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Paddling your Way to Awesome Filipino Values | RAFI Launches Children's Picturebook

After reading it and singing it personally to my nephew one afternoon, I was able to lengths that this book could do to thousands or possibly millions of children within the region and beyond. 

Filipino values has been quite a struggle to instill in my eight year old homebuddy's sensibilities. Well, with all the gadgets, games, cable TV, and toys, you have to compete with a lot of attention and this book is fun in all sort of ways. Great illustrations, great plot, humble characters and the inclusion of classic preschool song makes it book worth your family's while.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) launched Akong Bugsay on Feb. 19 at the Eduardo Aboitiz Hall of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center.

"Just as the bugsay philosophy inspired individuals and groups in business and government, we believe that it can also be shared with children. Just like Andoy, young children have goals. They are excited and curious and want to do new things. Just like his father, we can guide them, help them to plan, encourage them and model ways to face challenges.

"Success breeds success, confidence and the desire to continue towards bigger, better things,” Amaya Aboitiz said in her speech after the storytelling.

Copies of the book was sold at the venue at Php 150 each while the coloring book cost Php 50. For every book sold during the launch, a copy of the coloring book will be given to supported schools of RAFI’s Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF).

To purchase the book, you may visit RAFI’s Casa Gorordo Museum shop, or contact 255-5630 and look for Joem de Gracia. To order online and/or to get activity sheets and other related materials of the book, visit

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Guest Post: Art Saves Children's Souls

It's never too late to change. He was once one of the kids we fear as we stroll the streets of Cebu City. Now, a boy becomes a hero in his own right by inspiring people to turn to art for comfort rather than spreading crime, violence and hate, which other impoverished kids are doing. Read on for a special feature from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

What started as an artwork by 16-year-old Alberto Lopez from Barangay Ermita in Cebu City has led to the creation of an arts project that later provided venues for expression for more young children and teens like him.

For Lopez, this artwork, which is a sketch of a happy family, show his desire to draw until his hands get weary.

“I had never been interested in arts before, primarily because I was out in the streets fighting with other kids. I was once a delinquent juvenile in Ermita, spending more time on the streets with my older peers,” he said in Bisaya.

Lopez’s story inspired the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) to partner with Bidlisiw Foundation Inc. to organize the Ermita Children’s Arts Project, which ran from November 2011 to May 2012. 

“It aimed to engage the Ermita children and youth in creative and constructive activities that will divert them from vices and develop their character and skills,” Joem Degracia, DACF program officer said.

During this period, 98 children and youth—mostly out-of-school youth, night students, and street children—from Barangay Ermita availed of free lessons on visual arts, violin, choir, and performing arts. 

The mentors included renowned Cebuano painter Celso Pepito for visual arts; University of Southern Philippines Foundation choir conductor and teacher Barret Oliver Richards for choir; well-known violinist and music educator in Cebu Lianne Sala for orchestra; and University of San Jose Recoletos-Institute of Non-Formal Education and Community Outreach Program led by Florabel Lim for performing arts. 

“My involvement in this project changed the way I see things. It changed me and my whole life. I found a venue where I can truly express myself. Visual arts enabled me to explore my world through sketching. Even if I’m not the best in the group, it is still fulfilling to be appreciated by other people,” Lopez shared.

 His artworks mainly manifest his advocacy on the rights of a child, importance of family, and effects of youth’s engagement in vices. During one of their sessions, the young boy sketched a family wherein each of them was happily holding each other’s hands.

“My drawing speaks of the value of a happy family. When a child has a happy and loving family, he or she will be guided all throughout his or her life. When my parents saw my works, I can see in their eyes how happy and proud they are of me. That is the greatest reward I ever received,” he recalled.

At present, Lopez is one of the peer educators in Ermita, teaching younger children to draw and helping keep them from trouble. 

“We want to show to the people that we are not the kind of Ermita children they perceived us to be—the delinquents or the snatchers. We are renewed now; we have changed for the better,” he said.

Lester Amosura, 17, who is also into visual arts, shared the same personal advocacy, saying that many people are quick to call Ermita children snatchers, loiterers, and trouble-makers, but fail to appreciate their talents. 

“We may be poor but through our talents, we believe we can someday help our families,” he added.

The children also underwent interventions, such as knowing their rights as a child and personality development.

