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Have a Business Idea That Can Improve the Lives of Others? BPI Will Pay You For It!

Are you an entrepreneur with a social mission? Or maybe you have a business idea that solves a problem. 

Then make it shine bright and help improve the lives of Filipinos in the BPI Foundation Sinag Challenge

The basic aim of this challenge is to discover, recognize and support young social entrepreneurs who can help uplift Filipino communities. 

How to Apply Apply now by downloading the application form online or by directly filling out an online application form available on the contest website.

Mechanics Around 20-30 participants will move on to the Semi-Finals round wherein they will be invited to attend a 6-day Business Bootcamp. From there, ten (10) will compete in the Final Round where they will make a pitch presentation, consisting of oral and PowerPoint presentations before the panel of judges and an audience.

Prizes Five (5) winners will be rewarded with P200,000 cash + undergo a structured mentoring program over a period of 6 months + opportunity to set up an office at the …

Calling all Cebu High School and College Students for a Chance of a Lifetime!

Can you please help us invite young leaders ages 12-20 years  to join the 9th Season of the Young Minds Academy?

What is Young Minds Academy? Young Minds Academy (YMA) is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, which aims to develop the youth to become responsible and accountable leaders and pro-active citizens who are ready to serve the public and its interests.

This is done through experiential learning sessions, community visits, immersions, project development, and project implementation anchored on the theme Urban Development with emphasis on Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response.


How to join?
Form a team of five (5) members under one of the following categories:
•        Generation A : 17-20 years old
•        Generation B : 12-16 years old

Accomplish the following:

Team requirements
Completed team application form (YMA Application Form 01)Letter of recommendation and suppo…

One Thing You Forgot To Thank God For #awesomebrand

How often have you thanked God for having normal limbs? I'm guessing close to never.

We have taken some blessings granted. We are drowned into a lot of responsibilities, distractions, lists and people that we tend to overlook the simple things that make daily living bearable and convenient.

Disability is a very personal matter to me. I have loved ones who are unfortunate enough to suffer from such. If it's random science or God's challenge, I will never know. What I can say is that they are a million times stronger than I am for enduring such hardship with grace. All the love and compassion you have may not be enough, but give it anyway.

Implementing laws such as prioritizing them on public transportation, places of worship and establishments or making sure your building complies with accessibility may never be enough. They would need more access to affordable healthcare and education, protection against discrimination in the workplace, equal employment opportunities and pr…

Know someone or an org doing awesome stuff for the country? 6th RAFI Triennial Awards

May we invite you to nominate individuals and institutions to the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards.

The awards program aims to recognize people and organizations who have committed themselves to building a more humane, equitable and caring society.  

It is given in 2 categories: the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

The Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of fellow Filipinos.  The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution is open to all institutions or organizations. They may be government organizations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, or people’s organizations, which have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in…

How to do Kickass Rebranding and Awesome Social Media Strategy

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Social Media Primer What is social media? Social Media is defined as a conversation powered by online platforms. Conversations between all people in the internet.

There is no regulation and no formal organization so an expert consultation is needed to aid entities who wish to utilize this form of media. Content that you share has to be emergent, fun, compelling but the key thing is to listen to your target audience.

The ability of your target audience to respond in real-time makes goals quantifiable as well as measurable qualitatively. It is a brand new way of understanding markets not just another messaging channel.

What are the things you can do with social media?
Post real-time updates and advisoriesComplement your traditional media campaigns by making the materials available onlineArchive and distribute important government documents meant for public distributionPromote events Raise awarenessCrowd source materials, ideas, feedback, suggestionRecruit volunteersRaise funds

What are …

A Great New Way to Support Countryside Entrepreneurial Activities @swcebu @swbohol @dost_pagasa

THE Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICT Office), is again supporting Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) which will be on its fourth staging come June 6-8 at the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad campus.

Startup Weekend Cebu 4, organized by TechTalks.ph and DOST-ICT Office and supported by Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDF-IT), is aimed at generating breakthrough ideas from tech communities in the Visayas region.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.
The concept, which started in the U.S., is a global movement to empower young entrepreneurs to nurture their innovative ideas into becoming sustainable businesses.

The event gathers experts and practitioners from different fields of business to mentor the participants as they launch their concepts …

See What This Telco Did To Change These Families' Lives Forever [Short Film]

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) will be remembered forever as a catalyst to global cooperation. Thousands of families have lost not only their homes but their lives and their families from the catastrophe that is why it makes my heart warm to be part of the launching of Globe Tattoo Village in Ormoc, Leyte.

Graced by the presence and support of Globe ambassadors, Georgina Wilson, Liz Uy and Mars Miranda, blessed families at Barangay Tambulilid can wake up to a new home soon.

With the mobilization and operational capabilities in community building by Gawad Kalinga, we can only hope that the partnership will spark a stronger, better Leyte and the rest of the country. Enjoy the short film!



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What Happens When Kids Are Taught The Basics of Fire Safety

For 10 days across different schools in the operating area of VECO, the electric service provider to Metro Cebu conducted enjoyable seminars to fifth graders aimed at fire safety, education against kite flying, personal defense, and practical first aid treatment. The Fire Safety Caravan fortifies the fact that kids learn when they have fun, understand its relevance and when they have complete hands-on experience. Enjoy the short film featuring the kids from Mandaue City Central School!



