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Trans-Asia keen on hydropower deals

Trans-Asia keen on hydropower deals
Business Mirror – Philippines
Apart from the IPP contracts, Viray said they are also likely to join in the bid for the 150-MW Bacon-Manito geothermal plant in Sorsogon.

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Pimentel sees tough fight for LP

Pimentel sees tough fight for LP
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
Former President Joseph Estrada had said he would run for the presidency if FrancisChizEscudero, of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and a


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Erap, Bro. Eddie unshaken by Noynoy’s presidential bid

Erap, Bro. Eddie unshaken by Noynoy’s presidential bid
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
Noynoy ang kandidato at aatras sila (Manuel Villar Jr. and Francis JosephChizEscudero), ay bakit hindi naman ako aatras? (If they would unite behind Sen

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UNDP gives 3 Bicol provinces $2-M calamity fund

UNDP gives 3 Bicol provinces $2-M calamity fund
Business Mirror – Philippines
In Sorsogon, the DOTC had also appropriated, under its ports-development program, for this year P150 million for the improvement of the Castilla all-weather

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NPC solid behind Chiz, Loren despite Noynoy announcement

NPC solid behind Chiz, Loren despite Noynoy announcement
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
confident that either Senator FrancisChizEscudero or Senator Loren Legarda, former President Joseph Estrada, and Vice President Noli de Castro.

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paano kaya kung may facebook na noon pa?

paano kung may facebook na noon pa?


Paano kaya kung may FACEBOOK na nung panahon ng KKK at Hen. AGUINALDO?

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Dont take life too seriously Always find time to laugh!!

Dont take life too seriously Always find time to laugh!! relax ngon-a mga kabayan!!

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Legarda giving way to Escudero, says solon

Legarda giving way to Escudero, says solon – Philippines
FrancisChizEscudero as the party’s standard-bearer in 2010. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. Former President Joseph Estrada, who heads the Puwersa ng

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Who do you think will be the next President of RP?

We would like to hear from you!!!

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Sen. Francis Chiz Escudero will be one of the speakers in the Next-gen IT professionals

Next-gen IT professionals to converge at UP
Manila Times – Manila,Philippines
Caro said some of the perceived presidential candidates in the 2010 elections, such as Senators Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr., Francis JosephChizEscudero

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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

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Who do you think has the edge among the presidential hopefuls?

Who do you think has the edge among the presidential hopefuls?
Philippine Star – Manila,Philippines
With his antics, former President Joseph Estrada could still pull off a win. Katrina Eunice Pajaro, Ilocos Sur: I think Chiz Escudero can do the job

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Department of Foreign Affairs – updates

RP Embassy in Tel Aviv conducts Outreach Program in Haifa for OAV RegistrationPosted: 04 Sep 2009 08:33 PM PDT

PH-141-09, 5 September 2009 – A contingent of Philippine Embassy officials, headed by Vice Consul Bertrand Theodor L. Santos, conducted an outreach program in Haifa on August 29, few days before the end of the registration period. The outreach program enabled OFWs in Haifa and neighboring areas to register for the 2010 elections. Many OFWs expressed difficulty in accessing the services of the Philippine Embassy in Tel-Aviv by reason of geographical distance and work schedule. More than 100 OFWs were able to register during the outreach. END



Filipino workers flock to the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv during the last day of OAV RegistrationPosted: 04 Sep 2009 08:14 PM PDT

PH-140-09, 5 September 2009 – Overseas Filipino workers flocked to the consular section of the Philippine Embassy in Tel-Aviv during the last day of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration for the 2010 elections. Many of the workers coming from different parts of Israel rushed to the Embassy to register and manifested their solid intention to go out and vote in the next general election.

Speaking before the Filipino Community on August 29 in Tachana Merkazit in Tel Aviv, Vice Consul Greg Marie C. Mariño announced the end of the registration period and encouraged them to register and exercise their right to vote. As a result, the Embassy received the following day a large number of registrants. END



Overseas Absentee Voting Registration in Shanghai, ChinaPosted: 04 Sep 2009 08:08 PM PDT

PH-139-09, 5 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai ended the 2009 OAV Registration with 539 registrants. The number includes the total of 497 new registered voters and 42 transfer of registration record.

During the 2003 and 2006 OAV registration, the number of registered voters totaled 203 and 420, respectively. The success of the registration was due to the Consulate’s efforts in rendering services through its field registration and distribution of information materials, and the support of the Filipino community leaders.



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Dont you know that Mary Walter & Lino Brocka are Sorsoganons?

Mary Walter

Mary Walter was born to an German father in what is now Bacon Dist.  Sorsogon City, As a mary walterteen, Walter appeared on the Manila bodabil circuit as a chorus girl in the stage shows of Katy de la Cruz. She began her film career as a bit player. Walter first …came into fame in 1927, when she starred in Ang Lumang Simbahan, staged from the popular novel by Florentino Collantes. Her leading man in that film was Gregorio Fernandez, with whom she would be romantically paired in a succession of silent films, constituting perhaps the first “love-team” in Filipino cinema.

After appearing in many silent films, Walter easily made the transition when sound film emerged in the Philippines in the mid-1930s. She was among the stars who appeared in the 1942 LVN film Prinsipe Teñoso, the only film produced by a Filipino film studio during the Japanese Occupation.

In 1948, after a 21-year film career, Walter retired to her hometown in Sorsogon. Ten years later, she was induced to act again, and she appeared in LVN’s Kastilaloy. Now in her forties, she was cast as matrons or mothers. As she further aged, Walter became one of the most identifiable character actresses in Philippine cinema. Fair, petite and gaunt, she became inalienably identified in grandmother roles. A chain-smoker, her gravelly voice made her ideally cast in villainous roles, most prominently in the 1974 Lino Brocka film Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa. By the 1980s, she was a memorable presence in popular horror films such as Shake, Rattle and Roll (1984) and Tiyanak (1988).

In 1980, Walter received the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award. A similar award, this time from the Gawad Urian, was given to Walter in 1992.

Contrary to what is published in her IMDB biography, Walter was not the actress engaged in the first kissing scene in Philippine cinema (that distinction falls to Dimples Cooper). Walter never retired again after returning to film in 1958. She died on February 25, 1993.Read More

other info: Pelikula blogspot 

 Catalino Ortiz Brocka 

better known as Lino Brocka (April 3, 1939–May 21, 1991) is known as one of the greatestLino_Brocka film directors of the Philippines. Brocka was openly homosexual and many of his films incorporated LGBT themes into their often dramatic storylines.

Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago.

In 1974 Brocka directed Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

The following year he directed Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila: in the Claws of Light), which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm [1]. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso (which is Tagalog for “Joyful Paradise”). The episodic plot has him careering from one adventure to another until he finally finds Ligaya. Much of the film’s greatness can be traced to the excellent cinematography by Mike de Leon, who would become a great Filipino filmmaker himself.

