Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEWS: 4th Youth Camp on Gender Issues, Sexuality and Prostitution!

On it's 4th camp now, Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE) NCR - Philippines has produced leaders for a better community as the organization aims to open young minds and deconstruct social structures of the current world.



YSAGE Philippines is an arm of Coalition against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) which aims in promoting women's human rights and fighting sexual exploitation through gender orientation, awareness and education.

Here's an excerpt from the organizations orientation paper:

Our lives were changed since then, and most of us organized “echo camps” which produced even more gender advocates, and they, too are with us. Having established chapters of the Youth and Students for the Advancement of Gender Equality (YSAGE) in the  cities/ municipalities/ provinces of Cotabato, Puerto Princesa, Negros Occidental, Davao City, Metro Manila, we have sustained the objectives of CATW-AP in organizing the camps and intend to reach more youth and students who will pursue the vision of a world free from sexual exploitation, especially trafficking and prostitution, where there is equality between women and men. We also envision a world free from social, economic and political inequalities.
YSAGE also shares CATW-AP’s vision for a world where women can claim their dignity and integrity, exercise their rights as human beings, and work with other persons towards their full humanity and empowerment.  
Now, we have also have presence in Tawi-tawi, Sulu, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Camarines Sur, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Ilocos Sur and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
We have come face-to-face with various faces of violence against women and children, some of us having been victims ourselves, and we believe that we should bond together and work towards its elimination.  
Our membership also consists of young men who seek to redefine masculinity, knowing that at the root of women’s sexual exploitation is the traditional idea of manhood which assumes privilege and superiority over women. We wish to pursue a new idea of masculinity which opposes the use and abuse of women, children, the environment. We want to challenge other men to stop buying and using women, to desist from accumulating sexual privileges and power over others.
Among us are youths from indigenous and Moro peoples. Most of us are from the grassroots and the marginalized. YSAGE, as such, is duty-bound to oppose militarism, fight the roots of poverty and racial inequality, ethnic and all forms of discrimination which are also causes of exploitation. 
We believe that homophobia is another form of violence. We are in solidarity with gays and lesbians, who are denied of their human rights to work, dignity, and others.
We believe in a concept of power that is nurtured within, shared and enhanced towards the empowerment of women, especially sexual violence victims, our communities and peoples, which is key to the eradication of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

YSAGE NCR is now looking for deserving students and youth leaders who will undergo a 2 day training camp on Gender Issues, Sexuality and Prostitution! Camp will commence at a private resort in Silang Cavite from May 30 - June 1, 2014. For interested applicants you may contact Clydie Pasia at 0917-525-0388 or email your inquiries at ysage.pilipinas(at)gmail(dot)com or FB like page https://www.facebook.com/YouthAndStudentsAdvancingGenderEqualityYsage.

So what are you waiting for? Get out of the BOX and start living your life to the fullest! 

Here's the updated application form's for the camp:

Female Applicants - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fw5gREqNItrfcMnMT9GfPSkBQT8hovu_nCXz1iTAnDY/viewform

Male Applicants - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vqNsxLsbjpPAQHZEjKi5mWX3YTy965R3K2UHEGFneGI/viewform


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

EXPERIENCE: Visita Iglesia 2014

I didn't plan on doing Visita Iglesia this year but due to some circumstances, time allowed me to. For 3 consecutive years, I'm doing Visita Iglesia every Holy Thursday with my sisters. This year, I decided to do it alone and in Manila.

