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World Ocean’s Day 2014 and the Call for Beach Clean Ups

Advocacy, Outventure By June 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments


Image downloaded (and text below lifted) from the Facebook page of WWF-Philippines.

“Today is World Oceans Day!

The planet’s oceans and coasts are home to an incredible array of life – and are vital to human health, livelihoods, and cultures. But damaging and unsustainable human activities are taking their toll on marine habitats and marine species around the world.

WWF works toward a future in which well-managed oceans and coasts are resilient, full of life, and capable of supporting sustainable development.

Visit http://wwf.org.ph/ to find ways to help!”

Image by El Nido Resorts.

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Outventure Office and Shop – The Partners

Advocacy, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Life in El Nido, Music and Arts, Outventure, Palawan By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

When I started looking for a space to lease in January 2013, I was really looking for a place to put the milk tea shop and the booking/ticketing office slash travel agency. (Outventure was not really supposed to be a travel agency, it is supposed to be a payment services outfit, but I found out that in El Nido, there is no distinction among booking office, ticketing office, travel agency, and/or tour operator – they are all the same). I was looking for a space to put the Outventure office because I needed a business permit and physical address. I started looking in January 2013 for a place in a not-so-busy area of El Nido where rent was reasonable. It took me nearly a year and 4 potential spaces before I found one some time in September 2013. Serena Street is probably the third busiest street in El Nido but it was what I found. I had a personal deadline and  it seemed I was running out of time and choices.

So I found a space and it was bigger than what I intended. I needed to fill it up. And that’s when I decided to fill it up with items from my micro-entrepreneur friends. Friends that I have found when I still had Kikayism – an online reseller; and participated in and supported the Global Pinoy/Yabang Pinoy advocacy. I still believe in and support that advocacy. In the Outventure shop, all the items we sell are made in the Philippines.

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Yabang Pinoy is a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino.
Mission

Yabang Pinoy encourages its volunteers to live happy, passionate, and meaningful Filipino lives by effecting positive social change. The organization hopes every Filipino will realize the greatness in bearing the citizenship.

If Filipinos will be conscious of the small great changes they can do, they will understand the purchasing power of P1. For every foreign product in the market, there are comparable local options. If Filipinos continue to look more to them for consumption, demand will make better the economy.

Yabang Pinoy also hopes its volunteers will influence their own social circles to spread the word about thinking Filipino. To be infectious, they must always be ready to address negative comments or news about the Philippines and the Filipino people.

Company Overview

Its advocates and volunteers are the young and idealistic Filipinos who spearheaded change in the mindsets of their countrymen. They want to convert “closet” Pinoys into Shouting Proud Pinoys, Filipinos who share the impassioned spirit and love for their country with fellow Filipinos and people from around the world. This change, they believe, will happen because they are starting it now. We are the change we want to be.

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Yabang Pinoy is a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino, believing in fellow Filipinos, and patronizing Filipino ideas, concepts and services.
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I tapped into my network and partnered with entrepreneur friends who were willing to lend me their items, without paying for them outright. I was minimizing my start-up costs and my friends were very supportive. Now, the Outventure office and shop carries these items, on display and on sale.

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Palamuti by PJ Valenciano 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palamutibypjvalenciano
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Website: http://www.palamutishop.com/us/

Description

Palamuti by PJ Valenciano (Palamuti Storytelling Jewels) are made by a woman who was inspired to create from the complexities of women, which transcends to accessories for every woman. Behind every piece is a vision of creating customized and original costume jewelry for today’s modern woman using different materials, mainly incorporating an element that is proudly Filipino. All handmade Palamuti costume jewelries and accessories are products which are painstakingly improved through a continuous process of learning and refining techniques that fuse both modern and traditional methods, and are guaranteed to be one of a kind. Each individual piece is not only an expression of art, beauty, and style, they are interwoven with the stories of the wonderful women who have been inspirationally instrumental to the birth of these pieces.

