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, symposiums & fora meant to achieve wellness in mind, body, spirit & economics as tools for peace & nation-building. Supported by the Academe Sector, Government Agencies, NGO's, Civic Societies & Business Clubs.

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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 MalacaƱang 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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