Just a quick background, the churches I visited this year played a great role during my college and working years. Here are the 7 churches I visited this year:

San Isidro Labrador Parish Church
In 1951, San Isidro Parish Church was in a temporary Church building at Dominga Street. Services were continuously held as construction began with full-construction realized under the administration of Msgr. Emmanuel Magtanong Cruz. 
The altar, consecrated in September 15, 1966, has a background of the crucifixion at the backside of the Church building but is seen when one is inside the Church. The background behind the altar inside the Church was improved by Fr. Lari Abaco. 
San Isidro Parish Church was rendered most welcoming by its exterior part repainted in August 2006. The wall of the backside of the Church was painted on the same period. 
The Church has a “Historical Marker” placed at the Multi-Purpose Building with both blessed in September 24, 2006. The blessing was on the occasion of the 55th Founding Anniversary of the Parish coinciding with the 2nd year observance of the Parish Week. It reads:
Location: 1830 Taft Avenue, Pasay City 

Inside San Isidro Labrador Parish Curch


Basilica of San Sebastian - Manila
The Basilica Minore de San Sebastian, better known as San Sebastian Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, Philippines. It is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. 
Completed in 1891, San Sebastian Church is noted for its architectural features. an example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church or basilica in asia, and claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the Tentative List for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973 
San Sebastian Church is under the care of The Order of the Augustinian Recollects, who also operate a college adjacent to the basilica. It is located at Plaza del Carmen, at the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Street, in Quiapo, Manila.

Inside San Sebastian Church

National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
On October 13, 1954, Father Provincial Hermann Kondring, SVD appointed Fr. Henry Windges, SVD as the first parish priest of the Espiritu Santo Chinese Parish, as the parish was known initially. Fr. Windges was installed by Manila Archbishop Rufino J. Santos on November 14, 1954. Fr. Peter Tsao, SVD was subsequently appointed assistant parish priest on December 7, 1954. 
In January 1955, the parish set up its first rectory by renting part of the premises of a former hospital (now St. Jude Catholic School) in San Miguel, Manila. The next month, Archbishop Rufino J. Santos made St. Jude Thaddeus the patron saint of the parish as proposed by Father Provincial Herman Kondring, SVD. 
The present site of St. Jude Parish was donated by Archbishop Rufino J. Santos. The blessing and laying of the cornerstone of the church was held on September 28, 1958. The completed church was blessed on October 23, 1960.

Inside National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat

The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, or Manila Abbey, is a Benedictine men's monastery located on Mendiola Street in Manila, the Philippines. The monastery was founded in 1895 by monks from Spain during the final days of the islands being a part of the Spanish empire. The monastic community of the abbey operates the prestigious San Beda College on the grounds of the abbey. They belong to the Philippine Pro-Province of the Subiaco Cassinese Congregation, a part of the Benedictine Confederation.

Inside the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat

Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto Parish
There was a house in which the Blessed Virgin lived, where "the Word was made Flesh" and in which the Holy Family resided after from their flight into Egypt. Here the Child Jesus played, worked with St. Joseph and grew up until He left for His public life that led to His crucifixion.
To save the house from profanation by infidels, it is said that God worked a miracle, which resulted in the house being carried on air by the Ministry of Angels on May 10, 1291.
Mariners on the Adriatic Sea said they had seen the house transferred over the water at the hands of angels. It was transferred to Tersato, near Fiume, in Dalmatia; where its identity was established. But once again, the house was transported, to the east coast of Italy at Loreto on December 10, 1294, where it was found in the woods by shepherds. In less than a year, the house was moved twice again to nearby locations, presumably because its sanctity was endangered by the plunder, by pilgrims, and others who attempted to profit by its locations. 
The Holy House finally rested on public highway and has remained there since then, the scene has likewise become one great veneration and many cures.

Inside the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto Parish

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
Quiapo Church, officially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, is a Roman Catholic church located in the District of Quiapo, Manila, in the Philippines. The church is one of the most popular churches in the country. It is home to the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe has miraculous attributes. The church was painted cream after the original Mexican Baroque edifice was burned down in 1928. It is expanded to its current form in 1984 for accommodation of thousands of devotees. Also known as St. John the Baptist Parish, the church at present belongs to the Archdiocese of Manila. The current rector is Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, former Episcopal Vicar, Chancellor and Oeconomus of the Archdiocese of Manila, who succeeded Msgr. Josefino Ramirez (the Vicar General of the archdiocese) upon the latter's appointment as rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Maysilo, Mandaluyong City. Assisting Msgr. Clem are his Parochial Vicars Rev. Fr. Fernando Carpio, Rev. Fr. Frank Villanueva, Rev. Fr. Venusto Suarez and Rev. Fr. Ricardo Valencia.

