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Letting Go

By Yay Padua-Olmedo

Nick Vujicic blew into town recently, drawing SRO crowds where he spoke, with audiences chewing his every word as he testified of God’s amazing grace. Without fail, this handsome and charismatic speaker  just let rivers of tears and conviction flow simultaneously from people who suddenly realized that if this guy without arms and legs can do it, so could they, because they have a God who enables—exceedingly—no matter how insignificant, down and out, or trash-worthy they think their lives have been.

nick-vucijic---downsampledI won’t add anymore to the reams or bytes of e-texts written about Nick.  Most of them have been deeply inspirational and life changing.

I’ve attempted this little message though for every mother currently struggling with feelings of condemnation, inadequacy or guilt that they have brought into this world a baby just like Nick.

Mothers who have come to Jesus have never been disappointed. Ever!

No one could know for sure how a mother’s heart dies when she is told that the baby she just gave birth to has been diagnosed as either missing or having some extra body parts, with a hole in his heart or a dextrocardia (heart turned to the right), blood abnormality, or has Down’s syndrome or any kind of disability.

What sin have I committed that my baby came out this way?

I can’t—I don’t know how to—deal with this.

Is there ever a way out of this? Will my baby ever be a normal child?

How can we cope with this? Financially? As a family?

Guilt. Blaming yourself or looking for someone to blame, even blaming God. Helplessness.  Anger. All these come on you like a heavy ceaseless downpour, blurring everything; and sending you a downward spiral toward depression, even thoughts of, “It’s probably better to just end it all.

And it may take years to extricate oneself out of it.

And what about mothers who have decided to abort or have given their unwanted babies for adoption because they were simply not ready for the responsibility—then find themselves eternally hounded by their seemingly unpardonable sin?

One such mother’s life-altering ordeal eventually led her to Jesus Christ. In the same way that Jesus became the answer to Nick’s helpless situation, this mother found her answer only in Christ. As she started to trust Jesus, she found hope in His promise to heal, to provide and to do exceedingly great on behalf of her baby.

What has happened has happened. We live in a fallen world where all sorts of tragedies occur. There are so many things we can’t explain; and we won’t know the answers until we see God face to face.

But Jesus is the only answer. Let the past just be a memory, something we learn from. As you humble yourself now before God, let Jesus wash away all the guilt and condemnation.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans  8:1-2)

As you walk free from the past, believe too that Jesus will turn everything in your child’s favor. “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Mothers who have come to Jesus have never been disappointed. Ever!

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Sorsogon mourns death of cultural worker, artist

SORSOGON CITY, March 16 (PIA)  —  After a bout with paralysis due to a stroke, Reynaldo “Tootsie” Jamoralin died past 4:00 p.m. of March 12, 2012 at the age of 66.

 

Founder and President of the Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC), he is considered as one of Sorsogon’s “Provincial” artists. His body lies in state at their residence  in Sorsogon City.

 

Jamoralin was the editor and writer of the two editions of the book ‘Tracing: from Solsogon to Sorsogon,’ published by the SAC and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 1994. He also edited and co-wrote Pulang Hamtik, a collection of biographical sketches, of Bikolano youth martyrs during the Martial Law years up to 1990s, published by the Bikol Agency for Nationalist and Human Initiatives, Inc. (BANHI).

 

As a member of the Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, he co-anchored the public affairs program “Damayan” over DZGN-FM during the late 80s till early 90s. A long-time journalist from the 1970s, he edited several local weekly community newspapers, notably the Sorsogon Times, Balangibog, and Sorsogon News Service including Sentro Sorsogon, which he himself published.

 

For a time he was correspondent and feature writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and credited for exposing the slaughter of whalesharks in Donsol popularly known locally as Butanding that initiated the advocacy for its protection in his front page article on March 23, 1998. He was a member of the board of editors of letra, a bikol magazine, the first regional cultural and literary magazine and Centro, a Bikol magazine.

 

A playwright and folklorist, he wrote the dance-drama in the Bikol dialect, Si Bulusan nan si Agingay, based on the local legend of Lakes Bulusan and Agingay, which received several production and tour grants from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and NCCA, and Kantada ni Daragang Magayon, Mandirigma, adopted from Bikolano artist Merlinda Bobis’ epic poetry of the same title, which was toured around the country and presented at the CCP Little Theater in 2000. He also rewrote, revised, and adapted Sorsogon Sarswelista Asisclo Jimenez’s Pagkamoot sa Banuang Tinoboan, under a production and tour grant from the NCCA in 1994.

 

A long-time cultural worker, he was a founding member of the Kasanggayahan Foundation, Inc. and responsible for the institutionalization of Pantomina sa Tinampo every Kasanggayahan Festival in October. He was also a member of Sorsogon Heritage Society chaired by PDI Founder Eugenio Duran-Apostol, the publisher of Sarabihon, a journal of Sorsogon studies where he wrote several articles. He was also one of the organizers of Pagsurat, the first gathering of Bikol writers in 2000 at the Aquinas University of Legaspi attended by over a hundred participants including a septuagenarian chanter from Albay and New York-based poet Luis Cabalquinto.

