The Philippines Dragon Boat team wins the World Championship held in China in June 2014.
Video clip uploaded by Ilonggo Na Tunay.
The Philippines Dragon Boat team wins the World Championship held in China in June 2014.
Video clip uploaded by Ilonggo Na Tunay.
Love letter to Filipinos
11:39 pm | Sunday, February 17th, 2013
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I am writing to thank Filipinos for the way you have treated me here, and to pass on a lesson I learned from observing the differences between your culture and mine over the years.
I am an expatriate worker. I refer to myself as an OAW, an overseas American worker, as a bad joke. The work I do involves a lot of traveling and changing locations, and I do it alone, without family. I have been in 21 countries now, not including my own. It was fun at first. Now, many years later, I am getting tired. The Philippines remains my favorite country of all, though, and I’d like to tell you why before I have to go away again.
I have lived for short periods here, traveled here, and have family and friends here. My own family of origin in the United States is like that of many Americans—not much of a family. Americans do not stay very close to their families, geographically or emotionally, and that is a major mistake. I have long been looking for a home and a family, and the Philippines is the only place I have lived where people honestly seem to understand how important their families are.
I am American and hard-headed. I am a teacher, but it takes me a long time to learn some things. But I’ve been trying, and your culture has been patient in trying to teach me.
In the countries where I’ve lived and worked, all over the Middle East and Asia, it is Filipinos who do all the work and make everything happen. When I am working in a new company abroad, I seek out the Filipino staff when I need help getting something done, and done right. Your international reputation as employees is that you work hard, don’t complain, and are very capable. If all the Filipinos were to go home from the Middle East, the world would stop. Oil is the lifeblood of the world, but without Filipinos, the oil will not come from the ground, it will not be loaded onto the ships, and the ships will not sail. The offices that make the deals and collect the payments will not even open in the morning. The schools will not have teachers, and, of course, the hospitals will have no staff.
What I have seen, that many of you have not seen, is how your family members, the ones who are overseas Filipino workers, do not tell you much about how hard their lives actually are. OFWs are very often mistreated in other countries, at work and in their personal lives. You probably have not heard much about how they do all the work but are severely underpaid, because they know that the money they are earning must be sent home to you, who depend on them. The OFWs are very strong people, perhaps the strongest I have ever seen. They have their pictures taken in front of nice shops and locations to post on Facebook so that you won’t worry about them. But every Pinoy I have ever met abroad misses his/her family very, very much.
I often pity those of you who go to America. You see pictures of their houses and cars, but not what it took to get those things. We have nice things, too many things, in America, but we take on an incredible debt to get them, and the debt is lifelong. America’s economy is based on debt. Very rarely is a house, car, nice piece of clothing, electronic appliance, and often even food, paid for. We get them with credit, and this debt will take all of our lifetime to pay. That burden is true for anyone in America—the OFWs, those who are married to Americans, and the Americans themselves.
Most of us allow the American Dream to become the American Trap. Some of you who go there make it back home, but you give up most of your lives before you do. Some of you who go there learn the very bad American habits of wanting too many things in your hands, and the result is that you live only to work, instead of working only to live. The things we own actually own us. That is the great mistake we Americans make in our lives. We live only to work, and we work only to buy more things that we don’t need. We lose our lives in the process.
I have sometimes tried to explain it like this: In America, our hands are full, but our hearts are empty.
You have many problems here, I understand that. Americans worry about having new cars, Filipinos worry about having enough food to eat. That’s an enormous difference. But do not envy us, because we should learn something from you. What I see is that even when your hands are empty, your hearts remain full.
I have many privileges in the countries where I work, because I am an expat. I do not deserve these things, but I have them. However, in every country I visit, I see that you are there also, taking care of your families, friends, bosses, and coworkers first, and yourselves last. And you have always taken care of me, in this country and in every other place where I have been.
These are places where I have been very alone, very tired, very hungry, and very worried, but there have always been Filipinos in my offices, in the shops, in the restaurants, in the hospitals, everywhere, who smile at and take good care of me. I always try to let you know that I have lived and traveled in the Philippines and how much I like your country. I know that behind those smiles of yours, here and abroad, are many worries and problems.
Please know that at least one of us expats has seen what you do for others and understands that you have a story behind your smiles. Know that at least one of us admires you, respects you, and thanks you for your sacrifices. Salamat po. Ingat lagi. Mahal ko kayong lahat.
David H. Harwell, PhD, is a former professor and assistant dean in the United States who now travels and works abroad designing language training programs. He is a published author and a son of a retired news editor.
Here is a story of Mang Felix still very strong at 87 yrs old. With proper education on food and lifestyle we can make the Philippines a better place to live on earth. By God’s grace it will be so. We keep our faith and God continues to make His presence felt in our blessed country.
Credit: Posting of this video was with permission from Nestle Philippines.
Mang Roldan Pineda Jimenez is a poor Filipino but with a God- trusting heart. Let us read his story….
Joemil Reyes, on 24 August 2012, wrote this article from The Facebook Fan Page( Finding Roldan Pineda Jimenez ) and I am reposting this on my blogsite inorder for more people to know of the simple but very powerful message.
I am just sharing this picture of a very humble guy named ROLDAN JIMENEZ PINEDA, 63yrs old, from Kawayan, Isabela. You don’t need to read everything if you feel lazy, but all I need to ask you is pray for his safety. I am not a writer, but
I will try to tell you the story.
Here’s what happened:
Just this windy and rainy morning, I was in my friend’s canteen. It is just beside the subdivision where I live. I was chatting with my friend’s dad about some business. This humble guy came in front caught my attention. He was not asking for money nor anything. Instead, he ordered P5 worth of rice. He cannot even look directly because he feels so shy.He said, “Maaari po bang bumili ng limang pisong kanin?” His hair is so wet that’s why he covered it with a small towel. His clothes are kinda wet too. When I heard his shaking voice, I can feel that he is tired, cold, and starving. He has a green backpack and a sack with old boxes and plastic bottles. I suddenly felt sorry about him, that my heart was telling me that I need to do something. Instead of me just sitting on my chair, I decided to stand up and tried talking to him. I asked him if that small amount of rice would satisfy him. He said that he was planning to eat some of it and save some, then continue walking til he reach Nueva Ecija which is more than a hundred miles I think. His destination would be Kawayan, Isabela, where he lives. He asked if he can fill his bottle with some water. I said, sure. While I was putting water in his used old bottle, I told him to order some more food so he can eat. Told him not to worry because I will pay it for him. Mang Roldan never asks for money. He earns his own by selling bottles at the junk shops. His eyes turned red, while he was trying to hold his tears. He said that he can’t thank me enough.
MANG ROLDAN: Nahihiya po ako kasi ganito lang suot ko.(- I feel shy because of what I am wearing.)
ME: Akong bahala po sainyo. Ano pong gusto nyong kainin? (- That is ok. Do not worry. What do you wanna eat?)
MANG ROLDAN: Wala po ako sa posisyon para pumili. Kahit gulay lang po o yung pinakamura. (- I am not in the position to choose. I can have vegetables or the cheapest food would be fine.)
ME: Kailangan nyo pong kumain. Order po kayo kahit ano, yung siguradong mabubusog kayo. (- You need to eat, and make sure to satisfy yourself.)
I took his hand so he can walk beside the stand where he can choose. While they were giving him his food, I told him that I need to go home and get some money so I can pay his bill. At home, I grabbed my old camouflage jacket which I gave him.
We talked about his tragic story and his plans. Years ago, he needed to sell their house and lot because his wife had a bone disease. Sadly, everything was spent but his wife didn’t make it. He had 3 children. The first born were twins, died because of bronchopneumonia. While the youngest was ran over by a bus. He tried putting a small business by selling fishballs in Manila, but in the time of Bayani Fernando, MMDA took his carts and destroyed them. Mang Roldan and his family are church people. You can tell with the way he speaks. He visited Pampanga to see his sister/brother. Too bad he wasn’t able to meet the only family that he knows. Hearing his story broke my heart.
