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Of Choosing Your Battles: Raw Sunday Reflections

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If there is one thing that should be taught to grade school formative years, I would give two. One is financial independence and the other is introductory courses about the Real World. There are so many things the world after childhood has not prepared me for, and looking back, it made me become a better and bigger person but unfortunately, a bruised one at best. 

You’ll learn so much living with kids than you’ll ever do with adults actually. Their point of views in life are simple, raw and the most ethical ways you can ever take. I had a conversation with my niece a few days ago and aside from the usual kulitan we dropped into a serious note that left me blown away, she sighed about how hard it is to find true friends. I was saddened by that fact but a part of me felt glad since she would be able to treasure true friends for a lifetime the moment she finds one at a very young age.



I am blessed to have friends who are as close to my heart as family. But sadly I had left all of them in…

My MBA Diaries: Awesome Takes on Filipino Entrepreneurship

The Filipino Entrepreneur The observed characteristics of the Filipino entrepreneur is very much alike to the Eastern philosophy of yin and yang: someone who has strengths and weakness. It is no secret that the successes of today's wealthiest Filipino businessmen was largely influenced by their traits, values and experiences as they rise above their adversities in life and did what they have to do to survive. They have turned their negative practices and attitudes into entrepreneurial assets.

It is very relevant to my life in a sense that we all need role models growing up and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship.

With the current business climate, it makes sense to learn from the best to be the best. 
Industry’s key players could be a rich source of information if you wish to be one of them some day. Their frugality, self-discipline and undying thirst for learning, made them accumulate wealth in the process.


Henry Sy, the Philippine’s top retail magnate has grown his investments…

Know someone or an org doing awesome stuff for the country? 6th RAFI Triennial Awards

May we invite you to nominate individuals and institutions to the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards.

The awards program aims to recognize people and organizations who have committed themselves to building a more humane, equitable and caring society.  

It is given in 2 categories: the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

The Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of fellow Filipinos.  The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution is open to all institutions or organizations. They may be government organizations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, or people’s organizations, which have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in…

Open Graduation Letter To My Baby Bro

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Kif!

Congratulations! You made it! I will support whatever it is you decide to do from this point on as I always did when we were young.

I just wish there was someone who could have told me this when I graduated: real world sucks. Competition is cutthroat, expectations are high and it'll seem that the whole world is waiting for you to fail. But guess what? It took me a long time to figure life out and the only way to survive is to actually not care. Yep, you heard me right.

Don't give an F about anything that doesn't matter. It's easy to get distracted in life but if you just write down your goals and aspirations and look into it daily, your mind will conceive and the universe will connive to make it happen. You saw my post-its in my room. That's what it was for.Don't even care if you fail. If you fail, the better. Why? You become a better version of yourself. Don't care about words coming from people who don't want the best for you. Don't even care …

What The UK Ambassador Did That Delighted Filipino Guests

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad greeted guests in eloquent Filipino which came as a pleasant surprise in an intimate event with British diplomats and Cebu society.

He shares the hardships they had to go through when the most unfortunate thing happened to our country. "As we had no military operational links with the Philippines, I had to ensure that our deployment of two navy ships, three [Royal Air Force] cargo planes and 1,200 military personnel were able to operate effectively."

Overcoming a huge dilemma in transporting care to those who need it most, it has never been highly publicized that United Kingdom is the number one contributor in the wake of supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda’s wreckage in the Visayas, surpassing the US, humility that is of record level, a testament to their genuine care for us as a nation. 
He also shares his vision of attracting more stakeholders to come and invest in the country thus creating more jobs and opportunities and his track …

What Happens When Kids Are Taught The Basics of Fire Safety

For 10 days across different schools in the operating area of VECO, the electric service provider to Metro Cebu conducted enjoyable seminars to fifth graders aimed at fire safety, education against kite flying, personal defense, and practical first aid treatment. The Fire Safety Caravan fortifies the fact that kids learn when they have fun, understand its relevance and when they have complete hands-on experience. Enjoy the short film featuring the kids from Mandaue City Central School!



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#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Corporate Social Responsibility For a firm that monopolizes a utility service, VECO as a brand is never perceived as an evil capitalist mainly because they genuinely care about their customers by having numerous activities, benefit programs and marketing strategy such as this. It is a mantra that is passed on from generation to generation that every enterprise, big or small, should give back to its community. Implementin…

How Cebu Provincial Gov't and CEMEX Makes A Difference After Haiyan

CEMEX Philippines, the leading producer of cement and other ready-mix products worldwide, officially partners with the provincial government, city governments of Northern Cebu and various non-government organizations to help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda today.

