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Elements of Greatness

Guys, wanna share with you  another  great video and I hope  this one will inspire you too! Dream and make an incredible effort to do it.  Believe in yourself and make it Happen!!

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GMA to DepEd: Replicate ‘kariton’ classroom

MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo directed yesterday presidential adviser on education Mona Valisno to replicate the kariton classroom system in areas not reached by the Department of Education.

Following the worldwide recognition that CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida’s kariton (pushcart) classroom has generated, the government is now adopting the strategy to reach out to school children, especially in remote areas in the country.

Yesterday, Peñaflorida was conferred the prestigious Order of Lakandula with the rank of komandante at Malacañang for the honor he and his Dynamic Teen Co. (DTC) brought to the country on a worldwide stage. His parents, Lucila and Efren Sr., accompanied him to Malacañang.

The President told Valisno to work with non-government organizations such as the DTC and support them in education programs for children.

She said the focus should be on children from poor families who most likely would have lesser access to education.

“If Kenya was able to have success replicating the program, then there should be no reason for the Philippines not to do this too,” she said.   – Marvin Sy


(The Philippine Star) Updated November 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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Succeed with a Positive Attitude

Friends, please take a moment to watch this short video clip about ” Succeed with a positive attitude”. Dios mabalos!

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Guys, here’s another inspirational video that I want to share with you. Hope this will inspire you too and please share it with the people you care about!

This video combines beautiful pictures, inspiring music, and a touching story to help empower people to live more fully.

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Kuya Ef – Mabuhay Ka!!!

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino has received international recognition for his innovative effort in educating poor children.

Efren Peñaflorida, who started the “Kariton Klassroom” to bring education to poor children, has been named CNN Hero of the Year, the cable news network announced yesterday.

According to the CNN website
, Peñaflorida was selected after getting the highest number of online votes, which reached 2.75 million in seven weeks.

The 28-year-old teacher from Cavite City bested nine other contenders from different countries.

Peñaflorida received the award from actress Eva Mendes at the conclusion of “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Saturday night in the US.

He received $100,000 cash to continue his work with his group, Dynamic Teen Company, according to CNN.

The cash prize is on top of the $25,000 bonus that Peñaflorida received after he was included in the top 10 CNN Heroes.

“Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry,” Peñaflorida said in his acceptance speech before an audience of about 3,000.

Peñaflorida urged the crowd to “be the hero to the next one in need.”

He also called on them to “serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve.”

“As I always tell to my co-volunteers… you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be,” Peñaflorida said.

As a child, Penaflorida chose education over gang life in Cavite City and vowed to create a way for other children to make the same choice.

Peñaflorida said he was occasionally bullied and beaten by street gangs, which prompted him to decide to come to the aid of street children and rescue them from poverty and neglect through education.

Peñaflorida created a program that brought books to children in slums and on the streets, and the 10,000 members of his Dynamic Teen Company have brought reading, writing and hygiene to 1,500 youngsters.

“My message to children of all races, please, to embrace learning and love it for it will embrace and love you back and enable you to change your world,” Peñaflorida said.

Peñaflorida’s group was first recognized after it won the Bayaning Pilipino award for its heroic work in bringing education to poor children in Cavite.

Since 1997, more than 10,000 volunteers are now helping in educating more than 1,500 kids in depressed areas in Cavite.

The group later launched the “Kariton Klassroom,” an innovative way of bringing the classroom to the children in the depressed areas.

The pushcart classroom is now complete with teaching aids, blackboards and even folding tables and chairs to allow children to sit and read materials provided in a mini-library – a far cry from the humble effort of loading the books and school supplies in large plastic bags.

Peñaflorida now earns a living as a public school teacher in Cavite but still continues his pushcart classrooms on weekends where volunteers have started teaching the street urchins of Manila.

Peñaflorida recalled that he and other volunteers had to endure discrimination and even being branded as “trash collectors” with their pushcarts whenever they carry out their noble mission.

The public, however, took notice of Peñaflorida’s ingenious way of bring education to poor children by nominating him to the CNN’s list of heroes for this year.

Peñaflorida was a member of Club 8586, a youth group in Cavite that financed his elementary and high school education.

When CNN early this year announced its annual search for Heroes, Club 8586 nominated Peñaflorida.

CNN’s Blue Ribbon Panel sifted through 9,000 nominees from over 100 countries, and soon narrowed down its choices to 28. On Oct. 1 (Oct. 2 in Manila), CNN announced its top 10 finalists for its Hero of the Year. Peñaflorida made it.

A brief moment of triumph

Peñaflorida said his inclusion in CNN’s Top 10 “gave Filipinos a breath of fresh air, a brief moment to cheer and celebrate,” since the Philippines was still reeling from the weeklong floods and devastation wrought by storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

During gala night, the top 10 CNN Heroes, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel from an initial pool of more than 9,000 viewer nominations, were each honored with a documentary tribute and introduced by a celebrity presenter, according to the Web site. Each of the top 10 Heroes received $25,000.

The finalists were selected by a panel that included former US secretary of state Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Turner. The winner was chosen online by the public, with nearly 3 million votes cast.

The presenters during gala night included Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Dwayne Johnson, Mendes, Randy Jackson, Greg Kinnear, George Lopez and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood, R&B crooner Maxwell and British pop sensation Leona Lewis performed during the gala event.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper hosted the event that would be shown on Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. EST on CNN.

Before the announcement of winners, Peñaflorida told ABS-CBN that if Filipinos wanted to see change, they should start within themselves.

After receiving the honor, Peñaflorida said more poor and uneducated children will benefit from the award.

He said 90 percent of the cash grant would go to Dynamic Teen Company and the remainder would go to the Church.

“Nothing for me. I was here to represent the poor children (of the Philippines),” Peñaflorida said.

He added the several politicians who have started courting him after making it to the CNN’s top list would not make a difference.

Peñaflorida vowed to continue his work and offer himself as an example of an underprivileged kid who fell victim to violence driven by poverty and yet found a way to lift himself up.

For him, seeing the smiles of the children who rush to meet him when they spot his humble pushcart is enough reward for his efforts.

The Caviteño teacher could be hailed as another icon like boxing legend and seven-world titleholder Manny Pacquiao to many Filipinos.

But for Peñaflorida, as this year’s CNN Hero of the Year, the real heroes are the volunteers of Kariton Klassroom.

“And of course, for the Lord that allowed me to receive this award. He is the reason why I am here,” Peñaflorida said.


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The following  presentation explains in a series of slides. When the time the eagles reaches at the age of 30 or more, its physical condition has deteriorated to the point that survival is difficult. Its talon will lose their flexibility and cannot properly grip its prey, its beaks become dull and bent, and its wing feathers will grow thick and heavy, sticking to its chest and impairing its flight. The bird then retreats to a mountaintop, where over a five-month period it sequentially knocks off its beak by banging it against rock , plucks its talons,  and then plucks out its feather, each stage producing a regrowth  of the removed body  parts that renews the eagle and allows it to live for another 30-40 years.

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[KC Concepcion collaborates with Swatch in a new project]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 19, 2009 (STAR) As KC Concepcion was growing up, she had no idea what poverty meant. She was not aware that there were children who were lucky to have a meal a day. Or that, when they did eat, their meal consisted of only rice.