In 1976 Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag won the FAMAS awards for best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actor.

Insiang (1978) was the first Philippine film ever shown at the Cannes Film Festival. It is considered to be one of Brocka’s best films — some say his masterpiece. The film centers on a young woman named Insiang who lives in the infamous Manila slum area, Tondo. It is a Shakespearean tragedy that deals with Insiang’s rape by her mother’s lover, and her subsequent revenge.

The film Jaguar (1979) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. It won best picture and best director at the 1980 FAMAS Awards. It also won five Gawad Urian Awards, including best picture and best direction.

In 1981, Brocka was back at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight with his third entry, Bona, a film about obsession.

In 1983 Brocka created the organization Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), which he led for two years. His stand was that artists were first and foremost citizens and, as such, must address the issues confronting the country. His group became active in anti-government rallies after the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr..

The following year, Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (Bayan Ko: My Own Country) was deemed subversive by the government of Ferdinand Marcos, and underwent a legal battle to be shown in its uncut form. At the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, however, it was nominated for the Palme d’Or. It garnered four honors at the 1986 Gawad Urian Awards, including best picture.

Brocka directed over forty films. Some of his other notable works are Macho Dancer (1988), Orapronobis (1989), and Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (1990).

In 1987 a documentary entitled Signed: Lino Brocka was directed by Christian Blackwood. It won the 1988 Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

On May 21, 1991 Brocka met an untimely death in a car accident in Quezon City, Metro Manila. In 1997 he was given the posthumous distinction of National Artist for Film.

His nephew Allan is an American film and television director.


References, external links and further readings

  • Ricky Lee – Official Website
  • Lino Brocka at the Internet Movie Database
  • An extensive biography from a Lino Brocka fan site
  • Lino Brocka: Legendary Filmmaker, First LDS Convert in the Philippines (About Brocka’s conversion to Mormonism)
  • The University of the Philippines Film Institute’s Lino Brocka page
  • Mission Impossible 1: Filmmaking in the Philippines 1896-1986 (historical overview)
  • Guardian Unlimited (UK) feature on Derek Malcolm’s Century of Films, which includes Brocka’s “Manila: In The Claws of Darkness”
  • Lino Brocka : the artist and his times , ed. by Mario A. Hernando, Manila : Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1993.
  • Who are we to judge the insane? – “Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang”
  • “Director Lino Brocka: Stronger than Life



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BFAR Reports Illegal Fishing in Some Sorsogon Coastal Areas

BFAR Reports Illegal Fishing in Some Sorsogon Coastal Areas – Herald of Truth and Justice – Naga City,Camarines Sur,Philippines
SORSOGON CITY, Sept. 3 (PNA) – Illegal fishing is still rampant in some coastal areas in the province of Sorsogon, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and

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Department of Foreign Affairs- updates

RP Embassy in Athens Conducts Consular Outreach at Thessaloniki, Crete, Cyprus and Corfu

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:00 AM PDT

PR-701-09, 4 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Athens conducted consular outreach and overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration at Corfu, Cyprus, Crete, and Thessaloniki in May, July, and August 2009.

The consular outreach in Corfu was held at the Catholic Hall of the Filipinos in Corfu on May 23-25. The team comprised of personnel from the Embassy and Pag-Ibig attached agency. The team was assisted by Filipino leaders in Corfu namely, Rosita Habon, Ethelyn Alcantara, and Florence Okundaye.

The team processed 59 MRP applications and processed 27 applications for OAV. Around 100 Filipinos reside in Corfu.

Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Fe T. Pangilinan also inducted the new officers of the Filipino association Unity Group in Corfu.

On 11-12 July, Embassy representatives conducted a two-day outreach mission in Nicosia, Cyprus.

A total of 102 Filipinos in Nicosia registered as overseas absentee voters at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Nicosia.. The team processed 58 MRP applications in the adjoining office of the Philippine honorary consul.

About 2,000 Filipinos are reported to be residing in Nicosia.
Subsequently, on 17-19 July in Crete, the embassy team was assisted by Mr. Johnny Quinto, president of the Filipino Club in Iraklion, Crete. The outreach activity was conducted at the social hall of St. John the Baptist Church.

The team processed 60 MRP applications, 60 OAV applications, and 14 certifications for registered voters in the Philippines. About 200 Filipinos reside in Crete Island.

The outreach mission in Larnaca and Limassol, Cyprus was coordinated through Mr. Bong Cusi, one of the leaders of the Filipino community at Larnaca. The activity took place in the premises of the Sta. Tierra Church in Larnaca.

The team was assisted by Ms. Gina Maandig, from the office of the Philippine honorary consul at Nicosia, and by Ms. Liza Jataas who is Pag-Ibig’s and OWWA’s volunteer at Larnacra.

At Limassol, RCBC’s general manger Belinda Stylianou and Ms. Ching Tabasa-Harris assisted and coordinated the Embassy’s activities.

The team processed 49 machine readable passport applications, four replacements or lost passports, four notarials, and four passport verifications. A total of 197 registered for OAV, 35 applications for certification of registration and 8 applications for transfer of registration records were processed.

Some 1,500 Filipinos reside in Larnaca and 2,500 in Limassol.

In coordination with the Philippine Honorary Consul at Thessaloniki Nikolaos K. Margaropoulos, and Ms. Violet Magnaye, a Filipino community leader, the Embassy dispatched a consular outreach and OAV team to Greece’s second major city on August 29-31.

The team, which included personnel from the Embassy’s attached agencies OWWA and Pag-Ibig, was met at Thessaloniki by Mr. Margaropoulos. The services were conducted at the social hall of the Immaculate Conception Church.

The outreach resulted in 80 applications for OWWA membership and 70 applications/inquiries on Pag-Ibig membership. 37 overseas Filipinos registered for the absentee voting, and 47 certifications issued for voters in the Philippines.

About 400 Filipinos reside in the center of Thessaloniki. END



RP Consulate General in Sydney Conducts Consular Mission to New Caledonia

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:47 PM PDT

PR-700-09, 4 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney conducted a consular mission to New Caledonia on August 21-24 to provide consular services and to register Filipino overseas absentee voters (OAV) residing in the area.

New Caledonia is an island territory of France, located 2,000 kilometers east of the coast of Queensland. The island has an area of 18,575 square kilometers and a population of about 245,000.

There is a small community of French-Filipinos in the capital city of Nouméa and an additional 620 Filipino expatriate workers in the Goro Nickel Project in Yate.

Consul General Eva G. Betita, who led the consular delegation, said that the mission was successful. “We were able to register a good number of the remaining Filipinos who were not included in the previous OAV registration period, which was held in 2006,” she said.

In addition, there were many Filipinos who renewed their Philippine passports, as well as a number of former Filipinos who reacquired their Philippine citizenship.