Edruel Batulan, Bidlisiw Foundation Inc. organizer for the Ermita Children’s Arts Project, observed that the attendance rate of the project in its first few weeks was inconsistent because some of the children were working as dishwashers or as garbage collectors or doing the laundry.

“The arts project boosted the children’s self-confidence. As time passed by, they were able to interact with the other children. They were able to showcase to people that they can do better if given the chance,” Batulan said.

 Last Jan. 26, two girls from Barangay Ermita—Novabella Pelayre, 13, and Ma. Theresa Reyes, 14—performed in a fundraising concert entitled, “Sistemang Pilipino: Transforming Lives Through Music”, held at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. 

Having received violin lessons through the Ermita Children’s Art Project, the girls were invited by Lianne Sala, violin teacher and concert organizer, to serve as examples of what children from underserved communities are capable of if only they are given the opportunity.  

Children who are in violin, performing arts and choir lessons have no previous background in these particular arts. Batulan said that the kids who took violin lessons did not have any experience in playing the instrument before.

“They don’t have violins at home. Violins are lent to them, and through constant practice, they were able to learn how to play as if they have played before. They can even read notes now. The best thing that they have learned from this project is self-discipline,” he said.

He also cited that children in performing arts now have the confidence to act and dance before a large crowd. 

“When you see the kids perform, you would not think they were once part of the streets. Now, they have joined us in exploring the world of arts. We have given them a step closer to a better future,” he added.

(Guest Post By Chrisley Ann Hinayas/Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.)  

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Wandering Bohol At Its Best Part 1

It was dawn of December 27th and I haven't slept well because I was partying with my cousins and friends when I fumbled my way to a taxi heading for Pier 1 when I suddenly got a call from my office mate saying that she had cancelled our trip because it had been raining. So I grabbed all of my things out of the taxi and decided to go home, mope around and sleep. Then the rain ran somewhere far perhaps and I was awakened by a call that we are making the trip in the afternoon as it could be safer. Hours later, we all met up at the Pier, contacted our tour guides for confirmation and excitedly boarded OceanJet for a trip that entertained us with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

As we stepped into Tagbilaran Pier, the weather was still not that accommodating with light rainshowers, so we have to enjoy what we can get. Just talking about our itinerary just blew me off. It was not a first time for me and Yenna in the mystic island of Bohol but still have so much travel itch that could match those of our first time companions, Jong, Cindy and Jun.

Our tour guide welcomed us, Sir Paul of Incon Tours and he had us ride his new Avanza with GPS and a lot of monitors. As we busied ourselves taking pictures in our digicams and Cindy’s vintage lomo and fisheye cameras, we soon found ourselves in Hinagdanan Cave before calling it a night in our hotel. Making it in the cave is quite a challenging for klutzes like me as you have to make it through this really little hole while at the same time battling your fears of bats which come in droves above your head. It was their party time as the sun had already set by then.

The cave has not been preserved well as the stalactites and the stalagmites had been dead and has lost their diamond glitter. I was quite sad with that fact, as tourism played a huge part of its destruction but the size of the cave was just majestic. They do, however have trained a breed of very entertaining tour guides and ours was just so funny that he even gave each of us with a celebrity nickname as he takes our pictures one by one. As you go deeper, you’d see a huge lagoon that is so clear while light is distributed everywhere from the hole at the cavern’s ceiling and electrical installations.

Then we settled in our really great hotel room that night at Alona’s Hidden Dream Resort which is fairly new and is just a walk away to the great white sand beach of Panglao where we wandered after having dinner. After cooking our breakfast and succumbing on it, we prepped ourselves for the day tour of the island. First stop, we went to Bayoyoy the Dwarf which has been named as the smallest man alive. He is no smaller than an infant and he cannot see, cannot speak, a medical condition that can only crush your hearts. For 64 years now, he and his family must have gone through a lot with a challenge like this. Smile because his family was there for him all this time. I really recommend that you pay him a visit too.

Bohol’s rich cultural heritage weaves the story of how the Spaniards infiltrated the island centuries back and to honor the brotherhood between them and our native brothers, a blood compact monument was built; and it is both amusing and disturbing to see other tourists misbehave, making fun of it while having their pictures taken.

