Invitation to Inspiration

Note: Repost from my fb account Notes in June 21, 2011

According to playwright Christopher Fry, “Life is a hypocrite if I can’t live The way it moves me”. What is the deepest desire of your heart, that moves you, that makes you rise up in the morning, brave the coldest and darkest night? What is it that makes you come alive?

I am very passionate about a lot of things and I have experienced pain, sadness, joy, love and enumerable play of emotions from displeasure to exasperation to jubilation. Life was never dull, if it was I could make it colorful by looking on the bright side. I never felt I am alone. I will be forever grateful for my religion that put the God in me and belief that I belong to Him and He will never let anything bad happen to me. If ever there were glitches in my life, those were only to prepare me for better things to come and make me a better person.

Today I encountered a little problem that elicited this comment from a friend, ” Your story is very discouraging which made me lose respect to your organization. It is expected to be protector of the oppressed but it is oppressing you in another level and another form.”  My former Dean called me and asked how I am doing, I told her that I have a little problem. She told me to take care of this little problem at once. What happened to my passion, to my commitment, to the good things and values I was espousing when those were being assailed and I was maliciously persecuted? It is the hardest situation when the organization you served faithfully for more that twenty years would have people that would disregard procedures and due process to clip your wings and keep you prisoner of their whims and caprices. It is heartwarming to know that a lot of people care, that my God will send not only the Holy Spirit to provide enlightenment but also “angels” without wings in the form of friends, colleagues and strangers.

My greatest treasures, my two children provided me with the burning desire to keep to the straight path and do things right all the time. Regardless of present circumstances, there are beacons of hope and angels of mercy that abounds in this world to provide hope and makes me come alive, hour by hour and day by day.

Trials are temporary setbacks and I will keep the fire burning in my heart with God as the center of my life. He provides and I submit.

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Women’s Month and some Disturbing Facts

I gave a talk on March 6, 2015 and this is my speech.

The PNP has a total of 149, 333 police officers as of December 2014 and 21, 175 or 14% are female. In the policy making or third level police officers, we have a total of 724 and only 13 are women, less than 2%, making us marginalized, without significant representation, participation or voice. We also have approximately 10,000 personnel who are not police officers.

I came here tonight not wearing the uniform which I am very proud of, because I want to show that aside from being a police officer, I am my own person, a mother, a sister, a friend and a citizen of this country who wants to create a ripple that would hopefully make a little change in the small circle around me and contribute a bit to change for a better Philippines.

Gender discriminations happen everywhere not only among Filipinos. Gender issues are almost the same everywhere, where women are expected to be simply mother and wife that will take care of all the needs of her children. That has been dictated by culture, something learned that can be unlearned.

Nancy Patricia D’Alessandro Pelosi is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She said, “When I first run into public office.. Although my son was a senior in high school, the question I most frequently asked (her FAQ) was,” Who’s going to be taking care of your children?” and of course, it’s one of the questions that I don’t think a man has EVER been asked when he has run for public office.

Nancy Pelosi also said, “Being the first woman speaker and breaking the marble ceiling is pretty important. Now it’s time to move on.” Men, forgive me for saying, sometimes cannot move on, their titles and jobs are more often what identifies them as a person. This is how men and women differ.

Yousafzai Malala when she received the Nobel Peace Prize said, I am very thankful that my father for not clipping my wings, for letting me fly. She was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In  2014,  she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

It is imperative that parents let their children reach their full potential not under a narrow definition of male or female and let them choose their careers and express themselves as human beings. LGBTs included, we are all human with human rights. Women’s rights are human rights.

In the Philippines we have the glass ceiling and glass walls. A glass ceiling is a political term used to describe “the seen, yet unreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements (from wikipedia) this results to low numbers of women and minorities in executive positions. Glass walls and “glass elevators” refer to institutional barriers that isolate some employees — traditionally women and minorities — into jobs that don’t lead to executive advancement.

The limited numbers of women police officers were further confined to jobs which the men do not prefer. An example is a police officer who has surpassed the accomplishments of most policemen with her qualifications, aptitude and skills required for higher executive positions. She is the only one to reach the rank of two stars general but she could have achieved more such as being given the position of a Regional Director before making her a member of Directorial Staff.

