Thursday, November 28, 2013

Oh Love Songs...

The more we listen to love songs, the more we immerse ourselves in the realm of love.

Oh Love Songs...
Why do you seem to lead me somewhere...

A place of happiness and sadness...
A paradox of a dream and a reality...
A collision of love and hate...
A longing of attention and indifference...
A desire for life and even death...

Oh Love Songs...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Values learned through Education

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Getting educated is everyone’s dream. Having a degree then is one of the greatest achievements one can ever attain. While it is our right to be educated, circumstances say otherwise. Let’s face it, not all get the chance to be educated.

My love for education developed when I realized that only one of my siblings received a college diploma. I wanted to do good in my studies so I could earn a degree. True enough, I was focused with my studies that I graduate in every phase of education on time and with colors. 

While it is true that the learning we have in the classroom is far different from the real world and that we often say that it is no longer relevant, certain values are developed as we perform our roles as students. These serve as our strong foundation to face life and deal with challenges. Among these are:

• Persistence. Attending classes 5 days a week and 8 hours a day from elementary to high school is surely a humdrum :D How boring it is to go back to those days when we spend more time in the classroom than in our homes :D Throughout these years of struggle, we actually have developed the virtue of persistence. We still go on despite overwhelming odds and we linger no matter how hard situations seemed. 

• Diligence. With thousands of assignments, seatworks and projects from kindergarten to date, we managed to submit at least 50% of those :D The pressures for all of these requirements, we learned to be diligent and hardworking to submit some of these for the fear of being given an INC or even failing grade. :D In real life, we cope up with the demands of time and the organization which we belong.

• Resourcefulness. Occasions every month call for a preparation to undertake and yes, even in our primary years, we were given tasks of bringing fruits, vegetables, flowers, utensils, cleaning materials, rags and every little thing needed in our classrooms. For the exciting month of December, we give ourselves pressures to prepare a creative Christmas tree using indigenous materials and the recycled ones. So resourceful we were that we explored the forests of Tubo-tubo to get pako-pako only to find out that some yelled across river because they were drowning. :D Thank God everyone was saved. To date, we think creatively to meet the requisites of what is pleasing to the eyes. :D

• Patience. For at least 16 long years of schooling, we often feel tired. One school year for instance seemed very long that we tend to complain. While we bear the angst, we also learned how to wait :D To wait for another 4 years before getting a college degree after being exposed to 4 challenging years in high school. If we needed something, somehow we become patient to wait for the right time for opportunities to come and for dreams to realize. 

• Time Management. The various activities we were compelled to join :D and the exhausting hours we spend in the school daily should have crashed us :D Quizzes and exams to pass, assignments and projects to submit were time consuming that every hour missed is a problem of meeting deadlines. We might have missed some requirements, but we also learned how to manage our time in our own ways. To date, being exposed to various obligations poses a problem on our time, but with our extensive experience in school, we somehow know how to balance things. :D 

• A Sense of Competitiveness. In a class of at least 20, suggests an implied competition. Who speaks well, who writes well, who’s the best in Math, English, Science, etc. Who’s the best dancer, best singer and the list continues. With our desire to do good leads us to become competitive in our ways. True enough, it’s a source of joy at some point and a reason of disappoint at times. Nevertheless, this instance taught us to be better in the real world, more challenging and demanding. 

• Compassion and Love. Being surrounded with classmates from all walks of life is truly amazing. With everyday need for intermediate and yellow papers as well as ballpoint pens, someone could miss bringing either of these and we tend to empathize :D and the same happens whenever we miss any of these. I could say I was compassionate and other people have been compassionate to me as well. 

How about infatuations even when we were in elementary years :D Having crushes made us inspired and motivated to do things great. We honed our feelings to define for the first time what love is :D Along these is the hard times of facing that your crush likes someone. This instance is a great background for dealing with the present if I may say so. 

These are just some of the values I have learned through the course of time. You can share yours below this post. I believe you too have more to share on the traits we lived on while we were in the academe. I am indeed thankful for the essence of education, most of which are unseen. 

“Truly, it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eyes. “ - The Little Prince.