Our guide drove us a few kilometers further to the famous Baclayon Church which is known for its stone wall where Padre Pio’s likeness can be seen. I didn’t notice it at first not until I was able to stare at it from the camera’s viewfinder. To those who don’t know him he actually was the first priest to have endured the five passions of the Lord. He suffered the same wounds as did Christ when He got crucified.

The stained glass of the church's ceiling reflects on the altar's floor.
And it makes a good lighting effect for me!

Then we went on to see the swords makers of Loay, men who pound the iron which becomes the country’s finest blades and most of which end up on movies and TV shows. It would be great to own one but then again tourists cannot buy directly from them as the government takes care of the distribution so that the makers would get a fair price. But it really is scary to have your pictures taken beside them as the sparks from polishing the sword looks really painful should it touch your skin. They are not harmful but just be cautious though.

As we take in the beautiful sights of the countryside and mile-wide farms, we are just moments away from one of the most challenging part of the trip as we go to the Python Sanctuary. Snakes with circumferences about a child’s waist or more, are housed individually in cages where you can get in and get an up close and personal encounter with these reptiles. Even if they are tamed, the fact that they move and look you fiercely in the eye is just enough for me to squirm but never a hindrance to flash my perfect smile for the cameras. I didn’t know I feared them that much not until I got the chance to sit beside it. I swear I could scream like a horror movie should it glide a little bit more. There were also some kewl animals in the sanctuary that the whole gang enjoyed like flying lemurs, pelicans, rabbits, and ostriches.

After having enough of Animal Planet moments, we hauled ourselves to Loboc where I chanced upon the infamous unfinished bridge. It’s story varies from hidden treasures to feuds between the church and state as the bridge will actually remove a huge part of the Loboc church should it go into completion. But in a country of Christians, good luck with that endeavor. Instead, the bridge was made into a beautiful park overlooking the Loboc River where we enjoyed our palatable buffet lunch via the country famous native River Cruise and enjoyed cultural shows by the Loboc Children’s Choir at the pit stops of the river trip. A great live band also jazzed us up with pop songs which makes you forget the river looked earthy. The picturesque 360 view is spectacular nonetheless.

After making it back with a full stomach, we rummaged through the pier and found the Bohol Bee Farm shop and tasted the malunggay-vanilla ice cream on a special white cone made from sweetened lumpia wrapper. The taste? Surprisingly delightful. It’s not bitter at all with the malunggay in it as its flavor gets muted by all the dairy goodness.

It was also my first time to enjoy a cable car ride! The height with which we are going through is just astounding and the fear of the ride falling off could not get off our minds and the squeaking sounds made by the wheel and the steel ropes were not helping either. Either way, the view and the wind gushing through our faces as we were enjoying the ride was just plain priceless. You could just feel how lucky birds are to experience this every single day.

What’s Bohol if without the world-famous tarsiers? They are being housed in their natural habitat through the Conservation Center and are fully operated with a team that ensures their safety and tourist guidance since these big eyed creatures are really sensitive to the point that they kill themselves after much stress from interaction with humans. I could even remember our driver smirking as he gives off funny Tarsier lovemaking trivia. I had just been here a few weeks ago but the feeling never gets old.

We hit the road and as we go further we had noticed that it had been darker outside because of the shades as we were already at the Man Made Forest, the island’s pride through the efforts of the local Boy Scouts some decades ago. These Mahogany trees have grown so tall they looked like pillars reaching the clouds. This, I thought as we went out the car, is chip off a Twilight movie set or the like.

Jun decided it could be a perfect place for planking. haha

Think you’re born for a wild ride? Watch out for my Part 2 Wandering Bohol At Its Best!

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Live: Jaysee Blabs Year-End Reflections

Life is simple. You are born. You grow, then you die.

But no one ever said it's easy. The roads we take in between, the people we meet, the circumstances that surround us and the challenges being thrown our way brings out the worst in us; and in some cases, our best. It’s very tempting to talk about positivity but there will come a time that God will test you so much that you will know what is real and where you really stand. People call it pessimism. I call it upright realization that life is irreversible so never take a leap to unknown heights if you’ve had your share of sorrows and mistakes.

It is knowing who you really are, what you are capable of and what you want to do that will define who you will become.

