While I am Waiting

While I am Waiting

Learn the purpose of your waiting….

The poster above caught my attention when I saw it on my friend’s FB page. So, I decided to share it with you, my dear readers. 

It turned out that the poster is about an event for singles this Feb 16, 2013. The speakers for the event are Mr. Joseph Bonifacio and Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio.

This event is open to all! You may register every Sunday after every services at Victory Greenhills Center. You can also register on Feb 16, 2013. Yes, you can bring a date and invite your friends!

Don’t get me wrong. I am a devout Catholic since birth and I don’t have plans to change my religion as of the moment. I think it won’t hurt if I attend this event, right? All of us here on earth are a work in progress and learning a new thing or two from other people is not bad. Who knows? It might be the answer we are waiting and looking for.

Come One, come all!

Note: Sold out na daw po. I am not in any way connected to them po.

GUIDELINES: What a police checkpoint should look like

GUIDELINES: What a police checkpoint should look like

 What a police checkpoint should look like

A lot of us got scared and puzzled when we saw in the news the 13 people who died including PNP officers inside the two-vehicle convoy riddled with bullets in a shootout (or rubout) incident  at a police checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon last January 6, 2013. NBI investigation that followed shows that the police involved violated basic Philippine National Police rules governing police checkpoints.

For our guidelines on how a police checkpoint should look like, please refer to the photo above. 

According to the PNP operational procedures manual, vehicle inspections at checkpoints are:

  • limited to a visual search. 
  • Passengers are not obliged to open the trunk, glove compartment, or bags inside the vehicle. 
  • Body searches are not allowed. 
The PNP also encourages local government units, civic groups, media and other stakeholders to act as observers and participate in the conduct of checkpoints.

The public is encouraged to report checkpoints that do not follow the PNP requirements by calling the following numbers:

Text PNP to 2920
I-text mo kay Tsip — 09178475757
PNP hotline — 7230401
Emergency hotline — 117

Source: GMA and PNP 

MANE STYLE SERIES:Personal Hair Styling Workshop

MANE STYLE SERIES:Personal Hair Styling Workshop

Are you on the look out for  better things to do this 2013? Acquire a skill!

Mane Style Series 2013, in partnership with L’Oreal Professionnel, Tokyo Posh and Nippon Esthetic Solutions will have a Personal Hair Styling Workshop with practical how to’s and hands-on demos.

Be one of the first participants to experience this new workshop with the experts.

Date: 08 FEB 2013 (FRIDAY)

Time: 2-530pm

Venue: Studio SnR, Unit 301 Millennium Place, 17 Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center Pasig City

Fee: P2,200.00

Register now at: www.studiosnr.com/contact.html LIMITED SLOTS only

First Registration, First Served.

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Top Ten Examinees in the NURSE LICENSURE EXAMINATION All Regions



Top Ten Examinees in the NURSE LICENSURE EXAMINATION All Regions 
Held last DECEMBER 16 and 17, 2012 . Released on JANUARY 30, 2013

