Pamaskwa Para sa Munting Tinig ng Banwa

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The Y-Crusaders

A group consisting of young professionals, organized after the Yolanda tragedy that devastated the Philippines last November 2013. The group’s call of duty was to turn the tides of hopelessness through charitable and empowerment works, with the motto: “With sympathy we comfort, with charity we save!” The group generates funds through sponsorships and donations from concerned people, where the group is recognized as the liaison between the donors and the beneficiaries. The group, with roughly 6 members, have successfully done relief operations in Concepcion(Iloilo) and Pan-ay(Capiz) with more than 200 families reached. The Y-Crusaders will keep on working to spread and empower humanity through little works of goodness and charity.

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Planning

Last Dec. 26, 2013, the Y-Crusaders, a group of young individuals who teamed up together to answer the call of humanity after the Yolanda tragedy, organized a Christmas gift giving event for the kids of Calaparan, Iloilo City. Brgy. Calaparan, is ranked as the 3rd barangay with the most poorest of the poor families as surveyed under the NHTS-PR (National Household Targeting System – Poverty Reduction) of the DSWD in Iloilo City. With a population of more than 300 households under the NHTS-PR, the team selected this barangay and focused on the less fortunate kids aged 5-10yrs.old.

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The plan was to make the Christmas season merry for the kids, specifically 150 kids, though a short program with a duration of 2hrs. which consists of fun games, cool entertainment, yummy foods and plenty of goodies. The event took place at the Marian Hall of Calumpang Parish Church due to the abundant space, ease of peace and order, and the accessibility of important resources such as manpower and materials.

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Program Flow:

I. Registration

II. Doxology

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III. Singing of the National Anthem

IV. Opening Remarks

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V. Games

    1. Trip to Jerusalem (musical chairs)

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    1. Give Me What I Want
    2. Longest Line

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    1. Longest Breath
    2. Paper Dance
    3. Statue Dance

VI. Snacks with Entertainment – Singing, Live band, Dance

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VII. Gift Giving

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VIII. Closing Remarks

Organizing

The team came up with certain committees for efficiency and effectiveness.

Planning – responsible for the leading and monitoring, making sure that things are going as planned.

Communication – responsible for the coordination and courtesy calls of participants, significant agencies, units, organizations, sponsors and donors.

Logistics – responsible for the facilities, supplies and transportation.

Information Technology – responsible for all media and documentation.

Finance – responsible for the allocation, expenditure, budgeting and auditing of available funds.

Directing / Leading

Certain leadership and motivation styles were utilized since the start of the planning phase up to the end of the event. The most dominantly used was the Laissez-faire style of leadership because tasks done by the members really provided little or no direction at all. The members, themselves, had the initiative and creativity to do what should be done, given the limited time and resources. Members were mostly motivated through Abraham Maslow’s Need theory, as long as needs of the members are satisfied, like food and belongingness needs, they are motivated to do their tasks and have a positive outlook towards the outcome of the event.

Controlling

The type of control measure utilized by the team was the pre-actions control where before we made any move or actions, we made sure that there are already people who would man the certain task. The necessary human, material and financial resources have been budgeted. The team had to budget every resource as much as possible in order for plans to move forward, as planned.

Grievances

We had some problems during the registration phase because of some miscommunications and untoward incidences with the participants but the program went on as planned. During the event, some folks, due to lack of manpower for the peace and order, took advantage of the whole situation by intruding their unregistered children. Because of this, 17 children lining up to get giveaways were not able get some. Thus, the team had to list down their names so that they’ll be catered after the event.

Recommendations

  1. It is highly recommended to know first the number of committed people for the overall event.
  2. Regardless of funds, whether big or small, proper planning on how to effectively make use of it is a major concern. Each committee must have it’s allocated budget.
  3. Maximize available resources as much as possible. Only buy, if necessary in order to save.
  4. Each committee should work according to its function.
  5. During the event, be early!
  6. Registration must be 30min.-1hr. Before the proposed time of event.
  7. In choosing participants, don’t rely on one agency, sometimes you have to do the surveying yourself, if necessary.
  8. In preparing stuff for participants, always make sure to prepare an additional 30% in case of abrupt addition of participants or intruders. It can’t be helped, so it’s better to just prepare to avoid drama afterwards.
  9. It’s important to make sure that the venue is well barricaded to avoid intruders from entering or anyone that would endanger the peace and smooth flow of the event.
  10. Evaluate the whole activity with your team!