Inside Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

Malate Church
Of the 17 listed churches in the Philippines honoring Mary with the title “Nuestra Señora de los Remedios”, Malate, the oldest, was established by the Augustinian friars on September 8, 1588.  The image of the Virgen de los Remedios was brought from Spain to Malate by Friar Juan de Guevara, OSA, in 1624. 
It survived the Chinese invasion of 1662, the British occupation of the church in 1762, the Great Earthquake of 1863, and the destruction of the church in February 1945.  From that time onwards, the faithful have displayed a great love and devotion to Our Lady of Remedies.  The present statue, which is very graceful in its lines, and though small (about two feet in height), has a very distinctive beauty.  The costume, with large puffed shoulders, may have been the origin of the butterfly sleeves of the Filipino terno.
Down through the centuries, Malate Church  has been associated with  women’s ills and children’s diseases.  On Saturdays, mothers bring their little ones to place them under the care and protection of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.  Such was the fame of the  Malate Shrine that replicas of the image spread to the provinces.  In Pangasinan, she is venerated as of the “Virgin of Malate”.  In Pampanga an image of  the Virgin of Remedies is brought to various parishes of the province in the course of the year and is hailed as the “Queen of the Pampangeños.”

Inside Malate Church

It's great to reflect once in a while and somehow share Jesus trials through Stations of the Cross. Hope you had a great Holy Week.

Have you done Visita Iglesia this year? What churches have you been in to? Share your experiences with me and to other readers. We love to hear from you!


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Monday, April 7, 2014

EVENTS: iBlog10: The 10th Philippine Blogging Summit Experience

April 04 - 05, 2014
Malcolm Theater
UP College of Law
University of the Philippines - Diliman

I've started blogging since 2011 via typepad.com as my platform before I finally decided to transfer to blogger.com. As my journey continues as a blogger, it's fun to know that there's a blogging summit here in the Philippines called iblog.



I come across to a twit, thanks to Twitter, regarding a blogging summit called iBlog. iBlog on it's 10th year is a prime gathering for bloggers in the Philippines which aim to educate, collaborate, and update each one on what's happening in the blog-o-sphere. This event is organized by the University of the Philippines Internet and Society Program (UP ISP) of the UP College of Law. This year's theme was focused on insights in retrospective about the past 10 years and how to move forward from it. 

Bloggers in front of the registration area at Malcom Theater


Since I need to deal with office work on a Friday, I missed the first day of the summit. Moving forward, since it's my first time to attend a prestige event like this, I was really enthusiastic about what's in it for me.

Jayson Bagio sharing his expertise


The summit was kicked off by a sports blogger, Ivan Saldajeno, who talked about the rise of sports blogger in the country. He was followed by Jayson Bagio, SEO master, who talked about Link Building. Links should have it's Real Intention and Purpose (RIP) according to him. Spamming is not in any way a good strategy to increase traffic in one's blog site. He also reiterated that bloggers should establish a good set of connections and from there, create a community which best suites the bloggers forte.

Dr. Bien Nillos on why doctors and other professionals should blog
 Dr. Bien Nillos shared his thoughts on why doctors and other professionals should blog. He's really a funny speaker and has a lot of analogies about his profession, current events and life as a whole. Genesis Reonico, an ex call center agent, Sonnie Santos, an advocate and Vanj Padilla, a digital journalist share one thing in common and that is, they're all entrepreneurs. Blogger turned entrepreneur is a common shift once people incorporate money on their passion to share thoughts to people through their posts.

Genesis Reonico on attaining SUCCESS!