Life is harsh. The most horrendous things can make you become a stronger being you never thought you would be. I’ve taken risks and some may have paid off but one thing didn’t.

Life is short. Have fun. Love the simple things. Kiss the rain. And of course, don't screw things much and if you do just bounce right back because life is too short for you to dwell in the past.  Enjoy every minute even when you are in pain.

Eat like a king, laugh out loud, love like you’ve never been hurt and as a wise man once said, live as if you would die tomorrow.

This post might come as a shock to people who may only know me by my very fun nature but I come with great seriousness as I deliver very important messages that I so rarely dwell into.

I can spend the whole day rambling about how my 2011 might’ve been the best and the worst in my life but I’d rather not because we’re not that close (lolz) and I’ve been known to be secretive even to my family. Instead, let me take you to a journey with me like strangers meeting for the first time at a long bus trip. Vague. Simple. Fun.

This is one part I’d rather not discuss much at all but I think I might have shocked the world when I did a lot of things throughout the year that squeaky clean me would never do. I thought so too. But when I’m pushed to edge, I get surprised with discovering what I am truly capable of.

There might have been a lot of dark moments in that year that convinced me to go bald (lolz); pack up and leave the comforts of my own home to live alone; to have a mean look by dying my hair bloody red, have both ears pierced; and get a tattoo for all the world to see.

I’m not really the kind of person who wants to explain myself but one thing you should know is that I am fine, for the most part. I know I have a lot of things to thank for and there are a lot of people who loves me but you don’t actually remember those things when you are in a very hazy state.

And oh, I survived two house floods alone for which I lost most of my gadgets, went on a hunger strike, lost a bike on the street and bought a new one, and got ran over and walked away completely unharmed. Tsk tsk tsk. I know right?

TRAVEL. Last year was a great one for my travelling feet. I had a great experience walking towards great lengths both literally and figuratively. But one notable thing in my travel logs was the fact that I went to the picturesque beauty that is Bohol for three times. And the excitement and fun never gets old every time I go there maybe because of the fact that I am with different people and mostly in different places. An island built for solitude as well as good ol’ friendly amusement.

The first time I went there was to join a young adults retreat with Christian friends. It was our adventure trips that made it very memorable. I could so remember how I squirmed as I went ziplining to probably one of the highest peaks in the country, and how I underestimated the word ‘caving’ before I went in and found out how hard it really was.

I went back by December to respond to the invitation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the National Nutrition Council to see the great government programs of the province of Bohol. We went to see the very reasons why Bohol is one of the most well managed local government units today and met program coordinators, volunteers and the beneficiaries who made it happen. But then what is a trip to the leading tourist destination without taking a lot of detours to the island’s sweetest spots. We even spent the night at a very great resort in Panglao. Ahh the pristine sea lines, sands so white and fine they feel like clay on your feet.

The third time came a few weeks later after a planned trip with some officemates as we take advantage of the Holiday break being given to us by the company. For three days and two nights, we were able to enjoy most of what the island has to offer. The great experience came after one of us tried to canvas around 30 travel companies for being the most reasonably priced and with the best itinerary. Exciting dolphin watching, snorkeling at their sanctuary, leisure dining at the river cruise, mud splashing with the ATV ride and so much more. It was definitely worth every penny and it just proves that travel need not be dollar expensive.

GRADUATION. 2011 is also a year of academic highlights for me. I graduated with high colors earning my degree Bachelor of Science in Information Technology as well as graduating from the best leadership training program in the country, the Young Minds Academy of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. The YMA Program taught me so much when it comes to seeing the bigger picture in our lives that we need to go beyond passive citizenship and actually jumpstart doing something great with all our energy and time.

But there is something about those graduation moments that made it feel so impersonal for me. I have dreamt of getting a medal when I graduate for as long as I can remember but when that moment finally arrived I just never felt a thing; maybe because of the fact that it came at a really bad time in my life, as I was in between different challenges or maybe because my definition of happiness has grown to something so much deeper. I ask forgiveness for people who wanted me to throw lavish parties but trust me, there is nothing worth celebrating anymore. Appreciation from people is good enough and seeing my family happy because of that makes the rocky trip worth the ride.