 

He was the brains behind the establishment of the Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center which involves the adaptive re-use and restoration of the old Sorsogon Provincial Hospital building built during the American occupation in the 1920s.

 

He earned his academic degree from the University of Santo Tomas, B.S. Major in Psychology. He taught at the Mass Communications Department of the Aemilianum College, Inc. in Sorsogon City.

 

He is survived by his wife Ella, sisters Mercia and Millet, daughter Suyin, adopted son Ian, and grandson CJ. (MAL/JJPerez/PIA Sorsogon)

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Worldclass Sorsoganon Educator

A.A.J.A. AWARD FOR DECHAVEZ. Educator and community leader Willie D.
Dechavez (center) shows the recognition award he received from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. With him in photo are State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood (left) and journalist Ron Jacinto. Dechavez will also receive the Everyday Hero award on March 9, 2011 from Verizon and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

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Fil-Am Veterinarian from Sorsogon Pays Tribute to Military on b-day bash

CHICAGO – On her 70th birthday, a Filipino-American veterinarian paid tribute to the military where three of her eight children built their careers.

“Remember our men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives for the love of their country, especially my son Alan, who died while undergoing training to pursue his dream as a U.S. Marine,” Dr. Dona Lariosa Hernandez told her guests present last June 26 at the cafeteria of St. Gregory the Great Parish at Chicago’s northside.

Dr. Dona Lariosa Hernandez (right) on her 70th birthday celebration at the cafeteria of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Chicago’s northside. JGLiPhoto


PFC Alan L. Hernandez was training with the US Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, California in 2003 when he died.

One of her children, John, is still with the military as an Army sergeant. John has taken a couple of tour of assignments in Afghanistan.

Younger brother Herbert, who was also a U.S. Army specialist from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has left the military service to pursue a civilian vocation in Hawaii.

Dr. Hernandez also paid tribute to her clients, especially those who are still calling for her services. One of them, Ms Barbara H. Herlein, has been a client since 1975, “when we were still brunette.”

Ms Herlein is still her repeat loyal client to this day. The semi-retired Dr. Hernandez has limited her professional duties to house calls.

Empathy with pets

Dr. Hernandez said her other clients, Mr. and Mrs. Celso and Linda Aurelia, Ms. Ligaya Reyes, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arroyo, and Aida Davila “more than ever have demonstrated their strong bond with their pets.”

“They go to great lengths to shower their pets with empathy, compassion, friendship, patience,” she added.

Among the guests was Dr. Pilar Pascual Cenir, also her classmate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines. Dr. Hernandez said she has known Dr. Cenir, the wife of Filipino community leader, Boni Cenir, “for more than 50 years.”

Most of her guests were parishioners and members of the Filipino congregation of St. Gregory the Great Parish, where she is a board member. Also present were five of her eight children: Larry, Helen, George, Neil and Joseph – and her grandchildren, her brothers Joseph and Ray, relatives and friends.

Rev. Paul Wachdorf, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, opened the celebration with an invocation followed by a dinner, testimonials of Dr. Hernandez’s family and friends including Gina Ybardaloza and Susan Silvano, who are her fellow officers at St. Gregory.

A native of Pilar, Sorsogon, Dr. Hernandez immigrated to the US in the ’60s. She was one of the seven children of the late agriculture teacher Jose L. Lariosa of Sorsogon, Sorsogon and homemaker Consolacion G. Garra of Matnog, Sorsogon.

She opened her veterinary practice in Chicago. She has been a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association for 35 years and of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association for 34 years. — LBG/FONJ, GMANews.TV


By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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TEAM SORSOGON SAPYM OSC RIPPED AWARDS IN THE ARNIS PHILIPPINES NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION

By: SAPYM OSC Kapatiran ng Lakan

Ld. Ray Adrian F. Carranza ripped the gold medal in the heavy weight division while Ld. Mark Allan Lusuegro ripped the silver medal in the middle weight division during the 2010 Arnis Philippines National Team Selection at the SM City North Edsa, Annex, Quezon City on June 25-27, 2010.

i-Arnis International and Arnis Philippines President Raymond S. Velayo graced the occasion. The event was sponsored by SM Corporation and Honorable Nanette Castelo- Daza of 4th Disctrict of Quezon City.

The 2010 Arnis Philippines National Team Selection was participated in by the medalist in by national level (Palarong Pambansa, Philippine Olympic Festival and National Arnis Encounter ) both in full contact and anyo events last 2007-2008 gold medalist and 2009 medalist.

Arnis Philippines (Arpi), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and i-Arnis International spearheaded the activity.

Winners in this arnis national selection games will be representing Team Philippines in the upcoming i-Arnis International Encounter in Manila this year.


This renowned event aims to promote and popularize further the Filipino martial art and sport of
stick fighting in line with the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9850 “An Act declaring Arnis as the National Martial Art and Sport of the Philippines”.

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Sorsogon State College-studes find diode effective power saving device

by M Moraleda and D Deri/SSC/PIA Sorsogon

Sorsogon City (11 June) — In the light of crafting ways to minimize electric power consumption, the fifth year electrical engineering students of the Sorsogon State College here, have finished a research study on Light Emitting Diode (LED) as an alternative electronic component in designing a lighting device.

