Year 2015 Takeaways Towards Self-Improvement

Year 2015 Takeaways Towards Self-Improvement

After any meeting, discussion, or learning session, the usual question to participants is “What is your takeaway?” By takeaway, we mean a point or idea to be remembered. In as much as every year is in reality a big learning platform for all of us, it would be a good thing to pose this question to ourselves today as the year 2015 closes to welcome the new year 2016. Let me share with you the Teresay Year 2015 Takeaways Towards Self-Improvement:   Health is Indeed Wealth After a major health scare last May, I will never ever take the old adage “Health is wealth” for granted. That was the time I fully realized that life was too precious to be put to waste in being lonely when we can be happy, in just watching when we can be part of something, and in putting our well-being to chance when we can be proactively healthy. There are some things that we may not fully control such as our genes and the aging process but we always have the choice in how we lead our lifestyles that could either worsen or delay, if not prevent our health predispositions.   Happiness is a Matter of Appreciation There is truth in saying that the happiest being is the one who appreciates what he has and the loneliest is the one who always covets what others have. The very reason why happiness remains elusive to most of us is because we equate happiness with something material which will never be fully satisfied. We often say we will be happy once we get this or...
Stronger 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement

Stronger 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement

For three years in a row now, Unilever through its brand Domex has been the prime mover of the 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement. The celebration of  World Toilet Day 2015 in the Philippines saw a stronger 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement with the addition of new partners to the cause. Joining the advocacy this year are health institutions and leading hospitals, through the Philippine Public Health Association, as well as Maxicare, the country’s leading health maintenance organization. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) remains a steady partner of the movement from the time it was introduced up to the present. World Toilet Day 2015 World Toilet Day 2015 was celebrated at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City last November 13. The affair highlighted the fact that an estimated 443 million school days each year are missed by children when they become sick due to poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. The advocacy campaign endeavors to educate a million Filipinos every year on proper toilet hygiene towards fighting diseases caused by unsanitary toilets. This year’s program includes the training of hospital housekeeping staff on proper toilet hygiene, as well as distributing educational materials to patients. The partnership with Maxicare and its network of doctors is aimed at increasing awareness for the need to adopt proper hygiene practices. Patients at the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center , East Avenue Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, and Maxicare Clinics experienced germ-free toilets, empowering them to do the same for their own homes , given the rights tools for proper toilet sanitation. This agenda will be driven among...
Gifts of Hope from Jollibee Family Values Awardees

Gifts of Hope from Jollibee Family Values Awardees

What will it take to give someone hope that positive changes will come sooner than later?  A little time and a little effort perhaps backed by good intentions. Maybe… but what would it REALLY take to inspire hope among the less fortunate in society who have had more than their  share of trials that come with living? Answer: Support and Assistance towards long-term solutions for issues faced by the person in need of hope. For more than 300 kids of families in Barangay Matiang in Bocaue, Bulacan who were relocated from a slum community in Tondo, Manila, hope came in the form of a school bag filled with school supplies. It is intended to boost the morale of the youngsters so as to keep their dreams of a better education alive in their hearts and within reach. A pencil, a notebook, a bag, all these symbolize the unending hope to have a better life through education. Bag 943, a social entrepreneurship venture,co-sponsored the event with two past recipients of the Jollibee Family Values Awards, Jollibee’s annual recognition for exemplary Filipino families. Anton Lim and Melissa Villa-Wilcox didn’t just come to give out bags that day. It is their way of encouraging children to study hard, believing that it is the only way our country can move forward. Jollibee Family Values Awardees   For veterinarian Anton Lim and his family, providing even the most basic needs to disadvantaged people are enough to bring them hope for a better future. Dr. Lim, who heads the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, has been active in various charitable initiatives since 2010, helping to address...
Philippine Politics in the Eyes of a Youth

Philippine Politics in the Eyes of a Youth

This poem sent chills down my spine as I was reading it. Considering the very turbulent political scene we are witnessing right now, this piece would seem normal, if not expected, coming from satirical adult poets. But this was written by my 15 year-old son, a grade 9 student for his Filipino assignment. The instruction was to make a 15-line free-flowing poem comparing two things. He chose to compare Philippine politics with a game – a game of thieves to be exact and I was troubled. He came up with this idea on his own, without any encouragement from his teachers nor from us. In fact, we rarely talk about politics at home. What is troubling about his work is that he has formed a judgment based on his perception of what is happening around him. He asked me to read the poem not to consult me about the content, but simply to check for grammatical errors. He was not asking for my opinion. It was clear to me that as far as he is concerned, he was stating a fact in poetic form as required. The Dilemma How should a parent handle this? Covering up what is really happening in our government is useless, considering the amount and nature of information that is widely available to all. Let’s face it, the youth of today can form their own conclusions based on what they are actually seeing. I actually praised him for his work as I only had to make very minor corrections. I was very careful not to make it appear that I was dictating on him what...
How Do We Give Back to Our Country ?

How Do We Give Back to Our Country ?

117 years ago, Philippine Independence was declared in this house. For most people who have not known any other Philippines than a free one, a declaration of independence may not have much significance. It is important therefore to create awareness especially among the Filipino youth that freedom was not always there and that many people suffered and died for us to have a country we can all call our home. In  fact, the very question we need to be asking ourselves is how do we give back to our country, the Philippines? Where It Started This house now known as the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, was where the Philippine flag was first hoisted in 1898. This was also the time when the Marcha Nacional Filipina was first played before Filipinos. This is the very reason why this place will always be the center of activity in every celebration of Philippine Independence. This year was no different. The shrine is the ancestral home of the first President of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo. It was declared a national shrine in June 18, 1964. Aguinaldo was buried in the middle of the garden as marked by a marble tomb. 117th Philippine Independence The Independence Day program for this year at the Aguinaldo Shrine was simple yet very symbolic. Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla and Camarines Sur Third District Representative Leni Gerona-Robredo graced the occasion. This year’s celebration however was made more special with the participation of Jollibee as headed by South Luzon Regional Business Unit Head Bambi Bejo, with the special participation of Jollibee Kids Club members representing the Filipino youth....
Switch Right On: Full Support of Renewable Energy

Switch Right On: Full Support of Renewable Energy

Our world has been heavily dependent on fossil fuels as a source of energy. Fuel fossils in the form of oil, gas, coal, and peat all exist in limited quantities. For several years now, man has been feeling the effect of having to depend on a limited source – high oil prices and cost of electricity as well as unstable power supply. We also have to contend with the physical effects of using fossil fuels including air pollution and global warming. This is the reason why we need to find an alternative energy source. For all intents and purposes, Renewable Energy (RE) is the most viable option to date and the Switch Right On campaign in the Philippines shows a solid commitment to this end. Switch Right On The Switch Right On Movement aims to spread awareness on the current state of energy production and consumption as well as the policy direction for the local power sector. At present, more than 3 out of 10 Filipino households still remain without power. This is even as the demand for energy in the country continues to increase by 7% every year. RE technologies have been providing additional energy to help ensure electricity for millions of households worldwide. This effort is essentially a multi-industry campaign geared towards promoting an increased use of renewable energy for environmental and economic sustainability. This initiative is being spearheaded by the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), AIESEC Philippines, and other partners from various industries. International groups, government institutions, and local personalities expressed their support for renewable energy as a sound policy direction for the Philippines, as the...

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