What are the benefits of engaging more women and giving them executive positions?

Here are proven benefits of inclusion:

  1. Large, diverse teams with a history of working together make the most successful decisions –Small Business Economics 2013
  2. Mixed gender teams make better decisions than all-male teams –Management Science 2013
  3. Participative strategy-making unleashes the power of diversity for agile (responsive) decision-making – International Journal of Human Resource Management (2013)

When we left out the women, we exclude half the talent, half the resources and half the potentials of the populations.

Philippine Commission on Women Chairperson Remmy Rikken said, we do not like the argument, “Let’s choose women because they are more honest and not corrupt.”  That would be putting men down!  The best argument is one of representation, we are 50% of the population and should be 50% of the leadership.

Women and men think differently, so both of them should be in all the different levels of leadership whether in civil society, academe, bureaucracy or electoral politics. The world would be a better place when both of them can speak and are heard, recognized and appreciated. #JuanaSays (PCW fb post)

On February 14,  1995, then President Fidel V Ramos signed RA 7877, the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act  as a Valentine’s gift to Filipino woman who were harassed and some do not even know what it is called. They are just vexed or annoyed and felt victimized but the crime has no name. Chancing lang, ang arte mo naman, or nagsusuot ka kasi ng sexy kaya ka binabastos. It was always the victim who were blamed not the offender.

The law required all public and private entities to create the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) and twenty years after, the PNP do not have CODI in place to prevent and investigate cases of sexual harassments. In 2014, we evaluated the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women RA 9710 (2009), after 5 years we are still very very far behind and there are many victims of sexual harassments who were not able to file cases, and who continues to be victimized.

My thesis on Officer Senior Executive Course is about the implementation of Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 01-0940, Administrative Disciplinary Rules on Sexual Harassment Cases which include peers and subordinates among the offenders not only superiors on the basis of moral ascendancy.

My thesis was renamed in the list and can no longer be found. The only copy I got was also lost (inadvertently?) when it was asked from me as reference while I am a member of the TWG reviewing the reason for non-implementation of the Circular for the CSC rules implementation. I suggested including the training of CODI members to ensure implementation. The Circular was signed without the training and it was not circularized or disseminated.

Laws were created and yet few were able to feel its implementation. Policies which are biased, discriminating and oppressing to women still abounds. As a consequence, the subordination and marginalization permeate our society and abuses against women and children continue.

It pains me to know that the likes of Peter Scully, the Australian who abused even an infant and killed children after raping them, would thrive in our country. What have we done to prevent this from happening, how were we raised? I no longer know what questions to ask, are we in the Imperial Manila immune from this scourge? Of course not, we have heard of a 11-month old kidnapped and raped then killed in the streets of Manila. Why is there violence against women and children?

This is what I want to ask, how are we all going to answer those questions and how can we help in preventing violence against women and children?

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Hindi maubos na luha.

Kelan ba yun? Iyak ako ng iyak para ke Glyzelle at sa mga batang biktima ng karahasan. Kahit si Pope Francis hindi siya masagot, kung bakit hinahayaan ng Diyos na mangyari yun. Maraming beses akong umiyak, sa misa sa Tacloban at tuwing nakikita ko Ang aking mga kasamahan. I feel so proud of them. Parang napamahal na rin kami sa mga tao at puro papuri narinig ko pati text messages sa akin. Hindi nabawasan ng pagkawala ng food allowance ng ibang kasapi Ang tiwalang aming natamo. Proud na proud ako, sa ulan at araw andon Ang mga pulis natin.

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Ilang araw Lang Ang nagdaan, hindi pa tuyo Ang aking mga luha ng marinig ko na maraming pulis sa Special Action Force (SAF) Ang namatay sa kamay ng mga terrorista sa Maguindanao. Pagkatapos makuha si Marwan Ang pinaghahanap na terrorista sa mundo, napaligiran ang 36 na blocking force at walang itinirang buhay. Isa Ang nakaligtas sa pagaakalang namatay na rin ito at Marami pang napatay sa pinagrupo na nakakuha kay Marwan. Isa ba itong kapalit dahil tagumpay Ang police operations at isang kahihiyan para sa grupo nila na maisahan. Kelangang malaki Ang kabayaran, buhay sa buhay at higit pa. 44 tinaguriang #44Fallen ang kapalit at maraming malubhang nasugatan an hindi na magiging normal Ang buhay kailan pa man. Ang mga naging bihag naman ay nakaranas ng karumal dumal na kamatayan.