Overall

The whole program went well. There were minimal complaints but “all is well.” The kids had an awesome time, and the team were tired yet totally satisfied. After the event, there were some remaining foods left for the team to feast on. At the end of the day, it was not about the time, money and effort wasted to make this event a success, but the smiles, joys and laughter present and witnessed throughout the activity.

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Isla Gigantes: Nature’s Amazing Creations

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Iloilo is truly a rich destination to visit. NO! We are not talking about the internal revenue allotment or the fiscal standing of the province but the wealth in culture and folklore, natural resources and tourist destinations.

One of the not-so-widely known tourist destinations in the province is the “Isla Gigantes” which is located north of the province near Carles and Estancia. Isla Gigantes (Spanish term for “giant islands”) consists of many islands both privately and publicly owned.

The municipality of Carles is vigilant of the blooming tourism in the area thus they assure the travelling folks that more means of transportation will be provided, problems with electricity be solved, and the development and maintenance of the islands be strictly regarded.

When I was invited by my pal Dexter for a summer adventure with his family in Carles, I immediately said a booming “yes.” I prepared all my things straightaway because it was a shotgun invitation and I didn’t want to miss this valuable chance of a lifetime.

It takes an approximate amount of 2.5-3 hours worth of travel time from Iloilo City to Carles via private car but if via bus it can take more likely 3-hours. When we arrived at the Carles Port, immediately we loaded the ferry boat and made ourselves comfortable. Then we were off!

Our first stop was the well-known hidden salt water lagoon popularly known as “Tangke.” Watch out though since some rocks are slippery and pointy. You can hear birds chirping beautifully and there were also monkeys hiding in the shadows but alas they were too afraid to come down and be fed because of our noises. Swimming in the cool waters of the lagoon was a great experience and while floating and looking at big rock formations and the big blue sky, you can imagine how beautiful this planet really is especially with all its natural wonders and creations.

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Our next stop was the Kabugaw Island. It is a small island with white sand, clear waters, and beautiful corals and pebbles. Photographers are able to take a full shot of the island once they climb the rocky formations up to its peak.

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Next destination, we made a quick stop in Pasil Island where we witnessed a trail of sand. Ferry boats can drop off tourists from the end of the trail and let them walk the sandy path to the island.

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Next, we made a stop at Atoneya Island where we were able to discover a cave that residents say may be a tunnel that leads to Pillar (an area in Capiz popularly known for its big statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary n top of a hill). We were not able to go deep inside the cave though because we didn’t have a tour guide to assist us.

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Thereafter, we arrived at Granada Island. In the island, tourists can visit the lighthouse and another cave that is said to be a tunnel network to Negros Occidental. Being at the top of the lighthouse is breath-taking and inside the cave gives you goose bumps all over.

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We were able to visit those islands in approximately 8 hours and we had our lunch and snacks inside the ferry boat while sailing. This strategy conserved a lot of precious time to be used for adventure time. I give my Isla Gigantes two thumbs up for the awesome scenery and amazing adventure. If I was only able to explore the caves then I would have given it 4 thumbs up (including my toes).

A Productive Hobby?

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A Productive Hobby?

Do you want a hobby that is both healthy and eco-friendly? Yes!

Have a bike? Yes!

Good!

Biking is slowly gaining back its reputation in the city maybe due to the reasons that more roads are built nowadays thus a lot of alternate routes are now accessible for jogging and biking. And, it’s an old hobby and still one of the best ways to stay fit. I sure hope that in the near future, the city government will propose and implement a project for the construction of a bike zone in ever road built like what you can see in Beijing, China. It may not be a priority, but it can advocate healthy lifestyle and eco-friendly transportation.

So. . . . . . .

Bike like the wind!