I also noticed that he cannot walk straight because of his swollen left leg. “Lumipad yung bato na nadaanan nung gulong ng jeep, tumama sa paa ko” he said. (A rock smaller than my fist was the reason) He thanked me for the food and jacket. I handed him some money so he can ride the bus and buy food. He said that he cannot give me anything in return. Seeing him wipe his tears made me feel super sad that it made me cry too. I was speechless. I shaked his hand and told him that his story was enough for me to learn things, and I was happy that I was able to help him. I gave him my umbrella so he will not get wet on his journey. He didn’t want to take it, but I insisted. (I hope my mom won’t notice that her umbrella is missing)
While Mang Roldan was crossing the street I was looking at him. I noticed that he was walking towards a corner. He saw a beggar on the side. You know what he did? He did not share the food that he had, HE GAVE EVERYTHING! Rice, bread, and water. That’s it! That was priceless! I knew that this man is special. He touched my heart. I realized that what I gave him is not even enough. Salt water fell from my eyes. (even while I’m typing now). I decided to go to him when I noticed that busses and jeepneys were not stopping because of discrimination. So we waited for a bus and I took his picture. He smiled and said, “half-body lang ha, nakakahiya may dala akong sako. Hehehe!” What a guy! He can still smile after all the things that he went through. Finally, a bus stopped. I told him to act as if he is my uncle. Before he stepped on the bus, he thanked me again. I waved goodbye and said “Ingat Tito, text mo ko kaagad.” I said it loud so the conductor will hear me and pretend that Mang Roldan has a cellphone.
I don’t know, but he was like an angel that was sent to teach me and realize lots of things. That is why I decided to put it on FB, hoping that you will learn from it. If only I am wealthy enough, I would love to do more things just to help more needy, homeless, poor, deserving people. I have been planning to create my own Foundation since I was young. Well, God has plans for all of us. Maybe someday I will. I also hope I could meet Mang Roldan again, and give him a fishball business or have him help me helping others.
I remember a book written by Father Jerry Orbos, that we should not be just good Samaritans but we need to be Better Samaritans.
You can share this if you want. If not, just please pray that God bless the people like Mang Roldan. May God Bless you too =)
With permission from CNN I would like to repost this write up about Efren Penaflorida to give us an insight of a Filipino soul. There are lots of others like him moving around unnoticed and this website will undertake the mission to search for them for such is the will of the Most High!
33 “ No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”
Cavite City, Philippines (CNN) — Not many people recognized Efren Peñaflorida as he left the Philippines last fall to attend a Hollywood gala for CNN Heroes.
But when Peñaflorida returned from the event as CNN’s Hero of the Year, he was greeted by hundreds of screaming fans at the airport in Manila.
“The moment we got home, I … seemed to have become a celebrity,” he said.
Peñaflorida was honored for creating mobile “pushcart classrooms,” carts stocked with books, chalkboards and other supplies, that bring education to poor children in the Philippines. Since 1997, he and more than 12,000 teenage volunteers have taught basic reading and writing skills to more than 1,800 children living on the streets.
“The award and the title [are] really significant,” said Peñaflorida, 29. “It gave me and my co-volunteers an affirmation that what we are doing is a worthy cause.”
The plaudits didn’t stop there. Back home, parades were arranged in both Manila and Cavite City, where Peñaflorida was born and raised. And then-President Gloria Arroyo conferred him with the Order of Lakandula — one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a Filipino civilian — for his dedication to the welfare of society.
“I received the medal but shared the honor with my co-volunteers, my mentor and the children we reach out to,” he said. “The government heads received an instruction from the president to have the pushcart schools replicated all over the country.”
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With Peñaflorida’s consultation, the pushcart classroom model started by his nonprofit organization, Dynamic Teen Company, has been replicated more than 50 times by different organizations and institutions across the Philippines. And according to Peñaflorida, more classrooms are pending as President Benigno Aquino’s administration reviews plans to expand the infrastructure of the mobile classroom system.
“The duplication of the pushcart school system … is happening now in different provinces and regions of the country, and we receive numerous letters from other parts of the world,” Peñaflorida said. “Filipinos have become more aware of the need for these children to be educated, fed and taken care of. Before, they saw [a pushcart] as a symbol of poverty, but now they see a pushcart as a symbol of hope and education.”
In Cavite City, construction is nearly complete on the Dynamic Teen Company’s new educational center, which is designed to resemble the iconic pushcart. Partially funded by the CNN Heroes grant of $125,000, the educational center will include a computer lab, a library, a health clinic, a kitchen used for feeding programs and a garage to store the pushcarts.
“We will call it Care for Poor Children Learning Center, where children will experience having a place to exercise their rights freely and learn life-changing principles,” Peñaflorida said. “It is intended to be finished by early next year … and [it] shall be able to serve hundreds of kids.”
Peñaflorida says he knows firsthand what these children lack. He spent his childhood in a shanty near a dump site in Cavite City. Hefounded his organization to provide impoverished children an empowering alternative to gang induction.
Before, they saw [a pushcart] as a symbol of poverty, but now they see a pushcart as a symbol of hope and education.
–CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida
“They need education to be successful in life,” he said. “It’s just giving them what others gave to me.”
Peñaflorida’s selflessness has inspired documentaries and TV movies about his life in the Philippines and several other countries, including Japan, Korea, Germany, Spain and Canada. Recently, he was invited to bear the torch at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. And he can be seen hosting his own search for heroes on the Philippine television show “Ako Mismo” (“I Myself”). The show features people working in the Philippines to better the lives of others.
“I was told … that they came up with this TV show inspired by the speech I gave at the Kodak Theater, that each person has a hidden hero within … waiting to be unleashed,” he said. “Since I was instrumental in the concept, I must live up to the principles I share and help our country find its heroes and probably help our nation heal herself.”
November 22 will be Efren Peñaflorida Day in Cavite City, but Peñaflorida will likely miss the celebration as he plans to be back in Hollywood honoring this year’s CNN Heroes.
“They are all awesome,” he said. “The works of those 25 souls are so inspiring and truly remarkable. I personally salute them all.”
The 2010 Top Ten CNN Heroes will be announced Thursday, September 23 at 1 p.m. on CNN.com. At that time, online voting will begin to select the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year. The Hero of the Year will be revealed Thanksgiving night during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” hosted by Anderson Cooper at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
A very touching manifestation of love through music by Madonna Decena a Filipino mother OFW who worked as an entertainer in London? See inside a Filipino woman’s heart and soul! Perhaps most of the OFW like her, also have in their mind and heart the families left behind in the Philippines while they sacrifice, being away from home.
A glimpse inside a Filipino heart……a mother’s love…an OFW….away from home yet so near….
Source: You Tube uploaded by jessie8165 in 2008
Photo: thesun.co.uk website
It was so interesting to see Marcos and Aquino talking with each other. So good to watch them! Sana marami pang mga leaders maging katulad nilang marunong tumanggap sa isa’t isa. The spiritual level is really high!
It’s really good to see a scene like this!
This makes me believe that our country is destined to lead!
May God continue to guide and bless the Philippines!
Sources: You Tube Bongbongmarcos2009
I have scanned through the internet and I found this write up a few years ago about Deuterium in the Philippines. The Author , however, has not revealed his identity. It looks interesting anyway, so I share this article.