JOB. I am also thankful for my current company, where I also did internship, for offering me a job when I graduated. Despite the offers of others, I chose not to be lured by money because trust me, VISA is right, there are some things money cannot buy; like the reliance you have gained, signature WebXpress camaraderie and friendships you have formed and the caring management that you so rarely get in an industry driven to prematurely propel itself to success.

CHRISTMAS. But what is being Jaysee if without being the life of the parties? (lolz) Surprisingly, I always thought I wasn’t social enough but as of writing this article I found myself scavenging through my photo albums and statistics would say I might have attended around six Christmas Parties. The most number my life will ever have I think.

First there was the media thanksgiving organized by Globe from which I won a new phone.

With my 19th century hottie writer outfit, there I was at another party with media practitioners under the MIND 7 which was celebrated the same night of the office Christmas party. Teleportation powers was put into place that night.

As if I came straight out from a Carribean movie, I attended the Pirate Themed church youth party.

Then as part of our social responsibility efforts, the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. decided to spend Christmas with our brothers and sisters at the Missionaries of the Poor.

And of course, what’s the holidays if without spending it with my beloved families of both sides on separate occasions. They are the reasons why I so love Christmas.

BIRTHS. Probably one of the best blessings of my 2011 was the birth of two special kids. No, not that special. Special in a sense that they came from two close friends, Ate Suzette, my former office supervisor and Ate Ceewai, my cousin. Salute to all the mothers for I am witness to how it can cause monstrosity in mood and looks at birth but they are pretty much fine now and they have become great mothers for all I know.

I would really like to impart you every single thing that I have learned for the past year but it’s so much better if you discover your life’s lessons yourself.

I do however would like to imprint some points into your consciousness: enjoy life; never give up everything for just one; people who leave you never deserve you; it’s always ok to be real and be human; and when you crumble down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, put on a smile and do what is expected of you and just… live.

Live: The 2011 Jaysee Blabs Year End Reflections

P.S.  I'm going to hibernate much on 2012. Taking the backseat on every thing. I've had my run. Inner peace and happiness is my new goal. I'm contented. I am complete. Will slowly disappear to obscurity perhaps. Have a great year ahead and I wish you all the best.

Social Welfare Champions, Ultimate Change Shapers

Lihok Pilipina Foundation Inc.

Social Welfare Champions, Ultimate Change Shapers 

Feature by Jaysee John R. Pingkian, author of  Jaysee Blabs

Action is the most definite thing one should do if he wishes to become an architect of change, and to mobilize hundreds of families to battle poverty and abuse could be a legacy worth talking about in the decades to come.

There are a lot of institutions that caters to protecting women and children but one goes beyond their purpose to solve the bigger ills of this society.

Child protection is very close to my heart because I am witness to cruelty against them almost every now and then; and to be powerless at times, makes me rethink how I perceive this world, but now knowing that a group of individuals are putting their acts together to rescue them, and alleviate them from poverty along the way, is, by far, the best discovery I have ever made.

Introducing Lihok Pilipina Foundation Inc. (LPFI)...

Uphill Climb

Lihok Pilipina Foundation Inc. (LPFI) was organized from the dream of one woman for a safer more livable society. 

Ms. Tessie Fernandez, the embodiment of a very vigilant and active citizen and a proud Cebuano everyone can only hope to emulate, is used to quick action that is why she sought the aid of different institutions to make Lihok Pilipina what it is today: an organization that values life more than any other.

Ms. Tessie Fernandez of Lihok Pilipina Foundation Inc.
Lihok Pilipina started with operating its credit program for the women of Cebu City. This gave the mothers a glimpse of hope as they are able to start their own micro-businesses in their respective communities from sari-sari stores to small scale food shops we commonly refer to as carenderias.

The foundation actually monitors the lives of their beneficiaries that is why it came as an alarm to them why the ladies began missing out important meetings. It was then that they had learned that “family trouble” kept them from venturing into other things and was ultimately the cause why most of them eventually falter on their payments and closed their shops.

Being with the women whom she has considered family, Tessie and her team made it their newfound mission to protect women and children at all cost because she could not bear to hear any more stories from them as to how they got their bruises from their husbands who ventilates their anger quite too much, quite too often.

"At first we thought of addressing domestic violence just as a strategy to resolve the difficulties in the credit program. But it became an issue itself because we found out that it was such a huge concern among the women," she explains.