A Premiere Authority On Healthcare in Iloilo City

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TMC

The Medical City of Iloilo held a forum on the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease entitled, “A Healthy Heart for the Busy Man,” at Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City. It also served as an opportunity to market their new service in the hospital, the Cardiovascular Centre.CareNow

The Medical City Hospital, formerly known Great Saviour International Hospital, with their slogan “Where Patients Are Partners”, is considered as one of the country’s premiere authorities on healthcare. Equipped with state-of-the-art medical innovations and competent healthcare team, the hospital truly pushes itself on becoming the country’s most trusted healthcare facility for everyone, regardless of social status. More complex medical services, usually available only in developed countries like the US and Germany, are being made available and reachable for the Filipino people.

Interesting news during the forum was the announcement of the “CareNow Healthy Heart System.” It is a system which involves the utilization of a CareNow ECG mobile device. Yes, a device, not an app. It is truly a mobile phone where you can call and text using any telecom network but with an added ingenuity. The device, which came from Singapore, allows the user to record his heart rhythm and transmit this recording to the TMC’s 24-hour concierge, who can determine if medical assistance is needed. Every time a patient uses the ECG reading feature, the result is transferred to a CareNow Virtual Health Folder that can be accessed from anywhere in the world through the internet. Truly a first in the Philippines!

Baguio City: A Cool Adventure!

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Introduction

Baguio City is one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines. If you love the warm climate and beach ambiance in Boracay then you will surely love the cool breeze and a touch of nature feeling in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
Brief History
Baguio City was not a known destination until the American colonial period. The Americans were the ones who declared Baguio as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on July 1, 1903. They were also the ones who contributed to the architectural designs and landscapes that you can see today when you visit the place. You will know eventually when you reach spots like Burnham Park and Wright Park, both named after recognized icons in Baguio History.
The Chaotic Travel
Baguio City has its own airport, the Loakan Airport, but it does not cater domestic flights like any other domestic airports of other regions because of its limited runway length. Therefore, it is more of an adventure to base your starting point in Manila then just take a bus-ride to Baguio City. It would typically take about 5-8hours worth of travel time depending on weather conditions and traffic.
Buses bound for Baguio:

I went to Baguio with my buddies, we traveled somewhere around 10-PM so that we can just sleep the long travel time and then reach the beautiful city early morning, somewhere 6-AM. We rode the JoyBus of Genesis Transport, which was truly a comfortable experience, and I really recommend this one instead of the Victory Liner. Although, first-come-first-serve basis, you need to call them for reservations. For a fare of 650PHP, it already came with comfortable seats, free snacks, free WIFI, a comfort room, and a blanket (surrendered after the trip).
This trip was not specifically as planned yet having no specific plans is a lot more exciting, LOL. We arrived somewhere around 5-AM, with no hotels or inns reserved. We walked the inner city, shivering, looking for vacant rooms but to no avail. We were tired and sleepy yet the cool breeze kept us awake until we were able to find a transient home to rest until the sun rises. It was not a good move not to have a reserved accommodation, we learned and I found out that there are many posted affordable transient homes for rent in the internet especially at AyosDito.ph.
A Wonderful Sight and Feeling
It is true that Baguio City was not what it look liked 10-years ago but its tourist destinations are still intact and still there are plenty of trees to look at. Upon refreshing up for the morning, we rented a taxi for our endeavors (for noobs), and it cost as much as 2,500PHP for a whole day of travel needs. We went to places like:
Philippine Military Academy
Camp John Hay

Lourdes Grotto

Strawberry Farm

Mines View Park

We were no longer able to go to other tourist spots because we only gave ourselves a whole day’s worth of adventure. I know that you would need more time than just that. Some say that a whole week is still not enough. Anyways, I’ll come back soon to fully experience the beauty of Baguio City.

Here is a website that contains more information if you want to visit the Summer Capital: Go Baguio!

See ya!

Iloilo Zombie Run 2012

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Curiosity is an innate characteristic of man and it didn’t limit him from wondering of what will happen of ever the world will be infested by ZOOOOOOOOOOOOMBIES!!!

