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More blessings come Auntie Terry’s way

By Marie Katherine Villalon
If you do good, positive things come your way. Such is the case for Teresa Sajonia or Auntie Terry, the Ilongga nanny who was catapulted to fame after a Singaporean movie that told her story, won an international film award last year.

The movie “Ilo Ilo” was produced by Singaporean directory Anthony Chen who happens to be one of the boys she took care of during her eight-year stint as an overseas foreign worker in Singapore.
A Singaporean based in Cebu and Chief Executive Officer of Selrahco, Charles Lim thought it would be best that the Chen brothers and their nanny reunite, so he started the search for Auntie Terry. He sought the help of his media friends in Iloilo. Then Bombo Radyo found her living in San Miguel, Iloilo.

“I only met her nine months ago, but I felt I knew her a long time. She is a great inspiration to me .... what she has done as a person. She is more than the character she portrays in the movie. She is sincere and passionate,” said Lim, who …

‘Juanas’ in the limelight

Gone are the days when women are relegated in the homes caring for the children, cooking the meals and looking after the needs of the family.
Many of today’s women can already be found in big companies, some holding positions even higher than their male counterparts, and in several institutions that were used to be dominated by men.
“Women of today are already out of the box. Before, they were dependent on men. But now they are more liberated and do not anymore depend on men especially in decision-making,” said Eduardo Guevarra, Social Welfare Officer III and DSWD 6’s Focal Person on Women, Family and Community.
Having equal opportunity with men, Guevarra added many women now excel in different fields and professions. 
“There are women who are politicians. We already had a woman president. There are women engineers, architects and even pilots,” he stressed.
As to with women who cannot afford a college education, Guevarra said the DSWD has programs and services especially designed to empow…

The pilgrimage continues

The 10-day run-walk-swim-bike pilgrimage from Bayawan City, Negros Oriental to Iloilo City by two public servants and one artist continues and is now on its 7th day.
The pilgrimage is called 2014 Padyak Tungo sa Liwanag which aims to raise funds for a community center, immerse with typhoon Yolanda victims and carry the intentions of another important national gathering, Liwanag 2014: Disaster: from Chaos to Rebirth that will be held at the Diversion21 Hotel, Iloilo City on March 27 to 29, 2014.
The team is composed of:
Jude Cabangal, administrative officer and team coordinator of the Office of Strategy Management of Bayawan.
Ritchie Mortillero, also a public servant of Bayawan. He has several bike renovation projects and engages in green initiatives such as the eco-house and permaculture garden. He is also an active member and officer of DCCCO Multipurpose Cooperative, one of the progressive cooperatives in the Negros island. 
Felcon Rivera is owner of of DAGSA Artist Sanctuary, a driftwo…

Advocates hail bikable, walkable Iloilo City

Health and environment advocates and biking enthusiasts praised the various initiatives geared towards making Iloilo a bikable and walkable city.
They thanked Senate President Franklin Drilon, Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog and City Council for implementing development projects in the metropolis.
“We would like to thank you for your efforts in making our beloved Iloilo a walkable and bikable city. The beautiful examples are Calle Real, Esplanade and Diversion Road,” wrote a group of faculty and students from University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV).

“We encourage you to continue this initiative and we express our fullest support in this endeavor. Please show the great achievements of our people and showcase the genius of the Ilonggos during the Road Sharing Day on March 30,” they added.
The city is hosting the first bike festival expected to draw a thousand bikers to pedal their way passing heritage mansions, plazas, historical sites and business districts around the metropolis. “We assur…

Antiqueno’s story wins in nat’l film competition

THE story of an Antiqueno’s journey on the battle against poverty won in the DSWD national Convergence film competition.
The struggle and success of Vicente “Itik” Rubino of San Remigio, Antique, which was packaged and put together into a video documentary by students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, bested other entries from different regions. Aside from winning first place, the film also won the Best in Editing.
The awarding of winners in the competition was held recently in Manila but the video documentation was conducted in the middle of October to the end of 2013.