Their bigger mission is to have “communities that are dynamic, non-violent, viable, effective, militant and self-reliant, where the dignity of women, children and men are upheld and continuously developed.”

Different challenges hindered Lihok Pilipina  as they opened their doors to accommodate a new set of issues. They launched the Women’s Support and Crisis Center which welcomed women who were raped and abused both physically and mentally. They needed a home for battered women to stay, logisitics, supplies and transportation as more and more women call for their help. Good thing, legal representatives were not a burden as they have lawyers in the Board of Trustees. With all the requirements that she needed to furnish to complete this mission, she pooled together all the people she could gather. From former classmates in law school, to community organizers and even tapping on development workers in the University of San Carlos, government and in NGOs, Tessie and the rest of Lihok Pilipina team was able to help victims appreciate the new day in their lives that has come.

To see more about the roots of the foundation and the women who inspired Tessie to build the org, see this 3-part documentary film produced by Advocacy Videos:

Change is a very herculean task that even Jesus in his time had a hard time doing. But given the right strategies, approach, and support, you can shape a nation one person at a time. That’s just what Ms. Tessie and her team did. 

I can just marvel at the great works of her organization as I researched and actually saw the people who are living testaments of Lihok Pilipina’s successful efforts all these years.

Change Shaping Today

Lihok Pilipina’s celebrated accomplishment was the conception of the Office of the Urban Poor as one of the specialized division in Cebu City Hall and has aided close to 3,000+ clients in Cebu City alone.

They bear on to reach out to women and children needing shelter and immediate attention due to domestic violence and abuse cases.

They were also able to find ways and means for policemen to undergo gender sensitivity trainings as they handle these very vulnerable issues. They were also able to stir up national buzz as the front page of a daily showed their research results on domestic violence and eventually caught the attention of then President Ramos who reprimanded DSWD for their indifference on such a grave issue. From that, the Bantay Banay (Family Watch) was born.

They even won the heart of then Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena who said “[Lihok Pilipina]  can do it better. Why don't I just give you money to continue what you are doing?” That’s because he was referring more cases to LPFI rather than his office so he funded around 15 barangays to organize a Bantay Banay group. Eventually, the performance of the program became so phenomenal that it other places invited LPFI over to organize it for them and history soon followed that this program reached Dumaguete and Misamis Oriental.

But I think the best achievement of LPFI are the lives that has changed as they champion social welfare and poverty alleviation efforts; two heavy issues that even United Nations is on the verge figuring out how to combat against... a battle we've been losing since human civilization began.

Tale of Success

I can talk all about Lihok Pilipina the whole day and it still wouldn’t be enough as they have more programs that have passed critical acclaim like the Community Waste Management Project and their Youth Program. To think they already have the Savings and Credit Center and Support and Crisis Intervention giving them load that the most powerful being would grow tired of.

The Triennial awards is the ongoing effort of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) to look for and distinguish the underappreciated heroes in the Visayas and Mindanao region who set an example of lives dedicated to help and serve others. It goes without saying that Lihok Pilipina’s feat is a milestone when it bagged home the Most Outstanding Institution award in the Triennials last 2005.

"With the country being preoccupied with political turmoil, our feat should serve as an encouragement for others to do their share. We should stop talking and do the action," Fernandez said.

The cash and trophy that the foundation holds is not even enough to compensate for all the work that they had done, the change that they have initiated. But they, for one, ask for no compensation as they take great joy in helping others and I think every single one who are familiar with NGOs and social work know this kind of fulfillment.

With the great impact that this foundation has been rippling into Filipino society, I give them my highest respect and all. But there is still a lot of work to be done and the humble team behind Lihok Pilipina assures me that they will never rest on their laurels until every Filipino and possibly every person in the world is safe and happy.

How You Can Help

Contact them now to refer domestic violence cases, volunteer, donate:
Ms. Tessie B. Fernandez or Mr. Alex Ocampo, Executive Director

(032) 254-8092
(032) 256-1341
(032 )254-8072

(032) 254-8072


Or visit their office at:
102 P. Del Rosario Extension, Cebu City

Lihok Pilipina Foundation Inc.