Now, KC is aware of the poverty and hunger that prevails in our society. KC, in her heart, promised to help them. “Maski, ang makakain lang sila,” she vowed to herself. And she knew she was in a position to be able to help by asking help from other friends.

That’s why KC feels grateful to her Tita Virgie Ramos, the lady behind the Swatch brand in the Philippines. The collaboration between KC and Ramos gave birth to the project KC Cares. SWATCH Shares.

KC Cares. SWATCH Shares celebrates the 20th year of SWATCH in the country.

According to KC, it only costs P10 to feed a hungry child for a day.

The year 2010 means 20 successful years of SWATCH in the Philippines and 10 is a nutritious meal for a hungry child.

Each SWATCH watch bought from the Fall/Winter 2009 Collection will feed a child for an entire month.

KC says, “People always ask me what’s more important for me. My humanitarian work or my life in fashion, movies, music or TV, and I always say – why choose one if they can all work together, hand in hand? I am thankful to Tita Virgie and SWATCH for being real troopers in helping us fight child hunger in our country. Every six seconds a child dies of hunger, but with the help of SWATCH, each second is a chance for us to feed and save a child.”

Experience an early Christmas by giving yourself and your loved ones a SWATCH watch. It’s time to enjoy your Swiss made SWATCH and share your good fortune with the needy kids.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

All rights reserved

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Hi everyone..I just wanna share with you another  awesome video to inspire your day.  Have a nice day ahead! Dios Mabalos saindo gabos!

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Use empowering words when you talk to yourself

(whether you are speaking out loud or silently)

How do you talk to yourself?

Do you use the words “can’t”, “won’t”, “don’t need to”, “why try”?
Many people do.

Do you find that what you say to yourself turns out to be true?

Why is this?

You see your brain is like a computer that you feed each day. It doesn’t know always know what’s real or not unless you tell it.

Example: If someone you love has hurt you, you may tell yourself that all people who love you will probably hurt you too.

Your brain just files this information for reference, it’s data, little zeroes and ones and no column that asks “true or not true?” Now your brain thinks, based on what you told it, that everyone you’ll ever love will hurt you.

How do you think you will respond the next time you get hurt?


Now, what if we instead told our brain:

“Okay this person ripped my heart out – but that’s only one person. I’m lovable and have many loving people in my life who are not out to hurt me. I know that the right people are coming into my life all the time. If someone hurts me, I will forgive them and bless them on their way.”

Words can be empowering.

I can
I love to
I want to
I will
I must
I am

We can reach a new level of living, if we feed ourselves empowering words and practice saying them until they become a habit.

I know first hand that it takes time.

And I also know that it’s worth it.

Try it for a week.

Catch yourself saying, “I can’t”, when you don’t really mean it and instead try, “I can”, and see how you think and feel about yourself.

Remember, the words you use to empower yourself will have a lasting effect, only if you practice them and they become a habit (an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary).

They say it takes at least 28 days to develop a habit. After a week, you will see that it becomes easier. It’s a mindset and you can control your thoughts. Be proactive and not reactive – give yourself some good words.

Dream big and empower yourself! Believe you can and you will.

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Inspirational video for the day!

I just want to share this short video clip with you guys  and hope this will uplift your day!

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Be alarmed! Don’t fear

Be alarmed and always be ready, but don’t fear because only GOD knows what will happen in the future.




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Sorsogon Bishop on Saintly Politicians

Oh Ha!

Nakakatuwa ang mga pahayag ni Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes patungkol sa ” SAINTLY POLITICIANS”. Napapanahon na rin talaga na dapat ang mga mahahalal na mga leaders ng bayang magiliw natin ay yung talagang more like saint na talaga. Ano ibig sabihin nyan? Sa aking palagay, isa sa mga katauhan ng magiging halal na leader ng ating lipunan ay malaki dapat ang takot sa DIYOS. Dahil kung may takot nga sa Diyos si MAYOR, GOVERNOR, CONGRESSMAN at mga nasasakupan nila of course matatakot silang gumawa ng kasalanan. And of course, ang kasunod nyan mawawala na po ang graft and corruption sa ating lipunan!..diba?

I agree with Chiz statement “”there are no angels and saints in politics.” dahil lahat nga tayo makasalanan diba?. Oh ha.. bumato daw ang walang kasalan sabi ni Bro…BUT we can make a difference now. ehhh Paano? simple lang naman bayang magiliw! tayo po ay pumili ng mga leaders na maka-DIYOS, maka-TAO, maka-KALIKASAN. Wag na po tayong lumayo sa pambasang pagbabago. Simulan po natin sa ating bakuran ika nga..Nakikita ko po na ang 2010 ay isang magandang simula para sa ating bayan kung magiging wise talaga mga botante.

eto pa! masyado lang yatang malikot ang aking pagiisip. Na-imagine ko ang sinabi ni Bishop Arturo Bastes na kung mangyayari nga ang lahat ng eto..Narito ang mga sumusunod na mga PLATAPORMA DE GOBYERNO ng mga kakandidato ngayon!

Kunwari lang po eto ha!

1.) Pagtangal ng lahat ng mga bilanguan sa buong probinsya  ng Sorsogon.
– kasi nga dahil sa mga more like saints na ang ating mga leader and thru his/her encouragement sa ating  mga kababayan na gumawa ng tama..ehh unti-unti na ring mawawala ang mga kriminal sa ating lipunan. Ibig lang sabihin nyan wala na ring ikukulong at wala na ring silbi ang mga Jail. (possible  nga kaya? nkakagulat na imagination naman yata eto).

2.) Creating more jobs para sa mga Sorsoganon.
– Ibig sabihin na kapag ang lahat merong trabaho, meron din pong pagkaing maihahain sa ating hapag kainan. Kumpleto hah(may almusal, snacks, tanghalian, at snacks pa, hapunan at Midnight snacks din) di ba wala ng magugutom? isa sa mga root cause ng crimes kasi eh “GUTOM”..

3.) Wala ng graft n corruption.
– Dahil wala na ngang kurapsyon sa Gobyerno. Cguro naman mawawala na rin ang mga lubak-lubak na lansangan sa Sorsogon noh? at lahat cemented na mga kalsada kahit sa mga malalayong barangay pa..yeheyy!

4.) Green Sorsogon 2010.
– Masaganang ani sa taong 2010. Dahil iiwasan na tayo ng mga bagyo at baha..matutuwa na kasi sa atin si Bro at di na tayo bibigyan ng mga calamaties na ganyan..oh diba?

5.) Mabibigyan na ng pagkakataong makapag-aral ng libre ang ating mga kabataan.

O kayo bayang magiliw..ano po naiisip nyo?

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You too can make a difference now!

Show that  little smile to the person next to you, be it you family members, friends or strangers. With that simple smile you can make a difference today!

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Never give up, Never Backdown, Never lose faith – Face the GIANT

Its a great movie with inspirational message that made me think of my point of view as well. Am i facing that GIANT right now?

When your back is AGAINST the WALL…

When it seems there is NO WAY OUT….