Congratulations!
RANK
NAME
SCHOOL
RATING (%)
1
ROXANNE TRINITY DOTINGCO LIM
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
86.20
2
KRISTEN ERIKA HIFE PINO
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
85.40
CARMELA CELEBRADO SHIMIZU
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT ANTHONY
85.40
3
JOHN VINCENT USITA MAGALONG
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
85.20
WAYNE STEVEN MIRANDA ZAMORA
WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ
85.20
4
JOEY GONZALEZ DELA TORRE JR
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
85.00
5
JOENER BALEDIATA BANGERO
WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ
84.80
VANESSA JOY PALACIO GASAT
UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS (for.BAGUIO C.F.)
84.80
MAR JOHN ALMEDORA JAMBORA
XAVIER UNIVERSITY
84.80
6
KATHERINE JOYCE UMALI ASUFRA
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
84.60
GIZELLE CAPATI CANO
ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION
84.60
AINAN REY FRIA CASUPANG
ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY
84.60
LIAN SIDNEY BARITUA CHAN
CHINESE GENERAL HOSPITAL COLLEGE OF NURSING & LIBERAL ARTS
84.60
JENNIFER KAYE LICUP DUCAO
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
84.60
PAULINA GARCIA ESPAÑOLA
RIVERSIDE COLLEGE
84.60
VINIE OBERIANO OBERIANO
WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ
84.60
MERRILL VAN CHUA YU
VELEZ COLLEGE
84.60
7
KARL PHILLIP LUMIO AVILLO
SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN (SLPC)
84.40
MARA LYKA ELLENITE NATIVIDAD CAPALAD
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE U-ZAMBOANGA CITY
84.40
MARYELLE GO CASUPANAN
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
84.40
CESAR IAN TAN CLARO
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE
84.40
JAMES PATRICK RAMOS DE VERA
CHINESE GENERAL HOSPITAL COLLEGE OF NURSING & LIBERAL ARTS
84.40
SACHIKO SOLIS ESTRELLER
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.40
JEMI-KEZIA JIMENEZ IRIÑGAN
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES
84.40
KRISTIAN RON PAJARILLAGA LALIC
CHINESE GENERAL HOSPITAL COLLEGE OF NURSING & LIBERAL ARTS
84.40
RONESSA IRENE MAGALLANES MAGLINTE
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
84.40
NURHANI SALAPUDDIN TULAWIE
ARELLANO UNIVERSITY-PASAY
84.40
8
ANNA LEE DELMAS BANTASAN
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
84.20
JOSE ORILLO BARRIGA JR
VELEZ COLLEGE
84.20
GINA MACIL BAYLOSIS
XAVIER UNIVERSITY
84.20
BAYANI MAGAT BUNAL JR
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.20
LALAINE DAISY PINGOL ERPE
RIVERSIDE COLLEGE
84.20
CHRISTINE CAMILLE ABESAMIS ESTELA
UNIVERSITY OF NUEVA CACERES
84.20
RUMELL NIÑO SALLONG GAOAEN
EASTER COLLEGE INC
84.20
BEVERLY KAYE CABRERA MACAGBA
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.20
DARCY LIZETTE SANTOS REROMA
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
84.20
GELLIE GOLINGAN SANTIC
BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI
84.20
STEPHANIE MARIE CARBON SENO
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
84.20
DYTHA MARIE MOSCOSO TAMISAN
RIVERSIDE COLLEGE
84.20
RANK
NAME
SCHOOL
RATING (%)
CHRISTIAN WILSON ROSALES TURALDE
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.20
DAWN GAID YANA
BUKIDNON STATE COLLEGE-MALAYBALAY
84.20
9
AMANDA RAE HERNANDEZ ALOJADO
ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY
84.00
HAYMA MABANDES AMERIL
ARELLANO UNIVERSITY-PASAY
84.00
RONAN GARCIA ANG
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE U-ZAMBOANGA CITY
84.00
LOUELLA CORPUZ ARIOLA
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
84.00
BENJO PLAZA ATO
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
84.00
ROGER AYUYANG BRAZIL JR
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES
84.00
EUNICE MANUEL CHAN
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
84.00
KRIZIA MARIE MILA CORNEL
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
84.00
JANE THERESE DE LA ROSA DORILAG
WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ
84.00
DIVINE MERCY CUARTEROS ELCANO
CAMARINES SUR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE-NABUA
84.00
JESSICA FRANCHIZCA LLANERA ESTRELLADO
SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY
84.00
MARIA FERENA BEATRIZ GONZALES FELEO
BROKENSHIRE COLLEGE-SOCSKSARGEN, INC
84.00
DIANA BELINGON FORONDA
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES
84.00
PAULA ISABEL GIMENA FRANCO
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.00
FELIZ GWENMOR FERRER FUENTES
SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-DUMAGUETE
84.00
ANWAR JAN LICUAN GARAZA
MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC
84.00
ABIGAIL BATAS GASES
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
84.00
JOHN DERICK SABORNIDO GUILLEN
PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA
84.00
ERIKA YVONVE FORTALEZA MANOLO
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE
84.00
JIAN CARLO RAMIREZ NARAG
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.00
NATHALIE MARUDO OMAL
FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION
84.00
HENRY OLIVO PINOS
UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST RAMON MAGSAYSAY MEM MEDICAL CTR
84.00
EBONY PINONO QUINIO
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
84.00
MARCHIE MELGAREJO REAL
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTA ISABEL (COL DE STA ISABEL)
84.00
HAZEL MONIQUE RAQUEDAN SAYSON
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
84.00
LAURA SUZANNE KAPILI SUAREZ
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
84.00
JEFFREY BARCELON TANGLAO
FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-MANILA
84.00
LOUR ANN VALERIE MATA TIAN
VELEZ COLLEGE
84.00
MA JEALYN DELA PAZ VALENZUELA
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
84.00
10
JOSEPH GABRIEL ASUNCION ABELLO
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
83.80
JASON ALMONGUERA ADOYOGAN
FILAMER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
83.80
ALEXIS NACIONALES AGUINALDO
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
83.80
LOUIZA MAE RABUTAN ANDAYA
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
83.80
NICOLEO CHRISTIAN RAMOS ARDIENTE
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
83.80
ALVIN TEVES BARING
VELEZ COLLEGE
83.80
LEILENE TUZON BINALUYO
CDH ALLIED MEDICAL COLLEGES (FOR.CALAMBA DOCTORS)
83.80
HOWELL KIM ESCOTA CALUPIT
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE
83.80
KARL JAYSON GENTUGAO CAÑETE
WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ
83.80
RANK
NAME
SCHOOL
RATING (%)
KRISTINE FRONDA CERNAL
SAN JUAN DE DIOS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC
83.80
STEPHEN LLOYD NORRIS DELA CRUZ
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
83.80
BILLIE JANE TANACIO DIAWAN
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
83.80
ETHEL ANNE GRACE MAGDAMIT DIONISIO
SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN (SLPC)
83.80
GUADAMARIE ANGELI AREPAL ESTILLORE
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
83.80
MA CHARMAINE CEBU FALLORINA
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
83.80
TRIXIA MARIX CLEMENTE GARCIA
BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY-LA TRINIDAD
83.80
HENRI JOSHUA RESPECIA IGNA
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
83.80
KHELVIN GUCE JOCSON
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-LIPA
83.80
ALMA ALMIRA APAO JUMAWAN
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
83.80
DENIM EMBALZADO MAGHANOY
MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-ILIGAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
83.80
KRISTEL VANESSA SARAOS MEÑA
CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY-MAKATI
83.80
ANDRE ANTHONY ABADIA OSAYAN
VELEZ COLLEGE
83.80
GERALD TANGONAN PAGALING
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
83.80
ANA CHARLENE ROCAMORA QUINTO
FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION
83.80
AERON LOVE PEREZ RAMOS
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
83.80
JAILENE FAYE CASTILLEJOS ROJAS
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
83.80
RIA JANINE ALQUIZA SORIANO
FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION
83.80
CYRUS CESAR RODRIGUEZ TEJAM
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CEBU STATE COLLEGE)
83.80
JULIENNE MARIE BAGUIO TINGZON
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA
83.80
VANESSA MIGALLOS TOCLE
UNIVERSITY OF CEBU-BANILAD
83.80