The design proposed by Zendy Dematera, Dyronne P. Ajas, Gissell C. Dogillo and Rusan James Freo was adjudged best among the six competing groups and was given credit by the SSC in its recognition ceremony last March.

Engr. Joselito S. Orticio, who handles the students, said that the study was one of the requisites in their subject as well seminars and field trips where the students were exposed to.

“The research is only limited to the utilization of white LED which can possibly be an efficient source to replace the usual lighting system for domestic use,” said Orticio.

The four researchers, after conducting the study, found out that it is possible to create a LED light bulb which can be directly connected to a 230V/.AC.

It was also proven to be energy-saving due to its low power consumption, producing a light output of 120.6 lumens and a power of 1.2 watts.

“It is also advantageous because its materials are more durable compared to the typical compact fluorescent lamps and bulbs which have fragile components. Furthermore, though costly, it has a longer lifespan and contains no mercury unlike other usual bulb designs,” said the researchers.

Since it has poor illumination, they recommended the use of an efficient reflector that will suit the design of the bulb. “It is also imperative to utilized high-powered LED to make it a more effective lighting device,” they also said. (SSC/PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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Sorsogon-Retiree sponsors PDI learning center

By Ephraim Aguilar, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

SORSOGON CITY—In a village named after its natural springs, her generosity gushes forth for poor children thirsty for learning.

Browsing through the pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rosalia Laganzo-Enerio, a recently retired government worker, found a way to help some 300 pupils of cash-strapped Bucalbucalan Elementary School.

She set aside part of her retirement money to sponsor a daily supply of newspapers and to put up an Inquirer Learning Corner (ILC) on the campus west of this city.

Having grown up in the same coastal village, the 66-year-old donor said it had long pained her to see the school still lacking books and updated resource materials, particularly those which could improve the students’ communication skills in English.

“By putting up a learning corner here in Bucalbucalan, the students will be provided with updated news and information. It will develop in them the good habit of reading,” Enerio said during Wednesday’s signing of a memorandum of agreement among her, the school and the Inquirer on Wednesday.

She said the majority of students here grew up without enjoying reading materials at home, items considered a luxury for their parents who eked out a living mostly as fishermen.

Education is close to Enerio’s heart. Before working for the National Manpower and Youth Council in 1975 and the National Housing Authority main office in 1981, she taught at Bucalbucalan Elementary School from 1968 to 1975.

Sensing the deterioration of the country’s educationsystem, Enerio left teaching and found employment elsewhere in the bureaucracy.

The search for better pay also drove her to switch jobs. Public school teachers at the time were paid a measly P212 a month, she recalled.

But even after quitting teaching, Enerio continued to support various projects on education. She volunteered, for example, for the Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, a group that promotes literacy through the art of storytelling.

Every graduation season, Enerio would also donate medals to different schools in Sorsogon City.

But soon she realized that she had to give something that would leave a lasting impact on the students.

Enerio came across the Inquirer’s Learning section and read about the ILC program, wherein public schools can get free subscriptions to the Inquirer courtesy of reader-sponsors. The newspapers are to be kept in a school corner called “Inqspot” for easy access.

First non-politician donor

The ILC program is aimed at creating a place in public schools where teachers and students can read the paper and discuss the day’s news or issues.

Enerio said she had been an avid reader of the Inquirer since its founding during the martial law years, when the Marcos regime dismissed the fledgling but stinging newspaper as part of the so-called “mosquito press.”

Inquirer senior product manager Roselle Fortes-Leung said Enerio had the distinction of being the first ILC donor who is not a politician.

The ILC in Bucalbucalan is also the first to open in southern Luzon, Leung added.

Three ILCs have been set up earlier in Quezon City and Zambales province, all sponsored by politicians.

In honor of parents

“This is my way of giving back to the community and to this school in honor of my parents,” said Enerio, daughter of Feliza Aquende and Restituto Laganzo.

She said her parents, who were not able to finish their studies because of poverty, always reminded her and her siblings about the value of education, saying it’s the only priceless legacy they could give them.

School principal Antonio Jintalan gratefully acknowledged Enerio’s contribution: “We’re amazed that someone from this village is able to help this school.”

Jintalan said the ILC would go a long way in helping develop the children’s love for reading and their awareness of current events.

Mere P5,500 budget

Jintalan noted that the school, which operates on a measly budget of P5,500 for maintenance and other operational expenses, could only afford to set up a small library with books that were rarely updated.

A pity, Jintalan said, since “80 percent of our learning still comes from reading.”

With about 350 enrollees, the school has been relying heavily on private sponsors for its improvements, he said.

Enerio may no longer be able to go back to her first love—teaching—but she nevertheless vowed to continue her advocacy and community work for education.

The retiree called on other private citizens to do their share for the benefit of today’s youth and future generations.


Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100607-274287/Retiree-sponsors-PDI-learning-center

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FilAmCCos annual celebration of Philippine independence

By: Filipino Star News

2010 Kalayaan Picnic

FilAmCCos annual celebration of Philippine independence. There were 30 plus Fil-Am organizations in Michigan that commemorated the event. Lots of food, fun and dancing!