Social Welfare Champions, Ultimate ChangeShapers 

Feature by Jaysee John R. Pingkian, author of JayseeBlabs

My Kool Adventure Camp Experience

Being a scholar of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)'s Young Minds Academy Program, I took part in a one-of-a- kind character building leadership training seminar dubbed as Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) which was conducted at the Boys Scout Camp in Lahug, Cebu City on the great day of March 27, 2011.

There was so much to learn about the Kool Adventure Camp and most of it was about discovering ourselves and our peers. "Handa na ba kayo?" I will not be narrating the specific activities that we've had so that you will be spared to relish the experience itself.

I was able to impart to everyone how I envision myself to be through my camp name, “Tubod” which symbolizes how I want to be a reminder that God should be the living water in each of our hearts.

I was also able to experience how it feels to be out of our comfort zone but not too far to be at panic. With no time to be comfortable and full, we lived a lifestyle that was far from what most of us grew up in.

My Blastin 2010

The year 2010 is the Year of the Jaysee Blabs.

  • I got addicted to the Sims 3 and decided to blog about this great home which more or less depicted my dream home, something that faces the sea and something that is contemporary.
  • Sinulog 2010 was something I could never forget since it was my third year to dance at the mardi gras. Our school, AMA Computer College has started to offer ‘sayaw halad’ for the biggest festivity in the country as a sign of gratitude and I didn’t have a choice but I never regretted the experience.
  • I then campaigned so hard for Gibo that this blog became a dedicated magazine with posts like Why Vote for Gibo? And I also decided to create a Youtube video to create a music video of his campaign jingle Lipad by Rivermaya. I used Sims 2’s game movies to craft the awesome vid.
  • It is also the year for me to have my design printed for an event and it was for my nephew-son’s birthday. Miggy turned 5 and I designed his tarp and cards. This year also launched my freelance career as a writer, graphic and web designer. I also won a graphic design contest from Powerbooks where I bagged home a copy of Mockingjay.
  • With the Ondoy and Pepeng, Maguindanao Massacre, and Haiti earth tremors breaking loose, I offered a simple post about life.
  • We celebrated the birthday of my high school buddy and fellow CAT officer, Praky’s, at the Blue Reef which also gave us the chance to try out the biggest pizza I ate and it was in Calda's (Thanks to Leil). 2010 also paved the way for the reunion of all CAT officers at the Genesis Valley. We also supported our fellow buddy Boie when she joined Ms. Consolacion 2010.
  • I also had a very insightful experience at the Genesis Valley Mountain Resort when I took part at the Emerging Pinoy Leaders Congress. It was also the same year that Congressman Tomas Osmena talked in our Cebu City SSG Federation Leadership Training Seminar.
  • I also got accepted at the Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. which is the country’s most organized blogging institution. Because of the org, I was able to meet great people and gain access to events in Pino!, Waterfront, Marriot Hotel, City Sports Club, Crown Regency, Crimson Resort and Spa, Café Uno, Casa Gorordo and Aboitiz Studies Center where I first met Mr. Illac Diaz, RedBox Karaoke, SM Northwing, Vudu, Ayala Activity Center, SM IMAX, TGI Friday’s, CoffeeCat, Dilaab Foundation’s office, Big Mao and the famous Galleon Andalucia.

Jaysee becomes an Emerging Pinoy Leader Part 2 | Leadership Congress by RAFI and ALEx

To understand the amazing stories that follow please read the Part 1 of the Leaders Congress I had just attended.
So far, we arrived and played cool teambuilding games, learned about the alarming population report, had a Breakout session with amazing guest speakers, but the day hasn’t end yet.

Kuya Iggy, Me, Ate Mikyu, Kuya Ronnel
We had Knowledge Café, Fellowship Night and the Drafting of the Youth Declaration. To know what they are read on.
Our next great experience at the Congress was the Knowledge Café where we tackled different issues in the society and what we have done or doing, what we envision our youth would be and what we intend to do to realize that.
I am so proud of our group, the Royal Blue and how our discussions had led to very productive output while at the same time interesting enough all through out the day. The beautiful chapel areas where divided into stations that has a designated ALEx member who will convene us into discussing a specific area of engagement.
As the designations we had during the previous Focus Group Discussion, Jammi of ALEx and yours truly, Jaysee Blabs retained to be the convenor and the secretariat respectively.
After a sensible and humorous discussions, our group was able to arrive at the following ideas which played a great part in the drafting of the Youth Declaration later that night.


emerging pinoy leaders delegates dicuss environment
We envision Cebu to have reforested a lot of affected areas, encourage environment-friendly vehicles especially for mass transits like E-jeepneys and strictly guard protected areas by all means and we intend to partner with NGOs and LGUs in our future projects, follow best practices through successful project models like Barangay Luz May Pera sa Basura project, and seek international cooperation to realize our visions.
We saw that Global Warming, Pollution and Extinction of wildlife have become the main issues.