   

December 2012 Philippine Nursing Board Exam Passers

Congratulations to all the December 2012 Philippine Nursing Board Exam Passers most especially to my  kababayans who performed well in this exam: 

  • 2ND PLACER – Carmela C. Shimizu, University Of Saint Anthony (Iriga).
  • 6TH PLACER –  Ainan Rey F. C. Ateneo De Naga University. 
  • 8TH PLACER-   Christine Camille A. Estela, University Of Nueva Caceres 
  • 8TH PLACER –  Gellie Santic, Bicol University-Legazpi.
  • 9TH PLACER –  Marchie M. Real, Universidad De Santa Isabel 
  • 9TH PLACER –  Divine Mercy C. Elcano, Camarines Sur Polytechnic College-Nabua 

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 16,908 out of 49,066 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboaga last December 2012.


The members of the Board of Nursing are Carmencita M. Abaquin, Chairman; Leonila A. Faire, Betty F. Merritt, Perla G. Po, Marco Antonio C. Sto.Tomas, Yolanda C. Arugay and Amelia B. Rosales, Members.

Pursuant to Section 16, of Republic Act No. 9173, “all successful candidates in the examinationshall be required to take an oath of professional before the Board or any government official authorized to administer oaths prior to entering upon the nursing practice”.

Registration for new nurses shall require the following: 

  • duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
  • current Community Tax Certificate (cedula)
  • 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 1 piece 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 2 sets of metered documentary stamps 
  • 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2013-2016. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

Nursing Licensure Examination Passers:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y |

HEALTHY OPTIONS: Now offers Organic Food

HEALTHY OPTIONS: Now offers Organic Food 

My aspiration for 2013 is to eat and live healthy. I badly needed to improve my well being and do some lifestyle changes for 2013. I am aware that I need to eat fresh and eat quality food. I should listen more to my body and give it what it needs. Balance.  Super foods. Time with nature. Nourishing my body. Nurturing my soul. Healthy, nutrient dense meals and snacks. Nourishing food. Organic. I should love myself more and know what is good for me. I am eager to find out where I could source organic food. That’s why when I got an invitation from Healthy options with the theme: Organika: Celebrating Life in the Farm, I readily agreed. 

The night started with cocktails of healthy foods at Shangri-la E-Bar. I got so giddy when I saw Healthy Options very unique centerpiece ideas. Some “wagi” centerpiece they have that night are:
  • organic corn
  • organic Camote
  • organic eggs

While eating we were serenaded with classic music by these musicians. Oh la la! How I wish I could play the Violin! #wish

Afterwards, we were asked to go to the tent outside. Look at all these cool nature-themed decors. 
 Inside the tent, Healthy Options announced about their organic products. The amazing Amanda Griffin hosted the event.
Yes! Healthy Options announcement is very timely. This is really a very good news to us my fellow Filipinos! Healthy Options, the country’s leading natural products store chain, proudly introduces organic produce and meat farmed locally, in keeping with its mission to provide the most nutritious, best-tasting, and top-quality products to health-conscious Filipinos.

‘Good food grown the good way’ hits Healthy Options stores this 2013 as the leading natural products brand will now offer organic vegetables, herbs, pork, chicken, and eggs sourced from local farmers. 

“By launching these products from our very own farm, we renew our commitment to giving our customers better choices for a better life. It is also a show of support to small organic farmers, and to healthy, humane, and sustainable farming,” says Healthy Options managing director Romy Sia. 
Nestled at the foot of the scenic Mt. Banahaw and near the two-storey high Majayjay Falls, the five-hectare organic farm is a promising local source of nutritious, flavorful, and top-quality products the store has been known for. 


Healthy Options shelves will now carry organic vegetables and herbs that are planted and harvested by hand. Nurtured only by sunlight, pure spring water, and organic compost, this fresh, tasty produce contains optimum nutrients. These gorgeous models walk the runway carrying various organic farm products of Healthy Options.

Healthy Options also showcases livestock-raising in an environment that cultivates their natural behavior and provides a better quality of life. As Mr. Sia proudly claims, “Our animals live in five-star conditions!” 

I got excited when I learned that the Healthy Option’s free range chickens can run around and forage for food, and are feed with wholesome grains, organic vegetable trimmings, and wild bugs and insects. Meanwhile, the pigs eat an all-natural diet of rice bran, duck weed, copra meal, fruits, and vegetables, and are raised in odor-free pens, with soft beddings made of soil, sawdust and carbonized rice hull. The stress-free environment allows natural instincts like foraging and scratching. How I wish I could visit their farm!

Healthy Options organic pigs live comfortably, in a stress-free environment that lets them exhibit natural instincts like rooting or scratching. They are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.

Healthy
Options organic chickens are allowed to roam free, and are fed on an
all-natural diet of wholesome grains, grass, and organic vegetables. Truly, the animals lead a happy and healthy life, and are treated with care and respect. They are then grown to an optimum weight at their own natural pace before they are slaughtered humanely, and are not subjected to any form of mutilation or cruelty. These practices greatly differ from those of industrial farms, which commonly use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on crops, and steroids, growth hormones, sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics, and synthetic trace supplements on animals. 

Most commercial farms also practice mono-cropping which leads to higher pest attacks, use additives to hasten production, and cram poultry and livestock in very tight, unsanitary spaces that expose them to stress and diseases. 

Healthy Options organic eggs are freshly laid every day and are big in size, nutrition and flavor.

Healthy Options organic vegetables and herbs are naturally grown, freshly hand-picked, and are free from chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Aside from offering superior meat and vegetable produce, Healthy Options is also proud to advocate farming that does not produce excessive waste or pollution, and results in a healthier ecosystem. 

“We will deliver products that have the Healthy Options guarantee of freshness and quality, just as we have been doing for more than a decade,” promises Mr. Sia. 

Let’s eat healthy!