You have to face your fears…..FACE THE GIANTS













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How To Fail Successfully

Let’s face it: At one point or another, you’re going to fail in some way at your job. It could be something major such as missing a deadline, or something as minor as being five minutes late to work. No matter the magnitude, it’s going to happen. Once you accept that, the real question becomes how you fail, i.e. how you handle it.

There are two ways you can handle failure: You can either crash and burn or you can glide to safety. Obviously, the second path is the road you want to take. To do this, you need to keep three things in mind when you fail:

Don’t panic: As a basic rule of thumb, panicking will never help you in any situation. When you panic, you’re more than likely going to make whatever happened worse because you’re not thinking clearly. For instance, if you are late to work and you start panicking, you could make yourself even more late. This could happen if you do something drastic like try a “shortcut” that ends up being a wrong turn, costing you time. Always stay calm and think logically about what you are doing. This is the only way to minimize your problems.

Have a “Get Well” plan: The only thing worse than failing at something is to not have a plan on how to fix it. This plan is sometimes referred to as a Get Well Plan in the corporate world. It can be likened to the set of steps a doctor takes to make a patient better. For example, if you know you are going to miss a deadline, come up with a plan to make up for it. This should be a detailed plan with specific steps to put your project back on track. Even seasoned professionals will miss a deadline now and then, it’s how you fix that problem that will stand out in people’s minds.

Don’t play the “Blame Game”:
When confronted with failure, many people feel like they’re backed into a corner, especially at work. This causes them to lash out and start trying to pin the reason for the failure on anyone else but themselves. This is commonly referred to as playing the Blame Game. While it may be true that you are not the only reason something went wrong, you don’t want to attack other people. For instance, saying that you didn’t get something done because “John is stupid” is far less effective than saying, “The pre-requisite designs were not completed on time, so that pushed back the code deadline.” In this way, you are explaining that you were not the only one at fault but not personally attacking anyone, you’re just stating facts. If you just state the facts, there’s not much room to argue.

The three points above boil down to the following premise: Approach the situation calmly and logically, have a detailed way to fix whatever went wrong, and take responsibility when it’s your fault (and when it’s not your fault, stick to the facts, and don’t get personal).

Remember: Being able to fail successfully is just as important as actually succeeding.

Article Author: Kevin Augustine

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A touching story of an old father, son and a sparrow

A touching story of an old father, son and a sparrow. It reminds us how our parents have showed their love, patience and sacrifices they gave to us when we we’re still young. Now is the time to cherish and return back all the love our parents showered us.

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Shared by a friend from Facebook.  This short video clip  will show us  the story of  “Bridge master & his Son”.  and it  will bring you in a heartbreaking scene wherein you only have two options.  If you are in this situation?…which option will you choose?  watch it and say something!

Dios mabalos saindo gabos!!!

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You can let go now daddy

This short video clips showed us the significance of our Parents “TATAY” in our lives.
while I was watching this video and all I can say is that be thankful if your parents we’re still alive. Coz, we still have time to show them that we really care & be able to serve them.

I would like to express my appreciation to the person who prepared this one. Thanks a lot for the reminder……GODBLESS!!

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A touching story worth sharing..

4 years ago,  an accident took my beloved away and very often I wonder, how does my wife, who is now in the heavenly realm, feel right now? She must be feeling extremely sad for leaving a husband who is incapable to taking care of the house and the kid. ‘cos that is the exact feeling that I have, as I feel that I have failed to provide for the physical and emotional needs of my child, and failed to be the dad and mum for my child.


There was one particular day, when I had an emergency at work. Hence, I had to leave home whilst my child was still sleeping. So thinking that there was still rice leftovers, I hastily cooked an egg and left after informing my sleepy child.


With the double roles, I am often exhausted at work as well as when I am home. So after a long day, I came home, totally drained of all energy. So with just a brief hug and kiss for my child, I went straight into the room, skipping dinner. However, when I jumped into my bed with intention of just having a well-deserved sleep, all i heard and felt was broken porcelain and warm liquid! I flipped open my blanket, and there lies the source of the ‘problem’… a broken bowl with instant noodles and a mess on the bedsheet and blanket!


Boy, was I mad! I was so furious that I took a clothes hanger, charged straight at my child who was happily playing with his toy, and give him a good spanking! He merely cried but not asking for mercy, except a short explanation:


“Dad, I was hungry and there wasn’t anymore leftover rice. But you were not back yet, hence I wanted to cook some instant noodles. But I remembered you reminding me not to touch or use the gas stove without any adults around, hence I turned on the shower and used the hot water from the bathroom to cook the noodles. One is for you and the other is for me. However, I was afraid that the noodles will turn cold, so I hid it under the blanket to keep it warm till you return. But I forgot to remind you ‘cos I was playing with my toys…I am sorry Dad…”


At that moment, tears were starting to run down my cheeks…but I didn’t want my son to see his dad crying so I dashed into the bathroom and cried with the shower head on to mask my cries. After that episode, I went towards my son to give him a tight hug and applied medication on him, while coaxing him to sleep. Then, it was time to clear up the mess on the bed. When everything was done and well past midnight, I passed my son’s room, and saw that he was still crying, not from the pain on his little buttock, but from looking at the photograph of his beloved mummy.


A year has passed since the episode, I have tried, in this period, to focus on giving him both the love of his dad and mum, and to attend to most of his needs. And soon, he is turning seven, and will be graduating from kindergarten. Fortunately, the incident did not leave a lasting impression on his childhood memories and he is still happily growing up.


However, not so long ago, I hit my boy again, with much regret. This time, his kindergarten teacher called, informing me of my son’s absence from school. I took off early from work and went home, expecting him to explain. But he wasn’t to be found, so I went around our house, calling out his name and eventually found him outside a stationery shop, happily playing computer games. I was fuming, brought him home and whack the hell out of him. He did not retaliate, except to say, ‘I am sorry, Dad’. But after much probing, I realized that it was a ‘Talent Show’ organized by his school and the invite is for every student’s mummy. And that was the reason for his absence as he has no mummy…..


Few days after the caning, my son came home to tell me, the kindergarten has recently taught him how to read and write. Since then, he has kept to himself and stayed in his room to practise his writing, which I am sure, would make my wife proud, if she was still around. ‘cos he makes me proud too!


Time passes by very quickly, and soon another year has passed. It’s winter, and its Christmas time. Everywhere the christmas spirit is in every passer-by… Christmas carols and frantic shoppers…. but alas, my son got into another trouble. When I was about to knock off from the day’s work, the post office called. Due to the peak season, the post master was also on an edgy mood. He called to tell me that my son has attempted to post several letters with no addressee. Although I did make a promise never to hit my son again, I couldn’t help but to hit him as I feel that this child of mine is really beyond control. Once again, as before, he apologized, ‘ I’m sorry, Dad’ and no additional reason to explain. I pushed him towards a corner, went to the post office to collect the letters with no addressee and came home, and angrily questioned my son on his prank, during this time of the year.


His answer, amidst his sobbing, was : The letters were for Mummy. My eyes grew teary, but I tried to control my emotions and continued to ask him:
” But why did u post so many letters, at one time?”


My son’s reply was:
” I have been writing to mummy for a long time, but each time I reach out for the post box, it was too high for me, hence I was not able to post the letters. But recently, when I went back to the postbox, I could reach it and I sent it all at once…”
After hearing this, I was lost. Lost at not knowing what to do, what to say…..


