What is Wellness Pilipinas?

In response to the call of World Health Organization (WHO)
to lessen the augment of Lifestyle Diseases of stroke, cancer, diabetes, etc, and in compliance with United Nations Climate Change Peace Building Campaign, the "Wellness Series conceived by Wellness for Peace Author and Speaker & now Peace Ambassador, Zara Jane Juan brought Wellness Pilipinas! It consist of talks, workshops and forum meant to achieve wellness in mind, body, spirit & economics as tools for peace & nation-building in the Philippines. It is gaining widespread support and endorsement from the academe sector and from various government agencies, NGO's, civic societies and business clubs nationwide.

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Ambassador Zara Jane Juan speaks @ Mandarin Hotel

Ambassador Zara Jane Juan speaks @ Mandarin Hotel
Author and Public Speaker, Republic of the Philippines


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Wellness in Environment Update: Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines” on June 25 in commemoration of Philippine Environment Month & World Environment Day

Run 2 Plant set - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Putting its GREENIN Philippines program’s advocacies into action, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) will hold “Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines” on June 25 in commemoration of the Philippine Environment Month and World Environment Day in June.

The run and plant event is organized in collaboration with the Cebu provincial government’s Green and Wholesome Environment that Nurtures (eGWEN) Our Cebu program, local government units (LGUs), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), various government institutions and corporate groups.

Neil Papas, program coordinator of GREENIN Philippines, said “the event has two segments, the running and the planting. This event is an approach to promote health among people by running and health of the environment by planting native tree species.”

The central event will be held in a 30-hectare forestland in barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City. The area, which is within the Mananga watershed, will be developed into a forest model by the DENR, Cebu provincial government, Talisay City government, Metro Cebu Water District and RAFI."

Peace Update: Islamic militants admit alliance with leftist group | Sun.Star

Islamic militants admit alliance with leftist group | Sun.Star: "As early as 2000, the MILF and the NDFP have already made public the tactical alliance that both fronts had, but today, the MILF emphatically declared: 'We have not forged just a tactical alliance with the NDF but a political alliance -- including the rejectionist group.'

Also in 2000, MILF chair Ibrahim Murad described the tactical alliance to be working very well among field combatants who mutually support each other militarily or logistically as demanded by the situation on the ground.

The NDFP described itself in its website at www.nfdp.net as the revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people fighting for national independence and for the democratic rights of the people.

Since 1992, the NDFP has been holding peace talks with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to address the roots of the armed conflict.

MILF, on the other hand, is the largest and now most influential Islamic movement in the southern islands of Philippines. It has embarked on peace negotiation with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines with the facilitation of the Government of Malaysia since 2001.

It is a religious and political organization made up of Islamists engaged in liberation struggle based in their traditional homeland embracing Mindanao, its adjacent islands, and the Sulu archipelago."

PDI wins big in Red Cross Humanitarian awards - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

PDI wins big in Red Cross Humanitarian awards - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Daily Inquirer bagged two major prizes in the first Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting 2011.

Frinston Lim, correspondent of the Inquirer's Mindanao bureau, clinched the top prize in the print category with his article 'Women grieve over land mine deaths,' while Fernando del Mundo, chief of the PDI’s investigative team, won third place for his three-part series “New Centurions.”

Lim’s human interest story, which focused on the death of three civilians from a landmine as they were onboard a military truck in Compostela Valley, gained the nod of the judges as it provided a deeper look into the humanitarian consequences of armed conflict.

Del Mundo’s stories, meanwhile, highlighted the work of a Philippine-based NGO in helping impoverished areas in Mindanao cope with the insurgency through education, counseling, food aid and other projects.

The second place for print went to Stella Estremera, editor-in-chief of Sun.Star Davao, for her story “New legs, new life.”

Three other PDI correspondents—Desiree Caluza, Nash Maulana and Ryan Rosauro—were finalists in the same category."

Women's Causes Update: Female Migrant Domestic Workers: A Sad Story Largely Unknown

Female Migrant Domestic Workers: A Sad Story Largely Unknown. - IPS ipsnews.net: "At its 100th Session this June, the ILO Conference thus has a historic opportunity to create global standards and guidance as a timely and needed reference for on-going and future initiatives at the national level,' Oelz concluded. The Philippine’s Magna Carta, a great accomplishment?

After languishing for a decade, the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in the Philippines has finally been signed in 2008, under the name of the Magna Carta of Women, thus underlining the solemnity of the act.

During the panel on 'Good Practices', Emmeline Verzosa, executive director of the Philippine Commission on Women, pointed out how the Magna Carta of Women asks every employer to establish a contract with the employee, guaranteeing minimum wage, day-offs, social security, etc. Agreements, protecting migrant workers, between the Philippines and the host countries have flourished too.

But according to Gina Esguerra, Secretary-General of Migrante International - an active defender of the rights and welfare of Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs)-, 'policies and agreements help but by experience host countries tend to violate and disregard the agreement.'"

JCI Phil Update: Search on for outstanding NBI personnel

Search on for outstanding NBI personnel | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "The Junior Chamber International-Manila (JCI-Manila) chapter and the Basilio Group signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the NBI on Monday to officially start the search for top bureau personnel who did something exceptional in their fields.

“Despite the blemish caused by few individuals in the public service, there are still few who remain loyal and faithful to their vow as public servants,” NBI director Magtanggol Gatdula told reporters after the MoA signing in the bureau headquarters.

'Positive recognition works better than imposing punishment as a means of reforming government employees,' he said.

The agreement, which marked the beginning of the NBI Honorable, Outstanding, Patriotic, Exemplary (HOPE) awards, were signed by Gatdula together with JCI-Manila president Kenneth Dalbert Lim and Basilio Group representative Louie Basilio.

“Reputable organizations joined hands to honor heroes of the country, the men and women of the National Bureau of Investigation. The launch of HOPE awards formally marked the beginning of another extraordinary nation-building project, of JCI-Manila,” said Lim."

DTI Update: Sponsors briefing sessions on free trade agreements

PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines: "Iloilo City, May 8 (PIA6) - A second round of information sessions on Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA) targeting specific sectors is currently being undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry in key cities of the country.
The seminar aims to increase nationwide awareness on the benefits of free trade agreements thru the conduct of information sessions. The project also hopes to engage the business sector to increase utilization of Philippine preferential trade agreements.
The first round of information sessions was successfully conducted in November and December last year, in 11 key cities in the country which included Metro Manila, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Davao, Cebu, Legaspi, Tagaytay, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio, General Santos and Clark in Pampanga.
According to Undersecretary for International Trade Adrian Cristobal Jr., the DTI has continued the DBFTA following the positive response of the business sector, with the common request from the attendees all over the country to conduct the Free Trade Areas seminar per industry for more focused discussions."

Children's Causes Update: Why children's TV is a rich training ground for broadcast beginners

Why children's TV is a rich training ground for broadcast beginners | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "With the generosity of Goethe Institut and Prix Jeunesse, Filipino children’s TV producers, writers and directors from various stations viewed and discussed for two days after Easter an assortment of programs for children from all over the world. They scrutinized what afflicts the Philippine TV landscape for kids and how to attract a wider, more enthusiastic audience.

The children’s TV group in the Philippines is often regarded as a ragtag bunch of heroes on local TV. They are known for their selflessness, zeal and devotion to the cause. After a senior graduates from Mass Communication, and lands a neophyte’s job at a station, he or she invariably gets posted at the children’s TV department, if there is such a section in the network. It is a worthy and ideal assignment. It is in children’s TV production that a beginner learns the ropes and discipline of the craft. After all, the most difficult and demanding audience to produce for are children."

DOT Update: "TURISTA-RA-NA" Shop till you drop in the Philippines

Shop till you drop in the Philippines - BUSINESS & LEISURE By Ray Butch Gamboa | The Philippine Star >> News >> Business: "Together with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) and the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), they launched the TURISTA-RA-NA project in time for this summer where they hope to train the Filipino retailer on how to make shopping in this country a more pleasurable one. This includes what interesting buys to offer the tourist out to buy souvenirs, how to market their products effectively, even inventory management, and they are targeting the micro entrepreneurs for this training program which will they will bring all over the country – initially to Baguio, Boracay, Bohol.