2010 Kalayaan Picnic – University of Michigan Fil-Am Students dance number

Members of the Filipino American Students Association of University of Michign perform a dance number at the 2010 Kalayaan picnic held last June 5 at Halmich Park in Warren. There were some 30 plus FilAmCCo organizations that graced the annual celebration to commemorate Philippine independence from Spanish rule

2010 Kalayaan Picnic Square Dancing

Participants at the FilAmCCo’s 2010 Kalayaan Picnic dancing to Stevie Wonder’s “My Eyes Don’t Cry No More” held last June 5 at Halmich Park in Warren

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Filipino-American Athlete Wins New England’s “Karate Kid” Challenge and Needs Help in Internet Voting

Written by Audrey Reyes-So/Mabuhay Radio     

Photo Credit: Mat Corral

 Steven So, an American karate enthusiast of Filipino descent, won the Karate Kid challenge at Six Flags theme park in New England. He is now competing through online voting with the other winners from all the Six Flags locations in the United States. The winner gets to go to the “Karate Kid” movie premiere and meet the cast.
 
To participate in the online voting, interested Filipinos anywhere in the world simply have to access this hyperlink,
www.yahoovoteforthekaratekid.com
 

The online voting will end on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Votes can be cast once per day until May 25th.
 

Steven and his sensei are under the entry:
Brian C., Steven S.
Springfield, MA
Six Flags New England

 
Steven So is the taller guy to the left in the flyer and video. He is a scion of the So Family of Matnog, Sorsogon Province in the Bicol Region, Philippines. 

Source: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/sports/6134-filipino-american-athlete-wins-new-englands-karate-kid-challenge-and-needs-help-in-internet-voting.html

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Jovit Baldivino-an Ordinary boy with Extraordinary voice

Last  Saturday night, I was so excited to watch the semi finals of Pilinas Got Talent because I am following Jovit Baldivino’s next performance…and my waiting paid off.  When he sang the song popularized by Europe Band “Carrie”, it was another amazing performance that caused the audience to give him an standing ovation. I believed that he will be the next Arnel Pineda or Bugoy Drilon. What do you think?  PGT judge Ai Ai said “tumatayo ang aking balahibo”:) :), while Kris Aquino reagrded him as the “Male version of  Charice Pempengco”. Wow! I didn’t expect Jovit to actually possess a voice like that of European Band’s vocalist & the legendary Journey-Steve Perry.

I was so inspired to feature him on this site to give  tribute and  to those who have the power to make their dreams come true. Because this is what our youth needs today. He  just  proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success. That our youth must aim high and follow their dreams and never give up. Truly, Jovit Baldivino is a good model for our youth. I am sure that we can see a lot more of him in the future.

His touching story …..

  • A humble 16-year old  who was born to a poor parents from Marilag, Batangas
  • He used to sell Siomai at the market after his classes to augment his family income
  • He joined the audition to help his family and to become a good example among the youth.
  • His simple wish is to finish studies and his own little way help his parents.
  • He won the audition by singing “faithfully” as popularized by journey.
  • He wants to  become a popular singer.
  • He quoted that “win or loss” he is proud to be a Filipino showing his talent to the whole world.

Sorsogoñeous! join me in hearing his music, his story plus his simple dreams.

When lights go down, I see no reason
For you to cry. We’ve been through this before
In every time, in every season,
God knows I’ve tried
So please don’t ask for more.

Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again somewhere again

I read your mind, with no intentions
Of being unkind, I wish I could explain
It all takes time, a whole lot of patience
If it’s a crime, how come I feel no pain.

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again

Carrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again somewhere again

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Jesus L. Huenda-Damath learning math the Pinoy way

 
 

  

Jesus L. Huenda

 

Damath comes from the Pinoy checker boardgame called “dama” and mathematics. It blends local culture, education and digital technology that aim to make math teaching and learning child-friendly, challenging and interactive. In its unique way, damath boardgame ushers the Filipino school kids into the new millennium by equipping them with competitive life-long learning for understanding and ICT-fluency skills. 

 When school children play damath boardgame they also learn to explore, firm-up, deepen, and transfer to daily tasks the concepts of real numbers and its properties and operations. 

Moreover, it stimulates the children’s capability to think deeper through creative math storytelling, flowchart, concept map, tree diagram, picture riddle, haiku, cryptogram, secret code decoding, simulation, role playing, jingle or rap composing, reflection journal writing, and problem solving. 

This joyful and practical approach to contextualized teaching and learning math is the brainchild of 1981 presidential merit medal awardee teacher Jesus L. Huenda. 

As a public high school teacher in Sorsogon, Huenda always thinks of ways to optimize his talents to help others. This describes best this ordinary teacher who was cited by no less than the President of the Republic for his out-of-the-box “contribution in terms of innovative approaches in teaching and learning mathematics”. 