I told my son, ” Son, mummy is in the heavenly kingdom, so in future, if you have anything to tell her, just burn the letter and it will reach mummy. My son, on hearing this, was much pacified and calm, and soon after, he was sleeping soundly. On promising that I will burn the letters on his behalf, I brought the letters outside, but couldnt help opening the letter before they turn to ash.


And one of the letters broke my heart….
Dear Mummy,
I miss you so much! Today, there was a ‘Talent Show’ in school, and the school invited all mothers for the show. But you are not around, so I did not want to participate as well. I did not tell Dad about it as I was afraid that Dad would start to cry and miss you all over again. Dad went around looking for me, but in order to hide my sadness, I sat in front of the computer and started playing games at one of the shops. Dad was furious, and he couldnt help it but scolded and hit me, but I did not tell him the real reason. Mummy, everyday I see Dad missing you and whenever he think of you, he is so sad and often hide and cry in his room. I think we both miss you very very much. Too much for our own good I think. But Mummy, I am starting to forget your face. Can you please appear in my dreams so that I can see your face and remember you? I heard that if you fall asleep with the photograph of the person whom you miss, you will see the person in your dreams. But mummy, why havent you appear?


After reading the letter, I cant stop sobbing. ‘cos I can never replace the irreplaceable gap left behind by my wife….
For the females with children:


Don’t do so much overtime. If you cannot finish the work, it must be some kind of problems within the company, and it is not your sole problem. Feedback to your boss. Endless overtime may not necessary be the answer to the problem. Take care of your health so that you can treasure and take care of your little precious.
For the married men:
Drink less, smoke less, cos nothing can replace your good health, not even business nor clients. Try thinking this way, are you able to work till your clients are totally dependent on you? or your boss is totally dependent on you? In this society, no one is indispensable. Take care of your health, so that you can take care of your little precious and your loved ones.


For those singles out there:
Beauty lies in loving yourself first. With confidence and loving yourself, you will see the beauty in other things around you. You will be able to work better and happier. Don’t let your health be affected by your work or your boss, so nothing matters more than your well being.

Source:  EduE

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To our beloved Teachers

To our beloved Teachers. We just want to thank you for your unselfish dedication and by giving quality education and skills to Sorsoganon students who would become the future leaders of this generation.

Through your encouragement, you inspired us to aimed high and help us fullfil our potentials. We’re thankful for all that you have done. Finally, we just want to say as our teachers, you will always be in our heart. LONG LIVE!!

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I found a recipe for happiness

I  just wonder what’s in the recipe for a true Happiness. Is it true that you can never get enough of what you don’ t need to make you happy? Do you believed, that you cannot be easily satisfied with what you have right now?   is it  a human nature that people always want something more or something new? These questions leads me to find something that will guide me how to find that Happiness too. Coz you know..As you are aware of the Catastrophes that our country is experiencing right now(terrible is it?). such that, I  get moody and sad very easily.  Sometimes I feel that there are so many aspect of my life that I want to improve and I  noticed that money does not satisfy our Heart & Soul nor protect us from heartache, pain, suffering, family drama etc. In this rat race society… everybody now  is facing a  hard competitions, politicking &  fights..ahh so many to mention it here..thus, makes me fell stressed everyday…till I found this formula that I started to workout and help me out to counter this. so, let me  share it with you guys!

Formula for Happiness:

click here>>Path to Happiness according to Bro!!

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How can you help Typhoon Ondoy & Typhoon Pepeng victims

Our heartfelt  appeal for your help!  We can make a difference now by sharing a little percentage of our blessings to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy & Typhoon Pepeng.  Your Donation can make an immediate impact  in the lives of people coping with natural calamities. You may also donate the following:

  • Medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Canned foods, noodles, breads, mineral water
  • Unused old clothes, blankets

    Monetary Donations

    1.  CASH or CHECK
    Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

    Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross

    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
    Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
    Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
    Swift Code: MBTC PH MM


    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.:  4991-0010-99
    Type of Account: CURRENT

    UN Branch
    Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
    Type of Account: SAVINGS
    Swift Code:  BOPI PH MM

    For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

    Credit Card

    Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:

    Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

    For online donations you may also visit our website at  .

    In-Kind Donations

    Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila.  We could also arrange for donation pick-up.


    1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
    2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
    3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

    The PNRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods.  Though we appreciate your generosity, the PNRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

    SMS and G-CASH (Globe)

    text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

    text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

    Most urgent needs

    Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

    Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

    Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

    Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair

    Call Hotline 143 or 527.0000

    Bonifacio Drive, Port Area,
    Manila 2803, Philippines


    How to help

    Ways to donate to the Philippine National Red Cross via the PNRC web site

    DSWD donations drop-off points

    1. National Resource Operations Center, Chapel Road, Pasay City
    Contact: Mrs. Francon Favian

    2. Quezon City Area Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Info Center (DROMIC) DSWD Central Office
    Contact Rey Martija or Imee Rose Castillo, Tel Nos. 951-7119, 951-2435 or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera Tel No. 0918-934-5625

    3. Manila Area (DSWD-NCR)
    San Rafael corner Legarda Streets, Quiapo, Manila
    Contact: Dir. Thelsa P. Biolna, Dir. Delia Bauan Tel Nos. 734-8622, 734-8642

    Manuel L. Quezon’s blog: How to help (original on | mirror link)

    Google Docs: Rescue InfoHub Central | List of Places where to donate (check out one nearest your area, or add a donation center that is not on the list)

    Another list of where to donate goods via Bury Me In This Dress blog

    Google Maps: Ondoy situation map for Metro Manila, by KaninLamig


    413-2667 / 416-0387
    No 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City, Look for Ms Girlie Aragon

    Bank: Banco de Oro, Mother Ignacia branch
    Acct name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
    Acct no.: 5630020111

    Routing code for international cash donations

    ABS-CBN Foundation US Office Toll-Free 1-800-527-2820

    Negros Navigation

    from Mr. Edmund Gawchua, Manager

    Negros Navigation is now accepting the transfer of relief goods from Mindanao to Manila for free for aid to victims of Ondoy.

    Donations can be sent to Negros Navigation stations and offices nationwide.

    Reach ABS-CBN via these channels:



    Facebook: Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo official page |


    SMS/MMS reports: IREPORT <name, location, message> to 2366

    Bayan Voice BMPM Voice SMS: 411-BMPM (411-2676)


    How can we help victims of Typhoon Ondoy

    (Flickr photo by rembcc)

    I’m sure this is the top question for so many of the Pinoy Answers community right now.  After Typhoon Ondoy raged across Luzon dumping a reported 34 cm of rain, equivalent to a month’s worth of rainfall, in just 6 hours, more than 200 have been reported dead and nearly 300,000 displaced from their homes.

    For a quick answer to this pressing question, here’s a list of some very important information for Filipinos everywhere to take part in the relief efforts for Typhoon Ondoy victims:

    From the National Disaster Coordinating Council –

    TS Ondoy Donations

    TS Ondoy cash donations may be deposited to the NDCC Donated Funds current account (Philippine Currency-Peso) #0-00149-435-3 (with shift code: DBPHPHMM Account #36002016), Development Bank of the Philippines, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Branch, Camp Aguinaldo, QUezon City, Philippines.


