THE BAG WITH A TASK: BagsGo Reusable Bags

Let’s face it: we’re all scared of losing the only planet we have. Slowly, we are becoming more eco-aware, and we’re doing whatever small thing we can to save the Earth. This is exactly what this new, revolutionary reusable bag is trying to do: HELP YOU HELP SAVE THE EARTH.

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Once again, it has been raised to my attention the alarming increase of bullying incidents in schools. More than 1,700 cases of child abuse and bullying was documented by the Department of Education for SY 2013-2014*. While not particularly new, people usually have their attention and action against hazing activities.

Before you read on, take a clean sheet of paper. Crumple it, stomp on it, mess it up, but don’t rip it. Try to unfold it, smooth it out after and tell it you’re sorry. Look how scarred and dirty it is now. Nothing you do will make it look brand new. the scars are left behind. Imagine this is how a child feels when another person bullies them, no matter how you try to fix things or tell them you’re sorry..

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For almost a week now, Caritas Manila continues with its relief efforts for the thousands of victims of flooding in Metro Manila.

Caritas Manila’s Damayan, the relief assistance and emergency program of the Church as of August 15, 2012 has provided relief assistance to 20, 444 families in the parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila and Dioceses of Caloocan, Cubao, Pasig, Antipolo, and Malolos.

Caritas Manila so far has raised Php 2,892,635 In-Cash donations and Php. 534,618 In-Kind donations from individuals, organizations and parishes for the flood victims.

Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon will still continue to experience intermittent rains according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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Let’s celebrate Grandparents’ Day with 50 abandoned elderly at ANAWIM Lay Missions Foundation, Inc on September 9, 2012 (Saturday), 9 am – 4 pm at Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez Rizal!

We are giving free haircuts and makeovers to our beloved lolos and lolas to boost their morale and we need VOLUNTEER HAIRCUTTERS and MAKE-UP ARTISTS (with own make-ups and tools) please. Let us give back our talents to the needy and give the gift of hope.

This event is a project of Mapayapa Village III (MV3) and we are accepting donations in kind and cash/check (payable to MV3 HOA Charity Fund, account no. 003513005821, BPI bank Marian Branch, Fairview).

ANAWIM Wish List: Food, toiletries, medicines, and medical equipment.

Meeting options:

  • 9 am at Mapayapa Village III clubhouse located at Narra Avenue, Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City. VEHICLES are needed for CARPOOL please.
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  • 10:30 am at ANAWIM Lay Missions Foundation, Inc located at Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.
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For inquiries, contact Tracy Cruz, MV3 P.R.O. at 09178557721. For FACEBOOK Event Page Invite, please add Tracy Cruz (tracygcruz@yahoo.com).

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Pinoys are natural pet lovers. To date, the Philippines is one of the top 5 countries in the world with the most number of household pets. But gone were the days when pets are merely trusty watchdogs at home. Many owners have come to treat their pets as companions, friends and even as kids of their own.

What used to be just veterinary clinics to give medical attention to our pets, now services are being offered for all sorts of our pet needs. From pet dental clinics, to grooming salons, obedience class for pets and even pet hotels. All are aimed to provide the best care for our beloved animal friends.

But one important need for our pet is often overlooked- the need for a decent resting place when they pass on.

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Autism Society Philippines Marikina Valley Chapter headed by Alex Cabason Jr., in cooperation with the City Government of Marikina will be bringing Alyana to Marikina City on 14 July 2012 at 2 pm at the Teatro Marikina along Shoe Avenue, Marikina City.

“Alyana — A Study of Autism in the Philippines” is the first documentary film on autism in the Philippines by independent film maker, Mirana Medina. The film has been showing all through-out the Philippines, in cooperation with ASP Chapters since 2006. The trailblazing film was screened at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in November 2006 and at the 3rd Festival on the Issues Concerning the Mentally Challenged in New Delhi.

Tickets are at P100 each and are available at the venue.

For more information regarding the Marikina film showing, you may get in touch with Ms. Marivi at (0949) 398.3672 or Ms. Tonette at (02) 381.5448.

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“A classroom is the best place to nurture our future leaders, the next generation of God-loving and nationalist Filipinos.”

– Jose Andes, National Director of Athletes in Action (AIA) Philippines.

I’ve always been an advocate of free and alternative education. Because education, for me, is indeed a right of every child. The fact that aside from inability of students to enroll because of poverty or high tuition fees, there’s the problem of lack of classrooms and facilities for learning, which makes me sad. For the people of Iligan City, the situation worsened after Typhoon Sendong back in 2011.

FILA and AIA invited bloggers last June 20 to spread the word for their noble cause — AIA’s first-ever student-based fun run entitled “Schools Run for School Rooms” aims to raise funds for the rehabilitation of classrooms in the said city.

To date, with 15,000 runners who have signed up to date, the Schools Run for School Rooms (SRSR) marathon will be gathering student-runners from major colleges and universities, to bring a glimmer of hope to Iligan city, where eager students have to do with makeshift classrooms as the school year starts. Thirteen (13) of known universities and colleges in our country have signified their interest to join the advocacy run. Also participating are groups from government agencies, private corporations and churches, as well as running enthusiasts.

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One Day on Earth, the first film to include footage from every country on earth all captured in one day, will be shown for free at Mabuhay Temple on 11 June 2012 at 7:30 pm.

The International Buddhist Progress Society, Manila (IBPS) will host a free public screening of One Day on Earth at the Five Contemplations Hall of the Mabuhay Temple on 11 June 2012 at 7:30 pm. Mabuhay Temple is located at 656 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.

One Day on Earth is a full-length documentary feature that holds the distinction of being the first film ever to include footage from every country on earth, all captured on a single day –  10 October 2010. The film provides a unique look into a wide array of human activities and even offers intimate access to rarely seen images from countries such as North Korea, Iran and Kosovo.

The film was able to beautifully capture the interconnectedness of human beings by showing the shared triumphs and challenges of all people on earth. The film’s director and founder Kyle Ruddick and co-founder and executive producer Brandon Litman, with the support of the United Nations and a global community of filmmakers, has succeeded in creating a video time capsule of one day on planet earth, making the documentary a great achievement, not only in film making, but also in human cooperation.

IBPS is honored that Mabuhay Temple was selected as one of the few venues to screen One Day on Earth in the Philippines. IBPS is an organization affiliated with the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Buddhist order based in Taiwan with Mabuhay Temple being its branch temple in Manila. Other FGS branch temples in the Philippines are located in Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo. Apart from regular Buddhist prayer services, Mabuhay Temple regularly holds other activities such as lectures, open mic events, film screenings, temple tours, study groups and short educational programs.

For more information about the One Day on Earth screening and other activities of Mabuhay Temple, please check out the temple’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mabuhaytemple. You can also send an email to fgsphilippines@gmail.com or call 559-9540.

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