According to Huenda, this is how damath works: “I integrate some math concepts and numeracy skills in the indigenous boardgame of dama. In the 32 white squares (the other 32 alternately arranged squares are colored green) of the 8×8-square damath playing board, I put the symbols of mathematical operations like addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (×) and division (÷). The 12 damath chips for each player are divided into two sets (blue and red chips): those with zero, and even numbers with positive sign (+); while odd numbers have negative (-) sign. The two players try to capture chips by adapting the existing dama rules to numeracy skills which result to higher positive points, while evading those with lower negative points.” When the learners play damath, they aim to get higher point over the opponent. Capturing the opponent’s dama chips is strategically planned such that a player would target a chip representing high number. The game becomes a combination of strategic higher order thinking skills and basic mathematical operations. 

This strategy in teaching and learning math with Understanding by Design (UbD) framework has helped students look at Mathematics as a subject not so difficult to learn. 

“Unknowingly, the players are using the mathematical fundamentals when they play damath”, Mr. Huenda explained. “Those who used to dislike math is actually learning how to use math when he/she plays the boardgame and in the process learn the subject,” he added. 

Aside from “damath”, Mr. Huenda has also developed the “pierdi-gana” boardgame. He calls this boardgame “scidama”. This is the opposite of damath in the sense that the players’ main target is to have their dama chips consumed by their opponent in order to win. Scidama is focused on bringing about environmental consciousness among the school children. 

Literally, pierdi-gana means to let go by disposing water, fuel and energy consumption that contribute to global warming and climate change. The main objective of the players in scidama is to divest themselves of extravagant consumptions that can lead to environmental degradation. Here, the scidama chips represent kilowatt hours of electricity used, cubic meters of water consumed, liters of oil consumed, cooking gas used among others. 

The players strategize in such a way that they will have to reduce their consumption of these resources and in the process help in arresting global warming and climate change. “The less you consume resources, the less you contribute to the destruction of the environment. This is what we want to instill in the minds of our learners,” Huenda pointed out. 

In the scidama, the player’s main objective is to have his/her dama chips be captured by the opponent in order to win. The player who first has his/her chips decimated by the opponent wins the game. This means that the winner is able to divest himself/herself of these resources and does not use them unnecessarily. 

|“Kabaliktaran ng damath ang scidama kasi ito ay pierdi-gana o ubusan ng chips. Dapat maubos ang chips mo para manalo. In other words, I have to dispose off my expenses in water, electricity, oil and others so that I will not contribute to global warming and climate change. Kung malaki konsumo ko, I will contribute to the destruction of the environment. Gagawa ka ng plano na pagkatapos ng laro konti lang konsumo mo at ibibigay mo ang dapat mong konsumo sa kalaban mo upang hindi ka makasali sa paglubha ng kapaligiran”, Huenda added. 

Another collaborative innovation which Huenda did in cooperation with some Computer Science students is the “eDamath” which uses digital technology in playing damath against the computer itself. The damath computer game helps develop the strategic and analytical thinking skills of the students. Similarly, when two players are interconnected in their computers through the Local Area Network, they can play damath in a remote platform and the computer becomes the arbiter or scorer. 

Mr. Huenda’s electronic damath playing board can be accessed through the DepEd website (http://www.deped.gov.ph/BSE/iDEP). The eDamath appears in the computer monitor together with the damath chips that are properly labeled with positive and negative signs in even and odd numbers, respectively. 

Playing the electronic damath is also a contest on who gets the higher positive score which entails the use of the fundamental operations in math. “When students play the game, they tend to have deeper consciousness on the intricacies of the game. They get to consider every step that they make and how this can contribute to winning the game. In the process they develop analytical thinking skills,” Huenda explained. 

And there is no stopping Huenda from inventing edutainment games that teach students the basics in living such as entrepreneurship. Thus he came up with “entrepinoy damath,” a business venture game. 

Here, the fundamental operations of math and basic accounting are also used in the board game including debit and credit, simple bookkeeping, balance sheet and the like. The first set of damath chips represent rent, taxes, salaries, bonuses, discounts, cost price, and other operating expenses. The other half represents income like selling price, profit, savings, real property, building, equipment, etc. 

The game is played with the damath chips properly labeled: business expenses on one hand and business income on the other hand. The game is won by the one who has captured more chips representing incomes rather than expenses. “With this learning for understanding approach, the learners are honed on strategic business models like the efficiency of incurring less cost in order to have more income. The learners also become conscious of effectively running a business venture,” Huenda explained. 

But in business as in life, the learners still have to be trained on values and ethics. So he came up with “damath de honor”. Here the damath pieces represent positive and negative Filipino ways including interpersonal relation, consumer protection, anti-corruption and red-tape practices. 

“Ipapakain mo ang negative values at makakaipon ka ng positive values. Dapat walang greed na siyang dahilan ng corruption at illegal business transaction,” he emphasized. 

“Have you heard of damath on health and nutrition, People Power EDSA revolution, English-Filipino-Korean vocabulary-building? Or damath with three players? This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Huenda shared. 

Huenda remains a very active staff at the DepEd Central Office. Although he is a superintendent-eligible, Huenda opted to focus on educational technology innovations that will make a difference in basic education. The beneficiaries, no doubt, are the young school children who never imagined that the lowly boardgame of dama would ever play a significant role in their learning of life’s lessons. 