Ms. Alegria Limjoco of PRA says they would like to bring the retail industry to the next level in the area of tourism, and the micro retailers include those stalls you find in the arrival area and the small roadside stores in holidays places like Baguio and Boracay. Samie Lim, president for Tourism of PCCI which has always been in the forefront of tourism efforts, says they noted in the recent World Conference of Retailers that the trend among our Asian neighbors particularly Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea is to promote shopping as an essential part of tourism."

DoLE Update: Fewer OFWs work as house helps in Saudi

Fewer OFWs work as house helps in Saudi » Pinoy Worldwide » Article: "MANILA, Philippines - Fewer Filipino women are leaving the country to work as household service workers (HSWs) in Saudi Arabia, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the deployment of HSWs in Saudi Arabia has dramatically dropped by about 80 percent since the Kingdom stopped the Philippine government’s mandatory verification of employment contracts.

“Based on preliminary data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the deployment of HSWs dropped by about 80 percent since March,” Baldoz said.

She attributed the significant decline to the fact that only returning workers are able to leave and work in the Kingdom.

“Since Saudi suspended the verification, the POEA has also stopped the processing of new hires which means only those returning to previous employers were allowed to go,” Baldoz said."

DOH Update: To screen cervical cancer using vinegar | The Philippine Star >> Business Features >> Science and Technology

DOH to screen cervical cancer using vinegar | The Philippine Star >> Business Features >> Science and Technology: "MANILA, Philippines - Using vinegar, the Department of Health (DOH) has embarked on a program to screen some 30,000 women for cervical cancer for free this month.

Remedios Niola, DOH program manager for the Cervical Cancer Control and Prevention Program, said cervix is the second leading site for cancer among women.

In 2010, the prevalence rate for cervical cancer was 11.7 percent per 100,000 population. It is estimated that some 12 women die of this illness every day.

Niola said early diagnosis of cancer is important to combat the disease. In 2005, the DOH issued an administrative order, establishing cancer-screening facilities in its hospitals.

In line with the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month this May, the DOH will provide free screening using “visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) or vinegar” in selected DOH-retained hospitals.

Dr. Rey de los Reyes, vice president of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Inc., said cervical cancer is highly preventable through vaccination if only diagnosed early."

DILG Update: Robredo: Laperal compound unsafe | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Robredo: Laperal compound unsafe | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Wednesday urged informal settlers to no longer to return to the Laperal Compound in Makati City after it was razed during a fire since the area is no longer safe.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo agreed with the city government that the informal settlers should not return to the area since it would be very risky for them.

“It is clear that the property is a danger zone and, as such, is not safe for settlement,” he said.

Meanwhile, Robredo clarified allegations made by some quarters that he was interfering in the issue regarding the Laperal compound where at least 19 people, including two news reporters, were injured as violence escalated during the clearing operations conducted by the team from the city government."

Sports Update: Dapitan City Opens Palarong Pambansa

The Mindanao Examiner: "Some 30,000 athletes and spectators flocked to the Jose Rizal Mindanao State University Sports Complex and were greeted by wild cheers from local well-wishers and organizers of the event as they paraded their colors representing various regions in the Philippines.

Philippine Army parachutists led by Colonel Eliglen Villaflor also showed their talents and skills and added more colors to the already colorful sports competition which coincided with the month-long Hudyaka Festival which is one of the most awaited tourism events in the whole of Mindanao.

The opening ceremony was graced by Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was the keynote speaker, and local and provincial officials headed by Dapitan Mayor Dominador Jalosjos, Governors Rolando Yebes, of Zamboanga del Norte; Rommel Jalosjos, of Zamboanga Sibugay, Education officials Teofila Villanueva, of Region 3 and Walter Albos, of Region 9.

Local Councilor Apple Marie Agolong, who heads the event promotions, said thousands more are expected to arrive in Dapitan for the twin event."

Wellness in Science & Technology Update: engineering firm ink MoA to boost science, technology

Ateneo de Manila, engineering firm ink MoA to boost science, technology - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines – A leading international engineering measurement firm has partnered with one of the country’s premier universities to promote science and engineering technology in the local academic community.

US-based National Instruments (NI) last week inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the School of Science and Engineering of the Ateneo de Manila University in launching the first Systems Design and Training Laboratory in the country as part of the Planet NI initiative.

Planet NI was, according to NI Southeast Asia Managing Director Chandran Nair, an initiative that envisioned to provide access to technology and education to engineers and students of engineering in developing countries. The joint effort, he said, was made possible by a US $ 57,000 grant split between NI (US $45,000) and AdMU (US $12,000).

Powered with the latest in graphical programming software and computer-based measurement hardware, the laboratory was “designed to enhance the learning experience of the students through projects-based and experiential hands-on learning,” stated Dr. Celso Co, faculty of the Department of Electronics, Communications and Computer Engineering under the School of Science and Engineering of AdMU."

Wellness in Business Update: Online process for registering corporations in the next five years

BusinessWorld Online Edition |SEC to implement online business registration: "THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking to implement an online process for registering corporations in the next five years alongside plans to revive express lane counters and beef up internal data sharing, its new chairman said late last week.
“We really would like to focus on adoption of technological changes to speed up things and make us effective as a regulatory agency,” SEC Chairman Teresita J. Herbosa said in a press briefing.

“The registration should be fully online,” Ms. Herbosa said.

So far, transactions that can be done online only include the verification of the availability of a desired business name, the reservation of such a name and the downloading of SEC forms.

But all applications still have to be submitted at SEC offices.

Audited financial statements and special audit reports that must be certified by an independent certified public accountant, also have to be handed in via hard copies.

Registering a business is one of the indicators the World Bank and the International Finance Corp. monitor for their annual ranking of countries based on the ease of government processes. The Philippines ranked 148th out of 183 economies in the “2011 Doing Business Report,” two places down from its earlier standing."

Wellness in Education Update: zero tolerance for corruption and cheating in this year’s national schools’ games

Luistro to open Palarong Pambansa in Dapitan Sunday - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education will emphasize values and sportsmanship and implement “zero tolerance” for corruption and cheating in this year’s national schools’ games, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said Saturday.

Luistro, who will lead Sunday’s opening ceremonies in host Dapitan City, said DepEd officials and organizers have put in place measures to prevent attempts to field unqualified athletes or to manipulate scores in this year’s Palarong Pambansa.

Such reports had marred previous games, the last in 2006, which resulted in the suspension of some participants. DepEd said teams caught cheating would lose points in their total scores or face suspension from next year’s games, Luistro said.

“Our program is to make sure that Palaro is focused on values, not just on athletes winning medals. We are focused on implementing zero tolerance for corruption and dishonesty,” Luistro said."

Wellness in Culture Update: 2011 Heritage Month focuses on José Rizal, Philippine national hero

2011 Heritage Month focuses on José Rizal - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "IN LINE with the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. José Rizal this year, the 2011 Heritage Month celebration this May will feature the life and works of the Philippine national hero.

Heritage Month was officially declared open May 1 at the National Museum grand staircase, Rizal Park.

The organizing committee is headed by Regalado Trota José, the new head of National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, and archivist of the University of Santo Tomas Archives.

“[The goal is] to promote Philippine Heritage and to protect it,” José said. “We consider that heritage has two aspects: the tangible heritage, which are the buildings, the costumes, the artifacts; and the intangible heritage—the dances, the languages and the gestures. So we included both of these aspects in Heritage Month.”

Highlights of the month-long celebration include activities dedicated to Rizal. From April 27 to May 13, the National Library will undertake the restoration of the original editions of Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” (1887), “El Filibusterismo” (1891), “Ultimo Adios” (1896) and “Guillermo Tell” (1886)."