Buong Pilipinas Ang nagluksa kasama Ang mga Pilipino sa ibang bansa at muling ipinakita ng mamamayang Pilipino Ang Pagmamahal sa kanilang kapulisan.

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I never dreamed it would be me,
My name for all eternity,
Recorded here at this hallowed place,
Alas my name, no more my face.
“In the line of duty,” I hear them say;
My family now the price will pay.
My folded flag stained with their tears;
We only had those few short years.
The badge no longer on my chest,
I sleep now in eternal rest
My sword I pass to those behind,
And pray they keep this thought in mind.
I never dreamed it would be me,
And with heavy heart and bended knee;
I ask for all here from the past,
Dear God, let my name be the last.

SALUTE TO THE FALLEN SAF….

*aeon* (copied from A Soldier’s Love fb page)

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SANA Di na ako muling luluha nguni’t paano kung naulilang mahal ay unuwing walang ulo o walang kamay, paa at mata. Kung inalisan ng kasarian at ninakawan at hinubaran. Wag sanang magtampo Ang Pangulo na Di tangapin Ang medalyang alay sapagkat sa loob ng Ataul ay uniporme lamang ang nakahimlay sapagkat nabubulok na pirapirasong katawan.

Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo at ihandog Ang iisang buhay ay siyang panuntunin at sinumpaan. Hindi ang yurakan ang dangal ng mga tampalasan.

Hindi pa rin maubos Ang luha ko at tuwing masasagi ng alala ay tutulong kusa.

Pope Francis Speech in Malacanang

Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ speech at Malacañang after his courtesy call on President Aquino on Friday, Jan. 16.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you, Mr President, for your kind welcome and for your words of greeting in the name of the authorities and people of the Philippines, and the distinguished members of the Diplomatic Corps. I am most grateful for your invitation to visit the Philippines.

My visit is above all pastoral.

It comes as the Church in this country is preparing to celebrate the fifth centenary of the first proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on these shores. The Christian message has had an immense influence on Filipino culture.

It is my hope that this important anniversary will point to its continuing fruitfulness and its potential to inspire a society worthy of the goodness, dignity and aspirations of the Filipino people.

In a particular way, this visit is meant to express my closeness to our brothers and sisters who endured the suffering, loss and devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda.

Together with many people throughout the world, I have admired the heroic strength, faith and resilience demonstrated by so many Filipinos in the face of this natural disaster, and so many others.

Those virtues, rooted not least in the hope and solidarity instilled by Christian faith, gave rise to an outpouring of goodness and generosity, especially on the part of so many of the young. In that moment of national crisis, countless people came to the aid of their neighbors in need.

At great sacrifice, they gave of their time and resources, creating networks of mutual help and working for the common good.

This example of solidarity in the work of rebuilding teaches us an important lesson. Like a family, every society draws on its deepest resources in order to face new challenges.

Today the Philippines, together with many other countries in Asia, faces the challenge of building on solid foundations a modern society – a society respectful of authentic human values, protective of our God-given human dignity and rights, and ready to confront new and complex political and ethical questions.

As many voices in your nation have pointed out, it is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good. In this way they will help preserve the rich human and natural resources with which God has blessed this country.

Thus will they be able to marshall the moral resources needed to face the demands of the present, and to pass on to coming generations a society of authentic justice, solidarity and peace.

Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor.

It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.

The Bishops of the Philippines have asked that this year be set aside as the “Year of the Poor.”

I hope that this prophetic summons will challenge everyone, at all levels of society, to reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor, and to make concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the life of the community.

A fundamental role in the renewal of society is played, of course, by the family and especially by young people.

A highlight of my visit will be my meetings with families and with young people here in Manila.

Families have an indispensable mission in society. It is in the family that children are trained in sound values, high ideals and genuine concern for others.