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You have no idea how much I miss you… 
You have no idea I think of you every single day… 
You have no idea I was falling in love with you… 
You have no idea I was letting you go… 
And you have no idea I am moving on… :D 

How funny “falling in love” can be… 

Communication is initiated… 
Relationship is established… 
Moments are thought of… 
Leading to nowhere… 

Sheer nonsense because we are not meant for each other… 
Sheer nonsense because we are bound by norms… 
Sheer nonsense because you can hardly love me… :D 

Nevertheless, I wish you well… 
Thank you for the ephemeral joy and lifetime learning…

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Views on Love - II

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There comes a point in our lives that we long for love, desire for it and even demand subtly for it in any ways we can… Until we get hurt all over again and then we realize that love is never asked, never demanded, never called…

Letting it come in its own time, giving it a chance to flow gracefully and rearing it to flourish abundantly are options so ideal that waiting would seem more challenging, irritating and even hurting…

How I wish you could hear me whisper I miss you, I want you, and I need you…

Until all these end… For our good… For our sake… For our growth… :D 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Views on Love - I

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Loving has never been about enduring the pain.

It's an affirmation that we exist and that we care.

Of the various kinds of love, we come across with romantic love.

Oftentimes, this poses a challenge to the parties concerned especially to the one who feels that it's an unrequited love.

No matter how pain seems to intrude, we cling on the joy loving brings, hoping that everything is well.

Until we realize that there are some imperfections in the manner we love - worldly, selfish and full of expectations.

It is only then that we learn to accept, to let go and to move on.

In the end, its the lessons we learn that matters – giving us the courage to face the reality – continually hoping that somewhere down the road, we meet the person destined for us to share the best parts of our lives with…

To be continued…

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A quick encounter with Japan Ambassador Toshinao Urabe

I was seated on a stone under the tree – contemplating some challenges in life, breathing fresh air and enjoying the beauty of nature when a group of visitors walked through the lush grasses. Without a second thought, one of them must be Japan's Ambassador to our country - the idea came because of the welcome signage posted at the entrance of Antonio Isidro Hall.
The picturesque view of the golf course I enjoyed watching. 
The welcome signage
I set my eyes to the whole entourage trying to guess who among them was the ambassador because there were a number of them being photographed and assisted. I dared to get closer until one of his staff brought answers to my questions.
The ambassador and company approaching
She affirmed that Ambassador Toshinao Urabe wears a white long-sleeve. Accordingly, the ambassador wanted to take a glimpse of the Lanao Province, the very place when his father- the late ambassador to the Philippines was abducted. The conversation was cut short because the woman got busy taking photos and everyone had to catch up the set appointment at 11:00AM for the courtesy call to the Mindanao State University System President Macapado A. Muslim.
They're getting closer to the trees.
Gladness filled my heart as the ambassador and company braved to set foot on a “horrid place” (a stigma some people used to describe Mindanao). I can see in their faces the appreciation on the lush environment, the picturesque Lanao Lake and the fresh air.

The Ambassador Toshinao Urabe looking at the photo
With fellow Japanese men

That encounter, that moment to see them, that opportunity to observe them may be very short but it had a lasting impact on me.

First, Mindanao like any other place is worth a visit, worth an immersion and worth an experience. It is only when you have an actual / real experience that your biases and prejudices will be challenged – and yes, you will realize that the place is not that horrific than what you thought it to be.

Second, on the personal level, I realize that life is not all about being affected, being challenged by problems and being pushed to the limit. Rather, life is an opportunity to cherish the moment, a chance to become more receptive on the solutions to the problem and a blessing to share it to others. 

Thank you so much... Hope to see you again one day... God bless... 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Receiving a Leadership Award is an extra blessing

Receiving a Leadership Award is indeed an extra blessing. For students venturing into graduate education, getting a degree is of primary concern. The long years of drudgery in itself is enough for a graduate student to finish his/her chosen degree and receive a diploma.

Few days before the College of Business Administration and Accountancy’sPre-commencement and Recognition Ceremonies, we had our rehearsals at the IIT gymnasium. Prof. Stephen Fajardo, Assistant Dean of CBAA, then announced the graduates with extra-curricular and co-curricular achievements. I heard him say my name for the Leadership Awardees of the College which surprised me because I least expected it, considering that I was taking up a masteral degree.

Then the Pre-commencement Exercises happened.
The Program
Prof. Fajardo called me up and upon receiving the medal and the certificate made me feel grateful and proud. I thank the Master in Business Management Department/Office/Program for recognizing my contributions to the studentry and the program. Being the President of MBM Student Board from 2010 to 2012 was a bit challenging not to mention the diverse personalities of professionals I was dealing with. One thing I am grateful though is that everyone was just as excited as I was to have general orientation, get-together party, enhancement seminar, outreach program and of course the educational tour a.k.a. laag-laag :D But truly, we learned a lot from all those educational trips especially the laughter, laughter and laughter all throughout the trip :D This among others makes me nostalgic of my MBM journey because of the moments shared together. You can read my post on my MBM Journey here.
The Certificate
With Vanessa, Ma'am Abeth and my fellow MBM graduates
The award I received will always remind me to be humble no matter what; to have the desire and passion to lead; to be compassionate with others; to do conscientiously the plans even if it meant a sacrifice; and to never stop learning lessons even beyond the four corners of the classroom.
The Medal
With Rolly and Brian. Thank you so much for coming over. Thank you sab Kyong :-)
These I thank you my MBM Family. As of this writing, I am already teary eyed… Hope to always connect with you guys… Thank you thank you thank you… Thank God… 