Wellness in Arts Update: Recreating Amorsolo's light

One stitch at a time: Recreating Amorsolo's light - YELLOW LIGHT By Tara F.T. Sering | The Philippine Star >> Lifestyle Features >> Arts and Culture: "As a young woman growing up in her father’s shadow, Helen Amorsolo-Martinez had always slightly labored under a concern peculiar to offspring of celebrated art geniuses: she was her father’s daughter, so why didn’t she have the talent for painting?

Many years later, she now finds herself a vital part of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo’s artistic legacy, one that endures not in the least for its unparalleled depiction of an idyllic Philippine landscape, captured in a particular light.

Helen, along with sister Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo, were on hand at the recent opening of the exhibit dubbed “Fernando Amorsolo’s Art in DMC Cross-Stitch” at Galerie Y in Megamall (the show runs until May 12 at the fourth floor of SM Megamall A). A project of the Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation and DMC, the global leader in high-quality threads (best known to my generation as the raw material for friendship bands, remember those?), the exhibit was a showcase of some of the maestro’s most famous works in cross-stitch, four of which were done by Helen."

Wellness in Environment Update: Council urged to conduct own energy audit | Sun.Star

Council urged to conduct own energy audit | Sun.Star: AN ENVIRONMENT group on Friday asked the Davao City Council to initiate an energy audit that is free of bias.

Julan Suazo, of the Foundation for Philippine Environment, said the local lawmaking body must come up with its own investigation to determine if there is really a power shortage in Mindanao, instead of relying information from the AboitizPower Corporation and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Suazo hurled the challenge during the third and final public hearing on the proposed P25-billion coal-fired plant by the AboitizPower Corp.

"Aboitiz claimed that Mindanao, specifically Davao City, is bound to suffer an energy crisis and that the only solution to the problem would be the coal plant.

But Suazo said Aboitiz failed to present facts that clearly state the exact power crisis in Mindanao.

Suazo said even if the third party researcher will reveal that there is actually a current and impending power crisis, this information will have some gray areas.

With this, Suazo asked the councilors to initiate the energy audit apart from the audit to be conducted by the DOE in order to avoid bias.

Suazo's suggestion, however, does not sit well with Davao City Councilor Melchor Quitain, who said that only the DOE has the power to conduct such audit.

But Suazo said they still have doubts with DOE's position on the matter, adding its report may be partial and unfair.

Aboitiz first vice president for Mindanao affairs Manuel Orig reiterated that there is an actual and impending power shortage in the region.

Orig also emphasized that the DOE is the one that should conduct energy audit as it is the agency mandated by law to do such audit."

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Labor Update: Noy: June pay hike for state workers | The Philippine Star >> News >> Headlines

Noy: June pay hike for state workers | The Philippine Star >> News >> Headlines: "Starting June 1 – or a month ahead of schedule – all employees and officials of the government will be getting the third tranche of their salary increase pursuant to the Salary Standardization Law III (SSL III), President Aquino revealed yesterday.

“You heard it right. Salary increases will be implemented this June and not this July,” Aquino told moderate labor groups who attended a breakfast meeting with him yesterday.

“We made it earlier because I know this would mean a lot, especially since it’s enrollment period once again. Why should we postpone it when we can already do it today,” Aquino said, drawing loud applause from the crowd.

When asked in an informal interview with Palace reporters, the Chief Executive said the funds for the purpose have been sourced from savings the government accumulated over the past 10 months of his administration.

President Aquino commended Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the savings, which they got from the funds for personnel services. He said there has been P19.5 billion in total savings, P2.8 billion of which is allocated to fund the third tranche of the salary increase."

PEACE UPDATE: NCMF, pilgrim leaders to foster peace, unity | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

NCMF, pilgrim leaders to foster peace, unity | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "NCMF Secretary Bai Omera D. Dianalan Lucman noted the significant number of “sheikhs” and their pilgrims, which could each be a strong force for promoting peace, unity, and harmony.

With thousands of hajjis, probably over 100,000 since 1979, the NCMF has a potential strong force for peace that could help promote interfaith understanding and unity in the country, she said.

“In the NCMF consultations on peace and hajj awareness last week in Mindanao, the team led by Commissioner Solaiman Mutia got the commitment of the sheikhs to join the agency in its peacemaking programs,” said Lucman.

Initial reports from Mutia, she said, showed the pilgrims’ leaders have agreed to help the NCMF help promote peace and unity.

Mutia, NCMF commissioner-in-charge for Hajj and Endowment, said the Hajj Awareness Program (HAP) and Promotion of Peace conducted in Zamboanga City on April 19 assembled 79 “sheikhs” from Region 9: In Marawi City for Lanao areas on April 23, there were 90 of them; and in Cotabato City on April 28 there were 80 who attended from Maguindanao, Cotabato, Davao, and Socsargen (South Cotabato, Sarangani, and General Santos City)."

JCI Update: Indigents benefit from Navforwem social services activities in Baliwasan

Zamboanga Today Online, the most read newspaper in Zamboanga City | Indigents benefit from Navforwem social services activities in Baliwasan: "Some two thousand indigents, mostly women, older people and children, benefitted from the civic-action mission of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem) yesterday held at the HMIJ, Philippine Islamic College in Baliwasan, this city.

Lt. Col. Gamal Hayudini, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 4th Civil Relations Group (4th CRG), said that the Navy's civic-action partnered with DOH, DSWD, PCSO, JCI, NGOs and POs during the conduct of social services.

'Aside from supplemental Feeding Program to children that was conducted, the teams of Navforwem, civil military personnel and
partner organizations also provided relief assistance, free dental and other medical services,' Hayudini told reporters.

Commodore Armando Guzman, commander of Navforwem, and his deputy personally distributed the relief assistance to the indigents. He said that the civic-action mission will continue to other places to reach out people in need of help."

Women & Children: A.R.M.M. backs gender code | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

A.R.M.M. backs gender code | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "COTABATO CITY – In yet another record-setting effort in the Philippines, present officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have launched a regional edict mandating utmost care for women and children, especially in promoting their rights to participation and protection in all development dimensions.

ARMM acting Gov. Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong led the launching rights here last Thursday, signaling the official kick-off of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy (MMA) Act 280, which he signed into law in March 2010 as another unprecedented venture in the country’s pursuit for national and international edicts promoting women and children’s welfare. (Ali Macabalang)

Traders to join E.U. food expo"

Women Empowerment: PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines

PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines: "Participants of the fora were composed of GA-WINGS focal persons from the different regional line agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), as well, as from the private and non-government organizations.
Among the topics included in the fora are: Gender and Poverty, Gender and Health, Gender and Education, Gender and Environment and Climate Change.
Euseña said women as leaders in risk management have potential to give big help in the society’s economic and environmental situations.
Meanwhile, Regional Director Edilberto Buiser of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-10, said empowering women to go on networking, among themselves, and form a core group that represents their community as part of the process in attaining the MDGs will be a good strategy.
“Women are stronger than men. They have the strength that lead them to manage the things around them well. It is in their genetic make–up,” Buiser said."

Trade & Industry Update: Diskwento Caravan rolls out to help consumers cope - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Diskwento Caravan rolls out to help consumers cope - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Mark downs up to 70%

The Diskwento Caravan offers basic products such as generic medicine, bread, sardines, cooking oil, processed meat, fruits, vegetables, detergent bars and school supplies that their manufacturers sell at discounted prices.

The caravan is hosted at city or municipal halls, under the supervision of the mayors.

For consumers wanting to get more value for their peso, product prices are marked down by as much as 70 percent.

Trade Undersecretary Merly Cruz said the DTI coordinated closely with its regional and provincial offices to ensure that the items sold were really needed by the local residents.

Aside from selling discounted products, Cruz said the caravan would also serve as the venue for training activities and job fairs, PC for public schools launches, and tourism and One Town One Product program promotions. Loan checks for qualified micro, small and medium enterprises could also be presented to borrowers here."