The mission had a fact-finding component to assess the situation of the Filipinos in the territory. “There are about 50 French-Filipinos in Nouméa, who arrived here in the 1980s and early 1990s. They are professionals and are well-integrated into New Caledonia society and are respected in their areas,” the Consul General said.

There are about 620 expatriates employed in the French Government-funded Goro Nickel Project.. Consul General Betita said these Filipino workers are well-treated and well-paid. They are housed in a facility which provides proper housing and recreational and leisure amenities.

She added that they are the remaining OFWs of the 3,000 Filipino work force who constructed the project. However, the construction is almost completed and most of the work force have gone home to the Philippines. Those who remain are involved in the commissioning of the facility. END



RP Consulate General in Milan Sends Consular Team to Bologna

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:36 PM PDT

PR-699-09, 4 September 2009 – In line with its thrust to reach out to Filipinos within its jurisdiction, the Philippine Consulate General in Milan organized a mobile consular mission to Bologna last August 20..

The mobile team also conducted Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) registration, a day before the deadline.

Consul General Antonio A. Morales headed the mobile team which rendered services to around 500 Filipinos in Bologna and nearby cities. The team processed 212 passport applications, notarized 79 documents, issued 34 certifications, and registered 73 qualified Overseas Absentee Voting Applicants.

The consular team coordinated with the Federation of Filipinos in Bologna, headed by its President Jose Avenido, which assisted in organizing the consular mission.

Aside from rendering consular services, Consul General Morales took the opportunity to have a dialogue with the community. Representatives of the Filipino community, in response, conveyed their request for regular consular missions to Bologna.

There was also a request to look into the possibility of establishing an honorary consulate general in the City not only to make consular services available, but also to promote trade and investments.

The consular mission was the second in Bologna this year. The first one was held on 8 March 2009. In addition, the Consulate General also conducted field OAV registration in Bologna on 14 June 2009.

Bologna, situated approximately 250 kilometers from Milan, is one of the biggest cities in the region of Emilia Romagna.

There are over 5,000 Filipinos in Bologna which is considered a university-city as well as Italy’s industrial heartland, with its heavy concentration of factories. The employment opportunities in Bologna may explain the relatively large number of migrants, both from Southern Italy and overseas, particularly non-European Union nationals. END



Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer to visit the Philippines

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:15 PM PDT

PR-698-09, 4 September 2009 – H.E. Jan Fischer, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, will make an official visit to the Philippines on September 6-7, upon the invitation of H.E President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo..

Prime Minister Fischer will pay a courtesy call on President Arroyo on September 7, Monday, which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the two leaders and their delegation members to further expand political cooperation, boost trade and economic ties, and deepen cultural and people-to-people relations.

H.E. Jan Fischer earlier visited the Philippines in October 2007 when he attended the International Statistical Conference in Manila as Chairman of the Czech Statistics Office.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Czech Republic were established through the signing of a joint communiqué with the former Czechoslovakia on 5 October 1973.

Philippine-Czech historical links can be traced from the deep friendship between Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and Czech scholar Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, who are the earliest symbols of the two countries’ shared values of freedom and respect for individual liberties.

Bilateral trade between the Philippines and the Czech Republic amounted to US$151 million in 2008. Philippine exports to the Czech Republic are mainly special electronics components, garments, furniture, tropical fruits and agricultural products.

The Czech Republic provides Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Philippines through the projects, “Assistance in Measures Ensuring Drinking Water Supply for Manila” worth €1,300,000 and the “Improvement of Waste Management in Naga City” worth €390,000.

An endearing symbol of the vibrancy of Philippine-Czech economic relations is the 73 Czech-made air-conditioned train coaches used for the EDSA-MRT tracks. END



Ambassador Davide Named Co-Chair of UNGA Ad Hoc Working Group

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:33 PM PDT

PR-697-09, 4 September 2009 – Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario G. Davide, Jr. added another feather to his cap with his appointment as co-chair of an ad hoc working group of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)..

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Ambassador Davide was named Co-Chair of the “General Assembly Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole to Recommend a Course of Action on the Process of Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-Economic Aspects.”

The appointment was made on August 21 by former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Angel d’ Escoto Brockman, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He also named Ambassador Gunnar Palsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, as Co-Chair.

Ambassador Davide’s appointment came a few weeks after he was elected Vice Chair of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Peace and Security) of the 64th Session of the General Assembly. He was also elected as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Sustainable Development, an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc).

Ambassadors Davide and Palsson will discuss what will be the appropriate course of action to the 64th Session of the General Assembly on the regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects under Resolution 63/111.

The course of action to be recommended will be based on the outcomes of the fourth meeting of an ad hoc steering group that was established to oversee efforts to strengthen the regular scientific assessment of the state of the marine environment in order to enhance the scientific basis for policymaking.

This is not the first time that Ambassador Davide was entrusted with such a responsibility. In 2007, he was appointed by the President of the 61st Session of the General Assembly as facilitator in negotiations for a draft declaration that would improve the lives of over 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide.

Ambassador Davide also previously occupied the position of Vice Chair of the Ecosoc, where he served as Chair of its Coordination Segment, which coordinates the activities of the various functional commissions under its jurisdiction. The Coordination Segment is in charge of leading the negotiations with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the UN Conference on Trade Development and the World Trade Organization. END



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Police sieze hot logs in Irosin town

Police sieze hot logs in Irosin town
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
by BA Recebido Irosin, Sorsogon (4 September) — Elements of the Municipal Seized logs and vehicle are now under the custody of the Sorsogon Police

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SSC promotes entrepreneurship among studes, communities

SSC promotes entrepreneurship among studes, communities
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
by BA Recebido Sorsogon City (4 September) — Sorsogon State College (SSC), in all its three campuses here, in Bulan and Castilla towns, is putting its best

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Department of Foreign Affairs – updates

Invitation to apply for Eligibility and to Bid

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:51 AM PDT

Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Bids and Awards Committee (DFA-BAC) is inviting interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the:





Philippine Embassy in Seoul Warns Filipinos of Illegal Marriage Brokers Operating in RP

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:10 AM PDT

3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul warned Filipinos to refrain from using illegal match-making agencies in contracting marriages to Korean nationals.

Philippine Republic Act 6955, or the Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law, makes it illegal for a “person, natural or juridical, association, club or any other entity” to “establish or carry on a business which has for its purpose the matching of Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals either on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction.”

Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Luis T. Cruz said that in recent months, the embassy has received many complaints from Filipina wives of abuses committed by their foreign husbands which have resulted to abandonment of the marital home, separation and divorce.

These complainants entered into marriage through the services of illegal marriage brokers operating in the Philippines. Many were quick to accept the whirlwind marriage in order to seek employment abroad and have better opportunities in life. However, they receive false information on the partner’s family background and face abuses after the marriage.

While international marriage broker agencies are legal in South Korea, they cannot legally operate as such in the Philippines because it violates R.A. 6955.

As of April 2009, some 6,000 Filipinos married to South Koreans reside in the peninsula.