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Jesse Robredo Remembered on his First Death Anniversary

Camarines Sur, Other Events, RMAF By August 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I remember this day quite well from last year. I remember that it has been raining for days and we were all busy trying to make exams for our students, when I got the news, and I was just crying and staring into space for a few days, hoping and praying that he would be found alive. Yes, I was that affected. August last year was quite eventful, and now every time August swings by, I am awashed with both good and bad memories and feelings.

Today is Jesse’s Day. For all those in Naga, come and join the celebration. For those, who are not, come and join in remembrance. Because a guy likes this deserves it.


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Foundation screens Magsaysay awardee solutions documentary; highlights ethical governance in Asia

Advocacy, RMAF By August 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Best practices and effective, practical solutions that address Asia’s governance challenges.

These were the themes of Saturday afternoon, August 3, as the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) held a private of screening of “Ripples of Change: Democracy and Governance” for young journalists, online influencers, advocates of good governance, and its own pool of GOS (Greatness of Spirit) ambassadors.

The private screening was held ahead of the launching of the 55th anniversary celebration for the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which was first given out in 1958.   The year-long commemoration continues to carry the theme “Changing Asia,” with an emphasis on the laureates’ transformative solutions to the region’s pervasive challenges and complex issues: inclusive education, social justice, sustainable environment, universal health, ethical governance, and social entrepreneurship.

Highlighting RMAF’s milestone year is the formal launch of the Magsaysay Institute of Transformative Leadership (MITL). MITL aims to connect the Magsaysay awardees and their solutions to organizations and individuals that seek to solve Asia’s many issues. The institute will orchestrate dialogues and conferences for its leadership dialogue program, arrange leadership immersion programs, and produce materials under the knowledge management program.

“Ripples of Change:  Democracy and Good Governance” is one of the materials RMAF has produced to document the transformative solutions that the Ramon Magsaysay awardees effectively employed to change their communities for the better.  It focuses on the work of six Magsaysay laureates: the late Secretary of Interior and Local Governance Jesse Robredo and investigative journalist Sheila Coronel from the Philippines, freedom of information champion Aruna Roy and woman police chief Kiran Bedi from India, Indonesia’s corruption watch coordinator Teten Masduki, and South Korea’s participatory and ethical governance advocate Park Won Soon.

After the film screening, titled “GOS Ambassadors’ Kapihan Session: Translating Greatness of Spirit to Ethical Governance,” the guests, participants, and Foundation staff led by RMAF advocacy officer Marie Kiel Fernandez engaged in a discussion on how ethical governance can be strengthened and developed in Asian countries with the help of Internet-savvy, socially-aware youths.

It was also announced that Park, one of the laureates featured in the “Ripples of Change” documentary, will be in Manila from August 12 to 13 as a special guest in the MITL launch.  Park, the current mayor of the Seoul (South Korea} Metropolitan Government, will also be attending various dialogues and conferences with government officials, non-government organizations, members of the civil sector, and journalists about anti-corruption programs and ethical, participatory governance.

For more information about the Foundation, its awardees, and its activities please email communications@rmaf.org.ph or call 521-3166 loc 180. RMAF is also on Twitter (twitter.com/rmafoundation) and Facebook (facebook.com/rmafoundation).

 

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KUNG SA TAMBOBONG: Ernie Patricio’s 8th solo exhibit at vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery

Advocacy, Music and Arts By August 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc., in cooperation with Museo Maritimo and City Government of Malabon, unveil the first installment of KUNG SA TAMBOBONG exhibit featuring works by artist Ernie Patricio on August 5, 7:00 in the evening at vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery 2nd Floor CK Building No. 61 Visayas Avenue Quezon City.

A part of climate change awareness campaign through the arts, this traveling exhibit features Ernie Patricio’s watercolor paintings, found objects and installations depicting life around rivers and seas. The show is aimed to present the apparent threats of climate change as seen in Malabon, the artist’s hometown. It is an inquisition and speculation of our actions affecting the environment and vice versa.