KONTRAKULTURA 2: Marked for Love, Marked for Destiny


KONTRAKULTURA 2: Marked for Love, Marked for Destiny
 
Catch Yeng Constantino Live! and many other AWESOME artists for only P110.00

Catch this year’s biggest concert in UP Diliman from 6pm to 3am pa morningan repapips derecho Valentine’s na! Okay lang maging single sa Valentines pero BAWAL MAG-ISA!

So grab your tickets now and bring your friends with you to this year’s Kontrakultura 2: Marked for Love, Marked for Destiny.

Go to the nearest Ticketworld outlet or contact Jan @ 09056899946 for tickets.

2.13.13, UP Sunken Garden, UP Diliman. See you there!

(shared from Yeng’s page)

BE GRATEFUL

BE GRATEFUL
 
Yes, everyone. Let’s practice gratitude. According to the Law of Attraction, what you focus on grows, so focus on what you want more of in your life. 

Why don’t  you and I keep a “gratitude list” in which we could jot down and express what we’re grateful for. 

Example:

  1.  We should thank the Lord for the sunlight.
  2.  We should thank the Lord for the air.
  3.  We should thank the Lord for the clouds.
  4.  We should thank the Lord for the food on our table everyday. 
  5.  We should thank the Lord for the roof on our head. 
  6.  We should thank the Lord for the breath of life every single day of our lives.
  7. We should thank the Lord for the people who instead of listening to rumor mongers still give us a chance to prove our worth. 
  8. We should thank the Lord for the kindness that other people showered us with.

The more we do a certain thing, the more we’ll get what we want and the happier we will feel. 

You see, when we can appreciate the little things, we find riches and abundance everywhere we look. Above all else, be grateful for your ability to choose for more than anything, happiness is a choice. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.

Smile. 

JESSE ROBREDO: Inquirer’s 2012 Filipino of the Year

JESSE ROBREDO: Inquirer’s 2012 Filipino of the Year

Source: Inquirer

Mayor Pogi is Inquirer’s 2012 Filipino of the Year. The (PDI) Philippine Daily Inquirer annually honors a living Filipino who has made the most positive impact on the life of the nation. It is only the second time since the beginning of the Filipino of the Year series in 1991 that the Inquirer voted for a nonliving Filipino. The first one being Fernando Poe Jr. who died in December 2004 and was named that year.

Sec. Jesse Robredo deserves to be honored. Maybe not a lot of you has been given the chance to know him personally when he was still alive because he is a very simple man with a big heart in public service. He is not the type that grab headlines or waste people’s money or talk about other people’s trash. He is a man of action.

Jesse’s tsinelas leadership inspires, lending a wealth of insight into the virtues of people-empowered governance and of unparalleled devotion to his constituents, spouse and children, parents and siblings. If only all the politicians in the Philippines will emulate Jesse’s tsinelas leadership…

He is a very hands on mayor. A guest in Naga City recalls how he personally saw Pogi’s tsinelas leadership:

“Let me share one experience I had with this man they call POGI. Jesse Robredo was walking in the city center when he noticed a drainage canal in front of the hotel where we are staying, he saw that it was clogged with trash,  without a second thought he cleaned it with his bare hands and and all the people around were shock to see the mayor cleaning a canal.”- Binatang taga Bukid


The Inquirer editors and assistant editors voted Jesse Robredo the Filipino of the Year for 2012. Of 63 votes, Robredo received 17; Luis Cardinal Tagle, 11; and President Aquino, 8. The rest of the nominees were, in the order of number of votes received: Cris Valdez, Sen. Pia Cayetano, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, government and MILF peace panels, Dolphy, Filipino women, Filipino Indie makers, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Kevin Balot.

TOFARM Awards:2013 Outstanding Farmer Recognized

TOFARM Awards:2013 Outstanding Farmer Recognized

Thanks to the support of JCIP, UHI and LGUs, our local farmers are now being given awards and recognition they long deserve. As we all know food is becoming scarcer since
agricultural lands are being converted left and right into malls, subdivisions, condominiums, cemetery and what have you. It is a fact that unless we shift our priorities to supporting farmers and
glamorizing their role in nation-building, we are going to have a
problem in food supply in the very near future.
 
It is about time that Filipino people start planting vegetables and fruits in their
backyards or even in pots due to the food
crisis that we may face soon. 

