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More blessings come Auntie Terry’s way

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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

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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

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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…

A good and faithful servant

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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 …

Center to produce more professionals in Iloilo

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By Marie Katherine Villalon
More Ilonggo workers and professionals will have the chance to further their education in a short time through the professional development center that will soon rise in the campus of the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City.
“Dr. Edgar ‘Injap’ Sia II has donated a building to the university to house the professional development center,” said Fr. Frederick Comendador, OSA, university president.
Sia is a young Ilonggo businessman who founded Mang Inasal, Deco’s and Injap Land, among others. He is known for his philanthropic acts such as donating school buildings in Iloilo City and donating to victims of typhoon Yolanda, among others. He recently received the 2013 BizNewsAsia Management Excellence Award along with Jose Sio, another USA alumnus.
Sia is among the 63 graduates of the school who were conferred with the Alumni Achievement Award and Distinguished Alumni Award during a program that followed the memorandum agreement signing for the said building la…

Liwanag 2014: Neo-Bayanihan

Liwanag 2014: a venue for gov’t, business & civil society to organize vs climate change
By Gian Carlo de Jesus
Much has been said about Haiyan, more notoriously known as Yolanda, and how it devastated the country. On the other hand, we also bear witness to the ugly truth that neither government, nor business, and civil society alone is equipped to brave the challenge of seemingly unending disasters.
In what is touted as the “new norm” of Philippine reality, many are helplessly bewildered with questions as to how we are to face such challenges on a yearly basis. On the flipside though, perhaps the more important question which everybody seems to overlook is “can there be positive opportunities that await the Filipino after the chaos?”
On March 27-29, 2014, Iloilo City will host Liwanag 2014, a national gathering of entrepreneurs, individuals, and organizations whose end goal is to answer the most pressing issues in the Philippines and beyond.  This year is bannered by the theme “Disa…