Tourism Update: Philippines aims to attract more foreign tourists Philippines targets tourists from Russia, India - eTurboNews.com

Philippines aims to attract more foreign tourists Philippines targets tourists from Russia, India - eTurboNews.com: "Secretary Alberto Lim said during a press briefing Tuesday that the department was looking to surpass the number of foreign tourists it posted in 2010. Tourist arrivals in the first two months of the year grew 18 percent year-on-year to 670,000, data show.

“Tourism revenues accounted for 6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product for 2010. The government’s pursuit of an open civil aviation industry signals that the Philippines is open for business,” Lim said, adding that the 20 million local travels recorded last year could be sustained until 2016.

He said the start of a direct flight to New Delhi by Philippine Airlines would boost tourism, with India now considered one of the emerging markets.

The department has signed an agreement with the Philippine Retailers Association and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to conduct free training of retailers in the country’s tourist hotspots on how to sell local products to foreign tourists.

“Tourism greatly helped the retail industry last year as spending went up due to the increased visitor turnout. And with this micro-tourism enterprise project in full swing, we do hope we can exceed expectations this year,” Lim said."

Health Update: Dengue cases may reach 20,000 | The Philippine Star >> News >> Headlines

Dengue cases may reach 20,000 | The Philippine Star >> News >> Headlines: "A report from the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) showed that from Jan. 1 to April 2, a total of 17,228 individuals have contracted dengue.

The figure is 0.33 percent higher than the 17,172 cases recorded during the same period in 2010.

However, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH program manager for Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases, said the number of dengue cases by the week is on the decline.

“If you look at the figure (by the weeks), it’s going down,” he said. “That can be expected because it is summer. But the total figure in general is high.”

Lee Suy said the DOH is hopeful that the public would take advantage of summer to prepare for expected further increase in dengue cases during the rainy days.

The public should start getting rid of used tires, empty cans and bottle caps that can hold water, which can become breeding sites of dengue-causing mosquitoes, he added."

Sports Update: The return of Bartholomew - THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco | The Philippine Star >> News >> Sports

The return of Bartholomew - THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco | The Philippine Star >> News >> Sports: "“I’m really excited to be back and start on the project,” Bartholomew told The STAR. “I’ve been looking forward to the chance to come back and continue what we started for an even bigger audience.”

The four-part series will be shot all throughout May, and one of the centerpieces will be the ongoing finals series between Barangay Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text. Bartholomew will follow both teams for the remainder of the series upon their return from Game 3 in Palawan, and include prominent individuals like TNT head coach Chot Reyes and point guard Jimmy Alapag in profile segments.

The first episode will be an overview of Philippine hoops, in much the same way as Bartholomew got his introduction to the local passion for roundball when he first came to the country five years ago. Episodes 2 and 3 will focus on the inner workings and history of the PBA, as well as its most colorful personalities. Part 4 will take an intimate look at the “invisible” people, fans who have anonymously but inextricable become part of the basketball landscape. Along the way, Rafe will be asking everyone to answer why we love basketball so much."

Wellness in Science & Technology: DoST promotes brown rice | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

DoST promotes brown rice | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo said while there is another way of attacking the problem of rice shortage, which is to increase the production of palay or grains, they go for increase in the yields of rice from palay.

Montejo noted that the volume of farm yields would actually suffice to meet the demand if only 80 to 100 percent of it is milled into rice. Unfortunately though, he said, “we only get 65 percent yield from milling palay to white rice.”

He said that for this, huge part of the national borrowing is earmarked to rice importation, making the country the number one rice importer in the world.

“The current national debt attributable to subsidy to rice importation is nearly P200 B,” he said.

To increase rice yields from palay, he said, brown rice should be produced instead of white rice.

“We can get around 80 percent yields by milling palay into unpolished rice or brown rice. That's an additional 15 percent yield, enough to wipe out the country’s current rice shortage,” Montejo said. “Brown rice is also far more nutritious because it has a lot of fiber and vitamins.”"

Wellness in Business: Business Insight | Banking and Finance

Business Insight | Banking and Finance: "THE country’s microfinance industry was cited as the world’s best in terms of regulatory framework and second best performing in terms of overall business environment recently by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) through its 'Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment'.

This is an upward ranking compared to the 2009 survey wherein the Philippines landed number three in overall business environment while retaining its number one position in the regulatory framework category.

This recognition affirms the good work that all microfinance industry players are doing. It indicates that each stakeholder ably and ardently performs its roles and responsibilities in order to make the Philippine microfinance market what it is today: viable, sustainable, sound, safe and strong.

From a small industry a decade ago, there are now about 210 local banks who have granted over P6 billion in microfinance loans to more than 900,000 microentrepreneurs, latest data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

These microentrepreneurs, in turn, have generated employment in their local communities and saved about P3 billion in bank deposits."

Wellness in Education: DepEd to boost Sulu public schools | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

DepEd to boost Sulu public schools | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "JOLO, Sulu, Philippines – Representative Habib Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu) yesterday said the Department of Education (DepEd) has allotted over P85 million to help improve the quality of education in Sulu aimed at reducing the growing illiteracy rate in his district.

Loong said DepEd Undersectary Rizalino T. Rivera in a communication sent to him recently said the education department has also allocated 48 new teaching positions for teachers to serve in the 1st District of Sulu.

Loong said the gain he achieved is part of the help extended to him by Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan in seeking aid from DepEd for his district.

“Governor Tan is very cooperative and you can always count on him for help in seeking fund to develop Sulu. This is achievable if both political leaders belong to the same party, because both of us are working for the same vision and objective for the development of Sulu,” Loong explained.

Adding that DepEd had also allotted 114,292,000 textbooks for students in an effort to help them improve their reading skills.

Of the P85 million, Loong said P63,299,000 will used to construct 83 units of new school buildings consisting of 93 classrooms, P7,942,000 for school chairs, and P13,906,000 for water and sanitation facilities for the schools under the district."

Wellness in Environment: Parents urged to teach kids on proper waste segregation | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Parents urged to teach kids on proper waste segregation | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "Secretary Ramon Paje made the appeal as the agency begins its campaign against garbage problem in Metro Manila by intensifying its information and education campaign with the distribution of easy-to-understand campaign materials in Metro Manila’s villages.

“As the family is the most basic unit of the society, it is but a must for proper ecological solid waste management to start at the households,” Paje said.

The DENR launched a number of information materials on solid waste management where Metro Manila’s local environment officers also pledged to distribute the materials to households, in coordination with barangay officials.

During the launch, some 5,000 copies of “Ecological Solid Waste Management for Households,” “Makakalikasang Pamamaraan ng Pamamahala sa Basura,” “Bawasan Ang Basurang Itatapon: Magsegregate,” “Solid Waste Management Made Easy,' and “Proper Segregation of Solid Waste,” were distributed to the participants, including the 12-page “Basura Monster” coloring book written by TV news personality Christine Bersola-Babao."

Wellness in Arts & Culture: DepEd pushes arts and culture | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

DepEd pushes arts and culture | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "“What we need is to come up with an arts and culture program that would naturally attract students into it without having to force them,” said Education Sec, Armin Luistro during the first National Conference on Arts and Culture organized by the Association of Cultural Offices in Philippine Educational Institutions, (ACOPEI) Inc. “Artists like you need to be more creative to bring arts education about especially to ordinary citizens,” he added.

The two-day conference dubbed “Arts and Culture in the Academe…not an afterthought: Building the Foundations of a Creative Campus Environment” started on April 14 at the College of Saint Benilde Hotel in Manila was participated in by member schools including Adamson University, De La Salle University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, University of the East, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Lyceum of the Philippines University and University of the Philippines-Manila. It aims to create a venue for discussion with the government institutions in culture and education regarding the status of culture and arts education in the academe."

Wellness in Environment: Time to revisit Building Code, says DENR chief

Property Guide - Property Guide -: "MANILA, Philippines—Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has called for a review of the country’s Building Code in light of the strong earthquakes that have hit the Asia-Pacific region recently.

In a statement, Paje said the Building Code should be updated to ensure that infrastructure and buildings can withstand strong tremors.

The code should also follow the latest Engineering Geological and Geohazard Assessment Report (Egcar) that was completed last year, he said.