But like all God’s gifts, the family can also be disfigured and destroyed. It needs our support. We know how difficult it is for our democracies today to preserve and defend such basic human values as respect for the inviolable dignity of each human person, respect for the rights of conscience and religious freedom, and respect for the inalienable right to life, beginning with that of the unborn and extending to that of the elderly and infirm.

For this reason, families and local communities must be encouraged and assisted in their efforts to transmit to our young the values and the vision which can help bring about a culture of integrity – one which honors goodness, truthfulness, fidelity and solidarity as the firm foundation and the moral glue which holds society together.

Mr President, distinguished authorities, dear friends:

As I begin my visit to this country, I cannot fail to mention the Philippines’ important role in fostering understanding and cooperation among the countries of Asia.

I would also mention the oft-neglected yet real contribution of Filipinos of the diaspora to the life and welfare of the societies in which they live.

It is precisely in the light of the rich cultural and religious heritage of which your country is proud that I leave you with a challenge and a word of prayerful encouragement.

May the deepest spiritual values of the Filipino people continue to find expression in your efforts to provide your fellow citizens with an integral human development.

In this way, each person will be able to fulfill his or her potential, and thus contribute wisely and well to the future of this country.

I am confident that the praiseworthy efforts to promote dialogue and cooperation between the followers of the different religions will prove fruitful in the pursuit of this noble goal.

In a particular way, I express my trust that the progress made in bringing peace to the south of the country will result in just solutions in accord with the nation’s founding principles and respectful of the inalienable rights of all, including the indigenous peoples and religious minorities.

Upon all of you, and upon all the men, women and children of this beloved nation, I cordially invoke God’s abundant blessings.

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Ninang hindi Abay (Principal sponsor not Bridesmaid)

A good year to start feeling good and reflecting on the last year.

On December 29, 2014, I was asked to be one of the principal sponsors in the wedding of my classmate who is based in Paris, France. His family is in Batangas and I expected lavish preparations for the wedding.

I have not accepted any request to be Ninang for a long time since I do not have a partner. The family said they would provide partner for the occasion, turns out the oldest son of my high school classmate,

At home, I was checking how I would look in the pictures.

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Inside the church, I was walking down the aisle since everyone in the entourage is required to do so.

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During the ceremonies, we were standing while the bride and the groom took their vows, something like promises.

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After the mass, all the principal sponsors have to pose with the newly wed and my daughter said, I stick out like a sore thumb. Well, I do not know how others have prepared for this day. I only know that in Paris, you have to be fashionale.

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The reception was beautiful and we were called by name to proceed in our designated seats.

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Forevermore. I would omit the part where money is being pinned in the clothes of the couple and the food that were sent to us as “sabit” or gifts which should be a basis for giving to the newlywed as thrice of four times more than its amount. I gave $ and PhP 🙂

A better 2015 to all!

The 5 ways you don’t notice killing wildlife is ruining the Philippines

I love live birds on the trees or anywhere and this is a great post.

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When you were a kid, did you ever own a pellet gun, an airgun, or even a tirador?

If you did, then you probably tried using it on some helpless bird in your backyard. And if you were as good as I am, you probably missed every shot.

Thankfully, my incompetence in accuracy is paying off because I wouldn’t have only shot birds down,  I would’ve sabotaged the country in more ways than one.

Here’s why.

Thanks to Facebook, I’ve seen more photos of birds being killed during the past few months than I have in the last twenty years put together.

UP Black Bittern You might’ve seen this picture of a dead Black Bittern inside the UP Diliman campus going around Facebook since the start of November.

When I first saw the post above, my initial reactions were of disgust and of frustration. Going by Facebook’s comments section, a lot of people felt the same…

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Aloha and Mahalo

My Oahu, Hawaii recent pictures and I will be taking more for my Ohana but let us learn Hawaiian first.

quick Hawaiian words to learn

aloha – sincere hello or goodbye/spirit

mahalo – thank you

ohana – family

kokua – to mutually help one another

Oahu – gathering place

Waikiki – bubbling springs/spouting waters

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Bellows Beach

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overlooking Hanauma Bay

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and at the beachfront the class of 110 participants

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Wishing for your kokua. Mahalo!