Showing posts from May, 2014

How models are made

If you are gifted with a tall and slender physique, then couple it with an enthusiasm to learn and a good attitude, you have a good chance of becoming a model.
Thanks to modeling agencies such as Bijoux Creatives, young men and women’s dream of becoming models has become a reality.
Founded in November 2011, Bijoux Creatives is Iloilo City’s first modeling and events agency that provide models for fashion shows, editorials, commercials and ads. They also provide models for events such as ad launches and brand promotions, among others.
Bijoux Creatives also manages the biggest fashion event in Iloilo, the annual Iloilo Designers Week with the support of its affiliates, the Designers Guild of Iloilo and the Iloilo Young Designers Guild.
It was founded by Krizia Penalosa, a former English instructor for Asian students. She has a background in business management and English education. “I am an educator by heart - that is why one of the vital characteristics of our agency lies in the training …

5 stories on creativity

An Ilonggo councilor has highlighted the need to get out of the mindset that the government is the only entity that offers solutions to the country’s pressing problems.
To drive home the point, Iloilo City Councilor Jason Gonzales  shared five stories of creativity to participants of the Liwanag Worldfest 2014, a three-day conference on creating a solution ecosystem around disaster last March.
POTHOLES “In the United States and the Philippines, street potholes are a problem. The process of identifying where they are and filling them up is expensive because you need to get a team of engineers and some people to go around the city and identify where these potholes are,” he said.

However, in Boston, United States, the New Urban Mechanics under the Office of the Boston Mayor, created the “Help Keep Your Street Smooth” project, which makes use of a mobile app called Street Bump.
“Street Bump can be downloaded by anyone. When you go around, you identify the potholes through the app and send the …

New homes up for ‘Yolanda’ victims in Iloilo

Sharing a good news from the Iloilo Provincial Capitol
ILOILO – Sixty-one housing units from a South Korea’s rural development movement are being build to provide new and improved shelters to homeless typhoon victims here.
Costing P60,000 each, these housing units by Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) are situated in four villages in Bingawan and San Dionisio, according to Provincial Planning and Development Office Chief Mario Nillos.
“The construction of these housing units is ongoing at the moment and we hope that we can finish this by the end of the month,” Nillos, also the president of Philippine Saemaul Undong Center Inc., said in an interviewon Tuesday.
Of the 61 units, 20 are in Brgy. Alabidhan, six in Brgy. Maganhop (Bingawan), another 20 in Brgy. Moto and 15 in Bondolan (San Dionisio).
Each unit has two rooms, a small kitchen and comfort room. Galvanized iron sheets are being used for the roof, marine plywood for the wall and cement or concrete for the floor.
A formal turning ov…

‘Pantawid’ moms embrace roles beyond the home

THEY are ordinary women who go through the daily routines of being a housewife and mother.
Given the opportunity however, Elma Alavaro and Jocelyn Almado of Panay, Capiz proved that they too, could find fulfillment in the roles they learned to embrace. That is, to serve others.
NANG ELMA Her life once centered on being a housewife and a mother. When her four children were growing up, Elma Alavaro would also help her husband earn a living by working in the farm. All her efforts were focused on taking care of her children and providing their needs.

But in 2011, Elma’s family became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). With more than 2,000 beneficiaries in Panay, Capiz, parent leaders from among Program grantees were identified to assist DSWD-hired Municipal Links (ML) particularly on disseminating information about Pantawid Pamilya.
Nang Elma, as she is fondly called, was readily chosen by her fellow grantees to…

SM City Iloilo to hold Run to Rebuild Futures 2

SM City Iloilo will once again hold a fun run on May 17, 2014.
The run, dubbed Run to Rebuild Futures 2, will be a fund raising activity for the SM Cares Housing Program that will be benefit more than 200 families in the Municipality of Concepcion.
Each house, which costs P200,000, will be built with concrete roofing, high ceiling, proper ventilation and utility-ready provision. The village will have 5-meter wide road network, a concrete perimeter fence, a community center and a basketball court.
SM Cares serves as the holistic and cohesive flagship of the group’s CSR programs. The goal is to ensure that SM serves not only as the retail industry leader, but also acts as a catalyst towards positive change in the nation and leading by example when it comes to corporate social responsibility.
Previously, SM City Iloilo, along with its affiliates, and agencies’ families and friends have already held the first part of the run last December 2013. SM is once again calling interested parties to …

Small pleasures for kids with cancer

Since age two, RJ Jarandilla struggled with leukemia. Now four years old, RJ has endured traveling from Barotac Viejo to Iloilo City in order to receive chemotherapy treatment at the Western Visayas Medical Center.
In those two years, his parents Randolph and Anabel have been trying their best to give RJ care and attention. That is a challenge if they also have to take care of seven other children.
Most of the time, Randolph stays with the children while Anabel travels to the city as early as 5 a.m. daily in order to sell fish.
“I really have to work hard to have transportation money to bring RJ to his chemotherapy sessions,” Anabel said.
They are not rich. In fact, RJ is a service patient of WVMC. Being a service patient qualified RJ as beneficiary of Mga Kaibigan ng mga Kabataang May Kanser (KKK), a non-profit organization that funds the chemotherapy treatment of children who come from poor families.
BEYOND CHEMOTHERAPY Recognizing that medical treatment is just a part of a child’s healin…