A SPECIAL REPORT
International Press Release
By: (name of proponent withheld)
Metro Manila , Philippines
HYDROGEN from Water was predicted by Jules Verne in 1874 to be the fuel of the future. During World War II, Germany used V-2 Rocket Bombs propelled by HYDROGEN. Now, Dr. Jacob Bigeleisen discovered that at room temperature or under atmospheric condition, DEUTERIUM ATOMS are electrolyzed naturally out of water in the form of HYDROGEN gas. This natural phenomenal process needs no expensive electric power consuming electrolysis to artificially separate HYDROGEN from OXYGEN in Water.
What is DEUTERIUM? Deuterium is HEAVY WATER or HYDROGEN WATER without oxygen. This is obtained from the deep trenches of the World and the World’s largest DEPOSIT OF DEUTERIUM is IN THE PHILIPPINES – A big deposit of 868 miles long, 52 miles at widest point, and 3 miles at deepest point, replenished by nature 24 hours a day after Deuterium traveled more than 12,000 kilometers from Central America to the Philippines through the span of the Pacific Ocean when Planet Earth turns on its axis from West to East in unending perpetual motion.
USES OF DEUTERIUM
Deuterium is used in the production of (Hydrogen) Li-Hy Fuel now used in Canada , America , Germany and some parts of Sweden to provide fuel for cars, trucks, jet planes, etc. including solid Hydrogen for Spacecrafts Challenger and Columbia . Deuterium can replace gasoline, LPG, LNG, Avgas, etc. in powering all types of internal combustion engines. It does not emit pollutants or any harmful carbon monoxide and does not cause any environmental problems because it is in the water family as emissions are nothing but water vapor or steam. Deuterium as Hydrogen Fuel can be used for cooking, lighting, heating, and as Heavy Water fuel for Reactors in electric power generation.
Why does Deuterium electrolyze out of water in the form of Hydrogen Gas? It electrolyzes out of water in the form of Hydrogen gas because Deuterium is CONCENTRATED HYDROGEN with element symbol, H2 (Hydrogen mass of 2 as distinguished from H2O in Water) subjected to the pressure of water mass at the ocean floor of about 10,000 psi or more because Deuterium obtained from depths of more than 7,000 meters below sea level and at more than 10,000 psi pressure causes the oxygen in water to disengage, separate and escape naturally from hydrogen leaving only Hydrogen isotopes to combine with other Hydrogen isotopes in forming Deuterium under pressure. And Deuterium under pressure, when exposed to room temperature or atmospheric condition, forms or electrolyzes naturally into Hydrogen Gas, in the same manner that LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) in LIQUID state transform into gas after fusion process with air in the atmosphere the moment LPG or LNG tank valves are turned on or opened. By taking out impurities from Deuterium, Li-Hy Fuel is produced by special simple process at very, very low cost known to this proponent and his associates. Cheap Hydrogen will reactivate all idled Hydrogen Based Industries internationally affected by high petroleum costs, and this will boost food, chemical, and metal industries worldwide.
PROPOSAL TO THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN
Through intensive research and development on oceanographic data and processes with foreign associates, the proponent discovered that concentrated Hydrogen exists only about one centimeter thick in every 3,000 meters deep of water mass at the ocean floor.
Because Deuterium more than twice the weight of ordinary water, it sinks and in the process, OXYGEN separates naturally from Hydrogen when the pressure becomes about 10,000 psi or more. The usual ocean floor depth ranges between 2,000 meters to 3,000 meters. With the Philippine Trench at 7,000 meters to 10,500 meters deep, Deuterium is naturally trapped through the ages untapped by man through this day, replenished by nature through the North Equatorial Current Tidal Flow from more than 12,000 kilometers away in Central America to the Philippines hitting the Philippine Trench
DIRECTLY PERPENDICULAR –
The one and only Trench with the widest and longest resource flow of Deuterium in the whole world!
This proponent presented in March 1986 the Deuterium Project to the Philippines and American Governments in his desire to help the People of the Philippines and its Government, by introducing an internationally accepted production-sharing scheme. This is the 40/40/20 production-sharing scheme. 40% of daily production revenue goes to the Government, 40% goes to the Investors, and 20% is retained or set aside to cover the cost of security, operation, management, administration, salaries and wages, materials, supplies, repairs and maintenance, and other operation costs.
The Philippine Government would not put in any investment funds but the following:
1) Land and Export Processing Zone or EPSA;
2) Tax and Duty Free Operation, and
3) Security of Investments with Government Guarantee
There are several lands belonging to the Government along the areas of proposed sites. The Law on Export Processing Zone can be used to declare selected sites as EPSA, the Law providing a built-in Tax and Duty Free arrangements with the Government. The Security of Investments are provided for by the Omnibus Investment Act, the Investments Law, the Constitution of the Philippines (past, present, and proposed) guarantee the Constitutional Rights to Properties and Due Process, including just compensation. The Government MUST GUARANTEE enforcement of these laws.
Foreign Investors have been informed that all funds would have to be provided by them on the following items:
1) Funds for Research and Development;
2) Mobilization Costs and Recruitment;
3) Engineering, Development and Construction Costs;
4) Equipment, Pumping, Storage, Loading facilities and other industrial project costs
The 20% production sharing revenue would be set aside and be used for Security, Management, Administration, salaries and wages, materials, supplies, transportation and housing personnel, food, medical supplies, and other operational costs in order to preserve and not disturb the 40% production revenue sharing for each of the Government, and the Investors’ shares. By maintaining this production revenue sharing ratio, future disagreements and irritants are avoided. A built-in protection for the Government and the Investors, which is strongly recommended by the proponent on the basis of the ARAMCO experience.
WHO BUYS OR SELLS ALL DEUTERIUM PRODUCED?
Using the ARAMCO experience since the 1950s for rapid development, the
foreign investors shall have the first option to buy or sell the daily production of Deuterium at preset price of US$7.00 per barrel. This would give a marketable Gas Station Retail Price of only Php0.90 or US$0.45 per liter or US$0.15 per gallon of Li-Hy Fuel from Deuterium. In effect, the investors buy, after discounting their 40% sharing or at 40% less, at only US$4.20 per barrel giving them more flexibility on their international market pricing policies.
This Hydrogen Fuel gives twice the mileage economy of gasoline or LPG/LNG fed cars. Old gasoline fed cars can be converted to Li-Hy Fuel use by utilizing the same conversion kits used in converting gasoline fed engines to LPG/LNG fed units. Brand new cars have been made to use LPG/LNG fuel more than ten years ago and the same car engines can use Li-Hy Fuel.
In Japan and Canada , there are about 78% brand new cars running on LNG or LPG. The same brand new units can use Li-Hy Fuel, which is more economical fuel than any other available in the international market today. Hydrogen Fuel does not emit any pollutants or harmful carbon monoxide but steam or water vapor.
PROPONENT AND ASSOCIATED INVESTORS
This proponent conducted intensive studies on Research, Development, Philippine Investments Law, Corporation Code, organization, security, management,administration, operation, marketing, including the breakthrough in Pump Technology with his associates.
This breakthrough in Pump Technology will use Hydrodynamic Power in pumping Deuterium from more than 7,000 meters below sea level.
The U.S. Government sent an Investment Mission last June 1986 to the Philippines and initial conferences were held with Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) of Washington , D.C. , USA with the participation of Government Officials and private businessmen in Manila . A meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Jose Concepcion was held during President Corazon C. Aquino’s trip to USA last September 1986. Another meeting is scheduled this December 1986 in Washington D.C. with Deputy
Minister Tomas Alcantara. Major U.S. investors are expected to attend and participate. OPIC Mission has scheduled a series of February 1987 conferences in Manila with Deuterium Project as the banner line of publication agenda. International Investors are expected to attend the technical presentation conferences in Manila in 1987.
The Japanese Group of Investors is composed of the top eight industrial companies, which will form a consortium to undertake a 4 million barrels capacity per day of Deuterium production.
