Job Hunting Moments

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Looking a job? Need a job? In search for work? Wanna be hired? Get the job you want! Etc…etc…etc…

These are frequently the slogans you can see when you read the newspaper, search the world wide web, and see job ads. From so many multimedia , the world wide web is the most accessible and most updated place to search for a job or to post a job opening.

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In the Philippines, almost millions of Filipinos are unemployed due to some reasons such as they can’t find the right place to start searching, requirements are hard to comply or there is job mismatch. Yet, there are still plenty of jobs that awaits every Filipino because everyone knows, even the foreigners, that Filipinos are trust-worthy and hard-working. Thus, here are some websites for the Filipino to start searching for his/her dream job:

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AWESOME ENDEAVORS!

Elegant Twist Creation

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etc logoElegant Twist Creation (ETC) is a local store of the Philippines that sells apparels and accessories suitable for teens, teens at heart and for the stylist dudes and dudettes. The brand name was established by two Filipino youths who are currently college students with a known school in the country.

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These two young businesspeople are rich in inspirational histories and tales about their endeavors. Most of which are on how they battled through life, its hardships and sorrows, up to the point of brainstorming and putting into reality a great opportunity to self-sufficiently support their schooling and other financial dilemmas.

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Established fresh, this 2013, the store can be located at Luna St., Lapaz, Iloilo City, literally inside the “Laptop Specialist” store. Merchandises in-store for potential customers are caps, necklaces (wood & acrylic), shoes, watches, shirts, bags and many more in the near future.

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Promoted by Pilosopo Tamad because of the moral of their tale. The youth is the treasure of this country; if not nurtured and supported, our future will fail. It’s not a matter of leading the youth but a matter of inspiring them to be the leaders themselves. No one has the right to shatter dreams. Only the “despair” will do such act of treachery due to envy. Stop with the crab mentality and move forward for the good of all and for the betterment of the fatherland.

Add them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etcreation

Support your local brands and be proud of being a Filipino!

Awesome Endeavors!

What Makes A Filipino: Values and Beliefs

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A nation empowers itself depending on the beliefs, goals, ideals, aspirations, and values of its citizens. In order to achieve national unity and progress, it needs the full cooperation of its people. Values as a people and as a nation gives the identity that differentiates one race from the others. These values may improve or hinder development and progress but nonetheless, with unity of diversity, development and progress are achievable.

A Filipino holds strengths that most other nationalities admire but there are also weakness that makes him a laughing stock of its foreign neighbors.

STRENGTHS

  1. Close Kinship – a Filipino considers family as an important social structure that they must love and care. Close family ties results to the family still being intact regardless that the children are old and with families of their own.
  2. Respect for Elders – the use of “po” and “opo” in conversing or addressing older people is a sign of a Filipino’s respect for the elders. Filipinos do not send their elders to nursing homes because they still value the worth and presence of the elders at home.
  3. Hospitality – the Filipino community are very warm and hospitable. They even give “pasalubong” (welcome gifts) and “pabaon” (farewell gifts) to guests. At times, they sacrifice their own comfort to accommodate their guests very well.
  4. Strong Faith in God – their faith in God keeps them united to overcome all the problems and challenges of life.
  5. Flexibility / Adaptability / Resiliency – the Filipinos have the trait to laugh at themselves and their misfortunes or failures. This is a coping mechanism to balance emotional stress and to boost the capacity to survive. They can smile in midst of problems and hardships. They can still crack jokes despite the stresses of their daily lives and during calamities. They are strong and cheerful people.
  6. Ingenuity and Creativity – they are good inventors. They often improvise and make productive use of available resources.
  7. Patience and Self-sacrifice – a remarkable quality of a Filipino is his capacity to endure difficulties and hardships. Maybe related to the long suffering they endured during the many colonization in Philippine history. They are patient enough to wait for their turn to be blessed with greener pastures as long as they do what is right and good.
  8. Hard work and Industry – Filipinos are globally recognized for their excellent performance in any physical and technical tasks. Maybe visible due to the desire for economic security and advancement for one’s self and family.
  9.  Fairness and Justice – they always show concern for the well-being of others. They uphold the humanity of all people and regard everyone with respect and empathy. They are keen on interpersonal relationships, their primary source of security and happiness.Fairness & Justice –> Equality –> Social Justice –> Development & Progress.
  10. Readiness to Share and Help – they re always ready to lend a hand, not only in times of need (calamities or disasters) but also in festive occasions (“fiestas”, baptisms and weddings). The “bayanihan” spirit, or giving help without expecting something in return, of a Filipino is widely admired.

