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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 bringing about comprehensive and responsible development.

To nominate, you may fill out the attached nomination form and mail it to:

Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center 
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. 
35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City, 6000 

You may also send your nominations through email at;
OR through text by keying in
Nominee's Full Name <space> Nominee's Contact Details <space> Name of Person Nominating, 
and sending to 0949-764-3525 or to 0927-576-8055; 

OR by logging on to

Deadline for submission of nominations is on May 31, 2014. 

Winners of each award category will be given a trophy, cash prize of not less than Php 400,000, and the opportunity to travel in the Visayas and Mindanao to share their expertise and experience to various groups. 
Nominations are also accepted from government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, civil society, academe, and the business sector. Self-nomination is discouraged.

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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 record would speak for itself.

He now looks forward to a brighter future for Philippines as with the rest of us.

He has chosen a long time Cebu resident who served a key role in organizing British aid as UK new honorary consul in Cebu. Ms Tamsin Booth has been assigned to care for British citizens in the Visayas and she speaks our local vernacular (Bisaya) as beautifully as she looks.

To our British envois, we, the Filipino people, will be forever grateful by your generosity, urgency and humility all these years.

Instagrammed with [l-r] Ms Victoria Buenaventura, Consul Ms Tamsin Booth, Ambassador Asif Ahmad and yours truly.

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Viral Video: Why Philippine Army Scout Rangers Are Plain Awesome

Ex-Navy SEAL Joel Lambert faces off against the Philippines Army Scout Rangers, with just 48 hours to escape the dense jungle. Over a distance of 25 kilometers, and with two trucks as their only asset, the Scout Rangers prove they are among the world's best at jungle tracking as they utilize their unique death defying skill set to stay hot on Joel's trail. But the harsh heat and humidity of the Philippine jungle and an unfortunately timed typhoon push Joel, the hunter unit and crew to the brink. Brace yourselves...

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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.

“The province is doing its best to help and is currently facilitating the release of the help from the national government,” reported Abing.

Aside from the provincial government, “Build Unity” project is in partnership also with the city governments of Bogo and Danao where four (4) unity villages are set to be built with the help of Gawad Kalinga.

CEMEX Philippines partners also with the Department of Education Cebu Division to rehabilitate Kawit National High School in Medellin and with 3 Villages, 1 Goal  (3V1G):

  1. to build a community health center in Malapascua Island, 
  2. provide a bancambulansya (boat ambulance) and 
  3. train the people on first-aid and disaster response.

This project also aims to build a community livelihood center in Carnaza Island where a masonry skills training will be conducted with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and install underwater cement sculptures and driftwood sculptures in various coastal towns that would serve as marine habitat as well as boost the areas’ ecotourism.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. and Daanbantayan City Mayor Augusto Corro unceasingly thanked all the government, non-government organizations and private entities who continued to send help even up to now. They are aiming to acquire lots for the relocation of the many families that survived the typhoon Yolanda as well as rehabilitate the damaged houses and livelihood.

“We are committed to the province, and to the cities. You can count on us. This is not just an act of today but we are moving forward,” said Paul Arcenas, CEMEX Phils vice president for strategic planning. (Lianne Llesol)

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The Rise of Techie Pinoy Laborers

Digital skills are seen as most critical to economic growth especially in the Asia Pacific region. Governments are encouraged to revamp education and offer more opportunities for employment to hasten economic development.

To address the increasing demand for skilled technical workers, Intel and TEVSAPHIL are working to integrate the Intel Easy Steps course into vocational programs nationwide.

Yours truly with Cebu bloggers supporting the cause.

To date, Intel Easy Steps, through its various partners, have reached a total of 54,034 grassroots learners and 1,182 trainers.

About Intel-TEVSAPHIL Partnership

Intel is looking at this collaboration to scale the reach of the Intel Easy Steps through the 4,500-strong private vocational school network of TEVSAPHIL INC.

“These days, knowing how to use ICT tools like computers, tablets, word processing, email, the internet among others is imperative in delivering quality services in healthcare, tourism, and business process outsourcing,” 
- Alex T. Escaño, Chairman & President, TEVSAPHIL -

“We envision a future where the Filipino workforce can readily harness the power of technology for both employment and their lives outside work. 
"Our partnership with Intel is definitely a step towards that direction.” 
Mr. Escaño adds.

About Intel Easy Steps

With the Intel Easy Steps course integrated into its programs, TEVSAPHIL will be able to improve the digital literacy skills of both trainers and tech-voc students, who will in turn impart their acquired skills to other members.

Intel Easy Steps teaches adult learners basic computer skills like word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia, internet, and email, and trains them how to use these skills for entrepreneurship and employment. 

“We have seen great success from Intel Easy Steps in the Philippines, and we are very grateful for the continued support of TESDA.
We are very hopeful that with this complementary partnership with TEVSAPHIL, we will be able to reach more technical vocation learners and together achieve a digitally literate workforce in the future,” 
- Yvonne Flores, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel PH -

#JayseeBlabs on Supporting Vocational Training

For a global technology technology brand, investing in vocational education could only develop positive brand awareness as well as reaching out to potential market, who will, one day, consume and adapt to high-end technology by increasing its value to the life of the learners; a smart move indeed both in business and social responsibility perspective.


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A Dying Man's Wish

We are not strong.

I am sorry to disappoint you, world but we are not as “resilient” as what you may have heard of us. You can’t just say that we had this crisis because we are "strong people."  

When the greatest storm of biblical magnitude comes crashing in, you’ve got nowhere to run, the strength we once know just… disappears.

Nothing will ever discount the pain brought about when our towns got awashed like an ant thrown into a tumbling industrial washing machine. If developed nations took a considerable amount of time to recover, imagine a small country like ours suffering hundred times more.

No one could ever be prepared enough for the tragedy that took the lives of hundreds of thousands and one heart of our nation.

An expat stormchaser recounts the last days of Tacloban as a sea of water where, moments later, lit up the dark sky as the remnants of the city went afire.

Where were you as a child got torn away my arms by ravaging waters finger by finger? Where were you as a gym’s roof got ripped away by devilish winds and landed on some crouching people as furious as you would stomp on a cockroach? Yes. You were safe and warm. Oh wait, have you ever seen a bloated corpse? Yep, she could be a wife, a mother, or a sister over there.

The winds had this… sinister ominous whistle. You heard it didn’t you? How can I forget it? It cradled me to sleep.

Thing is, we’ll never know when we are able to stand up again. 
The people were beyond exhausted. 

The rest of us had grief taken over our bodies and began to act on instincts. Ravaged. Beastly. The stench of death everywhere taught them to be stronger. Panning your vision around, you are unable to make the places that you once call home. Survival withers away by the second and the last ones have hit rock bottom.

I wish I can say to myself that the only to look is up, but their joints are too weak to even pivot. Emotionally. Spiritually. Physically. 

I don’t have the energy to blame anyone. So should you. No blaming politicians and their cohorts whose corruption scandal just went public. No blaming risk councils whose disaster plan was a blank web page. No blaming the media who upon hearing the tragedy went on to air stupid dance numbers instead of a telethon and uninterrupted coverage. No blaming the all mighty President who went on to say that we were not prepared enough. No blaming yourself for doing nothing or not doing enough. No blaming God. And I could go on but… Just. Stop. Blaming. Each Other!

Can you imaging a Dying Man's Wish? "We’re gonna use our last weakened breaths to scream for help. Screams that will haunt you in your sleep. The same sounds dying families made while struggling in the water. I’ll keep screaming that if I may not be able to live a day more… someone else will."

We are not 'strong'...


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