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#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Corporate Social Responsibility For a firm that monopolizes a utility service, VECO as a brand is never perceived as an evil capitalist mainly because they genuinely care about their customers by having numerous activities, benefit programs and marketing strategy such as this. It is a mantra that is passed on from generation to generation that every enterprise, big or small, should give back to its community. Implementin…

How Cebu Provincial Gov't and CEMEX Makes A Difference After Haiyan

CEMEX Philippines, the leading producer of cement and other ready-mix products worldwide, officially partners with the provincial government, city governments of Northern Cebu and various non-government organizations to help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda today.

According to Chito Maniago, CEMEX Philippines director for corporate communications and public affairs, the company’s new project dubbed as “Build Unity” is a “holistic, strategic and synergized community rebuilding program”.

A total of Php25M donated by the various CEMEX branches worldwide is intended to help the victims of the typhoon.

“It’s not the money but the partnership created. In unity, there is strength. We can’t do it alone,” said Maniago.
CEMEX Philippines tapped Task Force Paglig-on of the provincial government for the said project.

Atty. Ramil Abing, who appeared in behalf of Gov. Hilario Davide III, thanked CEMEX Philippines and other partners for their commitment and continued efforts in rebuilding Cebu.

“Th…

Giving Back To The Country

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The Young Minds Academy is a citizenship and leadership development program that is designed to develop young emerging leaders to become responsible citizens and accountable, pro-active leaders ready to serve the public and its interest.

YMA is an exciting opportunity by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, funded by the UnionBank of the Philippines,


Since its inception in 2006, YMA has trained almost 700 Cebuano youth leaders under its 3Cs framework of building Competence, strengthening Character, and promoting active Citizenship. This is done through raising awareness, experiential education, community immersion and open discourse.

The YMA scholars’ outputs, insights and realizations indicated how they were inspired to become agents of change, elevating the lives of others.
In this connection, we would like to invite your 12-20 years old youth friends/ students/ members/ children/ colleagues  to join YMA Season 8.

We will be accepting applica…

2014 Ten Outstanding Students of the #Philippines Region 7 Launched | TOSP Region 7

The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region VII (TOSP Region VII) 2014 has officially commenced. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can now nominate graduating students who are outstanding in leadership, social responsibility, and academics. Colleges and universities should send their nominations on or before March 17, 2014, 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted. The following designated offices should be considered in submitting the nomination forms:

HEIs in CebuCHED Region VII OfficeNational Government Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City
Contact Person: Edilyn Lopez
0929-555-9191
edilyn_lopez@yahoo.com

HEIs in Bohol
Dreams Project OfficeNew Capitol Building, Tagbilaran City
Contact Person: Nesie Fe Binatero
0909-859-3353
nesiefebinatero@yahoo.com

HEIs in Negros Oriental and SiquijorABC Learning CenterPiapi, Dumaguete City
Contact Person: Ryan Jay Riconalla
0905-473-1053
ryerics88@gmail.com


About TOSP TOSP nomination forms can be downloaded at www.tospac.…

Why You Should Screen This Film With Your Company or Organization Today

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Intel Philippines and FIT-Ed, in collaboration with the Coalition for Better Education, are inviting you to watch a special screening of “Girl Rising”, a ground breaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform families. 



About Girl Rising Narrated by the beautiful voices of Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Freida Pinto, the movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices.
There are 66 million girls are out of school worldwide. 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence and half of all sexual assaults victimize girls under 15 years old. The number 1 cause of death in girls aged 15-19 is childbirth
These are stunning figures provided to us by UNESCO.

The film which is shown world-wide presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world. The film uses powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate G…

The Rise of Techie Pinoy Laborers

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Digital skills are seen as most critical to economic growth especially in the Asia Pacific region. Governments are encouraged to revamp education and offer more opportunities for employment to hasten economic development.

To address the increasing demand for skilled technical workers, Intel and TEVSAPHIL are working to integrate the Intel Easy Steps course into vocational programs nationwide.



To date, Intel Easy Steps, through its various partners, have reached a total of 54,034 grassroots learners and 1,182 trainers.
About Intel-TEVSAPHIL Partnership Intel is looking at this collaboration to scale the reach of the Intel Easy Steps through the 4,500-strong private vocational school network of TEVSAPHIL INC.


“These days, knowing how to use ICT tools like computers, tablets, word processing, email, the internet among others is imperative in delivering quality services in healthcare, tourism, and business process outsourcing,” - Alex T. EscaƱo, Chairman & President, TEVSAPHIL -
“We envis…

A Dying Man's Wish

We are not strong.

I am sorry to disappoint you, world but we are not as “resilient” as what you may have heard of us. You can’t just say that we had this crisis because we are "strong people."  

When the greatest storm of biblical magnitude comes crashing in, you’ve got nowhere to run, the strength we once know just… disappears.
Nothing will ever discount the pain brought about when our towns got awashed like an ant thrown into a tumbling industrial washing machine. If developed nations took a considerable amount of time to recover, imagine a small country like ours suffering hundred times more.