WEAKNESSES

  1. “Bahala Na” – this is also synonymous to the phrase “Que sera sera” (Whatever will be, will be), or “Hakuna Matata” (No Worries). It leaves everything to chance or just let the circumstances take care of themselves, embracing luck over good reason.
  2. “Ningas Kugon” – “kugon” is a kind of grass that burns easily when dry but extinguished easily as well. Like the cogon grass, Filipinos start things with great enthusiasm but at the first sign of difficulty, the enthusiasm is consumed as fast as it has ignited.
  3. Colonial Mentality – Filipinos prefer foreign-made products instead of patronizing Philippine-made ones. This result to higher gains for foreign businessmen than local businessmen. Thus, it motivates Filipino businessmen to improve the quality of their products to make it more competitive against foreign ones.
  4. “Mamaya Na” or “Bukas Na Lang” Habit – a poor habit, a sign of laziness, of leaving for a later time what can be done at the moment or today. Thus resulting to stacked workload to be done and then complain about it.
  5. Crab Mentality – a troublesome trait evident in a Filipino where when one sees the progress of a comrade, the other becomes resentful rather than happy for the achievement. Rather than to praise, he would highlight everything negative about that person in an effort to bring him down or destroy his reputation. They would focus on other’s own faults rather their own inadequacies.
  6. “Patigasan” – most Filipinos find it hard to say “I’m sorry” or “pasensya na”. Their precious pride always gets the best of them.
  7. “Kanya kanya” – a trait which shows self-centeredness and lack of regard for others. There are Filipinos who give priority to what they and their families could have, rather than what they can do to share their wealth and serve others better. This trait shows poor signs of patriotism, loyalty to community, and concern for the needs of others.

Passivity (submission to others or to outside influences)

  1. Indebtedness “Utang Na Loob” – Filipinos are fond of asking for personal favors from others. It is ingrained for them to acknowledge the person who had helped them in times of need. This is a good act but if forced to repay with something bad to show gratitude then it becomes a problem. “Utang na loob” must not be paid with unlawful acts.
  2. Interpersonal Relationships “Pakikisama” – every person wants to belong to a group where they can share ideas, jokes and feelings but sometimes it becomes a negative thing when the group is the one that influences the person to do unlawful or foolish things in order to belong or to gain approval. This is usually evident in the Filipino youth where peer pressure challenges someone’s morality.
  3. Lack of Self-confidence “Hiya” – the Filipinos are shy to boast their achievements because they might be regarded as show-offs. They prefer to just hide those achievements and call the idea “being humble”. This is actually a sign of lack of self-confidence.

These characteristics are a challenge for every Filipino. In order to attain development and progress, they must value and prioritize their strengths rather than hide under the clutches of their weaknesses. Embracing the strengths and conquering their weaknesses will truly help the Filipino nation go forward in attaining its plans and aspirations for a richer and more fun Philippines where most foreign countries will be jealous of.

Reference: Fajardo J., Balagtas M., Belarde R., Flora A., Ubiña M., dela Cruz, S. (2013). Philippines’ Pride 6 (Ed). Manila, Philippines: Rex Book Store.

Exercising Your Right

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Exercising Your Right

I exercised my right to vote for those who I think (based on my freedom, knowledge and experience) are authentic public servants that will take extremely good care of my beloved country and the its people.

This is truly a small step for every citizen of the Philippines, and one giant leap for the whole Filipino Nation!

A means of change in the bureaucracy and the refreshment of new faces, ideas and labor for the next Asian Tiger of the continent.

Rice and Millions of Peso Wasted

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A bowl of rice, yum!

A bowl of rice, yum!

Rice is the most abundantly produced and consumed food for a large part of the general human population, especially in Asia and the West Indies. It is known also as the grain with the second-highest worldwide production, after corn, based on data for 2010.

 

 

 

This essential food, packed with energy and other vitamins and minerals, is truly the favorite or the most visible dish in every Filipino meal. It is ingrained in our culture and in our psyche. A Filipino would not feel the fullness or satisfaction without eating rice. It is hard not to go for it.