Plenty of movies and games related to zombies were created out from the curious mind:
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The curiosity did not stop there! Many countries have organized plenty of so-called ZOMBIE RUN events, a sort of fun run but with more spice and flavor. Rather than your regular fun run from start to end on the road and pavement, this one is more challenging. A zombie run is not about just running to the end with the only effort of having stamina, its more on SURVIVING harsh terrains and obstacles where there are no flat and comfy roads and pavements to step on.
Aside from uneven terrains and challenging obstacles, the fun part is when you get to encounter a zombie who is tasked to acquire your health badges until you lose them all and end up losing your chance of winning the big prizes for survivors. Losing all of your badges also resulted of you being a ZOMBIE yourself.
In Iloilo City, a zombie run was organized in partnership with many sponsors. A lot of people were astounded upon knowing the idea that a zombie run even would take place since they would usually hear about it in media that occurs in Metro Manila. People were skeptical at first but as the event was past approaching, they became so excited that registration was CLOSED. Furthermore, due to public demand, the organizers had to make a lot of changes so that everyone can participate, whether be runner or zombie, solo or family.
In the end, the whole event was a stormy success and everybody went home all wet with happiness. Just proved to show that this is definitely your “not-so-average” fun run. It’s truly an event for everyone to enjoy!

More pictures at: Max Anthology Facebook Page <–please LIKE :3

“Awesome Adventure!”

School of Graduate Studies

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It’s back to school for me and this time it seemed that I had freedom on choosing this one.

As a nursing graduate, everybody would expect me to enroll into the MAN (Masters of Arts in Nursing) curriculum but I didn’t. I enrolled myself in the MPA (Master’s of Public Administration) in one of the well-known universities here in our city, instead.

Yes, I know that it’s way too far from my profession but that’s what make things more interesting. After all, I know for a fact that I would not be a nurse ’til retirement and it’s truly evident that career opportunities for Nurses in the Philippines is pretty dull.

Here are the PROS and CONS between MAN and MPA, for me as a NURSE:

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)

PROS

  • For those who can’t get a job after passing the board, this is one of the most productive options.
  • Enhanced credibility as a proficient nurse, especially for the resume.
  • I am straight on my career path.
  • Gain a higher level of specific nursing knowledge, skills and attitude.
  • Increased chances of being hired as a staff nurse in a certain hospital right after I undergo their months up to years of voluntary work or hired as a trainee nurse first.
  • Clinical Instructors wannabe.
  • For those who dream to replace head nurses, nurse supervisors and chief nurses with lousy management skills towards their co-nurses.
  • For those who dream of establishing their own nursing care facilities in the future.
  • This is where most nurses level-up their expertise at a certain field of nursing such as Maternal and Child, Nursing Service Administration, Community, Psychiatry, Oncology, and many more.

CONS

  • Your classmates are all nurses, period. (narrowed professional relationships)
  • Don’t enroll yourself if you have already been forced to take up Nursing and barely survived! Learn from your regrets!
  • Just a thought..(“It’s faster to go abroad if you’re a nurse”)…reality is that it’s *$#% hard to go abroad and get a decent work as a nurse unless you already have relatives who are OFWs or currently residing abroad. For those who don’t have relatives as such, options are to pay agencies a big sum of cash just to migrate and find work or illegal recruitment methods.
Master in Public Administration (MPA)
PROS
  • A new field of study for nurses thus very interesting.
  • Meet different professionals from different sectors and agencies.
  • You will get an idea of the business of the government and why a lot of people really involve themselves in politics.
  • Being a broad study will make you more suitable and adaptable to employment in the government.
  • Thus, for those who want to work in the government especially if one or both parents are already government employees or politically involved.
  • For those who no longer wish to go abroad but to stay in the country, find a regular job and grow old with that job.
CONS
  • “Poker face” for nurses who have little or no knowledge in concepts involving government and/or politics.
  • Thus, you should double-time in studying if you want to survive the curriculum.
  • You need to be involved in government affairs in order to relate with the topics.
  • This is not a definite credential that you will be one of the top candidates for recruitment in the government (as you’re not aware, gov’t recruitment is strongly influenced by politics)
There you have it. I am currently on my first semester so I am still on the learning and discovery process. If it ends well, then this might be a kind of good information or interesting direction for fellow nurses like me, especially new RNs.

“There will be a lot of decisions to make and paths to choose from but the most important thing is that you’re happy and having fun!” -Bakhaw Boy