The report shows the areas of the country that are located on or and near earthquake fault lines and which are prone to floods and landslides."

Wellness in Arts: Nemiranda’s figures and colors highlight summer - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Nemiranda’s figures and colors highlight summer - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "The prominent painter/sculptor from Angono has been recognized by major art critics as the father of Imaginative Figurism. And this art idiom is now the theme and title of his new one-man show, May 8-12, at The Grove by Rockwell, along E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue in C-5, Pasig City.

The focus on the human form, powered by imagination and creativity, yields new milestone works sure to attract both old collectors and new art buyers. On display will be such modern masterpieces as mother and child, family scenes, and slices of life in the Philippine village. “It’s the celebration of living,” Nemi fondly calls his May day show, “of feeling alive in one’s golden surroundings.”

His brand of realism remains as fiery as ever, with local colors that run the gamut, from earthen brown to lakeshore green to an assortment of floral colors. His sculptures resonate with the significance of the Petroglyphs—unique, prehistoric sculptures which can only be found in the caves of Angono."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ROTARY NEWS: Hegins-Valley View Rotary Club Involved in Cultural Exchange - News - Republican Herald

Hegins-Valley View Rotary Club Involved in Cultural Exchange - News - Republican Herald: "HEGINS - The Hegins-Valley View Rotary Club hosted a Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines.

The five-member team visited the Schuylkill County area from Monday through Saturday, according to a Rotary press release.

The visiting Exchange team included team leader Edgar Chiongbian, District 3860 Secretary and past president of the Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines, who is a retired mechanical engineer and businessman. Chiongbian writes a sports column for Sunstar Cebu, a daily newspaper.

Other members of the team included Joan Sarausos-Largo, assistant dean of the College of Law at the University of San Carlos; Josie Marfe Montes, a local government operations officer for the Department of the Interior and Local Government in Calape, Bohol; Sheila Abigail Go, a lawyer specializing in corporate law and taxation; and Merrill May Baje, a pediatric dentist in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu."

JCI Senate

DAILY STAR: Top Stories: "Our thrust this year is to reactivate more JCI Senate chapters throughout the country to widen our implementation of our projects in communities,” Tan said.

Among their projects are the donation iPod Touch units to specials schools for non verbal autism children, wheelchairs, slippers, used computes and school supplies, he said.

The JCI Senate also provides assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers and honors outstanding Filipinos in partnership with Insular Life, and outstanding Filipino physicians with partners - the Department of Health, PhilHealth and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, he added."

Opinion on Women's Health Abroad: Topic: Hysterectomy

Should hysterectomy mean the ovaries come out too? | Reuters: "The current study included more than 25,000 women age 50 to 79. Researchers followed the women for an average of 7 to 8 years to determine how many were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, heart disease, or a hip fracture.

Ovarian cancer was very rare in both groups of women -- 1 in 300 women who only had a hysterectomy were diagnosed with the disease, compared to 1 in 5,000 women who had their ovaries removed with the hysterectomy.

The authors calculated that 323 women would have needed to have their ovaries removed to prevent each case of ovarian cancer.

Both groups of women were diagnosed with heart disease and hip fractures at similar rates, and about the same amount of women in both groups died during the study - 8 of every 1,000 women each year."

Health Update: Firm backs DoH call for pest-free environment | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Firm backs DoH call for pest-free environment | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "To date, according to DoH Assistant Secretary Gerry Bayugo, 13,281 dengue cases have been admitted in hospitals nationwide, 2,870 of them coming from Metro Manila. The cases cover January-February period alone. The gravity of the situation needs community sector action and it is needed now, he said Ruth C. Atienza, chief operating officer of the Mapecon, the country’s foremost authority on mosquito control, said that the company is one with DoH in the campaign but stresses the current practice of aerial spraying (fogging) is not the answer to the mosquito problem. The process, she points out, does not work on airborne mosquitoes as they simply fly away during spraying.

She likewise cautioned the public on mosquito bite during daytime. Dengue is caused by female ‘aegis aegypti’ mosquitoes which bite during the day.

The most effective way of eliminating mosquitoes, according to her, is to attack (spray) their breeding places in stagnant murky water, particularly non-running esteros. This is a sure way of eliminating the larvae before there are hatched."

Local Governance Update: DZIQ: ‘CoA monitors your expenses,’ DILG chief tells local officials - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

DZIQ: ‘CoA monitors your expenses,’ DILG chief tells local officials - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "A circular given to the Commission on Audit would be able to check expenses made by local government officials, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo told Radyo Inquirer in an interview Thursday.

“While it may be true that we may not be able to monitor all the expenses, we have given a circular to the CoA which states the right amount that we think should be spent,” Robredo said.

Robredo said that the circular would be used as basis by the CoA to judge whether the expenses made by local officials were excessive or unjustified.

He said they had been more stringent with the rules and guidelines regarding the use of local funds, asking local officials to specify the businesses they would be using the money for."

Sports Update: PSC wants national athletes to compete PSC-POC Games in May - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

PSC wants national athletes to compete PSC-POC Games in May - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "The Philippine Sports Commission will require all national athletes based in the country to take part in the coming PSC-POC National Games on May 23 to 28 in Negros Occidental.

PSC chair Richie Garcia said on Tuesday 32 sports have been set for staging and the games would serve as the basis for the selection of members of Team Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia in November."

Wellness in Technology & Farming: Government rolls-out IT centres for farmers in the Philippines

Government rolls-out IT centres for farmers in the Philippines | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare: "The provincial government and the Highland Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC) early this year have launched the 46th Farmers Information Technology Services (FITS) centre in the province Kalinga.

Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), FITS centres are established in different provinces in the country serving as one-stop service facility for farmers.

PCARRD, under the Department of Science and Technology also funds ICT grants for farmers for its Techno Gabay (guide) project.

Dr. Teresita Mangili, Regional Techno Gabay Program coordinator, said FITS centres gives the majority of farmers, entrepreneurs, and other clients fast access to IT"

Wellness in Business: Philex reports higher Q1 earnings - Business - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News

Philex reports higher Q1 earnings - Business - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News: "Philex Mining Corp., the country's largest miner, reported on Thursday that its earnings more than doubled in the first three months of the year, boosted by higher value of metals.

In a statement to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Philex said its net income jumped 156 percent to P1.33 billion in the January to March period from P520.1 million in the same months last year.

The company noted that its first quarter net income is the fourth highest quarterly income level in its history."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wellness in Education: DepEd to start 'K+12' in June | The Philippine Star >> News >> Headlines

DepEd to start 'K+12' in June | The Philippine Star >> News >> Headlines: "MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to implement the first phase of its ambitious K+12 (kindergarten plus 12 years) proposal with the establishment of thousands of “kindergarten schools” in most of the 38,000 public elementary schools throughout the country by the opening of school year 2011-2012 this June.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said yesterday the kindergarten schools would also be bolstered by thousands of pre-schools to be created from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) barangay day care centers in collaboration with the Department of Health.

Luistro said the DepEd was given much encouragement to push ahead with their grand plan to add two years to the basic education curriculum (BEC).

The current BEC has 10 years of elementary and secondary education, but the DepEd now wants to have six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school and an additional two years of senior high school."

Wellness in Arts: BusinessWorld Online Edition |The next big star

BusinessWorld Online Edition |The next big star: "The first portfolio review held at Silverlens in 2009 attracted the likes of Tatong Recheta Torres, Leeroy New (who was told to clean up the technical side of his work), Cos Zicarelli, and Mark Salvatus (who was told to stick to his community approach to art, which he did to great success). “You’ll be surprised at how open they were to feedback,” said Ms. Lorenzo, who organized the sessions because she wanted to meet artists away from the school setting and the drunken-gallery-opening setting.

“The idea of making art is so disconnected from what the real life of an artist is,” she continued. “The art world out of school is different. There is no structure, no input from your peers, and you often have to learn on your own.”