  

Originally posted: http://teachers-students-corner.info/2010/03/damath-learning-math-pinoy-way.html 

  

  

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Pablo D. Ayo- At 85, inventor keeps creative mind active

SORSOGON CITY, Philippines—Pablo D. Ayo Sr., who at 85 has survived two major strokes, is still inventing and designing devices that perform functions ordinary people would think impossible. One of these is a gadget that makes burnt out fluorescent bulbs light.

Ayo
, who earned his doctorate in astrophysics at Princeton University in New Jersey and is a former student of world-renowned genius-scientist Albert Einstein in 1949, still possesses the scientific creativity to invent a gadget called the EAD or electro activator device, which virtually makes an electric bulb last even with its filament broken.

Half the size of the ballast of a fluorescent bulb, the EAD increases the voltage, allowing it to jump from end to end of the broken filament and make an unbroken bulb light again.

A patent holder, Ayo has invented several gadgets, including prototypes of a rocket, voice-activated phonograph, household mini hydro generators, solar panel, tidal electric generators and photon-run car.

He was born to a poor family from the former town of Bacon, Sorsogon (now a district of Sorsogon City).

Self-supported

His parents died when he was young so he supported himself to school until he earned a scholarship to study at Princeton.

He said he had read articles on electronics and automotive when he was a teenager and learned by himself the principles and laws that govern mechanical and electronic devices.

Ayo went to Manila when he was a teenager and landed a job in an engineering company at Port Area. This allowed him to continue his college education at Arellano University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Physics.

While studying, he remembered that he had befriended a man who shared his interest in electronics and automotive. “In tandem, we won in a competition of flying miniature airplanes that we assembled. This became our ticket to study in the United States, which brought me to Princeton University in 1945,” Ayo said.

After he finished his doctorate, Ayo came home but went back to the United States to serve as a consultant of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the central civilian agency for direction of the US space exploration program established in 1958.

By late 1960s, he was back again in Sorsogon, married Raquel Diokino, a school teacher, and established his own business called Prama Electronic Center that provided electronic services and sold electronic and scientific gadgets and equipment.

Mini hydro plant

Ayo developed the first mini hydro plant in Bacon that produced 20 kilowatts of electricity.

He developed a rocket with a remote control that traveled 20 miles per hour.

Lawrence, the second eldest among Ayo’s five children, said he was amazed at how his father created in 1972 a phonograph that played music on voice command using the jukebox mechanism.

“That was before the information technology. What fascinated me was not only how he developed that phonograph but also how it responded when you say ‘Please,’” said Lawrence, a civil and electronic engineer.

Photo-run car

Ayo also developed a prototype car that runs on photon, an elementary particle that is the quantum of the electromagnetic field and basic unit of light.

The detailed design of the photon-run car shows a battery-like gadget that traps photons triggered by solar energy and produces electric power.

Ayo said a Japanese investor got interested with his invention but the deal did not push through because the latter would only pay him if he would go to Japan.

In 1982, Ayo developed his tidal electric generator but this did not push through on the issue of sharing even as he said the project could have been profitable using clean energy source from tidal water on Kalintaan Island in Matnog.

The $5-billion project can produce one gigawatt (GW) of electricity with 10 turbines producing 100 megawatts. It surpasses the combined power production of the Bacman geothermal plant at 150 MW and the Tiwi geothermal plant at 300 MW, according to Lawrence, who works as electronic engineer at the Bacman plant.

He said 1,000 MW is equivalent to 1 GW or one billion watts of electricity.

Ayo said his project could have made the country an exporter of electric power if it was implemented and replicated in other areas.


By Juan Escandor Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20100224-255167/At-85-inventor-keeps-creative-mind-active

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William Dechavez – Sterling Heights TV show spotlights diversity

Sterling Heights — City officials are using a new public access television show to showcase the city’s diversity.

“What we’re looking for is educating people about who we are,” said William Dechavez, a Filipino resident who moved to the city 28 years ago and is a member of the Ethnic Community Committee, which sponsors the show. “We have several ethnic groups in Sterling Heights.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte said the show fits in well with the city’s mission to embrace a diverse community.

“We are like the melting pot of the world,” he said. “The city welcomes all cultures and likes to work with everybody and try to learn from each other.”

According to the American Community Survey posted on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site, from 2006-08 the three-year estimated average population included 112,407 whites, 5,133 African-Americans, 539 American Indians, 8,804 Asians and 2,879 Hispanics.

“Getting to Know Your Neighbor” features interviews with immigrants who have settled in Sterling Heights.

The show also wants to feature war veterans, Holocaust survivors and others involved in historic events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Show host Dennis Burin, 50, interviews residents. A Sterling Heights resident, Burin is a program curriculum coordinator for the Hazel Park Schools and a Wayne State University adjunct professor of world regional geography.

“I think this is such an important topic,” he said. “We run across people of various backgrounds in our daily lives and don’t talk.”

The first episode of the show, which aired last month, featured Iqbal Singh, chairman of the Ethnic Community Committee, who was born in India. In the second episode, Dechavez talked about how he came from the Philippines to the United States for more opportunities. He works as a special education resource room teacher for Detroit Public Schools.