Rubino, of Brgy. Vilvar, is married to Susan with whom he has eight children. He named them as 29-year-old Anelsan, 27-year-old Annaliza, 22-year-old Annie Rose, 21-year-old Ana Marie, all married; 20-year-old Gentle Touch,19-year-old Vincent, 17-year-old Annabel and 12-year-old Ana Teresa.
Mang Itik had tried selling green leafy vegetables to vending fish just to feed his family. Life slowly became better wh…

Filipinos urged: Protect our fragile forests

Greenpeace laments the recent fires that razed close to 190 hectares of forests and grasslands near the summit of Mt. Banahaw and neighboring Mt. Cristobal in Sariaya, Quezon. With the cause of fire still to be determined, the green group challenged Filipinos to be more vigilant in protecting what remains of our dwindling forests; a timely reminder on today’s celebration of the International Day of Forests.  
Greenpeace has been actively campaigning to protect Southeast Asia’s fragile forests, particularly the Indonesian rainforests, considered the third largest after the Amazon and the Congo Basin.  However, these forests are decimated at the pace of 620,000 hectares a year with the palm oil sector as the single biggest driver of deforestation from 2009 to 2011. 


“We are made unwilling participants of forest destruction when we buy products that contain dirty palm oil. Filipino consumers must be more aggressive in asking their favourite brands to consider nature, making sure that they …

Students heed urgent call to plant mangroves

By Marie Katherine Villalon
Do you know that 300 mangroves per 0.01 hectare with a depth of 100 meters can reduce a tsunami’s destruction by 90 percent?
That is according to a study by Hirashi and Harada in 2003.
Mangroves also protect people and animals from storms and floods. Their leaves and roots provide food for plankton, fish and other marine life.
Mangroves also store carbon through the accumulation of sediment deposits.
However, the number of our mangroves is gradually declining due to climate change, unmindful tourism developments and wood extraction among others. Such decline poses a risk to living organisms, including man.
To arrest this, students from different high school and colleges of Iloilo City planted 200 mangrove plants in Brgy. Hinactacan, La Paz last March 5, 2014. The organizers are the UPV Green Iskul and its mother organization, I-stand (Iloilo Students Alliance for Nature and Development), an alliance of 20 student organizations that promote environmental awareness i…

Are PH businesses prepared for another Yolanda?

If a disaster with the magnitude of Typhoon Yolanda were to hit the country again, are Philippine companies prepared to deal with it?
This was the question that the World Continuity Congress (WCC) held at the New World Hotel in Makati City early this month hoped to address as Yolanda brought to the fore the preparedness of companies to deal with extreme emergency situations.
Organized by the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), which has among its partners Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the WCC featured case studies as well as sharing of best practices and lessons learned from Yolanda.

The super typhoon killed 6,201 people and left almost 2,000 others missing, based on the official tally as of January 2014. With over 1.1 million houses severely or partially damaged, the typhoon left more than four million people homeless.  Millions of jobs were also affected after the typhoon damaged 33 million coconut trees and wrecked 30,000 fishing vessels.
“Businesses cannot proceed th…

A good and faithful servant

March 11, 2014 was the Centenary of the birth of the Servant of God, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. He died with fame of sanctity in Rome, on March 23, 1994, twenty years ago.  This year will be also the year of his Beatification in Madrid, on September 27.
When Blessed John Paul II canonized St Josemaría Escrivá, he called him saint of the ordinary life. What could we say of Alvaro del Portillo, who worked side by side with this holy priest for forty years? Bishop Alvaro followed heroically the same spirit of fidelity in ordinary, little things, until his death.
The ones who have the great fortune of having met him, wetreasure those encounters as guidinglights in our lives. Alvaro practiced, out of love for God, all the Christian virtues. With his example and words, he invited many women and men to find and love God in those small details that make life pleasant for others: care for the sick, a constant work with a permanent smile, attention to the concrete needs of others…  Astudent, who …