Earlier, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) reported that fake CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificates and Registration Stickers were being sold by so-called recruitment agencies or marriage brokers. The documents appear to show that the women are married to foreign nationals and therefore can leave for work abroad..

CFO stated that such activities violate the Anti-Mail Order Bride Law and the Anti-Human Trafficking Law (RA 9208), which provide stiff fines and long prison terms.

Filipino spouses and partners of foreign nationals are required to undergo the Guidance and Counseling Program of the CFO prior to applying for a Philippine passport. There are only two counseling service providers accredited by the CFO namely, the St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation (SMEF-COW) and the People’s Reform Initiative for Social Mobilization (PRISM). After complying with the counseling requirements, a certificate is issued to the Filipina spouse or partner of a foreign national. END



No Filipino Hurt in West Java Quake

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 01:54 AM PDT

PR-695-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta reported today that there was no Filipino hurt in the 7.3-magnitude earthquake in West Java last September 2.

Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Vidal E. Querol said only Indonesians were reported as casualties by local media agencies.

The earthquake hit West Java shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday. The epicentre was around 30 kilometers under the sea and located 142 kilometers southwest of Tasikmalaya.

Ambassador Querol said the tremors were strongly felt by officers and staff of the Embassy, who had to rush out of their offices.

At least 32 deaths have been reported, over 1,300 homes damaged, and at least 12 individuals wounded. Most of the fatalities were caused by falling debris and were reported in Tasikmalaya, Cianjur, Banjar and Garut.

There are some 7,000 Filipinos in Indonesia, most of whom reside in Metropolitan Jakarta. END



RP Embassy in Ottawa makes final push for OAV

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:45 PM PDT

PR-693-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Ottawa reported that it conducted overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration in the French-Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec on 22-23 August..

Some 10,000 Filipinos live in the province of Quebec, approximately 7,000 of whom are residents of Montreal. Most Filipinos living in the city work in the service industry, many of whom are caregivers, especially those who are newly-arrived.

The Embassy’s OAV registration was held at the headquarters of the Philippine Association of Montreal and Suburbs, which is located in downtown Montreal. The association has been a consistent partner of the Embassy in extending consular services to Montreal.

The OAV team was led by Minister and Consul General Joseph Gerard B.. Angeles, who was joined by Ms. Edna Pataunia, Atty. Alvar E. Rosales, and Ms. Buenaflor K. Cruz.

On August 25, Consul General Angeles and Atty. Rosales were special guests of Tinig Pinoy, a radio program in Ontario that caters to the Filipino-Canadian community of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.

Consul General Angeles and Atty. Rosales informed the public that the Embassy, under the leadership of Ambassador Jose S. Brillantes, prioritized OAV registration among the embassy’s various activities. END



Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company performs at the 35th International Folklore Festival in Fribourg

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 06:58 PM PDT

PR-694-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Philippine Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company (LKDC) represented Asia at the International Folklore Festival held in Fribourg, Switzerland from August 25 to 30 August, to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the event.

The organizers proudly presented the participants from Argentina, Armenia, Benin, Colombia, Cook Islands, Philippines, and Poland as goodwill ambassadors from the five continents.

The opening ceremonies were held at the University of Fribourg on August 25 where the local government and university officials, as well as guests from the diplomatic corps and international community were invited. The Leyte Kalipayan Group was the representative of Asia in the Festival.

The public was particularly impressed by the projection and artistic performance of the Singkil as executed by the LKDC, who were later featured on national television because of its unique choreography, gracefulness and colorful costumes.

The International Folklore Festival Fribourg in Switzerland was founded in 1975. It is a member of the International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art 8CIOFF9, an NGO affiliated with UNESCO.

It is the only Swiss event of its kind to be held annually. The Festival invites authentic or traditional groups accompanied by music on period style or faithfully reproduced instruments and traditional.

Philippine Ambassador to Switzeralnd Maria Theresa P. Lazaro said that the participation of the LKDC at the International Folklore Festival in Fribourg is a recognition of the Filipino artistry, ingenuity, and creative sophistication. END



Victory Party for Filipino Champion Brian Viloria

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:15 PM PDT

PR-692-09, 3 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, in cooperation with the Filipino Community in Hawaii, hosted a blessing and victory party for Brian Viloria, who defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light Flyweight World Championship belt on August 29, at Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, against Mexico’s Jesus Iribe.

Brian, nicknamed the “Hawaiian Punch” and his title defense match, the “Island Assault,” entered the ring with Hula dancers and the Philippine and American Flags.

Consul General Leoncio Cardenas told the crowd how proud he was of Brian and that last night’s championship fight was riveting and well-fought. “Brian was a true champion, a Filipino champion,” he said.

Brian Viloria, born in the Filipino enclave of Waipahu, Honolulu and whose parents hailed from Santa, Ilocos Sur, started boxing 23 years ago at the age of five. In 1999, he won the US championships, the national Golden Gloves and the world title as an amateur at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships.

On 29 April at the Araneta Coliseum, he won the IBF Junior Flyweight title against Archie Solis.

Brian beamed with pride as he told the crowd, all cheering amidst the blare of the upbeat Hawaii Five-O, that the pressure was always his motivation. “I always try to do well because I want to represent my culture and heritage the best I can,” he said.

The Victory Party was attended by a huge crowd including Governor Amado Espino of Pangasinan, Rep. John Mizuno, Jolina Magdangal, Jordan Segundo and leaders of the various Filipino community associations in Honolulu. Ms. Amelia Casamina Cabatu, a well-known personality in Honolulu, emceed the program. END



RP Team Wins Gold at the 9TH International Dragon Boat Racing Championship in the Czech Republic

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

PR-691-09, 3 September 2009 – The national dragon boat team from the Philippines won two gold medals at the 9th International Dragon Boat Racing Championships held from August 26 to 31 at the Račice Regatta Center in the Czech Republic.

The Philippine team earned their gold medals for the 200-meter premier open and mixed categories besting powerhouse teams from China, the US, Canada, Germany and from 22 other countries.

The gold medals were preceded by first place finishes in the elimination rounds. The Philippine team also won the silver medal for the 500-meter premier open and took fourth place finishes at the 500-meter premier mixed and 1000-meter premier open.

In winning the gold medal at the 200-meter premier, the Philippine team also broke their own world record by clocking in at 40.022 seconds. The previous record at 41.91 seconds was registered by the Philippine team at the 8th International Dragon Boat Racing Championship held in Sydney, Australia.

The Philippine team was headed by Mr. Benjie Ramos, Philippine Dragon Boat Federation President; and Mr. Nestor Ilagan, head coach.

For the duration of the competition, the Philippine Embassy in the Czech Republic led by Ambassador Regina Irene P. Sarmiento extended full support to the Philippine team. The Embassy organized the Filipino community in the Czech Republic to go the race site and cheer for the Filipinos.

The Račice Regatta Center is located almost 60 kilometers north of Prague.