“It was really relaxed and an informal conversation,” he said. He encourages other immigrants to participate.

By: Candice Williams / The Detroit News
From The Detroit News:  http://detnews.com/article/20100218/METRO03/2180399/Sterling-Heights-TV-show-spotlights-diversity

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Police Officer 3 Judith Daria-Olbes-Sorsogon police officer named to TOPWP 2009

  by Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon Province (1 February) — Police Officer 3 Judith Daria-Olbes, non-commissioned officer of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (SPPO) was named among the 8th Search of the Ten Outstanding Police Women of the Year (TOPWP) 2009.

Olbes is the first lady law enforcer in this province feted with said recognition receiving the TOPWP Kabalikat Awards trophy.

She also received cash prize from ZONTA Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation, gift certificate from the Arms Corporation Philippines (ARMSCOR) and the Outstanding Achievement Medal from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PSSupt. Heriberto Olitoquit, police provincial director here, stated that among hundreds of nominees from the police commissioned and non-commissioned officers across the country, 28 were chosen finalists and wherefore named the deserving ten outstanding police women of the country.

“Olbes indeed deserves the recognition considering her dedication and exemplary work significantly contributing to the cause of peace and order in the local community,” related Olitoquit.

It can be recalled that Olbes was part of the successful implementation of PNP programs bridging the gap between the police and the community, including the Expanded Community Orienting Polishing System (ECOPS) that focused on the promotion of public’s health; “Kampo ng Bayan sa Lawasnon” showcasing sports development, as well as the maintenance of heightened security at the Sorsogon Baywalk.

Likewise, Olbes initiated the “Malusog na Bata, Malusog na Bansa” program targeting children in the remote barangays to be their feeding program recepients, the “Konting Tulong ni Mama at Aleng Pulis” where they chipped-in certain amount from their own pocket and used this to realize the “Kaarawang Handog ni Mama at Aleng Pulis” and the distribution of slippers, food and school supplies to children.

Olbes who is currently the SPPO’s Family Juvenile and Gender and Development PNCO is an active officer of Sorsogon Women’s Network and Development (SWND) and Visayan Forum Foundation respectively working on women and children’s welfare.

In an interview, Olbes, though didn’t expect she can really make it to the top, extends her utmost gratitude to the past provincial chiefs of SPPO including PSSupt Joel Regondola, PSSupt Henry Rañola and to PSSupt Heriberto Olitoquit, the present PD. “I am also grateful to PSupt Edgardo Ardales, Deputy Prov’l Director PSupt Elmer Ferreras and to the Non-Uniformed Personnel as well as the Police Non-Commissioned and Commissioned officers of SPPO,” she added.

Other awardees are: PSupt Lailene Amparo – Marilao Police Station, Bulacan Provincial Office (PO), Police Regional Office(PRO) 3; PCI Delia Ingalla – Taguig City PO, Southern Police District, NCRPO; PSI Lerma Tirana – Regional Police Community Relations Division, NCRPO; SPO1 Marifel Cortez – Butuan City PO, PRO 13; PO3 Zorayda Aripin – Zamboanga City PO, PRO 9; PO3 Ruth Poserio – Sta. Barbara Police Station, Pangasinan PRO, Police Regional Office 1; PO3 Lilybeth Pascual – WCPD PNCO-Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (PPO), PRO 5; PO2 Famela Suba – Cabiao Police Station, Nueva Ecija PPO, PRO 3; PO2 Rina Salaya – Maasin Municipal Police Station, Iloilo PPO, PRO 6.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself conferred the award to the Ten Outstanding Police Women of the Philippines, Jan. 13, at Rizal Hall in Malacañang.

These awardees that make up this year’s TOPWP were chosen for the honor by the ZONTA Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation and the Philippine National Police. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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KC CONCEPCION: SHARING TIME WITH NEEDY KIDS

[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

© Copyright, 2009 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved

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A rising star “Victor Aliwalas” – mother is from Sorsogon?

victor

Victor says that he just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and he took on the challenge of entering local showbiz despite the fact that he doesn’t know how to speak Tagalog that well. But after people saw him in MariMar as Bella’s attorney, he started getting more exposure, more fans, and more projects! Watch out for him, because his star is definitely on the rise!

Basic Info
Name: Victor Aliwalas
Birthday: September 7, 1983
Birth Place: Columbus, Ohio
Showbiz Anniversary: January 2008

Personal
Full Name: Victor Napoleon Aliwalas

Claim to fame:
“Attorney of MariMar” and “Doctor Tommy Rommero”

Unforgettable moment:
“Football with the neighborhood kids after school when we were younger. [We] had a great barkada growing up, [and I] still keep in touch with a lot of them.”