A real-life love story that could make you say ‘time is gold’

Just a few hours ago, I was drawn into another world by my supervisor, Ate Suzie. Moments before I logged off from work, she was sharing a story via Skype that literally made me laugh my ass off in the office. What started as a funny inquiry about her Skype status message, turned to her whirlwind love story that is sure to inspire most of us.

She was telling me a funny story about why she “won’t give up her Flojo’s.” Then I asked her if she really is married because she referred her bf as bana. She affirmed so I commented, “Game Over na diay?” referring to the famous T-shirts floating around. She laughed adding that men can only look at her now.

“So how did he propose?” She was kinda hesitant but knowing her she not only answered that but told the whole story.
te suzie and mike's wedding photo
It all started when they met December 2009. Then he proposed February the next year and got married at August. Shocking? You have no idea how I reacted.

“Unsay dugayan? (What’s there to wait)” she joked.

“Naliki ko te. (I’m cracked. hehehe)”

It was my first time to hear of such story. As the usual couples we know have to last a few years before settling, here I am stricken with a love affair that knows no boundaries.

So let me guide you through:

It was in the cold month of December when Ate Suzie faces one crisis every girl dreads, she got her heartbroken. Instead of crying herself to sleep, she partied in the Cebu’s nightlife district and contacted everyone on her phone. Apparently only one replied and as she says, “he came and saved my night :)”

Let’s hide his identity by the name Mike.

But when I asked if they discoed the night away, they actually didn’t as she was already too wasted and too depressed at that. Mike then confessed to her that it was his first time to be in Mango Avenue because his family raised him in a very conservative home; something Ate Suzie says they don’t have in common.

They didn’t have communication after that night and she was getting busy with her freelance jobs too. Awww.
But suddenly, he texted asking her to come to SM with him. She was expecting a date but to her surprise, wapaak! he actually was with his whole family. “Family outing?” she teased.

I asked how he introduced her and her response cracked me up:

“FRIEND ra… Sharon Gavi… hahaha!”

From there Mike started taking her home, he invited her to his home, he courted and dated “tamas ginhawa (to the limit).”

Then came Valentine’s Day, two months after they met, he proposed. Awww.

By August 5, they got married on his birthday.
“He turned 30 on his wedding day
and I was his greatest present and future daw.”

Charmus Ginamus.

But married life, she says, is about adjusting to each other. For example, “he likes Coke, she likes Pepsi; he likes pork, she likes veggies.”

Now knowing that she cooks, I asked was he ever poisoned at all? To which, she replied, “nalason sa lumay… likih - with an H.” hahahaha

Congratulations on your marriage Te!

View more of their photos of Ate Suzette and Mike’s Wedding.
Read about why Ate won’t give up on her Flojo’s.

Fw: PETA trashes Canadian Seal Slaughters!


March 15th is the International Day of Action against the Canadian seal slaughter.

Join compassionate people like you for this online day of action against the bloody seal slaughter! We'll be posting details in the coming weeks about ways you can help without even leaving your house. From making phone calls to E-mailing petitions to friends, there are many ways to take just a minute to speak up for these animals.

Did you know that during Canada's annual war on seals, sealers routinely hook live seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth to avoid damaging the fur, then they drag the seals across the ice? Many of these gentle creatures may not even have eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim before they are slaughtered for their skin!
Interested in leafleting or setting up a local demonstration? Drop us a line at

21 or younger and want to help save the seals? peta2 will hook you up with free stickers and more to hand out at school! E-mail

Help us spread the word!

I read this as an update from PETA’s Facebook Page

Hugz and Itlog! My friend’s teddies!

It’s never too late for Valentines as it could happen every single day of our lives and to exploit that is the presence of two teddies in school last Feb 15. What else to do on break time but take snaps of these cute critters!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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