From the Czech Republic, the Philippine team is going to compete at the King’s Cup in Thailand in September and at the SAVA Sprints International in Singapore in October after which it will begin preparations for the 10th International Dragon Boat Racing Championships to be held in Tampa, Florida in 2011.


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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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Department of Foreign Affairs

ASEAN Women’s Circle Activities in CambodiaPosted: 02 Sep 2009 04:17 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – The ASEAN Women’s Circle (AWC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was revived in January 2009 under the leadership and guidance of H.E Sun Saphoeun, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who was designated the new Chief Patron of the AWC.

The AWC conducted a series of activities last June beginning with the 2nd AWC High Tea hosted by the Philippines on June 2 at the Sokha Club Hotel. During the event, AWC Chief Patron H.E Sun Saphoeun formally introduced Madame Dr. Ma. Elena L. Wong, spouse of Philippine Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Noe E. Wong; and Madame Swi Swajaya, spouse of Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Gede Ngurah Swajaya, as the new patrons of the AWC.

On June 5, the AWC visited an orphanage in the Kampong Speu Province to donate food, clothing, school supplies and basic necessities to the orphans at the Orphan Care and Training Organization. END



Philippines Hosts Third ASEAN Agriculture Attachés MeetingPosted: 02 Sep 2009 03:46 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – The Philippines hosted the third ASEAN Agriculture Attaché’s Meeting at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in Washington. Seen in the picture above is Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America Willy C. Gaa as he delivers his welcome remarks.

“The agriculture sector continues to play a central and vital role in our respective economies… Harnessing the opportunities to improve agricultural productivity through international cooperation can contribute to our common goals of food security and poverty alleviation,” Ambassador Gaa said.

The Ambassador thanked Mr. Victoriano Leviste for his 26-year service in the D.C. Post and welcomed Dr. Josyline C. Javelosa as the new Agriculture Attaché.

The ASEAN agriculture group started meeting regularly this year to discuss topics of mutual interest concerning agricultural trade and cooperation with the United States. The first meeting was hosted by Thailand and the second meeting by Malaysia. END



Dialogue Mechanism on Human Rights Institutionalized between German NGOs and Berlin PEPosted: 02 Sep 2009 03:34 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Berlin held a dialogue with representatives from nine German non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on human rights concerns in the Philippines on August 27 at the Embassy´s Bulwagang Bagumbayan.

Embassy officials cited the various efforts and accomplishments of the Philippine Government in addressing human rights issues, including updates on the specific cases raised by the NGO representatives.

As a result of the two-hour meeting, both parties agreed to continue on a regular basis the dialogue on human rights concerns in the Philippines. END



RP Embassy in Berne Conducts Consular Outreach Services in AppenzelPosted: 02 Sep 2009 02:35 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – A consular team from the Philippine Embassy in Berne travelled to Herisau in the Canton of Appenzel, Switzerland last 29 August to render services to the members of the Filipino community residing in the area.

The team, led by Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Maria Theresa P. Lazaro, conducted mobile registration for overseas absentee voting, received applications for the Philippine machine readable passport and for dual citizenship. Members of the team also replied to various inquiries posed by Filipinos on Philippine immigration rules, visas, adoption, property rights, succession, among others.

The consular team extended services to almost 150 Filipino residents of St. Gallen, Appenzel, Winterthur, Schaffhausen, and others who came from Germany. The consular outreach resulted to 60 passport applications, 57 OAV registrants, and 12 dual citizenship applications.

The Embassy personnel were warmly received by the leaders of the Samahang Pilipina St. Gallen who conveyed the request to the Embassy to extend the said services.

The event was the first consular outreach program conducted by the Philippine Embassy in Berne. Given the productive experience, the Embassy considers conducting a similar outreach program in other Swiss Cantons depending on distance and number of prospective Filipino applicants. END



Ambassador Lazaro Delivers Lecture at the University of FribourgPosted: 02 Sep 2009 02:05 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Maria Theresa P. Lazaro was invited to speak before 50 students who were invited from all over the world to attend the Summer University of the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg to speak on “Challenges of Federalism.”

The Institute of Federalism’s International Research and Consulting Center (IRCC) is a centre of competence renowned worldwide in the fields of federalism, state organization, democracy, and human rights.

During her lecture, Ambassador Lazaro presented to the group an overview of the political system in the Philippines and the current challenges with regard to federalism and decentralization. She gave the conclusion that it is only the people who could determine the government which is best for them, through discussions, consultations, and debate, which is genuine democracy.

Also present during the lecture were Professors Peter Hänni, Director of the Institute, and Eva Maria Belser, Head of the International Centre.

The Institute has conducted Study Tours on Swiss Federalism for Filipino members from various sectors including government, media, and academe to provide an extensive view of the institutions and mechanisms on Swiss Federalism.

The tour is part of a three-year cooperation program between the Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) of U.P. Diliman and the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg under the sponsorship of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. END



RP Embassy Donates Philippine Books to the Lao National LibraryPosted: 02 Sep 2009 01:04 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – A collection of nearly 400 new Philippine books were formally turned over by the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane, Lao PDR to the Lao National Library during a ceremony held at the Embassy on August 25.

The turnover was led by Philippine Ambassador to the Lao PDR Marilyn J. Alarilla and formally accepted by Ms. Kongdeuane Nettavong, Director General of the Lao National Library.

The donated Philippine books were openly displayed inside the Embassy during the ceremony, enabling guests the opportunity to glance and appreciate them before being delivered to the Lao National Library.

The books were mainly about Philippine culture, landscapes and historical sites, corporate social responsibility, local governance and peace education, among others. The books are to be displayed inside a designated Philippine Section at the Lao National Library.

The materials are expected to spark interest among Lao students and teachers, researchers, travelers, tourists, business persons, and the general public about the Philippines. The initiative will also enhance Philippine-Laos diplomatic relations which started in 1955.

Laos is home to a significant number of OFWs, mostly high-skilled and professional workers employed in various projects in the country.

The books are made available through the book solicitation program of the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane from various Philippine government agencies and universities, companies and private foundations, as well as Filipino authors and individuals.

In her speech delivered during the ceremony, Ambassador Alarilla said that the Philippine Section at the Lao National Library is a “living project” as the Embassy will continue with its program of soliciting books for the Lao Library to promote a better knowledge and understanding of the Philippines, and thus contribute to further enhancing the warm relations between the Governments of the Lao PDR and the Philippines.

In response, Mme. Kongdeuane extended her gratitude, on behalf of the Lao National Library and the Lao Government, to the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane for its admirable initiative in donating valuable reference materials about the Philippines which will surely help Lao readers and the general public in their research and other study projects. END



Chicago Consulate General Conducts “Consulate on Wheels” in St. Louis, MissouriPosted: 02 Sep 2009 12:56 AM PDT

02 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago completed a consular outreach mission to St. Louis, Missouri on August 22 in coordination with the Philippine Arts Foundation and the Filipino community in St. Louis, Missouri and in Southern Illinois. The consular services were held at the St. Louis Library, Kingshighway Branch.