Some quotes that really strike me from theses bloggers turned entrepreneur:

"I am sharing my thoughts and with what I believe might help other people." - @georeonico

"Follow you passion. Pero madalas sa passion, walang pera." - @georeonico

"Your blog should reflect your brand or personality. Write the right content" - @AskSonnie

"I am a hardworking bitch!" - @ VanjPadilla

After the morning session, I felt very inspired and empowered with all the thoughts that the speakers have shared so far. But after hearing thoughts from Mr. Howie Severino, I was totally amazed with the way how he was so honest on how blogging disrupt journalism. He shared also how content is consume by readers though media and timeline for it. He also said that "Great ideas will never be out of style. Be creative and clever." During the question and answer portion, a blogger asked him something about online bullying and he replied "Behave online the way you would behave in real life."

Mr. Howie Severino sharing his thoughts about Journalism in the age of disruption.


Lace Llanora talked about crowdsourcing, social media and it's impact on business. Christian Blanquera on the other hand, shares his expertise about mentoring entrepreneur through blogging and social media via Start Up PH. He said that in order for a start up to work, you need a business guy, a tech guy and a guy with the loudest mouth. Atty. JJ Disini, talked about the present and future regulation in the country touching the Cyber Crime Law and Freedom of Information Bill. Lastly, Ms. Janette Toral, the mother of e-commerce in the Philippines, shares the Philippine Internet at 20 years old and what would be the future of blogging and social media. Here's the future of it according to her:

  1. Blogging will evolve. It will be more competitive
  2. We our internet historians.
  3. Start ups will grow.
  4. There will be an emphasis on Mobile Commerce.
  5. Work from home will grow.
  6. There will be government regulation.
  7. Membership models will grow (subscription).
  8. Communities will thrive.
  9. The most shareable wins.
  10. Diversity wins.
Super #SelfWE c/o Flow G.

Super #SelfWE c/o Flow G.


Being part of this annual event opens a lot of opportunities for me as blogger to grow and learn from people's experiences. I would like to commend all the organizers for coming up with this awesome event. Hope to meet more bloggers in the future summit and other gatherings! This one is for the book! 




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Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEWS: ABS-CBN announces Last Chance Audition Schedule for PBB Season 5

ABS-CBN announced last Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Last Chance Auditions schedule for Pinoy Big Brother (Season 5), which is called PBB All In.




In the promotion video, the network says that last chance audition is set on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City.



Big Brother (Kuya) is looking for happy and positive aspiring Housemates ages 15-30 only. Audition starts at seven (7) in the morning and the first 10,000 auditionees will be accommodated.

For more details, here's an article from Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN

The Official Twitter account of PBB said that age requirements is strict, meaning, those turning 15 before the said date are not qualified to join the audition.

Big Brother Secretary said on Twitter that there's no other requirements.

Just bring yourself at lakas ng loob #PBBALLIN  RT @PurpleChixxx  ano po bang mga dadalhin?! Birth cert.po kelangan pa po ba yun? Valid i.d.?!
— Pinoy Big Brother (@PBBabscbn) April 5, 2014



Update: ABS-CBN business unit head and director Laurenti Dyogi announced on Twitter that date and venue for the last chance audition for PBB5 might have changed.

Hi everyone! Might have to change the date and venue of the last chance audition for PBB5. Will be announced on air ABSCBN.
— Direk Lauren (@direklauren) April 5, 2014
PBB also said that currently no decision has been made if there will be an ONLINE Last Chance Audition.

In the first PBB Twitter Hangout, Diker Lauren said that the brand new season of PBB will be launched after Easter or expected this April 2014.

A total of 33,064 aspiring housemates auditioned this season with 11,265 submitted online audition videos. 11 have been shortlisted from Davao audition, 22 from Cebu, 138 from Manila auditions, 22 online and 3 referrals.

PBB and ABS-CBN management is still in the process of final casting for PBB All In.

--end of article.

So for those who want to pursue their dream to be one of the housemates of Pinoy Big Brother, this is your last chance. Be yourself and represent what a true Filipino is! Good luck!


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