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Renewable energy use gains popularity

The use of renewable energy to power communities is gaining popularity and acceptance. One example is a small community in Sebaste, Antique called Sitio Igpatuyao, which is powered by hydro electricity.
This project is being implemented by the Central Philippine University Affiliated Non-Conventional Energy Center (CPU-ANEC), being a partner of the Department of Energy (DOE). Their projects cover Panay and Guimaras.
This is an initiative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) and the support of the municipal government of Sebaste and the barangay council of Poblacion. The JAICA funded the project, while the municipal government provided the battery charging and power station and the barangay council provides the budget in social organizations, including training on capability and sustainability.
The P5.4-million worth Micro Hydro Pilot Project uses 15 KW power that is sourced from a river near the area. They constructed a weir (a small dam) upstream from where they get l…

Saving children through books

Save the Children, an international organization that creates programs aiming to improve the lives of children, recently came out with a book called “For Children by Children.” The said book was written by children coming from different public schools in Iloilo Province.
I was also there when the said book was launched two years ago. At that time, we were presented with unpublished copies of their stories. Also, the children were younger and smaller then. Now, they are taller and they have this air of confidence in them.
Latha Caleb, Save the Children country director, said that children have a lot to say and that we have a lot to learn from them. With Save the Children's focus on health, population and environment, one of the ways to educate other children about these issues is to tap people their age to send out a message.
Also, by encouraging book writing, we also encourage more children to read. Every child would be interested to read something written by children. And it is thro…

Philantrophists

In an article in a national daily, KC Concepcion was quoted as saying, “We used to be taught that when you help others, be discreet about it. But that's not the case anymore. You have to let people know.”
She was not being boastful. But rather, she is setting an example. By using her popularity as means to make visible her efforts in helping people, she can attract more support. Honestly, how can you support a need that you don't know about, right?
KC Concepcion is our National Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
Her effort reminded me of the many philanthropists in Iloilo City who had been very visible and vocal about the help that they have given society. To the malicious, this can be misinterpreted as being boastful.
But I think any good deed should be made public for two reasons: to set an example and to generate help in the cause. The stories of philanthropists are those that can inspire others to follow suit. Just imagine a world filled …

Psychic demons

Two weeks ago, I attended a tapings of Cable Star and their topic for that episode was about yoga and homeopathy, with a certain Dada, a Yogi from Maharlikang Bahandi and Dr. Elmer Hubero, a homeopathy practitioner, as guests.
PSYCHIC DEMONS. I was struck by what Dada said about “psychic demons” or the fears, hatred, loneliness and other negative emotions that we carry. He added that these are ghosts what we have created. Fear causes us to worry about things that may or may not happen. Hatred pushes us to do things to could harm others, which eventually causes damage to us in the long run. Loneliness pushes us to look for happiness from outside factors, failing to realize that man and man-made sources of happiness are inconsistent, and could bring us back to that state of loneliness at one time or another.
I believe that these are the demons that are the hardest spirits to get rid off in your heart. Your accomplishments in your chosen career or endeavor will not matter if you don't …

Amazing Women

Men have varied standards of what an “amazing woman” is. Thus, this month of March, in celebration of Women's Month, I'm coming up with this article with the help of my male friends. This is also my way of acknowledging the two most amazing women in my life and the lessons I've learned from them.
Councilor Mike Gorriceta said that his idea of an amazing woman are the working mothers out there. “I say that they are the best example of an amazing woman because they work at daytime and then, when they arrive home, they still help with the assignments of their children and still manages the household.” To which I replied, “Oh, just like my mother.”
Vice Mayor Jed Mabilog, on the other hand, says that his amazing woman is someone who is simple and in order. “Modest and intelligent. God-fearing who lives a Christian life, a loving and understanding wife and caring and responsible mother.”
My cousin's husband, Warren Salvilla of Ford Iloilo said that his amazing woman is someone…

'Aspirin breath' relieves stress

Master Del Pe is an international expert in energy medicine and the chief designer of ESOCEN Healing Science with 10 healing specializations including AIDS/HIV, cancer, pain, life-threatening diseases, diabetes, sleep issues, menopause, addiction elimination and learning issues. He is co-founder and president of the World Institute for Incurable Diseases (WIID) and the author of five books, self-healing CDs and exercise DVDs. He believes that good health is not just the absence of disease, but rather, can be achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. His system is both preventative and enhances long-term health for his clients. The result is in-depth healing, higher inspiration and transformation of core health issues.
Master Del Pe is quite credible as he has 25 years of work in this area. He has worked with government, associations and non-governmental organizations, pharmaceuticals and health care, computer and technology companies, banking and financial …

Giving even when you have little

Just last week, I witnessed a young girl (must be around ten years old) in old clothes and unkempt hair inside the church who kept looking at her coins for quite sometime. Then, she placed those back in her pocket. Then, she again reached out for them. She was, perhaps, debating on whether or not she’s going to give alms. When the church volunteer came near her aisle, she hesitantly dropped the coins inside the collection plate.
This reminded me of this part of the Bible --- “Mark 12:41-44 41 And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: 44 for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her liv…

Change sucks but deal with it

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” starring Brad Pitt (Benjamin) and Cate Blanchett (Daisy) was adapted from the 1920s story of F. Scott Fitzerald about a man who was born in his eighties who ages backwards, until he dies as a baby. The movie revolves on his life story and the lessons he has learned from his experiences.

Benjamin, because of his old features when he was born (one person even said that the child may not be even human), was abandoned by his father on the steps of a old folks home where he was loved and cared for. When Benjamin grew up, his father sought him out, made time with him and finally revealed the truth. Benjamin was angry why his father abandoned him. “Why?” he asked.

While he was also growing up (getting younger, I mean), the people around him are getting older and dying. He has witnessed deaths in the old folks home. Until his mother died, too. Getting attached to these older people and losing them is a change that he had to experience again and again. “The …

More children with cancer need care

The birth, growth and early development of Alexander John “Sander” Hitalia, 6, were normal. He is a Kinder 2 student at Pandac Elementary School and is in the top 5 of his class. He is playful and friendly.
In April 2006, he suffered joint paints, on and off fever, loss of appetite, paleness and weight loss. In July 2006, he was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Chemotherapy was required. His parents raised money from 5/6 loans and P10,000 from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office but that money has been depleted.
Rommel Jad Kale Oliveros Deopita or “RK”, 3, of Dumangas, developed an on and off fever last September 2008. He was later on diagnosed with ALL.
ALL is a type of cancer with symptoms of aches in arms, legs and back, black and blue marks for no apparent reason, enlarged lymph nodes, fever without obvious cause, headaches, pale-looking skin, pinhead-sized red spots under the skin, prolonged bleeding from minor cuts, shortness of breath during physical activity…