TOFARM, a search and awards program launched last July by the Junior
Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) and Universal Harvester Inc.
(UHI) aims to refocus attention on the importance and viability of
agriculture as an industry and vocation.

Twenty-seven notable representatives of the agricultural sector were
hailed Farmer of the Year by a board of judges composed of industry
leaders and recognized specialists in the agricultural sector.

The Tofarm awards night was held at the Raffles Hotel in Makati last Thursday,  Jan. 24,
2013 with guests of honor Sen. Francis Pangilinan, chairman of
the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, Calamba Mayor Joaquin M.
Chipeco Jr. and international farming experts.

The
Search and Award of “The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines” is a
program of the Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) and the
Universal Harvester, Incorporated. 
JCI Philippines is the organization
that brought “The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM)” and “The Outstanding
Filipino (TOFIL)”.
This search and
award for farmers is an initiative since the early 70’s by JCIP
(formerly Jaycees) and Planters Product. An Awards Program in
recognition of the Resiliency, Ingenuity, and the Strength of our hard
working Filipino farmers. 
The program is anchored in promoting farming
in the youth sector of all classes. The search will be inclusive and
participative, expanding from public to private sector stakeholders in
agriculture, fisheries and livestock.
This project is open to all
Filipino farmers, fisherfolk, animal raisers, cooperatives, farm
communities, organizations, education/academe, agricultural scientist,
LGUs and public employees, and business entities in both rural and urban
areas/centers.

We would like to congratulate Mamerto B. Rarangol of San Mateo, Isabela, a farmer who champions the
value of education and the use of the scientific method to maximize
farming yields and make every square foot of his land productive was
named Farmer of the Year at the TOFARM Awards Night that honors The
Outstanding Filipino Farmers of the Year.

Rarangol, who was also named winner in the farmer category, leads 33
other nominees in various award categories, namely: agriculture
cooperative, Local Government Unit, agri-entrepreneur, family farmer,
young farmer, farmer, fisher folks, livestock, agri-initiatives,
agri-innovator and urban/city farmer.

The other winners are: 

  • LABO Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative of
    Labo, Camarines Norte for Agriculture Cooperative
  • Provincial Government
    of Pangasinan for Local Government Unit
  • Mary Mediatrix V. Villanueva
    of Daraga, Albay for Agri-entrepreneur
  • Lilia B. Pelayo and a family of
    San Pedro, Laguna for family farmer
  • Remigio T. Villamayor Jr. of
    Calamba, Laguna for young farmer
  • Ferdinand B. Mari of Alicia, Isabela
    for fisherfolks
  • Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Center of Legaspi
    City for agri-initiative
  • Bienvenido R. Baligod of San Pedro, Laguna for
    agri-innovator 
  • Rogelio N. Sulad of Mandaue City for urban/city
    farmer. 
  • Felomina H. Javina of Narra, Palawan who introduced integrated
    farming and pest management using indigenous materials in her community
    won the People’s Choice Award. 
  • Narcisa Mikkelson, who together with her husband Keith promotes sustainable organic farming, received a special citation.

The TOFARM winners received plaques and cash incentives for their achievements.

JCIP president Ivan Ruste said JCIP undertook the TOFARM project to remind the youth about their role in active citizenship.

“Agriculture, the backbone industry of the Philippines, cannot be
sustained unless we involve our youth and refocus interest in this
sector. Through TOFARM, we want to show our youth that farming is a
noble profession that is also lucrative and worthwhile. At the same time
we want to recognize the role that generations of farmers have
contributed to Philippine society and our economy. We thank our
organizing partner, Universal Harvester Inc. for supporting this project
very generously and inspiring our farmers to reach new heights.”

Universal Harvester, Inc. represented by its executive vice president
Mrs. Milagros Ong-How, said UHI fully supports JCIP in paying tribute
to Filipino farmers.

“Through the search and awards, TOFARM hopes to make agriculture
attractive for the next generation and for the entire country as well.
TOFARM will be a continuing program that will help support and inspire
the agricultural sector,” Mrs. How added.

Rommel Cunanan, TOFARM project chairman, JCI Philippines, said that
besides recognizing the achievements and contributions made by farmers
to the Philippine society and the economy, the program also aims to
promote farming among younger generations.

The Junior Chamber International is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs aged 18-40.