According to Chito Maniago, CEMEX Philippines director for corporate communications and public affairs, the company’s new project dubbed as “Build Unity” is a “holistic, strategic and synergized community rebuilding program”.

A total of Php25M donated by the various CEMEX branches worldwide is intended to help the victims of the typhoon.

“It’s not the money but the partnership created. In unity, there is strength. We can’t do it alone,” said Maniago.
CEMEX Philippines tapped Task Force Paglig-on of the provincial government for the said project.

Atty. Ramil Abing, who appeared in behalf of Gov. Hilario Davide III, thanked CEMEX Philippines and other partners for their commitment and continued efforts in rebuilding Cebu.

“Th…

How to save babies during calamities #haiyan #yolanda

During emergency situations, disease and death rates among children under-five are generally higher than for any other age group. The younger the infant, the higher the risk. 
Focusing on the appropriate feeding of infants and young children can reduce the risk of malnutrition and mortality.
During the first six months of life, no other food or liquid is usually required to meet the nutritional requirements of an infant other than breast milk. As these requirements change, complementary foods are subsequently needed. Under normal circumstances, infants who are not breastfed for the first six months are five times more likely to die from pneumonia and fourteen times more likely to die from diarrhea than infants who are exclusively breastfed. The valuable protection from infection and its consequences that breast milk provides is all the more important in environments without safe water supply and sanitation.

There is a common misconception that in emergencies, many mothers can no longer…

What's Happens When You Gather 300 Geeks At Boracay

A Philippine start-up community road map is needed to push the Philippine economy forward faster. 

This consensus began shaping up as some 300 Pinoy and international attendees participated in the two-day conference dubbed as Geeks on a Beach or #GOAB in the world-famous tourism destination in the Philippines, Boracay Island.

Held last Sept. 26-27, the conference themed “Bringing together tech innovators – from startups to global heroes” gathered an impressive lineup of 41 tech / startup experts as event speakers and the support of59 sponsors and partners.

In a roundtable discussion among stakeholders, deputy executive Director Mon Ibrahim of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO) welcomed, among other recommendations, the crafting of a Philippine road map for startups.

Startups refer to fast-growing Internet-based businesses set up by entrepreneurs, something that began in the first startup community in Silicon Valley dec…

YOU'RE INVITED: Rock Ed Cebu 1st Year Anniversary Events

Call to action re: Zamboanga War
1.) Kick-off event:
Movie Wednesday at Handuraw
September 25, 2013, 7pm
(Handuraw, 2nd Floor)
Featuring Cebu's Promising Indie Films


2.) Main Event:
Peace Concert
September 28, 2013, 7pm-sawa
(Handuraw, 1st Floor)
Featuring Cebu's Hottest LoKal Bands
Book Drive/ Donation Drive for the displaced evacuees in Zamboanga standoff.

Peace Facts
Cebu City Council Resolution No. 09-044, 12-756, 12-3789-2012, 12-4252-2012 declared this month as Interfaith and Peace Month.United Nations Resolution 36/67 establishes the International Day of Peace every 21st of September.

Life Notes I was in Cagayan de Oro for a very short trip a few days ago and the tensions in Zamboanga echoed among airwaves and everyday conversations with the locals like wildfire waiting to consume us all. If you are not familiar with this unfortunate tale, I recommend you read this eye opening piece by Jowel Canuday of GMA News.
But you have to know that there is always something we can do n…

My Alternative Proposals Instead Of #ScrapPork #MillionPeopleMarch PDAF

I have nothing against #ScrapPork and the #MillionPeopleMarch. In fact, I am so happy that the people are not passive about this, as active citizenship is badly needed in these challenging times. I call it heroic. Our country, despite the amazing credit rating, is currently facing grave effects of corruption, cities drowning under water because of torrential rains and hundreds of lives lost in yet another sea tragedy. 

I want the people to be angry. We need a burning passion to rebuild, passion for our country to excel. But we should do it smartly.

I strongly believe Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is notto blame. It was intended to distribute national wealth for soft (social services) and hard (infrastructure) government projects supposedly. A vision to serve people. Please don't blame the initiative. Even great NGOs are suffering from bad publicity because of the involvement of the bogus ones. We can't abolish it since the government agencies would have to do all …

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Master the Art of Family Business Governance from the Best

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To every businessman or prospective entrepreneur, you have to check out the Family Enterprise Excellence Conference which is tailored fit for the Visayas and Mindanao economic conditions and values.

As someone who have been in the corporate environment for quite some time now, I have come to realize that managing business and people is one challenge that can be just as difficult as managing a family. I can only imagine the hell you go through, when the demands and hassles of both, mix in the most stressful way.

Theme: From Inheritance to Legacy: Growing and Sustaining the
Family Business for the Next Generations
April 13,2013 Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
The rationale of the conference theme is to highlight leaders in family enterprise management who have succesfully grown their family businesses and at the same time maintained unity across several generations.