A Saudi Group visited the Philippines in September and October 1986 and was interested in a 2 million barrels daily production capacity of Deuterium.
With the two top U.S. oil companies interested in a 6 million barrels capacity, Japanese investors in a 4 million barrels capacity, and the Saudi Group in a 2 million barrels daily production capacity, the total prospective investors inquiries so far received is 12 million barrels daily production. The Philippines can supply all the requirements of the WHOLE WORLD in Deuterium as Hydrogen Fuel and as Hydrogen for food, hemical, and metal industries worldwide.
TRANSFER OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY
Hydrogen from Deuterium is the fuel of the future available in the Philippines . This needs the transfer of high technology in pumping and refining processes. The proponent has developed with an American Pump Engineer a new breakthrough in pump technology using HYDRODYNAMIC POWER by employing the RAM JET SUCTION TECHNOLOGY in the same manner that Jet Planes use the RAM JET PROPULSION to propel heavy loaded jet planes today. Storage system will use the underground Tunnel Type Tanks in lieu of the surface tank farm. Loading System will use the same types as those for LPG and LNG Systems.
RULE OF THUMB INVESTMENTS
Subject to the refinements of cost data, project line items and other factors, the Rule of Thumb Investment Estimates is about US$200,000,000.00 for every 1,000,000 barrels daily production capacity – a very much lower Investment/Capacity ratio than Petroleum production.
At 12 million barrels per day capacity, the estimated total investment is US$2,400,000,000.00 or US$2.4 billion – the single largest industrial investment in the Philippines .
As the Feasibility Study on the Project has been started, this proponent estimates that the Deuterium Project’s combined production capacities will employ no less than 350,000 personnel of international pay rates and allowances for unskilled, semi-skilled, technical, and professional levels from the Philippines . Less than 2,000 foreign nationals will also be employed on the transfer of technology. The type of operation is the same as those in the Middle East petroleum production facilities, with the same pay rates so as not to disturb international energy pricing and economy of costs.
BENEFITS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE FILIPINO PEOPLE
At 12 million barrels per day capacity priced at US$7.00 per barrel, this is US$84 million per day or US$30.66 billion per year, enough to wipe out all existing foreign debts of the Government in one year, revenue-wise in Foreign Exchange.
Public works, private construction, economic and financial booms are expected to happen in the Philippines in the same manner as those which happened in the Middle East and financial centers of the world from 1974 to 1984, with everybody earning their respective comfortable livelihood, while pricing basic prime necessities at reasonable and affordable levels.
Deuterium and Hydrogen Fuel is the final and lasting hope of the Filipino People and the Government to be great again. This untapped source of energy supply will make the Philippines one of the richest countries of the world.
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It was on the 15th of July 2004 when Nestor Sulpico returned approximately $78,000 worth of rare Micronesian black pearl jewelry to his passenger Lawrence Policastro who has left it on the cab he was driving in New York City. He called Policastro through the mobile phone he found in the backpack and told the businessman that he had the jewels.
In an interview shortly after he found the pearls, Sulpico had said that, at first, he imagined how the jewels, worth nearly P4 million then, could change his life.
“I thought of the days when I was just roaming New York, shivering in the snow, desperately looking for a job.”
But Sulpico said that returning the jewels was one of the easiest decisions he ever made in his life.”I believe that honesty is the most important virtue which serves as a foundation of all other virtues.”
For this honorable act Mr Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City presented him an award of recognition and to express praise and gratitude to a job well done.
Nestor Sulpico, an Ilonggo died in 2008 in his home in Jaro, Iloilo City.
( Source : Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 01:22:00 04/26/2008).
Following text is being presented from the website NYC.gov.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Source: NYC.gov PR- 213-04)
August 4, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG, TAXI AND LIMOUSINE COMMISSION CHAIR MATTHEW W. DAUS AND NYC & CO. HAIL TOP LICENSEES IN 2004 DRIVER RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Taxi and Limousine Commissioner (TLC) Chairman Matthew W. Daus and NYC & Company today extended the City’s thanks for the job done by New York City’s most outstanding professional drivers. The TLC’s 2004 Driver Recognition Ceremony was held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.
“Professional taxicab and for-hire vehicle drivers play an important role in keeping New York City moving,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Today we honor those who provide an invaluable service to this City. Taxi drivers do more than move New Yorkers, they are part of our urban environment and they distinguish our City and with their work ethic and commitment to New York.”
Drivers were recognized for “Integrity,” for the return of precious lost property; “Hospitality,” for outstanding friendliness and courtesy; “Ambassador,” for excellence in presenting our city to visitors; “Lifetime Achievement,” for longevity combined with dedication; and “The Extra Mile,” who provided assistance above and beyond the call of duty.
“Today’s honorees are the cream of the crop,” said Chairman Daus. “Not only do they do a tough job and make it look easy, but they provide an outstanding example to their brother and sister drivers. Today is about expressing our pride in these drivers, and letting them bask in some well-earned praise for a job well done.”
“Professional drivers often have the privilege of leaving the first impressions of New York City with visiting tourists,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “These exemplary drivers deserve their share of accolades for the City’s booming popularity with visitors from around the world, and we’re here today to say thank you to them in the most visible way possible.”
The day’s principal honoree was Nestor Sulpico, who, earlier this month, returned approximately $78,000 worth of rare Micronesian black pearl jewelry. Lawrence Policastro, the owner of the jewels, was so moved by Mr. Sulpico’s honesty that he is creating a special fund to help Mr. Sulpico fulfill his dream of becoming a nurse.
NYC 2012 donated hats to all the attendees and drivers were also treated to copies of the popular “The New York City Cabbie Cookbook,” autographed by the author, Mary Ellen Winston. Honorees also took part in drawings for donated gifts, including weekend packages at the Alex Hotel, tickets to New York Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones baseball games, a baseball signed by Al Leiter of the Mets, and dinners for two at some of New York City’s best restaurants, arranged through the NYS Restaurant Association. Participating restaurants include Sardi’s, Tavern on the Green, ESPN Zone, BB King’s Blues Club, 21 Club, Café Boulud, The Water Club, Naples Ristorante, Rosie O’Grady’s and Gramercy Grill.
God bless the Philippines! Now we have a true leader,simple, humble but very powerful. Noynoy Aquino was elected President of the Philippines not because he planned to be one but obviously God wanted him to be. The prayer of the nation has been heard. Let us be grateful to God!
This photo( the president was visiting a flooded place in Dagupan) was taken from the Facebook uploaded by Ali Omer on 29 Jan 2011.
2 Chronicles 7:
14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country.
Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.
40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.
In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, “President, when can we be well off? That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea.
So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.
Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.
My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.
I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday.
However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.
Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.
When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday.
The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.
My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun.
However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.
My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.
I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.
I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country.
Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country.
You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.
That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.
Source: Philippine Defense Forum Website
“Jaeyoun Kim is a South Korean who wrote this essay when he was a student at the University of the Philippines sometime in 2006. In it he claims that the Filipinos’ problem is not corruption but the lack of love for our country.
There is some truth to Jaeyoun Kim’s claims and observations about our country, however, to say that “… the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines” is a very simplistic way of looking at and solving the country’s myriad of problems.”
-Written by Daisy Brett-Holt | 31 October 2009,Philippine Jury Initiative Website
Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”
Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.
Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino workers — 1,019,577 — outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 workers from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors. They are known for their professionalism and the quality of their work.
Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world’s seafarers. There are 1.2 million Filipino sailors.
So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen.
What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas.
When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world’s total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduate each year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.
Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because “I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.” Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, a nurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. “She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections,” she said.
This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.
The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy.
We should pay respect to Filipino workers, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.
We should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino workers left his flower shop.
We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us.