In that sense, the Silverlens portfolio review cum critique fills a vacuum. “I take my hat off to Isa for putting this together. It’s a great preparatory procedure for young artists,” said Ms. Ooi, who was also a “judge” in the first edition. “Frankly, particularly in this day and age, I feel it is much needed as the whole business of being an artist is far trickier and precarious if you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.”"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Environmental groups detect toxic vapors in Tondo - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Environmental groups detect toxic vapors in Tondo - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Environmental groups are now urging proper toxic waste disposal after detecting mercury vapors in the port area of Tondo, Manila.

An investigation conducted by environmental groups Ban Toxics, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Health Care Without Harm and the EcoWaste Coalition on April 19 yielded 'disturbing levels of mercury vapor in lamp waste recycling stations' of the Pier 18, Garbage Transfer Station.

In a statement, the groups explained that they used a hand-held ambient air analyzer to obtain mercury vapor data from the sites where the breaking of mercury-containing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) is conducted.

The groups tested 14 used CFLs in two separate breaking sites. The average reading for the tested lamps was 117.20 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3), with one product registering mercury vapor of 502.40 mcg/m3.

The permissible exposure limit for mercury vapor, as set by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is 100 mcg/m3, according to the groups."

To save on rice: Eat camote for breakfast | The Philippine Star >> Business Features >> Agriculture

To save on rice: Eat camote for breakfast | The Philippine Star >> Business Features >> Agriculture: "As a solution to the “perennial” rice shortage the country is facing, a rural banker is promoting the serving of camote, instead of rice, on breakfast tables.

Roberto Alingog, president of PR Bank based in Cauayan, Isabela, who this writer met in Saigon, Vietnam recently, said that reduction in rice consumption would be tremendous if Filipinos eat camote once a day.

“They can take it during breakfast or lunch or dinner, whichever suits them best,” the banker who is a self-confessed camote beakfast-eater said.

He pointed out that instead of importing rice, the government should opt for reduction in consumption. “Apart from neutralizing the rice shortage, the government will save a lot of foreign exchange if importation is minimized or not availed of,” he said."

Monroe commissioners pay golden tribute to Peace Corps volunteers | PoconoRecord.com

Monroe commissioners pay golden tribute to Peace Corps volunteers | PoconoRecord.com: "'I wish I could make a proclamation that all teachers had to go into the Peace Corps and then come back,' said Letitia Lladoc, a retired teacher who served in the Philippines from 1964-66.

During her two-year tour, Lladoc taught English to public school students. While there she met her future husband, Jesse Lladoc, a local politician who became deputy governor of Leyte province. She stayed in the country for 15 years before returning to Monroe County with her husband."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

....beyond my eyes can see....

Wellness Series: ...beyond my eyes can see....

"Beyond my eyes can see....
there must be something more...
beneath the surface rush of things...
there's something else in store....

Beyond this daily life...
there must be more to life...
an underlying rhyme in things...
I must have known before...

Before the seasons change...
before I grew too wise
I asked each passing clouds and search meaning in the skies

I read between the lines but the verses lost their rhymes
And though the truth has long been told...
I'm still waiting for a sign

Where are you?
You whom I seek to know
Are you the one I'm looking for?
Show your face, why don't you break your silence now?
Tame the stormy seas within me
Name the shadows trapped inside
Claim this lost and frightened child
You see in me..... ....

"Something More"

YouTube - Zara Jane Juan, PEACE, Innovative Mind & Body, Wellness, sailingforpeace, UN World Peace Day 2011

YouTube - Zara Jane Juan, PEACE, Innovative Mind & Body, Wellness, sailingforpeace, UN World Peace Day 2011

Jesus Christ - 7 Last Words- Lenten Recollection for Christians

Jesus Christ - 7 Last Words- Lenten Recollection for Christians
To All: Please click above "Jesus Christ - 7 Last Words - Lenten Recollection for Christians" to see the whole presentation in slide share. This is useful for meditative reflection & prayer. Presentation is only 30 minutes. If it is helpful to you, please share. Thank you! God bless you!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wellness Series: Science, Religion and Spirituality in the Age of Aquarius by Ilsa M. Bohn

Wellness Series: Science, Religion and Spirituality in the Age of Aquarius by Ilsa M. Bohn: "Science, Religion and Spirituality in the Age of Aquarius by Ilsa M. Bohn
'Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of spirit, and these three are a trinity synthesized by Life, which pervades them all.'1

Much has been said about the apparent conflict between science and religion. Viewed from a higher plane, there is in fact no conflict. While religion will continue to provide needed ethical guidance and direction as we progress into the Aquarian Age, science will unveil to us our genesis and reveal our Path of return." To know more, click link above or go to Wellness Series: zarajanejuan.blogspot.com

"Filipino prodigy in Shanghai

"Filipino prodigy in Shanghai

Several paintings of the most prolific Filipino child prodigy in visual arts were recently featured in Shanghai at joint exhibition of artworks by gifted child artists from the Philippines and China.

Nine-year-old Hamzah Marbella's 42 artistic creations were displayed among 400 selected artworks of Chinese child artists.

The youngest member of the Art Association of the Philippines, Marbella has produced some 300 artworks and have been awarded with more than 100 top prizes, honors and citations and accolades since he started painting at age two.

Among them are Outstanding Artist Award (Ani ng Sining) from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) last March 10, 2009 at Malacañang Palace. (Roy C. Mabasa)"

ARMM launches barter trading at Polloc port in Maguindanao - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

ARMM launches barter trading at Polloc port in Maguindanao - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) sees a bright business prospect ahead as it launched its maiden barter trading voyage at the Polloc Free Port in Parang, Maguindanao on Monday.

Made up of 23 Muslim entrepreneurs engaged in small and medium-scale trading, the first batch aboard M/L Aizalyn III, would have as its cargoes seaweeds, mangoes and flour, said Philippine Ports Authority regional manager Harry Mohammad.

The maiden voyage to the Sandakan port of Malaysia will have a travel time of three days.

“We hope to see more trips, more participation of our local investors in the future,” Mohammad said.

The revival of the ARMM barter trade came when Acting Regional Governor Ansaruddin Adiong assumed the post in December 2009 ordered the rehabilitation of Polloc port, long abandoned due to security problems and alleged high port charges and toll fees."

Wellness Tip for Peace: Music boosts AFP morale | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Music boosts AFP morale | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "A memorandum of agreement for the caravan, which promotes building convergence for peace and communal unity thru culture, music, and art, was signed Monday between Armed Forces spokesman, Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta, Jr. and singer-composer and OPM President Ogie Alcasid (real name Herminio Alcasid, Jr.), who is also a commissioner of the People Power Commission, at the Hall of Flags at Camp Aguinaldo.

The caravan, dubbed “Building a Convergence for Peace: A Bayanihan Culture and HIMIGSIKAN 2011: ROCKrakan para sa Kapayapaan Concert,” will be held on April 27 at the Camp Aguinaldo grandstand.

According to the AFP spokesman, the event primarily aims to boost the morale and pay tribute to the Filipino soldiers for their heroism and sacrifices in defending the freedom and independence enjoyed by the Filipino people.

It also aims to inculcate the values of creativity, Filipino identity and traditions, and the peaceful aspirations of the Filipino people through musical expressions.

The caravan also supports the reform initiatives of President Benigno Aquino III's Daang Matuwid and the Reform, Peace, Modernization and Morale of troops (RPMM) program of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo SL Oban, Jr. It will also promote the AFP's IPSP 'Bayanihan' among soldiers, their immediate community, and other stakeholders."

Wellness Tip for Peace: 'High' in Tagaytay | The Philippine Star >> News >> Entertainment

'High' in Tagaytay | The Philippine Star >> News >> Entertainment: "MANILA, Philippines - Tagaytay is the destination when one wishes to get away from the fast-paced city life and the scorching summer sun. One doesn’t need to travel far and drive long to get that much-needed break.

The perfect place to stay down south is the five-hectare Taal Vista Hotel where the past meets the present. One’s childhood memories of Taal Volcano, picnic grove and Tagaytay’s chilly warm weather come back like everything just happened yesterday. The best part, however, is one can share these with the younger generation.