Favorites
Victor’s hit list:

1. He watches Entourage, The Sopranos, NBC Nightly News, UFC and The Family Guy.
2. Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Matthew Mcconaughey and Jeremy Piven are his favorite actors.
3. He listens to the music of John Mayer, 50 Cent and Lucciano Pavoratti.
4. He says, “I’m more of a publication/magazine reader.”
5. “The 4 years I spent in college, making new friends, learning and definitely partying.”
6. He loved watching Forrest Gump, Top Gun, Rocky 4, Boiler Room and Old School
7. His favorite fashion item is the Burberry suit given by his sister.
8. He plays lacrosse and golf.
9. He has a crush on Charlize Theron, Catherine Zeta Jones and Kate Hudson!
10. His hobbies include weight lifting, boxing, eating out, computers, cars and bar hopping.

Star Trivia:
Victor plays Lacrosse and Golf.

Q & A
On the spot:

Why did you enter showbiz?
“I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, [and] I kind of just fell into it. The opportunity presented itself so I took on the challenge.”

What was the toughest challenge you had to face?
“Trying to learn Tagalog and speak it fluently without a very strong accent. Also just adjusting to the pace of life here and the way things are done.”

What is your biggest frustration or regret?
“I regret not learning Tagalong from my parents when I was younger, matigas ang ulo ko doon sa States, every time my parents would try to teach me Tagalog I didn’t want to.”

What are you most proud of?
“Anything that makes my parents and sister happy; I consider being proud of that, thus far probably graduating from a good college and my work history (my resume).”

What are your limitations?
“I have many limitations, haha! I’m Maarte. Sobra hahaha!”

Describe yourself in three words.
“Compassionate, Strong, trustworthy.”

What is your most memorable experience with a fan?
“Walking off the set after the MariMar wedding scene!!! Having a huge crowd rush [towards] me and having to be escorted by security to my car…It was a pretty intense feeling.”

What are your fears?
“Failure, Losing something I love.”

What is your biggest dream?
“In the future, getting married to the woman of my dreams and having a beautiful family. Spending time with them and my parents and my sister and her family/…”

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Floro Dery- Extraordinary artist from Gubat Sorsogon

Floro Dery, is an extraordinary artist  from Gubat, Sorsogon. He master the arts of painting & comics illustration and now a full time animators in different animation shows in the US of A.  Some of his projects : Pirates of Dark Water, Wildfire, The Transformers:  The Movie (animation), The King and I, The Little Mermaid, The Swan Princess, Spider Man. This man is truly a pinoy world class. Tunay na maipagmamalaki ng pilipinas..Uragon talaga!!

Further info:

Some of his masterpiece:

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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

resource:http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/miscellanews/719-willie-dechavez-wins-the-first-ever-balikteacher-award.html

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Joy Belmonte-Former Sorsogon State College Basketball player

 

Dammam, Saudi Arabia – “I had a simple dream when I was still a child. I didn’t even dream of going to another country. My first priority in life is to provide a comfortable life for my family.”

 

He came and conquered both fans and players in the Eastern Province Basketball League’s (EPBL) on-going tournament with his unorthodox but effective moves. Watching him play on the hard court is like watching a professional league player shows off with attitude.

 

I am referring the accolade to Al-Majdouie team’s jersey #3, Joy Belmonte. Since the start of the 2009 EPBL-GMA Cup, he demonstrated extreme competitiveness against old and new players alike.

 

“My team (Al-Majdouie) deserves the best from all its players and I am more than happy to answer the call,” he said in an ambush interview. “I am proud of being part of Al-Majdouie team. Playing with the rest of the players has helped me overcome homesickness,” he explained.

 

Being new in the Kingdom, Belmonte was asked to compare playing basketball in Saudi Arabia vis-à-vis the Philippines, he said that it is not only about playing basketball and winning games that count, it’s also about considering the environment, as well as the contribution to the team and the company that hired me.

 

Belmonte hails from Sorsogon City, Philippines. He was a varsity player in his alma mater – Sorsogon State College. His favorite team in the Philippine Basketball Associate is Purefoods, wherein his idol James Yap plays. Dwayne Wade of Miami Heat and Alen Iverson of 76ers are his favorites in NBA.

 

Belmonte is a shooting guard who already made a deep-seated impression at the 2001 Inter-Barangay and Selection Sorsogon Meet in his hometown where he became the MVP.
Belmonte is sharp shooter on the perimeter area and a fast player who puts up a good defense as well. But his ability to score points, most significantly with his fearless drives to the basket, is what’s truly mesmerizing.

 

Belmonte was considered a good prospect since his college days, when he routinely piled up points for his team (Sorsogon State College) in the Inter-commercial games in Sorsogon City. He soon earned a reputation as a deadly gunner in the 2007 EPBL Unity Cup.

 

When his team joined the EPBL, the former Sorsogon State University star turned out to be his opponent’s worse nightmare. It wasn’t what the opponent expected of him: a so-so player.  It turned out, he is the opposite. He also showed the ability to dominate the boards while his unorthodox moves baffled defenders at no end.

 

According to Belmonte, whatever task is assigned to him, he always makes sure that he has enough contribution and accomplishment to the job as he truly values the trust given to him. He said that it was basketball that literally financed most of his expenses in school and it was basketball that allowed him to meet new good friends at home and abroad.

 

Belmonte’s first year of working abroad is unremarkable by his standard, but he is not closing his door for better opportunities that would come knocking which are all for his family’s sake.

 

Source:  Romeo Navidad

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