Source: Arab News
Author: Abdullah Al-Maghlooth | Al-Watan, email@example.com
Monday 16 June 2008
Matapos akong pabalikin ng aming Kumpanya (Saipem, Oil Pipeline company) sa Azerbaijan (bahagi ng dating Soviet Union) noon 1997 napagkasunduan naming mag-asawa na ang bahagi ng aking magiging remittance ay itutulong sa simbahan. Bakit?
Una , upang magpasalamat dahil sa loob nang tatlong taong nanatili ako sa Pilipinas naranasan kong mairaos ko pala ang buhay na walang monthly dollar remittances. Namuhay kami ng simple at sa biyaya Niya upang matugunan ang araw araw na gastusin. Mas masaya pala ang buhay kapag ang mga kailangan nati’y dumadating na lang kapag ipinagdadasal at pinagsisikapan natin.
Pangalawa, upang kilanlin ang kabutihan ng Diyos dahil kung bakit eksaktong patapos ang term ko bilang kagawad ng Barangay San Joaquin, Pasig nang ako’y ipatawag muli ng aming Kumpanya.
Pangatlo, upang patunayang totoo nga ang pagtiwala sa Kaniya. Di po ba kapag may bibilhin tayong property nagbibigay tayo ng down payment para patotohanang bibili nga tayo? Ang pag –iikapo’y para na ring nagbibigay ng down payment para ipakitang naniniwala tayo. Sa ganitong pamamaraan masusukat ang ating puso at isip.
Nang makalipas ang tatlong taong kaming mag-asawa’y nag-ikapo nakapanood ako sa CNN ng interview kay John Hunstman, isang pilantropo sa America na sumagana ang buhay dahil sa pag-iikapo. Ang sinabi niya, pangako daw ng Diyos ang gantimpalaan ang sinumang sumusunod sa inutos niyang ibahagi ang kita upang makakilos ang simbahan. Ganunpaman tungkulin po ang tumulong! Nasa Chapter 3 ng Malachi ang habilin.
Nais ko pong patotohanan sa mga nakakabasa ng kapirasong sulat kong ito na totoo nga po ang pangako. Mula nang kami’y mag- ikapo naging kasama namin ang Diyos sa aming naging paglalakbay. Prayer ko lang po sa aking mga kapwa OFW , nawa’y unahin muna natin Siya at ang mga balakin nating iba’y tiyak kong pagtatagumpayin Niya basta ba’y makakatulong hindi lamang sa ating pamilya kundi pati na rin sa ating kapaligiran.
Celestino “ Nonoy” Trono IV
Offshore Worker/ Purser/ HLO
University of Sto Tomas was founded on 28 April 1611 by Archbishop of Manila Miguel de Benvaides- Wikipedia.
Harvard University located in Massachusetts, United States, was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States- Wikipedia
By Mynardo Macaraig (Balita.com)
MANILA, January 28, 2011 (AFP) – A Philippine university that bills itself as the oldest in Asia launched its 400th anniversary celebrations with fanfare this week.
Priests and nuns in their cassocks and habits mingled with masked students in colorful costumes as the church-run University of Santo Tomas in central Manila began marking the historic event.
The year-long celebrations will include masses, academic gatherings, opera concerts, charity works, filmfests, dance contests and visits by movie star alumni as the university seeks to lighten its conservative image.
“Other schools say they have produced presidents but we have produced national heroes and saints,” university rector Father Rolando de la Rosa told a crowd of beaming faculty as the celebrations got underway.
The national hero, Jose Rizal, studied at the university and several Santo Tomas alumni were canonized after they were killed while doing missionary work in Japan, China and Korea from the 17th to 19th century.
The school, which is attended by some 44,000 students, has also produced its share of Philippine presidents and legislators.
Santo Tomas alumni and students like to point out that their university is “older than Harvard”- a leading US educational institution which has a mere 375 years under its belt.
The celebrations started on Wednesday with a solemn mass celebrated by a Vatican envoy, while simultaneously hundreds of students and faculty held a raucous parade just outside the chapel.
This was followed by an extravagant street dance competition where giant speakers blasted pop tunes throughout the campus, mingling with the prayers being piped from the chapel through the university’s public address system.
The celebrations will include the unveiling of new statues symbolizing the virtues of the university. The figures are modeled after prominent alumni Piolo Pascual, a Philippine movie hearthrob, and beauty queen Charlene Gonzales.
Run by the Dominican order of priests, the University of Santo Tomas was originally established as a seminary in 1611 when the Philippine islands were being colonized by Spain.
It soon expanded to offer other academic courses, establishing the first schools of law, medicine, engineering and journalism amid many other “firsts” in Philippine history.
Another Philippine institution, the University of San Carlos in the central city of Cebu, claims it is the oldest university in Asia, having been founded in 1595.
The two have a friendly rivalry over bragging rights, with Santo Tomas proponents pointing out it has run almost continuously since its founding while San Carlos closed for long periods and was used for different purposes over the centuries.
The university’s top educational standards and strong Catholic influence mirror the Philippines’ high literacy rate and a population that is more than 70-percent Catholic.
Doctors produced by the university dominate the country’s health services and the school boasts that its graduates have the best record in passing the government’s professional exams.
But the history comes with some baggage: the University of Santo Tomas has also been labeled a bastion of conservatism by its critics, including rival Catholic schools.
University students are still required to wear uniforms and must take classes in theology, regardless of their major.
But Carmina Luis, an 18-year-old fine arts freshman at Santo Tomas, said she did not mind the restrictions or the religious influence.
“It is safer here and the school uniforms are not a problem. You don’t have to worry about what to wear in the morning,” she added.
Students and university officials also say leftist activism and the fraternity-related violence rampant in other Philippine colleges have been kept under control at Santo Tomas.
“The teaching of Christianity here is a major point. It helps dampen the violence from fraternities. It also redirects students away from noisy activism,” university archivist Regalado Jose said.
“You can be conservative in culture and still be very creative artistically and in output,” he said.
While other church-run schools have catered to the country’s wealthy, Santo Tomas tries to keep its tuition rates down to remain more accessible.
“We are a university that caters to middle class families. We don’t want to be identified as elitist,” said rector de la Rosa.
A semester at the university costs about 35,000 to 40,000 pesos (790-900 dollars), according to de la Rosa. In contrast, other elite universities charge about 70,000 pesos.
The university does this without receiving any subsidy from church or state, de la Rosa said.
And while many elite schools have moved to more peaceful suburbs, Santo Tomas maintains its 21.5-hectare (53-acre) campus in the heart of the capital, not far from slums and monstrous traffic.
The university is also building new facilities, including a sports complex while expanding the university hospital that caters to the general public.
It also plans to expand outside of Manila for the first time, setting up satellite campuses elsewhere in the Philippines.
Although Santo Tomas has already bought land, the expansion plans are expected to take many years as the university is wary about the financial burden, University vice-rector Father Pablo Tiroy said.
“We have to maintain our resources. We want to go outside Manila, to extend the kind of education that Santo Tomas offers but it requires a lot of capital,” he said.
Here’s something very positive written by a foreigner named Steve Ray, about
Filipinos. Steve Ray authored many best-selling books, among which are, Crossing
The Tiber (his conversion story), Upon This Rock (on the papacy), and just
recently John’s Gospel (a comprehensive bible study guide and commentary).
STEVE RAY’S OPEN LETTER TO THE FILIPINO CATHOLICS:
We stepped into the church and it was old and a bit dark. Mass had just begun
and we sat toward the front.. We didn’t know what to expect here in Istanbul,
Turkey. I guess we expected it to be a somber Mass but quiet and somber it was
not I thought I heard angels joyously singing behind me. The voices were rich,
melodic and beautiful. What I discovered as I spun around to look did
not surprise me because I had seen and heard the same thing in other
churches around the world. It was not a choir of angels with feathered wings and
halos but a group of delightful Filipino Catholics with smiles of delight and
joy on their faces as they worshiped God and sang His praises. I had seen this
many times before in Rome, in Israel, in the United Statesand other countries.
