapalaran sa lungsod ng Maynila upang maghanap ng mapapasukan at maghanapbuhay dahil na rin sa mataas na pasahod ang bigay ng mga kumpanya dito kumpara sa mga karatig na lungsod at sa kani kanilang mga probinysa at mas marami silang mapagpipilian.

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Ang Maynila ay puno ng mga atraksyon tulad Malacañang Palace, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Luneta Park, Manila Bay, Coconut Palace, Manila Ocean Park, Manila Zoo at iba pa. Dito rin matatagpuan ang Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas na siyang pinakamatandang unibersidad sa Pilipinas na itinayo noong 1611 ng mga prayleng Espanol. Ang Intramuros, na nasa Maynila, noon ang nag silbing “Mini-Spain” ng Pilipinas dahil lahat ng naninirahan doon ay pawang mga Kastila lamang. Dito matatagpuan ang St. Augustine Church na kung saan matatagpuan ang pinakaunang “bamboo organ”.

Ang Manila ay popular din sa dami ng mga shopping centers na matatagpuan kahit saang sulok, at tinagurian na ring One of the Best Shopping Destinations in Asia. Halimbawa ng mga popular na shopping centers ay SM Malls, Robinsons, Glorietta, Ayala Center, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenbelt, Divisoria, Baclaran,Tutuban at iba pa. Bawat taon, mahigit isang Milyong turista ang dumadayo sa Maynila para bisitahin at makita ang Intramuros, National Museum of the Philippines, Ermita, Rizal Park, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila Catthedral at iba pang mga magagandang pook.
Ang Lungsod ay napakagandang lugar at tiyak na malilibang ka sa dami ng mga pook na pwedeng puntahan na kakaiba at tunay ngang sariling atin. Maraming maipagmamalaking mga atraksyon sa buong mundo na tunay nga namang binabalik balikan ng mga dayuhan. Bukod sa magandang klima, magandang transportasyon, masasarap na pagkain, magagandang tanawin at mga aliwan, ang Lungsod ay binubuo ng tunay na sambayanang Pilipino na patuloy na nakikipagsapalaran sa pagsubok ng buhay, at sa kabila nito, napapanatili ang magandang kaugaliang Pilipino na hindi kayang pantayan ng ibang bansa.

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  1. The vast seas are rich, holding more than 20 million tons of gold. However,  the metal is so dilute that each liter of seawater contains, on average, about 13 billionths of a gram of gold and if we could extract all of it, each person on Earth could have 9 pounds of the shiny stuff.

    20 billion tons of gold in the oceans

    20 billion tons of gold in the oceans

  2. The biggest organism on the planet is fungus. In 1992, scientists reporting in Nature revealed to the world a Armillaria, or honey mushroom, fungal organism that spans 2,200 acres in Oregon.
  3. With all the talks of global warming and rising sea levels, it is the residents of the Maldives that have the greatest reason to fear. With an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level their nation is the lowest on Earth.
  4. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
  5. With 99% of the country covered in desert Libya is one of the most arid places in the world and in some regions decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

    99% of the country is desert land

    99% of the country is desert

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2 roosters - Gamecocks - ready to fight

2 roosters – Gamecocks – ready to fight

Cock fighting is said to be the world’s oldest spectator sport. It goes back 6,000 years in Persia.  A cock-fight is a blood sport between two roosters (cocks), or more accurately gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The combatants, referred to as gamecocks, are specially bred birds, conditioned for increased stamina and strength.  Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years old. They are conditioned, much like professional athletes prior to events or shows.

Cockfighting or Sabong as it is known in the Philippines is a multi-billion dollar industry. It is a popular way of gambling, but it is also seen as a national sport. There are illegal and legal cockfights. Legal cockfights are held in cockpits while Illegal cockfights, called tupada or tigbakay, are held in secluded cockpits where the authorities would not be able to operate raids. There are two kinds of knives used in Philippine cockfighting. The single edge blade (use in derbies) and double edged blades, lengths of knives also vary.  All knives are attached on the left leg of the cock. But depending on the agreement between owners, blades can be attached on the right leg, or even on both legs. Sabong and illegal tupada, are judged by a referee called sentensyador, whose verdict is final and not subject to any appeal. Bets are usually taken by the kristo, known as such for his outstretched hands when calling out wagers from the audience and skillfully doing so purely from memory.

Sabong is so popular in the country that many households in rural areas raise and own fighter cocks, invest a huge amount in feeds and supplements for their fighting cocks, each one vying to win the derby. Huge amount of money is involved during derbies as spectators also bet with each other while watching the fight, thus, it is a combination of sport and also a kind of gambling. The Philippines has hosted several World Slasher Cup derbies, held twice a year and staged in Araneta Coliseum. The world’s leading game fowl breeders gather twice a year during this event.

Referee drops cocks back to the ground

Referee drops cocks back to the ground

 

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