    Pasay Area

    National Resource Operation Center
    Chapel Road, Pasay City

    Mrs. Francia Fabian
    852 8081
    918 9302356

    Quezon City Area

    Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Info Center (DROMIC)
    DSWD Central Office

    Rey Martiga or Imee Rose Castillo
    951 7119 / 951 2435
    or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera
    0918 9345625

    Manila Area

    San Rafael Corner Legarda St.
    Quiapo, Manila

    Dir. Thelsa P. Biolena
    Dir. Delia Bauan
    734 8622 / 734 8642

    Ever  Gotesco

    Distribution Point Center for Relief

    NDCC Relief Center

    Kalayaan Hall, Malacanang Ground
    Luli Arroyo and all female members of PGMA’s Family
    734 2192 / 734 8642

    MMD-DOH Central Office

    Engr. Dave Masiado
    0917 8163400

    NDCC Missing Person Hotline:

    Marikina: 0920-9389914
    QC: 0921-6555262
    Pasig: 0918-9356318
    Cainta: 0917-5606241

    From the Philippine National Red Cross –

    1.  CASH or CHECK
    Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

    Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross


    Intramuros Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT :    1941-01347-1
    Type of Account :     CURRENT

    Port Area Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT :    453-0018647
    Type of Account : SAVINGS

    Port Area Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT :   4991-0010-99
    Type of Account :   CURRENT

    Anda Circle Port Area Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT : 151-3-04163122-8
    Type of Account : SAVINGS

    Sta. Cruz Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT : 3623-3680-0011
    Type of Account : SAVINGS


    Port Area Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT :    453-0039482
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS

    United Nation Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT :   8114-0030-94
    Type of Account  :   SAVINGS

    Anda Circle Port Area Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT : 151-2-151002182
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS

    Sta. Cruz Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT : 375-283500026
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS

    Sta. Cruz Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT : 132-070001012
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS


    Binondo Branch
    EURO ACCOUNT  :    016-201650005-9
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS

    Anda Circle Port Area Branch
    YEN ACCOUNT  :    151-2-15130001-9
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS

    For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

    Credit Card

    Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575: Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

    In-Kind Donations

    Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila.  We could also arrange for donation pick-up.

    1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
    2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
    3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

    SMS and G-CASH (Globe)

    text RED<space>AMOUNT  to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

    text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

    Most urgent needs:

    Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

    Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

    Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

    Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair

    For OFWs, here are some specific places where you can help:

    Ayala Foundation – for online donations (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, GCash, SmartMoney), go to

    TXTPower (Paypal, SmartMoney, GCash) –

    American Red Cross – Tel: 1-800-435-7669

    World Food Programme


    • Embassy of the Philippines in Singapore (20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395). Donors are discouraged from sending used clothing, which is prohibited for importation into the Philippines under Republic Act No. 4653. Organizations wishing to donate are advised to refer to the Embassy’s guidelines for donations to the Philippines, which are available online at: Further queries may be directed to Ms. Pearl Camento at, subject: “Typhoon Ondoy”.
    • A-Freight Cargo (304 Orchard Road, #03-19 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863). Donations/drop-offs accepted, contact Maureen Schepers 6235-1011.
    • i-Remit Singapore (304 Orchard Road, #03-69 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863). Will be waiving charges for donations to the Philippine Red Cross.
    • LBC Singapore (304 Orchard Road, #04-77 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863). Will waive remittance charges for donations made to the following organizations: ABS-CBN Foundation, GMA Foundation, Philippine National Red Cross, and the National Disaster Coordinating Center.
    • World Vision Singapore
    • Singapore Red Cross (15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486). Walk-in cash donations accepted. Send cheques to the Singapore Red Cross Society and indicate your name and return address for receipt purposes.

    Now is certainly the time to use the power of social media to help our fellow Filipinos who have been badly affected by Typhoon Ondoy.  I recently posted the question “What can we do to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy?” and if you have any relevant information or any creative idea that can be of help to victims of Ondoy, please take the time to share them.

    Our news editors also posted this question, “Do you think the RP government is doing enough to help with Typhoon Ondoy’s relief efforts? Yes or no, why?”.  According to National Disaster Coordinating Council’s Anthony Golez, the system and local government units are “overwhelmed,” and are not used to massive relief operations.  If you have personally witnessed this and you have seen how they can further improve their rescue operations, then please share your thoughts and opinions.

    Just check Yahoo! Philippines News for more updates about the relief efforts, for pics of Typhoon Ondoy’s aftermath, check out Flickr and this blog post for details on how you can help.  Thanks so much everyone!  I’m so proud to be Pinoy right now!  God bless!

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    The Art Of Avoiding Illness

    Good Morning everyone!  Today, i want to share with you a very informative slides on how to avoid illnesses. Thanks to my good friend & classmate Mr. Purferio Fuentes – DepEd-Sorsogon!



    The Art of Being Well

    If you don’t want to be ill…

    …Find Solutions.

    The negative thought generates negative energy that is transformed into illness. Negative people enlarge problems as they do not find solutions. They prefer lamentation, gossip, pessimism.


    Be accepted, accept that you are accepted, accept the criticisms. It is wisdom, good sense and therapy.They who do not accept this, become envious, jealous, imitators, ultra-competitive, destructive.

    …Do Not Live Life Sad.

    The happy person has the gift to improve the environment wherever they live. Good humor. Laughter. Rest. Happiness. These replenish health and bring long life.

    …Don’t Live By Appearances.

    There is nothing worse for the health than to live on appearances and facades. Those who hide reality, pretends , poses and always wants to give the impression of being well, their destiny is the Pharmacy, the hospital and pain.

    …Speak your feelings.

    Illnesses as: gastritis, ulcer, lumbar pains, spinal are emotions and feelings that are hidden, repressed. The speech, the dialogue, the word, is a powerful remedy and an excellent therapy!

    Filed under: Encouragement, Healthy Living, Inspiration,

    Efren Peñaflorida- Sorsogon vote now for our pinoy CNN hero of the Year

    vote for efren

    Efren “Kuya Ef” Peñaflorida is a teacher and social worker in the Philippines. He has been recognized as one of the “2009 CNN Heroes” for his outstanding advocacy to educate Filipino out-of-school youth through “pushcart classes.


    Life and education

    Peñaflorida grew up in Cavite City. During his early days in school, he experienced being harassed and threatened by gangs near their school. He describes how a gang bullied him during high school, as had happened to many other students. Despite this, he still managed to finish his studies.

    Teaching and advocacy

    His growing concern for the unschooled children in his hometown led Peñaflorida to establish Dynamic Teen Company (DTC). At that time, he was only sixteen. He envisioned this organization as a tool to reach the underserved Filipino youth by providing free tutorials. He asked three fellow high school students to devote some of their time to teach children in the slum areas every Saturday. After ten years, DTC has gained around 10,000 memberships and conducted tutorials for approximately 1,500 children. Today, DTC’s “pushcart classroom” also teaches basic reading and writing to street children.