Filipinos have special traits and they are beautifully expressed as I gazed at
the happy throng giving thanks to God. What are the special traits which
characterize these happy people? I will share a few that I have noticed-
personal observations- as I have traveled around the world, including visits to
FIRST, there is a sense of community, of family. These Filipino Christians did
not sit apart from each other in different isles. They sat together, closely.
They didn’t just sing quietly, mumbling, or simply mouthing the words. No, they
raised their voices in harmony together as though they enjoyed the sense of
unity and communion among them. They are family even if they are not related.
SECOND, they have an inner peace and joy which is rare in the world today. When
most of the world’s citizens are worried and fretful, I have found Filipinos to
have joy and peace – a deep sense of God’s love that overshadows them. They have
problems too, and many in the Philippineshav e less material goods than others
in the world, yet there is still a sense of happy trust in God and love of
THIRD, there is a love for God and for his Son Jesus that is almost synonymous
with the word Filipino. There is also something that Filipinos are famous for
around the world – their love for the Blessed Mother. Among the many Filipinos
I have met, the affectionate title for Mary I always hear from their lips is
“Mama Mary.” For these gentle folks Mary is not just a theological idea, a
historical person, or a statue in a church – Mary is the mother of their Lord
and their mother as well, their “mama.”
The Philippinesis a Catholic nation-the only such nation in Asia-and this
wonderful country exports missionaries around the world. They are not hired to
be missionaries, not official workers of the church. No, they are workers and
educators, doctors, nurses and housekeepers that go to other lands and travel to
the far reaches of the earth, and everywhere they go they take the joyous
gospel of Jesus with them. They make a somber Mass joyful when they burst into
song. They convict the pagan of sin as they always keep the love of Jesus and
the Eucharist central in their lives.
My hope and prayer, while I am here in the Philippines sharing my conversion
story from Baptist Protestant to Roman Catholic, is that the Filipino people
will continue to keep these precious qualities. I pray that they will continue
loving their families, loving the Catholic Church, reading the Bible, loving
Jesus, His Mother and the Eucharist. As many other religions and sects try
to persuade them to leave the Church, may God give the wisdom to defend the
Catholic faith. As the world tempts them to sin and seek only money and fame and
power, may God grant them the serenity to always remember that obedience to
Christ and love for God is far more important than all the riches the world can
offer. May the wonderful Filipino people continue to be a light of the
Gospel to the whole world!
Date posted: March 27, 2012
HealthExecNews.com congratulates St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City for landing in the 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World
Pennsylvania-based HealthExecNews.com describes St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City as “one of the best hospitals in Asia and the entire world” naming St. Luke’s as one of the Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World.
“The impressive interior and exterior design, as well as visitor and patient reviews for your hospital contributed to your ranking and we are happy to deliver the good news today,” HealthExecNews.com said in its congratulatory message to St. Luke’s Medical Center.
The online publication of PBP Media is widely read around the world by healthcare prime movers, administrators, managers leaders and professionals as their leading source of healthcare news and management information.
St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City landed in the 11th spot of the top 25 list this year, making history as the first and only Philippine hospital to be included in this distinction. There were only three hospitals cited in Asia – St. Luke’s in the Philippines, one in Bangkok (Thailand) and the third in HongKong (China). The list includes hospitals in the US, Zurich (Switzerland), Beirut (Lebanon), Vienna (Austria), Panama City (Panama), Sydney (Australia), London (UK) and Dubai (UAE).
With this new honor for the country, let us be proud of the Philippines.
Reference: St Luke’s website
March 8, 2012 – The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas, is proud and delighted to have been awarded the SENSES Wellness Award for “Best Medical Wellness Resort”. The criteria employed by the international jury to select the winning property include the entire holistic concept, the high standard of wellness as well as medical treatments and therapies, the level of staff and the location and environment of the property.
SENSES is an international premium wellness and lifestyle guide that has been published in German and English for the past 14 years and in Russian since 2006. The Senses Wellness Award is an international barometer for the hallmark of excellence for the entire international hotel, lifestyle sector, and wellness industry and, as a Swiss newspaper reported, the OSCARS of SPA Hotels. The awards gala took place during ITB, one of the world¹s largest tourism fairs in Berlin, Germany.
This year marks a special occasion as it is the first time this accolade has been awarded to the Philippines. Having won 22 international awards since 2004, The Farm has served as an inspiration to the Philippine tourism industry for the significant increase these awards has generated in creating awareness among the international community that the Philippines has made its mark as one of the leading wellness destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
(Left to Right) After Show Party with The Farm Chairman & Managing Director, Naresh Khattar and German TV Star, Claudia Wenzel and Rüdiger Joswig, German TV Star
MANILA, Philippines – It’s not uncommon for people to walk through Greenbelt and remark, “It’s like you’re not in the Philippines.” Balikbayans, foreign visitors and locals have found themselves uttering this line, yet when pressed with the question, “So, where do you think you’re at?” they can’t find a comparison that’s suitable. Certainly not the US, where most malls are very utilitarian, not Singapore where shopping centers sit side by side and hardly go beyond being boxes of commercial spaces, and not Hong Kong where the entire aspect of shopping enjoyment is overshadowed by the fast-paced lifestyle.
At Greenbelt 5, located right in the middle of the country’s premier Central Business District (CBD), the atmosphere is relaxed and leisurely, but still satisfies the need for serious shopping.
But when you pay attention to the details the subtle and the obvious of this mall, you will find that at its core beats the Filipino heart.
Ayala Land president Tony Aquino says, “Greenbelt 5 is very international but also very Filipino. It is truly a unique shopping center because it has that dimension of a nice park around it. It was intentional on our part that we have invited a lot of Filipino designers to work on the building itself and to be part of its retail mix. It is home to Filipino arts and culture.”
This unique attribute of being both international in class and Filipino at heart has recently won for Greenbelt 5 two prestigious awards: from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
ICSC is a global trade association of the shopping center industry. Founded in 1957, it has 60,0000 members in more than 80 countries that include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, academics and public officials. It bestows awards to the “Best of the Best” shopping centers in the world first in the regional level, where entries of over a hundred are trimmed down, then the best of the regions Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, South America compete further until the short list of 35 is down to 12. At the recent awarding in Las Vegas, Greenbelt 5 was chosen as one of only eight final awardees.
ULI, on the other hand, “represents the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.” With membership in over 95 countries, it promotes the best in land use policy and practice not exclusive to mall developments but also in resorts, government projects, and other private and public developments. Greenbelt 5 has been awarded by the ULI as one of the best in the Asia Pacific region and is short-listed for the global awards, winners of which will be announced later in the year………
By Tanya T. Lara (The Philippine Star) Updated July 18, 2010 12:00 AM
“Half a century ago, the Philippines was one of the most progressive countries in Asia, just behind Japan and well ahead of other ASEAN countries. Our economy was vibrant, and we excelled in many fields outside of entertainment. Students from neighbouring countries came to study in the different schools in the Philippines, and we were very competitive in sports other than boxing.”
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The Philippine Star Updated August 24, 2011 11:28 AM
MANILA, Philippines – A peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) could be the Philippines’ way out of poverty, a congressman said today citing a US intelligence assessment.
Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas, chairman of the House committee on good government and public accountability, said that the success of the ongoing peace talks between the government and the MILF plays a vital role in solving poverty.
Treñas said that based on the US intelligence assessment, “the Philippines may have untapped minerals worth between US$840 billion to US$1 trillion” in Mindanao.