Led by Consular General Blesila C. Cabrera, the Consular team was composed of Ms. Maria Janora M. Bernardo, Mr. Berth D. Salvador, Ms. Edita Del Mundo-Nano, Mr. Antonio M. Allam,Jr., Ms. Maria Rosenia L. Centeno and Mr. Eduardo A. Salazar.

“We are pleased with the large turnout of applicants availing of our various services,” Consul General Blesila C. Cabrera said during the meeting with the Fil-Am community leaders and volunteers. “This only proves that the Filipino community in St. Louis and other cities of Missouri is growing, with a corresponding increase in the demand for consular services and assistance.”

About 300 people availed of the Consulate services. The bulk of services consisted of application for renewal of Philippine passports (124), dual citizenship (36), notarials/civil register (35) and visa (3), and registered as overseas absentee voters (102). The Consular team also attended numerous queries mostly on dual citizenship, ownership of property, permanent residence and study in the Philippines visas, tourism and overseas absentee voting.

Consul General Cabrera administered the oath taking of dual citizens. It was a blissful occasion for Filipino-Americans who took their oath of allegiance to reacquire Philippine citizenship. It was witnessed by family members and relatives who took pictures to record the event.

The Consular team also provided information and replied to tourism-related queries like tourism destinations and medical tourism. Promotional material, posters and brochures were made available by the Philippine Department of Tourism office in Chicago. Information on (OAV) was made available to the public as well.

The success of the consular outreach to St. Louis, Missouri was made possible through the assistance and cooperation of the local community leaders particularly, Mr. Jose U. Navarro and Ms. Marita M. Domingo. The Filipino Community expressed their appreciation to the Consulate and requested that the consular service to Missouri be done every year. END



RP Consulate in Sydney Conducts Forums on Dual Citizenship and OAV across New South WalesPosted: 02 Sep 2009 12:24 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney conducted forums with Filipino communities across New South Wales to promote the Dual Citizenship program, which allows Filipino-Australians to regain their Philippine citizenship without affecting their Australian citizenship.

Consul General Eva G. Betita and officers of the Philippine Consulate held talks with former Filipinos in Campbelltown, Blacktown, Saint Mary, Lismore, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, and Dubba to provide information on the Dual Citizenship program of the Philippines.

“Many former Filipinos desire to regain their Philippine Citizenship, but only need the opportunity to go about it. The Consulate wants to help make dual citizenship accessible to former Filipinos, who are spread across the state, by undertaking mobile consular missions to cities and towns where there is a concentration of Filipino-Australians,” said Consul General Betita.

The Philippines enacted R.A. 9225 – The Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act – in September 2003 to establish a procedure for former Filipinos who have become naturalized citizens of other countries to re-acquire Philippine citizenship without affecting their current citizenship status.

By the end of June 2009, about 2,500 Philippine-born Australians have re-acquired their Philippine citizenship through the Consulate since the Dual Citizenship Law took effect. The Consulate notes that its number of dual citizenship applicants has been increasing since the year started.

The Consulate also rallied Philippine dual citizens, as well as Filipinos working in New South Wales, to register as overseas absentee voters (OAV) for the Philippine Presidential elections in May 2010.

Any Filipino-Australian association or group of Filipino-Australians can request the Consulate to hold a dual citizenship and OAV forum in their area. Interested parties may query with the Philippine Consulate through its email or the telephone 02 9262 7377. END



RP Ambassador to The Holy See Assumes Post, Registers for Absentee VotingPosted: 02 Sep 2009 12:17 AM PDT

2 September 2009 – Mercedes Arrastia-Tuason has assumed her role as Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See.

Ambassador Arrastia-Tuason arrived in Rome on August 25 and joined Filipino priests in registering as overseas absentee voters. She is the 221st registrant of the Embassy.

The Ambassador campaigned among Filipinos in Rome to register for the overseas absentee voting (OAV) before the deadline last August.

In her visit to the Pontifico Collegio Filippino, Ambassador Arrastia-Tuason invited the newly-arrived priests from the Philippines to register for the OAV at the Embassy. The Collegio Filippino is the residence of Filipino priests Rome doing post-graduate studies in the eternal city’s pontifical universities.

As of August 28, the Embassy has posted a total of 226 registrants, surpassing the new registrations of 2003/2004. END

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Sorsogon mayor’s jail sentence affirmed

Sorsogon mayor’s jail sentence affirmed
ABS CBN News – Philippines
MANILA – The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has affirmed a two to eight-yearjail term against incumbent Matnog, Sorsogon municipal mayor Guillermo Gacis So …

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Beach resort caretaker couple beheaded in Sorsogon

GMANews.TV – Beach resort caretaker couple beheaded in Sorsogon – Regions – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News

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Couple murdered in Irosin Sorsogon

Couple murdered in Sorsogon | ABSCBN News Online Beta
Couple murdered in Sorsogon · Rumble in Iloilo caught on phone cam · Lighter leaves 30 families homeless · Pacquiao not yet training for next fight Roach

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Treasure Hunters sa Macalaya Castilla Sorsogon?

Ano tabi ang katotohanan kan mga barita na igwang mga treasure hunters na nag-ooperate sa Macalaya Castilla Sorsogon?. Igwa daang mga baul ki “BULAWAN” sa lugar na ini? Nakabantay daa digdi ang Mayor kan Castilla asin mga Militar para mapangalagaan ang operasyon kaini. Ano ang dahilan kan news blackout?.

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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.

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Improving the lives of Filipinos through accelerated hunger-mitigation program

Feature: Improving the lives of Filipinos through accelerated
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
Davao del Sur, Sorsogon, Cotabato, Aklan, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Apayao, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Catanduanes, Basilan, Bohol and Agusan del Norte.


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NKTI-HOPE beefs up human organ donation program

NKTI-HOPE beefs up human organ donation program
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
by BA Recebido Sorsogon Province (1 September) — The National Kidney and Transplant Institute – Human Organ Preservation Effort (NKTI-HOPE) appeals to the

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BUSINESS AND LIVELIHOOD TRAININGS (In-house / Institutional Training Courses)      



2. TRAINING SCHEDULES (August 2009 | September 2009)

In cooperation with private business partners and entities, standard training sessions are conducted, both at the center  training facility and those of the clients.



Socialized Training Courses

Livelihood training sessions are conducted in partnership with various private institutions for a selected group of audience.

Negosyo to Go

“Negosyo2go” is a “one stop shop”, “do it yourself” business scheme that offers clients a choice of at least five easy to do business templates such as perfume making, fashion accessory making, laundry soap, dishwashing liquid preparation, corporate give-away production .

Negosyo 2Go is for people who are looking for easy-to-start, easy-to-do and easy on the budget kind of business!