Involvement and intervention is the heart of Ernie Patricio’s works. They are based on and more often a willing involvement in issues that confront our everyday life. Throughout decades of praxis, topics such as poverty, diaspora, freedom and modernization were inquired upon in very sophisticated selection of colors and high level of technique in Patricio’s works. “The artist of these inquisitive works, having survived decades as an OFW and battled against stage 3 cancer, continues to portray not only our society’s current situation but also how/what it was to picture how/what it should be”, says curator Avie Felix.

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The 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Announced

Advocacy, RMAF By July 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) today announced that this year three individuals and two organizations from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines will receive Asia’s premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. The Awardees are:

Ernesto Domingo, from the Philippines. He is being recognized for “his exemplary embrace of the social mission of medical science and his profession, his steadfast leadership in pursuing ‘health for all’ as a shared moral responsibility of all sectors, and his groundbreaking and successful advocacy for neonatal hepatitis vaccination, thereby saving millions of lives in the Philippines.”

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Vote for the World We Want – a United Nations Project

Advocacy, Other Events, Technology By May 22, 2013 Tags: , , No Comments

I just voted.

And these are what I voted for:

(Yes, I am actually 31 and) the last item on the list checked seems so trivial, but I place quite high value on phone and internet access. That’s me being very, very personal, in my list of priorities. It was either that or better healthcare.

It was nice to know how the world voted, so far.

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New 2012 Magsaysay Awardee Feature Stories Released

RMAF By May 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Six original stories about the lives and work of the 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees have been released and now uploaded to the newly reformatted Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation website, www.rmaf.org.ph.

The feature stories are now available for viewing and sharing. They capture the spirit of awardees Chen Shu-Jiu, Romulo Davide, Kulandei Francis, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Yang Saing Koma, and Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto.  Written by four of the Philippines’ distinguished writers, the stories distill the transformative and sustainable solutions each of them applied to address serious problems in their communities.

While the concerns and their work are divergent—from food security, to education, to environment in six different Asian countries—the stories are strung together by examples of greatness of spirit, the trademark of all Magsaysay laureates.
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Chen Shu-jiu: Market vendor invests profits in good deeds” by Angelina Goloy starts the feature story thus: “Small change. That’s all she started with. At the end of each day, Chen Shu-jiu of Taitung, Taiwan, would set aside a portion of her modest earnings from selling vegetables. Over the years her small change amounted to a small fortune—seven million Taiwanese dollars (US$320,000). She has given it all away to those who those who need it more. “


Empowering Farmers through Science,” Lito Viriña’s take on Romulo Davide’s story, opens with success stories of two farmers, Elnard Ymbal and Cirila Cuyacot. Viriña writes: “The ingenuity of [Ymbal and Cuyacot, are just two of the many inspiring stories that have come out from farming communities where the Farmer-Scientist Training Program (FSTP) is in operation. The FSTP, an agricultural research, development and extension (RDE) strategy that aims to bring science and scientific methods of farming to farmers is the brainchild of Academician Professor Dr. Romulo G. Davide, one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award.”

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The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation’s Lucky 55th Anniversary Contest

RMAF By May 2, 2013 Tags: , , , No Comments

This year marks the 55th Anniversary of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, 55 years of celebratingGreatness of Spirit, and along with that, has launched the new look of its website at www.rmaf.org.ph. The new website is designed to enable the use of social media by integrating popular platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, making sharing of materials and information easier.

Also, RMAF has a few things up its sleeve, including online contests for its friends, fans and followers.

Here is the mechanics for the Lucky 55th Anniversary contest:

And up and coming is The Great Medallion Hunt, details to be released soon.

Stay tuned for updates.

Check out the (new) RMAF website at www.rmaf.org.ph

And check them out on these social networks:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rmafoundation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rmafoundation
Instagram: instagram.com/rmafoundation
Tumblr: http://rmafoundation.tumblr.com

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