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    Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 from Sorsogon

    From rice to riches

    Eduarda V. Ayo Owner and Manager E.V. Ayo Enterprises Farming has always been a male-dominated industry. That’s why the success story of woman farmer Eduarda V. Ayo is indeed very remarkable. Starting with a five-hectare rice farm in Capuy, Sorsogon in 1975, she was able to expand it to 150 hectares, most of which is devoted to seed production. This made her the largest palay seed grower in the Bicol Region as certified by the Bureau of Plant Industry. But the road to success was not all smooth. It took optimism and perseverance to strike gold from golden rice grains.

    Upon graduation in 1975, Ms. Ayo decided to go full-time into farming. Knowing that she had to support her 11 younger siblings upon the death of their father, she took on the challenge of managing the family’s rice farm. This came as no surprise to the family since she had shown an innate interest in farming from an early age and was a keen observer of how their father ran the operation while he was still alive.

    “My hands-on exposure started at an early age, assisting my father in drying palay seeds under the extreme heat of the sun. This and other farm activities, molded and refined by my father’s guidance and advice, got me started as an entrepreneur,” she recalls.

    She expanded the family business and put up E.V. Ayo Ricemill. To augment the family income, she ventured into allied businesses to include rice, palay and copra trading, fertilizers and pesticides, palay seed growing and hog breeding. Seeing how diverse the business had become, she renamed it E.V. Ayo Enterprises.

    By making sound business decisions, she now has 150 hectares of land; 50 hectares is owned by the family and the rest are being leased from other landowners in the adjoining barangays of Capuy. These are all devoted to the production of registered seeds.

    However, a chief concern for Ms. Ayo is that Sorsogon is situated along the typhoon belt. Weather disturbances and natural calamities are common occurrences. But she never allows anything to go to waste. Whatever harvested seeds are not bought by her clients are turned into rice grains and sold. This practice is part of her natural optimism amidst business challenges.

    In addition, people management proves to be a challenge for Ms. Ayo as she considers her employees the most important resource in business growth. “Managing my employees is the most challenging because I have to deal with them individually. Each has distinct personalities and characteristics. Being honest and sincere to them and listening to them keeps me in harmonious relationship with my employees,” she shares.

    During harvest season, she employs a total of 3,000 farmers. On a regular basis, she has eight personnel in her rice mill and trading businesses. Ms. Ayo puts a premium on the welfare of her people. She sees to it that their salaries are given on time. She even extends financial assistance to those in dire need. Some of her loyal employees have been given free housing, water, and electricity.

     Mastering the technology behind seed production has earned Ms. Ayo the trust of the government; the Department of Agriculture markets and subsidizes the payment of her certified seeds. Such is her success that she now holds the prestige of being certified as the biggest accredited palay seed grower in Region V by the Bureau of Plant Industry. The accreditation is well-deserved because she is trained on the latest rice production technologies and improved production practices such as the use of balanced fertilization, which is a combination of commercial and organic fertilizer.

    She also strongly advocates synchronous planting to prevent infestation and pest population buildup. Ms. Ayo’s plans for the company include the expansion of her hog farm in Batangas supervised by her only son, Aldin. Another 1,500 sow-level breeder in Sorsogon is in the works. She is also planning on starting an integrated farm which will breed goats, cows, and other poultry animals.

    Ms. Ayo’s hard work inevitably earned her numerous accolades. She holds the record of being the certified highest producing seed grower in Bicol from 2006 to 2008 as awarded by the Department of Agriculture.

    In recognition of her business acumen, she was a finalist in the 2008 Bicolano Businessman of the Year award for the province of Sorsogon, and a recipient of the SME Gabay at Patnubay Award for Landbank’s National Search for 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also the SME Kayamanan ng Pamayanan awardee, a special citation in recognition of exemplary individuals.

    Ms. Ayo’s personal strength and knowledge of the business are vital to the company’s growth and progress through the years. She firmly believes in the value of hard work.

    Her advice to fellow entrepreneurs: “Do not be afraid of failures and never dwell on them. Instead, consider failures as stepping stones to success. Also, manage your people by heart. They are the most important resources of your business. Establish a good personal relationship with them. Put yourself in their shoes and do hear what they say.”

    In the same light, she encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to be strong and prepared. She imparts, “Study hard and persevere to reach your goal. It is really advantageous to have a related degree as compared to relying on experiences only. Engage in business that is familiar to you and within your resources.” In spite of her successful endeavors, Ms. Ayo remains very simple and modest. She could have opted to live in a mansion but chose to stay at her small house in Capuy, which also doubles as her office, and tend to her garden. That is Eduarda Ayo, the epitome of humility and success.

     Sponsors of Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 are SAP Philippines, William J. Shaw Foundation, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, and Universal Motors Corporation. The official airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, operating on behalf of the Air-France KLM Group in the Philippines. Media sponsors are BusinessWorld and the ABS-CBN News Channel. The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 will be announced on October 15, 2009 in an awards banquet at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines will represent the country in the World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2010. The Entrepreneur Of The Year is produced globally by Ernst & Young. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 has concluded its search for the country’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. It is a program of the SGV Foundation, Inc. with the participation of the Department of Trade and Industry, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Development Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Philippine Stock Exchange and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In the following days,


    source: BusinessWorld 

    Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Sorsogon Success Stories,

    Bulan Sorsogon-Participates in International Coastal Cleanup Day

    In Support of the International Coastal Clean-up Day, People from Bulan Sorsogon accept the challenge and picked-up trash along the beaches of Bulan on September 19.  This is a great show of volunteerism!

    In Support of the International Coastal Clean-up Day, People from Bulan Sorsogon accept the challenge and picked-up trash along the beaches of Bulan on September 19.  This is a great show of volunteerism!

    For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

    Filed under: Encouragement, Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?,

    Handog sa mga OFW-Sorsoganon

    Sa mga OFW-Sorsoganon  sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo. Kayo po ay aming kinikilala at ikinararangal bilang mga Bagong Bayani ng ating panahon. Dahil sa inyo patuloy na umaangat ang ekonomiya ng ating bansa. MABUHAY PO KAYONG LAHAT!!

    Para po sa inyo ang awiting “Dahil Tayo’y Pilipino

    Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Sorsogon News Updates,

    The story of Myrna from Sorsogon, A migrant workers in Israel

    Family Affair / The Camba and Gonzales families

    * The cast: Myrna Camba (53) and her daughter Aandrea (7.5); Mila Gonzales (39) and her son Jeril (7).

    * The story: Myrna and Mila, migrant workers from the Philippines, are mothers of Israeli-born children, but their residence permits in Israel have expired, so they are therefore candidates for deportation. The two chose to be photographed, each for her own reasons, in the home of their good friend Tina, also a Filipina.


    * Reasons: Myrna, because her apartment is so small and crowded there is no room for a photo to be taken; Mila, because the woman with whom she shares her apartment is afraid of the immigration police.

    * Place of meeting: The two-room apartment of Tina (a neighbor) is located just off a busy street in south Tel Aviv, which is home to various garages for mopeds and taxis. Tina lives here with Ivy, her four-year-old daughter, and has a fan, a DVD player, a kitchen and a bathroom. She is not home; we are told she is out doing errands. She has left Ivy with Myrna and Mila, and her friends Aandrea, Jeril and Kiki – the latter a frisky puppy.