The six easy steps to a take-home-business.

Step 1. Register in any of the business templates offered, for free!
Step 2. Attend the easy to follow, hands-on instructional modules provided by industry experts.
Step 3. Purchase your desired volume of materials and supplies to yield the volume of product you want.
Step 4. Add value to your new products by attractive labeling and packaging.
Step 5. Sell your product at the designated sales area.
Step 6. Visit the business area for consultation on micro-financing and business registration.


Contact Person:
Technology Resource Center
2nd Flr. TRC Building #103 J. Abad Santos cor. Lopez Jaena Sts., Little Baguio, San Juan City
Tel. No.: (02) 727-6205 loc. 208, 209

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Seaweed farming changes fishers’ life for the better

Agri-Commodities – Business Mirror
Written by Danny O. Calleja / Correspondent
Monday, 31 August 2009 21:21

PILAR, Sorsogon—For fisherman Ramiro Panganiban, 43, of this remote coastal town, his successful venture into seaweed farming started from plain curiosity.
From drift-gill net fishing that allowed him to feed his family on a mere subsistence level, he shifted to seaweed farming learned from fellow fishermen six years ago.
“I was driven by my curiosity when I started with it. I just tried exploring the possibility of better earnings,” Panganiban told the BusinessMirror over the weekend.
At that time, he also learned about the seaweed project of the municipal government here where he became one of the farmer-cooperators and appointed chairman of the Seaweed Farmers and Traders Association (SFTA) in his barangay of Dao, Panganiban narrated.
The seaweed showcase project was under the community-based participatory action research in the municipality implemented by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office for Bicol, Sorsogon State College (SSC) and the Pilar local government unit.
Implementation of the project in 11 coastal barangays of this third-class municipality by the northern coastlines of Ticao Pass was started in 2003. The barangay Dao SFTA then was composed only of three seaweed farmers including Panganiban as chairman.
As farmer-cooperators, the group was provided with the project materials for seaweed farming such as straw, rope, a banca and 15 kilograms of seeds as starter. Two years later, the group grew to 138 members.
“My only motivation then in engaging into this venture was the projected additional income that I could raise and take home to my family. My fellow farmer-cooperators and I were optimistic it would bring about changes in our economic lives even as we were not much aware of the statistics of seaweed production,” Panganiban said.
He said that a little bit later, “we came to learn about the importance of this crop to one person’s life and the economy of the country. With the learning and assistance shared to us by BAR, BFAR and SSC ranging from seaweed-farming technology to marketing, we were able to turn things better for us.”
Asked about the benefits he and his fellow farmers get from seaweeds farming, Panganiban answered jubilantly, “Plenty!”
In a span of three years, each one of them was able to own a boat, earned enough for the basic needs of their family, sent their children to school, put up savings and improved their houses from wood and nipa shanties to concrete with galvanized-iron roofing, he said.
“Before seaweed farming, all we could afford after a long day of fishing was a kilo of rice and a few more coins for table salt, coffee and sugar. Now, we buy rice in sacks and stockpile groceries at home good enough until the next seaweed harvest season,” Panganiban said.
From the 250-square-meter farm that he maintains, Panganiban said he could harvest an average of 900 kilograms of fresh seaweeds per harvest that when dried and sold earns him P50,000. A whole year allows two harvest seasons for cultured seaweeds.
“Since we are members of SFTA, marketing and pricing of our produce is not a problem. The association serves as a sure market outlet for them,” he explained.
The most widely cultivated species of seaweed here is the Eucheuma (Kappaphycus alvarezii) species due to its high marketability and demand compared to seaweeds like K. striatum or Saccul and the spinosum type now known as E. denticulatum, Panganiban said.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, commercial production of seaweeds through farming is at present limited to a few countries in East Asia, making it a high-value crop with great demand in the world market. The Philippines is noted for the culture of seaweeds particularly Eucheuma and Caulerpa) along with Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan.
Eucheuma has two types: the cottonii (guso) and the spinosum (agar-agar). Both of them can be exported in dried forms. Of these two, cotonnii grows faster and is easier to farm.
Panganiban also explained that propagation of seaweeds requires a body of water where they are endemic and abundant in algae eel grasses and sea animals. The sea bottom should be of hard sand or rocks with the water moving and holding the seaweed loosely. Water depth should be at one or two feet at low tide.
“Our seawater here passed that requirement, that is why we now consider our place a mine of gold because of the benefits we are deriving from seaweeds,” he said.
And because seaweed farming is not very much time-demanding, Panganiban said he could still perform his old fishing activity, this time with a larger drift-gill net he had purchased out of his earnings from his newfound venture.
“Additional income and fish for food of my family, that’s it,” he said.

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DPWH taps DND, police to complete projects in troubled areas

DPWH taps DND, police to complete projects in troubled areas
Business Mirror – Philippines
guerrillas also burned several heavy equipment; and in the town of Gubat, Sorsogon, 30 NPA rebels stormed the district engineering office of the DPWH.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Escudero, Legarda still undecided on 2010 plans

GMANews.TV – Escudero, Legarda still undecided on 2010 plans – Video – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News

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Sorsogon militia man shot dead

Sorsogon militia man shot dead – Philippines
by three suspected communist rebels in the village of Monbon in Irosin, Sorsogon early evening on Sunday, a report from the Philippine Army said Monday.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Tinilmok kan mga Sorsoganon

Saro kan mga masiram na lutuon sa satuya iyo baga an tinilmok. Simple pero mararaot ang promise mo na mag-diet sa lutong ini:) . Kasiram tabi kaini, sabi ngani kan mga barkada manam-namun daa:).
Sa mga mahigos magluto  o gustong i-try an sadiring version kan tilmok. Hala asekaso na!..:)

1. Mag-preparar ki lumbod/medyo lukadon

2. Karison an lumbod/, tapos tadtadon na  ki pino.

3. Magbakal na man ki buyod o kaya kasag , halion na arikurong tapos tadtadon man ki pino.

4. Dai paglingawi an yerba buena ta daing pangpahamot ano. Magtadtad man kaini. tapos sabayan ki bawang asin sibulyas.

5. Pagharaloon an mga tinadtad na lumbod, buyod, yerba buena, bawang asin sibulya. timplahon ki asin.

6. Pag nahalo na ki marhay magkaag ki mga 2-3 kutsara kan pinagharalo sa dahon ki batag. tupion an dahon kan batag asin gakudan.

7. ilaag an mga patos kan tilmok sa kawali kagan ki tubig asin pakalakagaon. pwede man na an ipatos dahon kan natong nganing pede na kaunon. pagnagkalakaga na ikaag an liputok (kun dahon ki natong an ipinampatos imbes tubig, liputok kan nyog an gamiton sa pagpakalakaga).
masiram na panira sa mainit na maluto.

enjoy your tinilmok…mabuhay!!