“They have fond memories and you get to see them back here with their families,” says hotel GM Bernardo Corpus Jr. of Tagaytay and the experience that comes with it. “It is a perfect place for peace and quiet. Here, you commune with nature. You see the mountain (range) and the waters. You also feel the breeze. The air is still fresh. The wind is relaxing. It cleans your lungs.”"

Mindanao: peace and development

The Mindanao Examiner: "Just recently, the so-called ‘peace and development volunteers’ in the town finished a livelihood seminar on banana fiber production and were able to sell over P60,000 worth of products to Japan through the Banana Fiber Production Industry.

The seminar was made possible through the 66th Infantry Battalion which coordinated with AZTROPEX, an international exporter of banana products.

“This is the result of cooperation and understanding between the local government unit of New Bataan and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. We are thankful for the partnership that we have with the 66th Infantry Battalion and now we have nine villages that had been provided livelihood projects,” the mayor said."

Wellness Tip for Peace

Wellness Tip for Peace: "Five myths about vegans - The Washington Post: 'Vegans have countless rules about what can be eaten.

To vegans, it appears that meat-eaters are the ones with lots of rules. In the United States, people eat cows but not horses, and chickens but not cats. But among Hindus in India, cows are verboten, and in the Philippines and Korea, Lassie is on the menu. Some religions forbid eating pigs, while others don’t. In the face of these varying, often contradictory norms, vegans have only one rule: We don’t intentionally eat, use or wear anything from an animal — whether meat, leather, eggs, milk, wool, silk or honey.

If veganism seems to need an instruction manual, it’s because dead animals turn up in unexpected places. Most marshmallows contain gelatin, derived from animal bones. So do gelcaps and photographic film. Hostess fruit pies (but not Little Debbie’s) are made with beef fat. Dryer sheets have animal fat, too. Toothpaste may contain bone meal. And shampoo may have egg protein.

Sure, the list seems to go on and on. But at your chain supermarket, more products than ever are vegan-friendly. In 2011, it’s not hard to live up to veganism’s one simple ideal: trying to do the least harm possible.' pls check website for complete info"

prayGodblessyou: The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ - Lenten Recollection for Christians

prayGodblessyou: The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ - Lenten Recollection for Christians: "To All: Please click above 'The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ - Lenten Recollection' to see the whole presentation in slide share. This is useful for meditative reflection & prayer. Presentation is only 30 minutes. If it is helpful to you, please share. Thank you! God bless you!"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dredging Today – Philippines: Department of Environment and Natural Resources Eyes Master Plan for Laguna de Bay

Dredging Today – Philippines: Department of Environment and Natural Resources Eyes Master Plan for Laguna de Bay: "The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as other agencies concerned aim to develop this year a comprehensive master plan for saving Laguna de Bay, the Philippines’ largest but dying freshwater body.
“This aims to ensure that what we’ll do is correct,” Environment chief Ramon Paje said Wednesday on the side of the Communication and News Exchange Forum that Philippine Information Agency organized with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and which DENR hosted at its headquarters in Quezon City.
PCOO head Secretary Sonny Coloma agrees, noting work on the lake requires thorough planning to maximize resources appropriated for the purpose.
“Correct analysis of a problem will help yield the correct solution,” he said at the forum.
Laguna de Bay continues reeling from environmental degradation and other threats which further reduce this water body’s water carrying capacity and socio-economic potential."

Cheetahs need your help to go to Peru | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Cheetahs need your help to go to Peru | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "ANILA, Philippines — They’re not just any old cheetah, they’re GOOD CHEETAHS!! (So good, in fact, that they need the double exclamation point.)

Something else they’re not? Four-legged.

These cheetahs are of the human variety, and they need your help to vacation in Peru.

Comprised of a group of students taking up their master’s degree in Management from the University of the Philippines Mindanao, all the while working full time, the GOOD CHEETAHS! joined a contest organized by Intrepid Travel.

The rules of the contest are simple enough: create a team (maximum 11 members, that includes you), take a photo of said team, then tell the world why you need to win. The prize? An all-expense paid trip to Peru to explore the wonders of Machu Picchu."

Travel website 'Choose Philippines' gives the real deal on PH destinations | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

Travel website 'Choose Philippines' gives the real deal on PH destinations | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features: "MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos and foreigners looking for the real deal on what to see, where to go, what to eat, and where to stay in the Philippines will find the newly launched Choose Philippines website helpful.

The travel website with the URL http://www.choosephils.com/ promises to give 'accurate and up-to-date information about the places, food and culture of the Philippines from a uniquely Filipino perspective,' according to a statement released by the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG), which publishes the website.

Launched on April 15, Choose Philippines is touted as the first geo-social networking website on travel, places, events, food, and people of the Philippines."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Metro Manila air quality has improved: DENR - Yahoo!

Metro Manila air quality has improved: DENR - Yahoo!: "MANILA, Philippines – The quality of air in Metro Manila 'has considerably improved,' Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje said.
Citing data gathered from the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Paje said the level of air pollution in the metropolis during the second half of 2010 was reduced by 20%."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Private citizens mull abuse raps vs Willie Revillame - Nation - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News

Private citizens mull abuse raps vs Willie Revillame - Nation - GMA News Online - Latest Philippine News: "The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), an attached agency of the Office of the President, meanwhile, likened the “macho-dancing' kid incident to prostitution.

'That prostitution is a normal act was the undercurrent of Jan-Jan’s performance. The loud response of adult audiences and his family toward his dance mirrors the depressing reality of society’s misconception,' the agency said in a statement.

The commission also asked television networks to avoid cultivating a “culture' where “sexual travesty' among children is “rewarded with money.'

“If they would grow up in a culture where sexual travesty is normal, appreciated, and rewarded with money, a generation of prostitutes is what this country will produce. Why? Because a prostitute is one who sells one's abilities, talent or name for an unworthy purpose,' the statement read.

The PCW added that it is currently coordinating with the MTRCB, the Optical Media Board and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility to devise a code of ethics “for gender sensitive and gender fair practices in media.' — with Andreo Calonzo/KBK/RSJ, GMA News"

Philippines adopts ways to reduce pollution

Philippines adopts ways to reduce pollution: "Philippines adopts ways to reduce pollution
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Manila, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines made its first step in coming up with an environment-friendly transport model for the country, which the government hopes will help reduce pollution.

The distribution of the 20 Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded electric tricycles or e-trikes in Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila, Philippines' capital, on Wednesday came a week after a lawmaker proposed banning the use of plastic bags in major establishments.

In a statement, ADB's Principal Energy Specialist Sohail Hasnie said that every 20,000 e-trikes that are introduced to Manila's streets will save the 100,000 liters of foreign fuel imports each day or about 35 million U.S. dollars annually. ADB said e-trikes are more sustainable and energy-efficient.

'This initiative not only benefits the environment, but it also supports the Philippines drive to become more energy independent,' Hasnie added."

Mindanews » GPH, NDF peace negotiators upbeat on talks

Mindanews » GPH, NDF peace negotiators upbeat on talks: "GPH, NDF peace negotiators upbeat on talks
By Joan Mae Soco-Bantayan | Wednesday| April 13, 2011 | Filed under: GRP-NDF, Top Stories

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – Two peace negotiators, one coming from the Philippine government and the other from the National Democratic Front (NDF) yesterday said the prospects for the recently resumed peace talks between the two parties were looking good.
GPH peace panel member Ednar Dayanghirang and NDF peace panel vice chair Fidel Agcaoili spoke in a forum yesterday at the Grand Men Seng Hotel here, on the updates of the peace process which resumed in Oslo, Norway in February.
Dayanghirang, however, said “kailangan din talaga ang (we really need) people’s participation” in building an atmosphere conducive to dialogue.
He said that based on lessons learned from the past negotiations it is necessary to secure parallel venues for the talks, acknowledge that military actions cannot resolve armed conflict, bring public voice to the negotiating table, and recognize the vital role of civil society and media."