There are several things you SHOULD know though why you should secure yourself a ticket or two:
Family ownership create…

Assuming A Greater Challenge: NNCRVII Appoints New Champions to Causes

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I have always used my social media influence to promote awesome things: from great personal reflections, to events with a blast; but what I'm most notable for is my inclination towards anything for social good. 

So it comes as no surprise that I became part of one of the fastest emerging organization of media practitioners in Cebu assembled by the National Nutrition Council that would help sustain efforts for nutrition campaigns, advocacy and events.

Malnutrition is one of the effects of poverty that has been putting the country at bay in terms of human and economic advancement.

MEDIA INFORMATION NETWORK FOR NUTRITION AND DEVELOPMENT 7 (MIND 7) has been involved with projects and events that NNC Region 7 has been fighting for these past few years.

Yours truly, was just entrusted the position as Secretary and was blessed enough to land in a national daily via coverage by Ms. Cheryl Baldicantos of Manila Bulletin. As I assume a new responsibility, I promise to do everything in my pow…

Most Innovative International Weight Loss Success Now in Cebu

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Cebuanos can now enjoy the benefits of a slimmer and healthier body with the opening of the Cohen's Lifestyle Centre in the Queen City of the South. Conveniently located at Suite 105 Business Center A, 880 A.S. Fortuna Street, Oakridge Business Park, Banilad, Mandaue City, the Cebu branch of the Cohen's Lifestyle Centre offers the same rapid weight-loss and wellness program through nutrition.  Scientifically proven to allow individuals to safely and effectively lose 8-10 lbs. in one month, the Cohen Program is based on internationally-accepted medical research and has been available for over 25 years with thousands of success stories worldwide. Available exclusively at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre Philippines, the program was formulated by Dr. Rami Cohen, MD, an international specialist renowned for his research on the hormones involved in obesity and weight loss.
Dr. Cohen’s research isolated the hormones responsible for obesity. These are the human growth hormone (HGH) which…

Helping Nature and Endangered Animals Has Never Been This Rockin Fun!

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Eco Art & Music Fest Fundraiser Opens January 19 at Conspiracy Garden Café

Manila (December, 2012) – An art exhibit and music fest fundraiser for Save Philippine Seas’ Pawikan Watchers program opens on January 19, 2013 at the Conspiracy Garden Café, Quezon City.

EndDanger, which features mixed media artworks from the group Artists for Nature and performances from Flying Ipis and other music bands, calls attention to the growing problem of animal endangerment in the Philippines and encourages the community to get involved in conservation and protection efforts.

Although gifted with a rich and biologically diverse ecosystem, from lush forests to a vibrant marine life, our country’s natural resources have significantly dwindled over time. Animal species, in particular, are under increasing threat from habitat destruction, pollution and commercial exploitation. Many are now in the verge of extinction.

The artists and organizers behind EndDanger seek to raise funds for the monitoring o…

Give Smiles To Homeless Kids

We all have wonderful memories as snot-nosed kids, or if you disagree with me, then for the most part of it, we were comfortable. We had nothing to worry about but the exams and assignments to fulfill, when our favorite anime is on air, what games to play with our troublesome friends at dismissal, what food to buy in the canteen and the list could go on.

Sadly, not all of us had such dilemma but had way rougher at a young age.
We have homeless children who had been emotionally and physically shattered by the harsh living conditions of the streets; whose families suffer or break apart right before their very eyes, whose tummies ache because it had nothing to digest thus, their intestines are the ones facing the painful acidic reactions from their bile. We are never to blame or judge these kids if they had to turn to chemical addiction, crime, prostitution or worse, suicide, because we were never there in their darkest moments.

Think life is hard? Think again.
Good thing there are those pe…

Running to be a Hero | GK Cebu Run 2012

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We all want to be nation builders or at least in our own little ways, to spark social good. GK is giving us the opportunity to help others by letting us do what we do best, staying fit and having fun! They are bringing a big running event here in Cebu championing the causes of our people.

Mark your calendars as this coming November 25, 2012 (Sunday), Gawad Kalinga Cebu is going to hold the GK Cebu Run 2012:

Takbo ng mga Bayani

Gawad Kalinga is a global movement that aims to build communities for the poor by mainstreaming the GK culture of caring and sharing. Through the efforts of both the public and private sectors, we now have 16 GK communities in Cebu and over 2000 communities all over the Philippines and abroad. By taking part in this activity, and running as a hero, we can surely help more poor communities lift themselves from poverty and help spread awareness of the cause.

Below are the details of the run:

Category           Entry Fee          Gun Start
3K                     P300…