Awat muna sa theatuh this Father's Day ha. Eto, two articles I wrote for today's Inquirer Lifestyle:
The first is about Mang Gerry Feliciano, who won one of the four slots in our Father's Day "Handy Daddy" contest. We were looking for fathers who had a love for butingting, for constructing and creating things on their own. Mang Gerry's name was submitted by his 13-year-old daughter Geraldine. His prize was a P20,000 shopping spree at Handyman Robinsons Galleria plus a Samsung digital camera. I was there to document their hoard and get the story on his love for hardware, power tools and working with his hands. Father and daughter had a blast, and so did I.
An hour or so before the lunch at Uncle John's, organized for the winning fathers of Inquirer Lifestyle's "Handy Daddy" contest for Father's Day, Gerardo Feliciano was already in Handyman Robinsons Galleria, checking out the items he planned to buy with his shopping prize of P20,000 in gift checks.
A retired civil engineer, Feliciano, 56, has always been thorough and methodical in his work, and this day was no different, despite the excitement of winning his dream shopping spree. More here...
The second is something that concerns, uhurm, the aging male, which means our daddies, uncles, etc. Ever heard of andropause? It's the male equivalent of menopause in women, though I understand the proper medical term for the condition and the array of symptoms it manifests is testosterone deficiency syndrome. TDS typically occurs in men aged 40 and above. I went to Bali last month just to hear a gaggle of doctors talk about TDS and a related subject, erectile dysfunction. Not the happiest stories to chase in an exotic destination, but okay na rin, at least nakapunta ako sa Bali.
It's menopause for women, andropause for men. Correct?
Not quite. While menopause is a medically accepted term for that period of transition in a woman's life when her childbearing years end, with the passage accompanied by a host of symptoms ranging from night sweats and mood swings to fatigue and outright depression, the equivalent condition in middle-aged men is only loosely called andropause.
There is no formal definition yet for andropause, and what it refers to have not been mapped out as extensively as its female counterpart. The medical term usually employed for the array of physical, sexual and emotional changes that occur in men aged 40 and above is a longer, more complicated phrase: testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS). More here...