    * Midday: From the scorching-hot yard we enter via a porch and walk into in a yellow-painted room with three white plastic chairs. On the floor, children are watching a Japanese animation film on the DVD, next to the fan, which provides a barely perceptible breeze. Refreshments are served on a small Formica coffee table: Myrna and Mila offer bourekas and water to invigorate the soul. We get them organized for the portrait. Myrna leads a tour of her home, located in the yard. We follow.

    * The tour: A narrow orange door, just wide enough for one person to pass through if he holds his breath, leads into a crowded kitchen. We look around and enter the “sleeping wing.” The room is filled with parcels. Myrna explains that she will send all the items she has packed (clothes, blankets, kitchen utensils) “by cargo” to her family in the Philippines. “It’s a shame to throw it out,” she says.

    * Her family: Parents, four grown daughters (from a previous marriage) and four grandchildren.

    * Livelihoods: Myrna, who has been in Israel for 13 years, works as a cleaner and a caregiver in Tel Aviv: Twice a week she cleans houses in Ramat Aviv, and three times a week she looks after an aged couple in the Hadar Yosef neighborhood, which includes cooking for them. She earns NIS 40 an hour (at both jobs), and the elderly couple also pays part of her medical insurance (“Elite Insurance from the Menorah company”). She commutes by bus (“about an hour”), leaving around 8 A.M. (after taking Aandrea to school) and returning between 5 and 6 P.M. Before going home she picks up Aandrea from the babysitter (a Filipina married to an Israeli), who takes care of her after school for NIS 400 a month.

    * A month: Myrna lives on NIS 3,000 and sends the rest home to her parents and daughters (“When I get old they will look after me”). With this sum, she pays rent (NIS 1,000), buys food (NIS 1,000), pays the babysitter and buys “everything I need.” She buys clothes, for example, in the area of the old Central Bus Station, and sometimes takes Aandrea to the amusement park. She is “definitely satisfied” with her life here, she says.

    * Immigration police: “I’m not afraid.” If the police show up, she will accept her fate. Aandrea hears this and says (in Hebrew) that she objects to leaving Israel.

    * Aandrea: Is starting second grade at Bialik School on Levinsky Street in Tel Aviv (“the Bialik Rogozin campus”), which has a large enrollment of migrant workers’ children. Last year she attended an after-school science program, but is undecided whether to continue this year. Says she does not want to go to the Philippines (“I was born here and I have a school and girlfriends”). Walks to school with her mother in the morning (15 minutes), and likes Yael, her teacher. Lunch is provided by a volunteer food program, subsidized by private organizations, and for which Myrna pays NIS 240 a year. Summer camp? Aandrea doesn’t know what that is really, but she did go with her class to visit the Children’s Channel studio, with the help of Rotem Ilan (a volunteer in the Children of Israel organization).

    * Plans: “I will be a doctor in Israel.”

    * Mila’s livelihood: Cleans homes – twice a week in Ramat Aviv, three times a week in upscale Herzliya Pituah, one day on Bograshov Street in Tel Aviv. Like Myrna, she makes NIS 40 an hour, gets to work and back by bus and shared taxi, starting at 9 A.M. and returning home by 6 P.M. Her employers treat her well, she says. Occasionally she takes Jeril with her to Herzliya so he can play on the computer a little. She attends services in the Protestant church on Neve Sha’anan Street every Friday and says she is not afraid of deportation, but adds that it would be a shame for Jeril (“It will not be easy for him – in Israel he has a future”).

    * Jeril: Like Aandrea, has just begun second grade at Bialik School. Last year he attended an English enrichment program after school (on Matalon Street). He’s still undecided about whether he will be a doctor or a policeman when he grows up, or whether he will be in Israel or the Philippines. Neither Aandrea nor Jeril speak Tagalog, the most widely spoken of the Philippine languages, but they both understand it a little.

    * Mila’s bio: Born 1970 in a village near Salcedo, a city in the northern Philippines, youngest of three children. Her father is a farmer, growing rice and tobacco (“and raising some cattle, too”), in addition to being a Protestant clergyman; her mother ran a grocery store until her retirement. Recalls her childhood as happy, first heard about Israel at Sunday church services. Completed high school in Salcedo, then attended a school for nurses but did not get certification. Instead, she decided to work for a year in Singapore, where the pay is good. In 1995 she married Albert, the bodyguard of a sardine factory owner, but at the end of the year found herself alone.. He went to Israel and she stayed behind to give birth to their daughter, Rubiemel. Four months later she left the child with her mother and flew to Tel Aviv, where she has been ever since. She last saw Rubiemel 13 years ago.

    * Longings: “We end up with the reality we choose,” Mila says, “and I know she is in good hands.” Belief in God helps, she adds. If she could do it all over again, she would again come to Israel (“It is easy to make a living here”). As a pious Christian, she believes that the Israelis are “blessed” and that she is also “blessed” for living among them. Her husband Albert was deported in 2007 and upon returning to the Philippines was able to buy a plot of land, a tractor and an apartment in Manila. Mila is certain that he is faithful to her and that one day (“b’ezrat hashem” – “with God’s help” – she says), she will return to him and they will live together happily.

    * Daily routine: Mila gets up at 7 A.M., brushes her teeth, has a cup of unsweetened coffee (Turkish or instant), makes soup with noodles for Jeril’s breakfast (“Maybe he won’t eat well at lunchtime”), takes him to school and then goes to work. Jeril has lunch in school; Mila does without. They have a serious meal (rice, chicken, beef, fish) together at around 8 P.M. Mila says she is not much of a cook. After the meal she straightens up “the mess” and afterward sometimes goes with Jeril to Mesila (a center that assists the foreign community, run by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality). She gets to sleep by midnight. The heat does not really bother her (“We have good air in our place”), but she sleeps fitfully.

    * Myrna’s bio: She was born in 1955, in Pilar on the island of Sorsogon, the eldest of eight children in a Catholic family. Her father, now retired, was a farmer who grew rice; her mother was a housewife (“We also had a pig”). She attended elementary school in the village; high school in the city of Albay on Luzon, the largest of the Philippine islands, where she lived in a rented room from the age of 16, coming home on weekends. She enrolled in agriculture studies at Albay University, but dropped out (after two years) and moved with her family to the city of Pampanga under pressure of the NPA (New People’s Army) militia, which was opposed to the rule of then-president Ferdinand Marcos. She met Carlos in 1975 and had four children with him, marrying him in a church ceremony 15 years later (1990) and getting a divorce shortly afterward because “he wasn’t exactly faithful.” She left her children with her parents when she went to Israel (1996). She too is certain she did the right thing. “I am very happy here,” she says. Met Aandrea’s father in Tel Aviv; they later split up. He returned to the Philippines in 2003 and is in touch only with his daughter.

    * Daily routine: Myrna gets up at 4 A.M. (“I always did that, even in the Philippines”), makes noodle soup for Aandrea, cooks rice and schnitzel for the evening and takes a shower. Wakes Aandrea at 6 A.M. and has a cup of coffee (“mud” or instant) without sugar. They leave for school at 6:30, after which Myrna goes to work. At 8 P.M. they have a meal of rice, chicken or beef and vegetables, after which they watch movies together on the Children’s Channel. Aandrea goes to sleep at 9, Myrna at midnight, for four hours.