The congressman said that the US intelligence assessment was included in the 2006 “unclassified/for official use only” cable from the US embassy in Manila released online by Singapore-based journalist Andrew Macgregor Marshall.
He said that the assessment can only become a reality of peace and security in Mindanao is secured through the success of the government-initiated peace talks with the MILF.
Treñas said that the intelligence assessment “basically assures that peace in Mindanao could catapult the entire nation from being a third world nation into a major economic power in Asia.”
“We’ve always known that Mindanao is fertile and rich in natural and mineral resources but I didn’t realize that Mindanao’s mineral wealth can single-handedly reverse our present economic situation. With this report, I’m convinced more than ever that our key to finally become a first world nation is to bring peace and development to Mindanao,” he said.
The lawmaker said that the US intelligence assessment should raise the urgency for the forging of peace talks between the government and the MILF. He urged opposition congressmen to support the Aquino administration’s bid to secure the peace deal.
President Benigno Aquino III had recently met with MILF leader Al Haj Murad in Tokyo. Both agreed to speed up the talks and work for the forging of a peace pact before Aquino’s term expires in 2016.
Treñas said the US report should now convince skeptics that President Aquino is on the right direction in his decision to do anything possible that is within the bounds of law to guarantee the success of the peace talks between the government and the MILF.
He also dismissed claims that a peace deal between the government and the MILF is a “sell out” of the nation’s patrimony because on the contrary, the full integration of the MILF and their decision to give up their quest of an independent state is a big leap forward in promoting national patrimony.
“We should stop talking about national patrimony in a manner that treats the MILF as non-Filipinos. The fact that they have given up secessionism should be considered as something that strengthens our nation and not something that weakens it,” Treñas said.
Talks between the government and the MILF bogged down Tuesday after the MILF panel led by Mohagher Iqbal rejected the proposals presented by the government peace panel enumerating economic and political solutions that can end the armed conflict in Mindanao. — Angelo L. Gutierrez
The Philippines and Peru are among emerging economies that would become much more prominent in the next few decades, helped by demographics and rising education standards, with the Philippines set to leapfrog 27 places to become the 16th largest economy by 2050, according to a prediction of international bank HSBC.
The bank expected China to overtake the United States as the world’s biggest economy by 2050, and said strong growth rates in other developing countries would help drive the global economy.
“Plenty of places in the world look set to deliver very strong rates of growth. But they are not in the developed world, which faces both structural and cyclical head winds. They are in the emerging world,” the bank said in a report “The World in 2050.”
HSBC based its forecasts on fundamentals such as current income per capita, rule of law, democracy, education levels and demographic change.
The bank said the Philippines would become a “star performer” in terms of its economic leap in the global rankings.
HSBC said the Philippines was likely to post an average growth of 7 percent in the next 40 years.
Breaking down the average growth forecast, the bank said the country would likely grow by 8.4 percent from 2010 to 2020, by 7.3 percent from 2020 to 2030, and by 6.6 percent from 2030 to 2040, and by
5.8 percent from 2040 to 2050.
It said the advantage of the Philippines was its favorable macroeconomic fundamentals and improving governance.
Economic officials of the government often harp on what they call the country’s positive macroeconomic fundamentals that include stable inflation, sustained growth over the years (it grew even when the global economy shrank in 2009), stable banking and financial system, and improving fiscal position.
Growing population a plus
HSBC said the Philippines was also put at an advantageous position by its growing population, which, if properly educated and trained, should help the economy generate more income over the next decades.
The fact that the Philippines has relatively low income gives it much room for growth, and that its favorable fundamentals will help the country maximize that room, the bank said.
“The most potent recipe for growth is a country that scores highly on the fundamentals discussed but currently has low income per capita. These economies should deliver the highest growth in income per capita as they ‘catch up’ with those with similar fundamentals,” HSBC said.
According to HSBC’s forecast, the Top 20 largest economies by 2050 will be China, United States, India, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, France, Canada, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, Spain, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Argentina and Egypt.
The Philippines’ 16th rank by 2050 in terms of economic size marks a 27-notch improvement from its performance in 2010, said HSBC.
The bank thus said that the Philippines was expected to post the biggest leap in terms of economic ranking over the next four decades. “The Philippines looks set for a multidecade run of strong growth.”
HSBC said Peru should average annual growth of 5.5 percent over the same period.
The sheer pace of population growth in countries such as Nigeria and Pakistan means that these economies will swell in size to be included among the 100 biggest economies even if their incomes on a per-capita basis remain low.
HSBC said lower scores for rule of law in Latin America constrained its per capita income projections for the region though it noted that Brazil was making headway in this aspect.
“The losers are the small population, aging economies of Europe,” added the bank, which said the demographics in much of Europe underscored concerns about the debt problems faced by many of the continent’s governments.
If sufficiently open to modern technology, developing countries could enjoy many years of robust GDP growth although they could struggle for growth drivers once they have adapted to technological advances,
“The initial years of development could be described as ‘copy-and-paste’ growth, as countries open themselves up and adapt to the world’s existing technologies. Once the ‘copy-and-paste’ growth is complete … many economies struggle and get stuck in what is often known as the middle-income trap.”
“But many of the countries we are considering are still at such an extremely low level of development that there are years of this ‘copy-and-paste’ growth ahead,” it added.
It was here that many of the pessimism about China was misplaced, the bank argued.
“One of the most commonly cited reasons for concern about China is the high rate of investment as a percentage of GDP … (But) we believe the strong rate of investment is entirely justified—providing China with much needed basic infrastructure,” it said.
The bank said high levels of education in Central and Eastern Europe meant that the regions could enjoy strong income per capita growth in the coming years before weak demographics eventually sap economic growth.
“While education rates are similar (to the West), the average income per capita in the central and eastern Europe block is just one fifth that of the developed world. For this reason … economies have great scope to catch up in income per capita,” HSBC said.
“Some of the smaller Eastern European countries—Romania, the Czech Republic and Serbia—(should) all do extremely well, particularly in the coming decade, before demographics prove to be more of a drag.” With a report from Reuters
Originally posted at 09:02 pm | Thursday, January 12, 2012
Hango sa website Carlos P Romulo foundation…(Note UN was established in Oct 1945)
Carlos P. Romulo’s Christmas message, 1949, which he wrote while serving as president of the UN General Assembly:
To appreciate Christmas to the full, one must know how it feels to be deprived of its blessings. We had that experience in the Philippines in December, 1941. The invasion of the Philippines had been launched a few hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By Christmas time, Manila, the capital, had been declared an open city and the withdrawal of the Fil-American forces to Bataan was under way. The long night of the Japanese occupation had begun.
The Filipino people observed Christmas that year under black-out conditions: the enemy was no respecter of open cities and the advent of Christmas did not interrupt his bombing schedules. I was then in the uniform of a major in the army of the United States.
On Christmas eve we felt as though the lights of freedom, of decency, of justice and peace, of everything we valued and cherished, were going out all over the world. This thought came to soldiers in their unlighted trenches, to the refugees huddled along the dark roads and open fields, to the women and children in their black-out homes.
And out of the realization of their loss and their peril was born a mighty resolve to make sure that peace and the blessings of peace shall never again be jeopardized, even if the world should have to be rebuilt in order to make peace lasting as well as universal.
Eight eventful years have passed since that “dark Christmas” of 1941. I am now in Washington and the lights are on, but the struggle for peace continues. A new tyranny darkens many lands and endanger the security of the free world.
Our resolve to win the peace, shared by all the peoples bound together by their resistance to Nazi, fascist and Japanese aggression, gave birth to the United Nations. The trials, disillusionments and vicissitudes of the past eight years have not weakened it.
Despite the “cold war,” the peoples of the world are firmly determined that the efforts to establish a just and enduring peace should continue.