BusinessWorld Online Edition |Japanese firms eyeing shift need a ‘good environment’

BusinessWorld Online Edition |Japanese firms eyeing shift need a ‘good environment’: "Japanese firms eyeing shift need a ‘good environment’

POWER SUPPLY and infrastructure issues have to be addressed by the government if it wants to attract Japanese companies looking to relocate their quake-hit factories, an embassy official said.
'With [a] good environment, they might be encouraged to shift production in the Philippines,' said Shinzuke Shimizu, head of chancery at the Japanese embassy, in an interview last Friday.
President Benigno S. C. Aquino III last month ordered the Trade department to consider lobbying Japanese firms to pull up stakes after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused plant shutdowns and supply disruptions.
'A serious concern is stable electricity. Some electronic products need constant, regular electricity,' Mr. Shimizu told BusinessWorld.
He also cited Metro Manila’s heavy traffic, which makes transporting goods from areas south of the metropolis to the north difficult.
'If these are improved, Japanese companies may consider investing in the Philippines,' Mr. Shimizu said.
A representative of the local Japanese business chamber, meanwhile, said the country offered some advantages. An investments official also said the Philippines was ready to welcome additional Japanese investments."

Araw Ng Kagitingan – A Day of Valor | The Negros Chronicle - News around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, Philippines

Araw Ng Kagitingan – A Day of Valor | The Negros Chronicle - News around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, Philippines: "THE CIVIC CIRCLE
This week we enjoy a holiday called Araw ng Kagitingan, formerly known as Bataan Day. On this day, April 9, 1942, the Filipino-American forces in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese imperial Army. At dawn, 9 April 1942, Major General Edward P. King, Jr., commanding Luzon Force, Bataan, Philippine Islands, surrendered more than 76,000 (67,000 Filipinos, 1,000 Chinese Filipinos, and 11,796 Americans) starving and diseaseridden men. Thus begun the Death March, where almost 20,000 prisoner of war died.

Of the 52,000 who survived the march (42,000 Filipinos and 9,200 Americans) the prisoners of war were forced to endure a 90-mile (140 km) march to captivity at Camp O’Donnell . Those who were lucky to travel on trucks to San Fernando endured more than 25 additional miles of marching. Prisoners were beaten randomly and denied food and water. Those who fell behind were usually executed or left to die; the sides of the roads were littered with the dead and the dying. Of those imprisoned at Camp O’Donnel in Capas, Tarlac 30,000 more died “There are times,’’ United States Secretary of War Henry Stimson said, “when men have to die.’’ Tens of thousands of men died defending Bataan during World War II."

PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines

PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines: "The AFP is upbeat in its battle in winning peace through social networking sites. To date, more than 6,000 fans have registered in the Armed Forces of the Philippines official Facebook Fan Page while more than a thousand followers were drawn to @TeamAFP Twitter account.
According to the AFP, the social networking sites are good venues to get updates and feedbacks on vital issues from the public in a democratic yet peaceful approach.
The AFP considers this a positive development in its continuing fight for peace and campaign against violence. Thus, Facebook and Twitter became an avenue in realizing the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan.”"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Filipinos ask to help reduce carbon footprint | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

Filipinos ask to help reduce carbon footprint | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "“With the continuing rise in oil prices brought about by political instabilities in the Middle East countries, it is but necessary for us Filipinos as a nation to make adjustments in our lifestyle so as to minimize the impact of rising cost of living to our families,' said DENR Sec. Ramon Paje.

“If there’s anything that we need to do in the face of these uncertainties, such should have reduced impact on the environment or, that would reduce our carbon footprint,” Paje said.

Carbon footprint refers to the totality of the impact or effect of all activities done by an organization, group or indi-vidual on the environment. It covers all greenhouse gases that each individual or organization may emit in the atmo-sphere as a result of its activities."

PSC, Brunei to sign sports pact | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

PSC, Brunei to sign sports pact | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online: "Philippine Sports Commission officials led by chairman Ricardo Garcia offered to introduce arnis, the traditional Filipino martial arts, while Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah said they can help improve Filipino skills in pencak silat, sepak takraw and traditional boat race.

“We see the potential of Brunei learning more about martial arts like arnis,” said Haji Abdullah.

Aside from arnis, the Philippines will also try to assist Brunei in developing basketball, softball and athletics – sports that Filipinos are seen to have some expertise.

But the Philippines appears to gain more from the exchange as the country has had difficulty landing medals in pencak silat, sepak takraw and the traditional boat race in the Southeast Asian Games where arnis is not part of the events.

Garcia said the details of the Memorandum of Agreement are now being finalized but no date has yet been set for its signing."

PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines

PIA daily news in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Pangalatok from around the Philippines: "In line with the dance fest, the National Committee on Dance headed by Shirley Halili-Cruz will hold a Dance Xchange 2011 with the theme “Cultural Connectivity through Dance.”
Halili-Cruz said the event aims to foster cooperation in the dance community, as well make the Philippines a destination for foreign dance companies. It also aims to provide a venue for interaction and insight from both local and foreign dances, and strengthen network among dance organizations.
The event will also serve as an opportunity for local and foreign dance groups to strut their moves in front of renowned dance companies who will take part in this event.
The two-part celebration will kick off with a national dance competition organized by the NCCA on April 25 and 26 to be followed by the international dance festival which will run from April 27 to 29."

AFP: Philippine school creates arts ambassadors

AFP: Philippine school creates arts ambassadors: "Our dream and goal is to ennoble the Filipino spirit -- that we are good, that we can excel,' the school's executive director and Jesuit priest, Carmelo Caluag, told AFP.
'We are doing this because art and culture are the windows to the soul of the people, they nurture our spirit.'
The school began as a more informal haven for young artists in the 1970s.
It was established by the then first lady Imelda Marcos, who lavished much time and money on the arts during her dictator husband's 20-year rule of the country.
Marcos chose the slopes of 1,090-metre (3,600-foot) Mount Makiling as the site, which was named after the enchanting daughter of two deities who protected nature in local folklore.
It was however only in 1989 that then-president Corazon Aquino signed an executive order establishing it as an official public high school for gifted children, a third-world replica of New York's famous Juilliard.
The students at Makiling are now carefully chosen from thousands of applicants who audition for just over 30 slots a year."

Malaya | National

Malaya | National: "A UNITED Nations special representative for children and armed conflict said on Friday that communist leaders have agreed to hold talks on a plan to eliminate child soldiers.

Coomaraswamy Radhika said in a briefing that her team has been invited by the leaders of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to Utrecht to discuss an action plan similar to one forged earlier by Muslim rebels.

'We plan to send a team to Utrecht the soonest time possible to begin the discussions,' Coomaraswamy said.

Coomaraswamy said the NDFP, which is representing the New People’s Army and the Communist Party of the Philippines in peace negotiations with the Philippine government, did not acknowledge using child fighters but admitted of having a 'problem' on this particular issue."

BERNAMA - Malaysia Want Philippines And MILF To Sign Peace Agreement Quickly

BERNAMA - Malaysia Want Philippines And MILF To Sign Peace Agreement Quickly

Metro kids offer peace cranes - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Metro kids offer peace cranes - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines—An offer of a thousand peace cranes from a group of children in Metro Manila is among the responses the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) has received from the public for its relief drive for victims of the triple disasters in Japan.

This came as two consular teams from the Philippine Embassy in Japan journeyed to Fukushima prefecture yesterday to bring relief goods to Filipinos there who have been displaced by the nuclear emergency resulting from the 9-magnitude earthquake and monster tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.

The consular missions visited four locations in Fukushima and distributed food packs, rice, canned goods, bottled water, blankets and other relief items.

The PDI launched the relief drive on April 4 in partnership with Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and Peace Boat, a Japan-based international organization that works to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development.

The Peace Boat, a cruise ship with a capacity of 2,000 passengers, will dock on April 13 in Manila, its last port of call before leaving for Japan. It will carry relief goods for distribution in Japan."

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