According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Philippines, total rice production in 2012 reached 18.03 million MT which surpassed the 2011 outputs of 16.68 million MT by 8.1% or 1.3 million MT. Major contributors were Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region and Bicol Region.

FarmerEven so that we are one of the biggest producers of rice, still a lot of the Filipino people die of hunger everyday. The country is more focused on the infrastructures and industries nowadays rather than its true potentials which may be the reason why it is not the No.1 top rice exporter of Southeast Asia, which is Thailand.

A lot of agricultural lands are rapidly being converted to residential and commercial areas. The government has made efforts to provide farmers with lands of their own to produce and cultivate but even they are blinded by such potentials as evidenced that some farmers want the easy money thus they sell the lands given to them by the government to the businesspeople in exchange for instant cash. Little do they know that they sold out a very valuable and fruitful “homebound” not just for themselves but for their families as well.

Hungry Child At many restaurants, especially in fast-food chains, people who don’t consume their full cup of rice have wasted millions of production and milling expenses solely to make it edible food that they leave behind. Is that etiquette practice of a Filipino? Definitely not! A very disrespectful action a human can do. We spend hard-earned money in exchange for a cup of rice thus it is reasonable to consume it properly.

Filipino ChildrenIn conclusion, first, the Philippines is doing good in its developing strategies but it must never abandon its genuine strength. Second, never go for the easy money, farming may be a slow investment but a lot of people acquired good lives in farming. Lastly, the next time you feel like leaving even just a tablespoon of rice, just remember the millions of pesos used to make it and the people dying everyday since they can’t afford to buy and eat some.

Dreams: Freely For Everyone

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People have dreams regardless of social or financial status.

While I was waiting for the public utility jeep to go, the Barker (a person that shouts at potential passengers) asked me if he could read what was written in my baller. I said, “Sure.” He then told me that before he had one baller that contained the John 3:16 verse in the Bible. He told me that because of his carelessness with the item, it got a little damaged so he gave it away. I thought that was the end of an unusual conversation with a stranger, but he continued talking.

His next topic was about his dream of taking up a course in Values Education studies in a school that offers free education somewhere in Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He said that he was not able to finish his primary education and until today have problems in speaking English. He has a family that is financially constrained. He dreamed that once he can finish his dream course, he will help his family more by getting a better job that can support their needs.

I looked at him with touched eyes yet it really bothered me on how a course in Values Education Studies helps a person land a job.   Usually, values education is the forte of guidance councilors. Even an accomplished guidance councilor can’t find a suitable job nowadays. But in this troublesome society, it seems that everyone needs to study or relearn values education.

If a person like him, who is far away from his family because he is doing his barking work here in Iloilo City while his family is in Bacolod, can dream a thing like that then the average Filipino citizen who can eat 3 or more times a day, is financially stable and with good education background can be considered an accomplished person, correct?  What are the criteria of an accomplished citizen of society, anyway? Also, why do I feel that the more you have everything you need, the more you want to have everything else, and if you can’t get them, you complain and suckle on it. Then begin to say that life’s not fair.

After a while, the jeep started to move and took off. That was then the first and probably the last I’ll hear from him, or is it?

Embracing What’s Ours

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Saint Paul University Iloilo’s Wellness Program has done it again. Through the direction of Mrs. Mary Jane De Gracia together with her creative and enthusiastic warriors, another Sariling Atin, a musical concert, was conceptualized and materialized at the school gym last Mar. 7 ,2013.

The show was entitled “Times and Seasons”, depicting the continuous cycle of our everyday lives as we embrace every precious time that we have together with our families, friends, and the society. From January up to December, various occasions and religious events were presented in a creative and exciting manner to truly make the audience realize that every season or time is worth the memories.

Mrs. De Gracia, the director of the whole event, said in her opening remarks that time flies and rarely in anyone’s side. It will take a lot of reflections for us to realize that time is not our enemy. Rather, it is a gift from the Almighty, that we should cherish and treat it for what it is.

In conclusion, shows like this makes a Filipino appreciate and become responsible for the cultural heritage that was shared and entrusted to him. A heritage that should be treasured as he lives to the fullest as a Filipino and a responsibility to be passed on to next generations of productive Filipinos.

This was the first picture I took while waiting for the show to start.

This was the first picture I took while waiting for the show to start.

The Director making her warm remarks to boost the mood.

The Director making her warm remark to boost the mood.

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