    * Deportation threat: This does not bother her. Says Myrna: “Even if I am deported, I will go on thinking good things about Israel.”

    * Dreams: “For us to be legal and be able to visit our families in the Philippines and return to Israel.”

    * Happiness quotient (scale of 1-10): Mila – “10, of course!” Jeril, too. Myrna and Aandrea – 10.


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    Ano ang ginawa mo para umasenso?

    Here’s a few tips that might be of interest to you…

    Everyone one has some kind of a success slogan in their lives in terms of personal, practical, family and social gains. However, this slogan or goal will not be achieved unless we strictly follow several steps and cling to some habits which are:

    – Be realistic in what you pursue. Aspire for big dreams but follow the right way.

    – Create your own personal experience thru your diligence and it’s ok to observe other successful people around you.

    – Have faith in what you achieve as a gift of life to you and never underestimate your abilities.

    – Know that life with all its problems is untreatable but workable. Pave your way through it and maneuver to overcome all obstacles.

    – You succeed when you teach people how to deal with you and how to address you. Take over your life and be your own master.

    – Forgiveness is one of the powerful keys to success.

    – Look at life as a journey and you’re one of the passengers. So, you have to accommodate in every stop you come through or face.

    – Always and always think of success and successful ideas. Attract positive thoughts and stay away from negative and frustrated people because they sow their failure and spread negativism.

    – Targets parallel with actions. If you have a perfect and organized plan which is unaccompanied by proper actions, your plan thus is futile.

    – Never stop learning new things. Try to read once in a while and educate yourself because knowledge is a powerful tool.



    – Perseverance. So, never give up because success is like a long distance marathon which you may not win in a day or two.

    – Learn from your failures and don’t be ashamed to admit your mistakes to attain reality which will lead you to the true success and not the fake one.

    – Manage your time and evaluate what you possess and stay away from distraction.

    – Don’t be afraid to be creative even if you fail. Edison failed 999 times before he invented the lamp. To be different is to be creative.

    – Learn how to understand others and learn new things from them. No one can live alone on an isolated island so you have to interact efficiently.

    – Be honest and somehow trust other people. On the other hand, try to be responsible and dependent.

    – Support others in their views if they were correct. Don’t always object or refute without a proper background or you’ll lose your credibility.

    – Organize your priorities as they should be.

    – Understand yourself first before you demand others to understand you.

    – Be self-confident and have self-esteem. Utilize your strength points.

    – Never follow the herd spirit and always think of your future.


    By: shamelabboush:>What have you done to succeed? Tips for successful life.

    Filed under: Encouragement, Livelihood, Negosyo Tips,

    Have you watched them sleep – Let us not forget them

    Just recently,a friend forwarded me this email attachment with a title “Have you watched them sleep”. It caught my attention and ask myself..siisay man? Well,  basaha na ngon-a nindo..tapos comment po kamo!Have you watched them sleep

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    Eighteen Ways to Invest in Life

    Eighteen Ways to Invest in Life

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    A beautiful lesson – Touching Story

    life is short..


    The girl in the picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21. Next to her, her fiancé, Nick, 23.
    The picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 11, 2005 in the US .
    Katie has terminal cancer and spend hours a day receiving medication.
    In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of Chemo to end.


    In spite of all the pain, organ failures, and morphine shots, Katie is going along with her wedding and took care of every detail. The dress had to be adjusted a few times due to her constant weight loss.


    An unusual accessory at the wedding was the oxygen tube that Katie used throughout the ceremony and reception as well.
    The other couple in the picture is Nick’s parents. Excited to see there son marrying his high school sweetheart.


    Katie, in her wheelchair with the oxygen tube, listening a song from her husband and friends


    At the reception, Katie had to take a few rest breaks. The pain wouldn’t allow her to stand up for long periods


    Katie died five days after her wedding day. Watching a woman so ill and weak getting married and with a smile on her face makes us think….. Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it lasts. We should stop making our lives complicated.

    Life is short …
    kiss passionately, love truly
    laugh constantly
    And never stop smiling
    no matter how strange life is
    Life is not always the party we expected to be
    but as long as we are here, we should smile and be grateful.


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    Another remarkable Sorsoganon “Willie Dechavez” who also gave an important contribution to our City

    Willie Dechavez
    Willie Dechavez

    Another kababayan who hails from Bacon District made a remarkable contribution to our City. His name is Mr. Willie Dechavez, He is an Educator who migrated in the United States and successfully pursued his career in education. Through his initiative, he made a way to link Sorsogon City to Sterling Heights in Michigan where he is the chairperson of the  Ethnic Community Committee and Michigan National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA).

    More info:

    Willie D. Dechavez has served as the Executive Director of NaFFAA Midwest Convention 2003, Vice-Chair of the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) board member of Philippine-American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), and Executive Director of the Filipino-American Political Association of Michigan (FAPAM).He is an active cultural chairperson of the Council of Asia Pacific Americans ( CAPA) in Michigan.

    He holds government-appointed positions: past Macomb County Historical Commissioner, former member of the Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Development Authority, City of Southfield; the current chairperson of the Ethnic Community Issues Committee, City of Sterling Heights. He was appointed three years ago by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as a member of the Advisory Council for Asian-American Pacific Affairs.

    Willie received the 2002 Banaag Presidential Award for Filipinos Overseas, 2002 Governor Service Award, 2001 Macomb County Volunteer of the Year Award, 1997 Fulbright Teacher Japan Travel, 2001 Michigan Teacher of the Year -Finalist, and the Marygrove College Professional Teacher Award. He also received the 2005 MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award and was the 2005 Diversity Champion awardee.

    Willie is an educator with the Detroit Public Schools. He earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration from Wayne State University. He is married to Winifred and blessed with an only child, Jacqueline.

    Willie Dechavez Wins the First-ever “BalikTeacher” Award


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    The way back home to Sorsogon

    There is a very old Japanese legend about a sacred mountain where all old people would journey to when they were near their life’s end. They would wait on the mountain top until sunrise, and then the gods would take them to heaven.

    One day, an elderly mother and son set out to their journey to the mountain. She was very old and frail, so the son decided to carry her up the mountain on his back to leave her to wait for the gods. They walked all day and at sunset they arrived at the foot of the mountain. They rested for a little while and then continued on up the mountain, climbing for several hours.

    While the son walked up the mountain with his old mother on his back, he noticed that she kept breaking twigs and branches off trees and bushes every minute or so, and she would throw them on the path behind them.

    He asked his mother what she was doing and she replied, ‘You are a wonderful son. You have carried me far on your back to the sacred mountain and you must be very tired. I am breaking off branches to leave a trail, so that when you come back down the mountain you will know the path and not get lost. I am leaving little signs for you to return home safely.’

    The son was very touched and shed a tear for his mother. Soon they reached the top of the mountain. He gently rested his mother down, bowed to her three times and bid her farewell, wishing her peace and happiness in the heavens, and leaving her to greet the gods at sunrise, then made his way back down the mountain following the trail of twigs and branches that his mother had dropped on the way up the mountain.

    So it is with all mothers and also fathers, who show us the way through life. They leave us little clues to find our way home safely. They guide us through the mountains of life.

    And eventually they leave us, but not without small signs to help us walk a better path.



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