No one could ever be prepared enough for the tragedy that took the lives of hundreds of thousands and one heart of our nation.

An expat stormchaser recounts the last days of Tacloban as a sea of water where, moments later, lit up the dark sky as the remnants of the city went afire.

Where were you as a child got torn away my arms by ravaging waters finger by finger? Where were you as a …

EARTHDAY JAM TOUR 2013 AT AYALA CENTER #CEBU #ReliefPH

Cebu’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Ayala Center Cebu and Earthday Jam Foundation Inc., bring you the first leg of the Earthday Jam Tour 2013 this November.

On November 23, 5pm at the Ayala Terraces, catch the launch of the 2013 Clean Air Concert to mark the month-long Clean Air celebration by Earthday Jam Foundation and DENR in a series of Earthday Jam concerts.

The country's biggest concert for a cause is back with ethnic, reggae and alternative artists such as Bambu Spliff, Dance With Me Kris and Kaliftra with Rivermaya, Nina, Lou and her band, Noel Cabangon and Karel Marquez.
Earthday Jam Tour will also feature local non-government organization partners, DENR Cebu and educational organizations and supporters in the series of events. The program will highlight environmental documentaries, animated music videos, booths, demonstrations and trivia segments with various prizes and environmental citations. Admission is free.

For more information, contact A…

Filipino Nurses Heralds Compassionate Care

About 300 catholic nurses will gather this Saturday (September 21) to discuss issues and concerns relevant to catholic faith and caring as they hold their 2nd Local Convention. 

This was announced by Ms. Edith Rose R. Santos, the Convention Chair. Santos added that the local convention carries the theme

“Nurses: Witnesses of Faith towards Compassionate Care” 

As part of the observance of the Year of Faith, professional nurses will convene at the JSU-PSU Mariners Court, ALU Cmpd, Arellano St., Cebu City.

Pope Benedict XVI has decreed that the Catholic Church will observe the Year of Faith between 11 October 2012 and 24 November 2013.

He has set aside a special year for Catholics throughout the world to rediscover, and share with others, the precious gift of Faith entrusted to the Church and the personal gift of faith that we have each received from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The program will start with a Eucharistic Celebration. Rev. Fr. Benjamin M. Trazo, the…

YOU'RE INVITED: Rock Ed Cebu 1st Year Anniversary Events

Call to action re: Zamboanga War
1.) Kick-off event:
Movie Wednesday at Handuraw
September 25, 2013, 7pm
(Handuraw, 2nd Floor)
Featuring Cebu's Promising Indie Films


2.) Main Event:
Peace Concert
September 28, 2013, 7pm-sawa
(Handuraw, 1st Floor)
Featuring Cebu's Hottest LoKal Bands
Book Drive/ Donation Drive for the displaced evacuees in Zamboanga standoff.

Peace Facts
Cebu City Council Resolution No. 09-044, 12-756, 12-3789-2012, 12-4252-2012 declared this month as Interfaith and Peace Month.United Nations Resolution 36/67 establishes the International Day of Peace every 21st of September.

Life Notes I was in Cagayan de Oro for a very short trip a few days ago and the tensions in Zamboanga echoed among airwaves and everyday conversations with the locals like wildfire waiting to consume us all. If you are not familiar with this unfortunate tale, I recommend you read this eye opening piece by Jowel Canuday of GMA News.
But you have to know that there is always something we can do n…

My Alternative Proposals Instead Of #ScrapPork #MillionPeopleMarch PDAF

I have nothing against #ScrapPork and the #MillionPeopleMarch. In fact, I am so happy that the people are not passive about this, as active citizenship is badly needed in these challenging times. I call it heroic. Our country, despite the amazing credit rating, is currently facing grave effects of corruption, cities drowning under water because of torrential rains and hundreds of lives lost in yet another sea tragedy. 

I want the people to be angry. We need a burning passion to rebuild, passion for our country to excel. But we should do it smartly.

I strongly believe Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is notto blame. It was intended to distribute national wealth for soft (social services) and hard (infrastructure) government projects supposedly. A vision to serve people. Please don't blame the initiative. Even great NGOs are suffering from bad publicity because of the involvement of the bogus ones. We can't abolish it since the government agencies would have to do all …

Special Feature: Awesome Women for Tomorrow!

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Moving women from poverty to financial independence is a dream that only a handful of organizations have attained.

Standing strong against indicators and factors that microfinance institutions face is what Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF) promises, if it is the last thing they would do.
I was fortuitous enough to be able to get the chance to meet the people behind the globally-recognized institution that has changed the way millions of Filipinos have lived. I would like to thank Gadgets Magazine and their judges and partners for recognizing this blog as the winner for the Special Category of the GoodBlog Awards last year and to my teammates and friends for life from the Young Minds Academy (YMA) and shoutout to people NWTF especially to Ms. Presy Alba and Mr. Pachito Genovia for the travel opportunity of my life. Thank you for arranging my itinerary and accommodations. Also I would to extend my gratitude to the staff of South Gate Inn in Kabankalan City, O Hotel in Ba…