I firmly believe that mankind’s desire for peace will ultimately prevail. The splitting of the atom has made “peace on earth,” the central message of Christmas, a condition for the survival of the human race.
Through the instrumentality of the United Nations, much has already been accomplished. With good will the primary aim of the charter “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” can and will be attained.
areas during their retreat, where it was all buried at many different locations.
It is estimated that the total worth of this war loot ranged up to 3 billion 1940’s dollars – the equivalent of over $100 billion today. According to various post war estimates, the amount of gold bullion alone was 4,000 to 6,000 tons. Ex-president Ferdinand Marcos himself managed to recover several sites and that is how he became so wealthy.
“Last December 2004 kumalat ang text messages na may tidal wave na darating sa Maynila. Pinagdasal ang mga tao noon. Nakatulog ako ng gabing yon. Kinabukasan may tsunami nga sa Indonesia! Di kaya’t kasama yun sa nakasulat dito? Ganunpaman maraming nagaganap ngayon na nakasaad sa propechy na ito.”- Author
Cindy Jacobs 2003 Prophecy:
The Lord would say to the Philippines” I am shaking everything that can be shaken so no man would glory in what I will do.For I have waited for a generation that I could raise up a purity and holiness in.And I am raising up firebrand.There is a forerunner anointing coming upon the youth of the Philippines that will prepare the way of the Lord even into the middle east,”says the Lord.
”Look and see what i will do in Mindanao,for I am going to visit in a way that you cannot imagine.I am coming to Mindanao”says the Lord,”as the God and the Lord of hosts and I am going to start appearing”the Lord says”As a sign that I am going to truly change the nation,I am going to show myself to the guerilla leaders and I am going to come”says the Lord,”And I am going to begin in the places in the Philippines that have been the bloodiest,the places where the gueriilas’ insurrection has been the strongest and I am going to come with signs and wonders and mircales. And I am ready to pour out a miracle anointing the Philippines such as the earth has never seen.For Indonesia they had a rushing mighty wind,but in the Philippines they will have the fire from heaven that will begin to fall.And this will be a purging fire and I will say I will even visit even as if in a day, says God.Do not think that I am not able to come in a day and begin to unravel the inquities of the nation”says the Lord.
”I am going to visit the military.I am getting ready to come among the young military”and the Lord says,”There’s going to be a revolution of righteousness that comes within the military.I am getting ready to dethrone everything that need to be dethroned.For even the bowls of heaven are full.”Oh I see the bowls in heaven are just getting ready to be tipped over the Philippines and”I am going to spill out my glory”and the Lord says,”I will remove the shame that satan has tried to put upon this nation”.
And the Lord says,”Look and see for even the blood of the martyrs cries out even from Saudi Arabia.The blood of the martyrs cries out from those islamic nations and my Filipino people-they have laid their lives down.Do not think I haven’t seen.Do not think I am looking away.Do not think I do not see you,Philippines,for I see you.You are the apple of my eye.You are a treasure unto me”.
And the Lord says,”This is the day & this is the hour when I begin to change everything” says the Lord. I’m going to change the judicial system. I’m going to dethrone corrupt judges. I’m going to begin to expose, expose, expose, expose. And the lord says, “Look and see what I will do.For I will open my treasure chest from the Philippines. And I am going to begin to release finance from the Philippines, that will surprise and shake even hongkong.For I’m getting ready to move a distribution of wealth”says God,”And I’m getting to open the oil.I’m getting ready to open that which is in the ocean.I’m getting to bring forth revolution even in the economic systems and the finance system”.
”Look to the University in Manila”says God.”For I will bring a revival that the…”oh my Lord…the Lord says,”Not hundreds, thousands and thousands and thousands are going to get saved”.the Lord says,Can I touch a whole university?Yes.I can touch a whole university. I can come with my glory and I can come with my power in ways that you cannot imagine,for I am coming,says God,”I am coming and I will remain,”says the Lord.
The world’s largest reserves of deuterium, or heavy water, are to be found in the Philippine trench. I had no idea what deuterium was until a couple of days ago, but thanks to an article in the Cebu Freeman I now have some notion. All our worries are over.
“Deuterium is used in the production of (hydrogen) Li-Hy Fuel now used in Canada, America, Germany and some parts of Sweden to provide fuel for cars, trucks, jet planes, etc. including solid hydrogen for the spacecraft Challenger and Columbia. Deuterium can replace gasoline, LPG, LNG, Avgas, etc. in powering all types of internal combustion engines. It does not emit pollutants or any harmful carbon monoxide and does not cause any environmental problems because it is in a member of the water family. Emissions are nothing but water vapor or steam. Deuterium as hydrogen fuel can be used for cooking, lighting, heating, and as heavy water fuel for reactors in electric power generation.”
And where is it?
“[It] is obtained from the deep trenches of the world and the world’s largest deposit of deuterium is in the Philippines – a big deposit of 868 miles long, 52 miles at widest point, and 3 miles at deepest point, replenished by nature 24 hours a day after deuterium travels more than 12,000 kilometers from Central America to the Philippines through the span of the Pacific Ocean when planet earth turns on its axis from west to east in unending perpetual motion.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, after all the gloomy forecasts, “this untapped source of energy were to make the Philippines one of the richest countries of the world”?
Sadly, the deuterium dream has been kicking around for a while (there was even a satirical play called “Deuterium” based on what happened when the Philippines became the richest country in the world). The play won a Palanca Award in 1990, but in the intervening years the Philippines has made little progress up the prosperity ladder. Mind you, oil has never been $50 a barrel before…
Source: Torn and Frayed, August 24, 2004
You can receive more information about deuterium by writing to: ProgressiveTimesemail@example.com.
– Abante, 24 April 2012
Kinumpirma kahapon ng pamunuan ng Department of Energy (DOE) ang umano’y “world class discovery” sa Recto Bank sa may Palawan na sinasabi ngayon na mas malaki ang gas reserves kumpara sa Malampaya.
Ito’y makaraang iulat ng Atok-Big Wedge Co., isa sa mga miyembro ng pribadong consortium na nagsasagawa ng oil exploration sa Palawan, ang natuklasan sa “seismic test” nila sa “Service Contract (SC) 72” sa Reed Bank o kilala rin bilang Recto Bank.
Dahil sa laki ng natuklasan, pinagpaliban ng Atok ang ibang eksplorasyon sa iba pang panig ng mundo, kabilang na sa Laos.
Naglaan na umano ng P350 milyon ang Atok para sa pagpapalakas ng eksplorasyon sa Recto Bank.
Ayon pa sa mga opisyal ng Atok, posibleng mag-umpisa silang magsagawa ng oil drill sa katapusan ng taon.
Nagpahayag rin ng posibilidad si Atok vice chairman Walter Brown na maaaring meron ring mahukay na “crude oil” sa Recto Bank ngunit kinakailangan pa ng dagdag na pag-aaral bago makumpirma.
Nabatid na isa rin ang Recto Bank sa pag-aari ng Pilipinas na inaangkin rin ng China.
Tamang pagkain pag usapan natin. Maraming prutas sa sarili nating bayan. Bakit di natin tangkilikin ang sariling biyaya ng Diyos sa atin?
Minsan nang sumakay ako ng Emirates patungong Kazakhstan via Dubai napagkaloobang mapaupo sa Business class. Nang magserve ng meals napansin kong “fresh” ang juice doon. Bakit kaya sa bahay noong malilit kami’y fresh calamansi o fresh dalandan ang pinaiinom sa amin ng aming mga magulang?
O di ba pang first class pala yun? Masustansya na, mura pa.
Ang salabat dati rati’y traditional drink natin yan. Lalo na ang may luyang dilaw, very healthy. Nang magpunta si President Clinton sa Pilipinas yun din ang inumin niya pala.
For more information on healthy living please go to Page “Helpful Tips”.