Filed under: Lutong Bikolnon, OFW Corner

Beef tapa para sa mga OFW’s at nagaapura sa pagpasok sa umaga!

Daing kasing siram ang handa sa pamahaw(almusal) kundi “TAPA” baga. Tapos igwa pang sinanlag “garlic rice and fried egg” ano ka pa!. Tamang-tama sa mga nagaapura o sibut na sa paglaog sa opisina. Ang recipe na ini hali sa mga barkada na pirmi sanang sibot..papano kaya malamawon..hekhekhek. Kamo na sana ang bahala sa timplada basta dai paglingawan na imaranate overnight(mas magayon kung mga duwang aldaw). 

You Need:

1 kilo beef sirloin, thinly sliced, cut into long strips
1 1/2 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoon minced garlic (adding more the better)
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
3 1/2 tablespoon vinegar


1. Mix all ingredients into mixing bowl.
2. Cover and Let stand overnight or two nights in the refrigerator.
3. Depending on the size of your family, apportion the beef slices into plastic bags. In our case, we are a family of four. A pack of 3 plastic bags is enough.
4. Store in freezer for 24 hours before cooking.

Alalay mo sana si pagluto para dai man matutong. Lagan mo dikit na pinagmarinate-an mo para medyo tender na sya bag-o mo pa i-prito. Enjoy your breakfast!

Filed under: Lutong Bikolnon, OFW Corner,

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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What’s driving Escudero?

By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:49:00 08/30/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Trust a politician to turn a public confession of mock-vulnerability into a vainglorious exercise.

In a recent town hall meeting at a residential enclave in Pasig, Senator Francis Escudero confessed to a fear that he says is partly driving him to consider taking a shot at the presidency in next year’s elections.

Escudero, who turns just 40 on October 10, said he wants to run for president at a very young age because he is concerned that if he does so when he is older he might by then be thinking and acting like the veteran wheeler-dealer politicians.

“Will we be better off or worse when we are older? I’m afraid that I might end up like them,” he said.

Escudero said that the youth’s role in reforming the country does not lie in the distant future but in the here and now.

He quoted US President John F. Kennedy on why he was running for president at 43: “We are given the chance not because of who and what we are at present but because of what we can do together in the future.”

“The youth may have their handicaps or shortcomings, but I hope the older generations do not look down on these in the same way that we do not question your capabilities,” he said.

“Let the young and the old work together and not just have only the older ones serve in government while the youth are left waiting for their turn when they grow old,” Escudero said.

The senator was mostly talking to people his own age who made up the majority of those who turned up to listen to him at the Valle Verde clubhouse.

One young professional said he rarely went to political meetings but went to this one because he was interested in what Escudero had to say.

For almost two hours, the senator from Sorsogon answered questions thrown at him, ranging from Charter change, the conflict in Mindanao and which of the policies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo he would continue, if elected.

Escudero showed a grasp of policy details, context and possible solutions, which he delivered in a lawyer-like, rapid-fire fashion..

No eye contact

One observer faulted him for sometimes not maintaining eye contact with his questioner. But one woman gushed that she would have melted in her seat if the senator had looked her in the eye.

When asked about his views on abortion, he talked about the ectopic pregnancy of his wife, Christine.

“I’m against abortion but perhaps not the Catholic definition of abortion which includes almost everything … Like, my wife suffered from an ectopic pregnancy. Um, her life was endangered, the doctor said to make a choice,” Escudero said.

The Church definition might consider that abortion but “so far as I’m concerned it’s not,” he said.

“[You can say I am] against abortion per se unless it is medically required or necessary as determined by doctors,” Escudero said.

Cause of poverty

He agreed that the country’s “exploding population is one of the major causes of poverty in the country.”

“But I think government should just do it and act on it without waving a red flag in front of the Church and asking them to pick a fight,” Escudero said.

He said the controversial reproductive health bill was being pushed in Congress because Arroyo refused to fund population management measures.

“We should plan for our families,” said Escudero, a father of twins.

He said if he became President he would address the problem of corruption, the crisis in the education system and the lack of accurate government research data on what is actually happening in the country.

He said the government loses approximately P400 billion every year to corruption, which is nearly a third of the national budget.

“Our (education) budget is only P158 billion. If we are able to capture all this money that goes to corruption, we can double the money that goes to education,” Escudero said.

To attract investors, Escudero said he would lower the cost of doing business in the country by pushing for a cut in corporate income taxes by 10 percentage points from the current 30 percent.

No answer

The son of Salvador Escudero III, an agriculture minister of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Escudero nimbly sidestepped a question of who he thought was the country’s best President.

“No one in particular. I would rather stick on the good that they did and avoid the bad,” the senator said.

“Marcos had a vision and a plan for the country but I do not agree with some of them and the methods or procedures that were used,” he said.

Civil society groups have not forgotten that his father was a Marcos loyalist and they warn of a “Marcos restoration” if Escudero wins.

As to what he admired most about Marcos, he said the dictator had the vision to set up the heart, kidney and lung centers, which he said was today’s concept of medical tourism that was ahead of its time.

“What do I fault him for? He didn’t accept and realize that time would come that he can no longer be President,” he said.

Cory: Reverse of Marcos

On the other hand, the senator said he gives credit to the late President Corazon Aquino “for doing the reverse of what Marcos did” which was to give up power at the end of her term although she could have sought reelection.

As for her faults, Escudero said that maybe Aquino could have repudiated some of the country’s debts with the global popularity that she enjoyed right after the first Edsa People Power Revolution.

“She was in a unique opportunity to do so much more but perhaps that was asking too much already. After what she had done for our country insofar as restoring democracy and insofar as governing as she did as simple as she could,” he said.

On the issue of Charter change, Escudero said he would ask the public through a referendum if they wanted to do it.

He also said the Constitution should be reviewed every five years but not necessarily amended.

No master plan yet

But the senator stopped short of proclaiming his “master plan” or vision for the country under an Escudero presidency..

“That’s one reason why I haven’t declared yet … the only thing actually that’s preventing me from making known my plans,” he said.

He said he would want to be able to answer one simple question for a voter, whether he or she is businessman, a student, a senior citizen, jobless, rural or urban resident.

“What’s in it for you if I run and win and how will your life improve?” he said.

Escudero said he was also considering the vice presidency or not running at all. His Senate term does not end until 2013.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates


German police car…Lamborgini. .gallardo. .max speed 320km/hr


Japan…lancer Evo IX..max speed 280km/hr


France .peugeot…sports gt


spain .audi TT max speed 280km/hr


england .porsche ……Do I have to tell the speed…


Now for the Ultimate Police Car in the World !!!













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A Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers….

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember this story about the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his Philosophy 201 class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then

picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full..

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a

box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes..’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the

important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you..

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical


Take your spouse out to dinner.

Practice “romance” as often as possible.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of “Mama” first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities..

The rest is just


One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Please share this with someone you care about. I JUST DID!

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