Thank you so much my MBM Family
With my nephew JR, Tatay, Nanay, Rolly, Lloyd and Brian. Salamat much :-)
With Sir Adrian, Ma'am Narido and fellow MBM graduates
With the ever supportive CBAA Graduate Program Coordinator Prof. Narido. Thank you so much Ma'am :-)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Falling in Love with Puting Buhangin Beach

Located along the coastline of Surigao del Sur, the Municipality of Cagwait boasts to house the ever-charming Cagwait White Beach - attracting a number of visitors during summer and Feast of St. John the Baptist every June. With the popularity of the white beach, tourists and locals alike choose to go there to relax and enjoy what the beach offers.
The welcome view of Puting Buhangin
Unknown to many is this one of a kind beach in the same municipality, a beach that is unspoiled, untouched and pristine that one could find it romantic, dreamy and mesmerizing.
A stretch of white sand :-)
As a proud native of Cagwait, I gladly welcome you all to the Puting Buhangin Beach!!!
A picturesque view of Puting Buhangin
Puting Buhangin Beach is located at Bitaugan East, one of the 11 barangays of the Municipality of Cagwait. It is a 30-minute drive away from Barangay Aras-asan terminal – one of the entry points to Bitaugan East. The beach is so named Puting Buhangin because in Bitaugan, it is the only beach with a sand color closer to white. As seen on the photos, the sand is actually brownish, giving the viewers a room for inquiry why it is called Puting Buhangin (White Sand). Nevertheless, this beach among others is more than just the white sand, it’s the soothing feeling, a sparkle of appreciation and a magic of love that it gives its visitors.

A walk to remember :-)
Oh, I must have fallen in love with the beach because of the romantic atmosphere it sets. A walk through its soft sand leaves remarkable footprints – one thing that I really enjoyed there. A dip in the beach with cute little waves is also revitalizing and what a great way to just lie down the seashore enjoying the fresh sea water touching my body.
Just want to lie down for a long time... 

A grateful pose :-)

Sitting on a driftwood along the shoreline :-)

My high school batchmate Mae Grace 
Truly, Puting Buhangin is perfect for anyone to have self-reflection, for lovers to have a date and for groups to enjoy each other’s company. How I love to stay there… enjoying fresh air, taking a barefoot walk on the sand, swimming, relaxing, meditating and appreciating the beauty of nature. Thank God for such a paradise!!!

Getting There:

From Butuan City, Bislig City and Davao City

Ride a bus going to Tandag City and tell the bus conductor that you are going to Barangay Aras-asan. Alight at the Aras-asan Terminal. The bus driver and the conductor usually announce that you have arrived in the said barangay. From there, habal-habals (motor vehicles) are available for hire. Tell the driver you are heading to Puting Buhangin, Bitaugan East. Fare is Php 25.00 per person.

If the road is not muddy, you will be sent directly to the shore of the beach. Since we went there last December, we walked a few meters to reach the beach.

A view before reaching the beach
From Tandag City

You can ride a bus heading to Butuan, Davao or Bislig City and tell the bus conductor that you will alight at the Aras-asan Terminal. There are also jeepneys and vans from Tandag as options for you to reach Aras-asan.

Where to stay

To date, there are no resorts in the area offering accommodations to visitors. I suggest that you go there in the morning and go back to Barangay Aras-asan or proceed to Cagwait White Beach where there a number of resorts. Click here.  


Bring some food for snacks or lunch as well as your preferred beverage because there are no stores near the beach.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A glimpse on the ever-charming Cagwait White Beach

Blessed with verdant forests, pristine beaches, and exquisite flora and fauna, Surigao del Sur is truly a potential tourism hub in the Philippines. A number of breathtaking places is yet to be explored, discovered and experienced in the said province – giving avenues for explorers and travelers to find out these gems of nature.

Being born in Surigao del Sur is a wonderful opportunity for me to visit the gifts of nature but I must admit that I have only visited few. “Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan!” is a challenge that I face and will conquer soon… Starting off in my hometown, the Municipality of Cagwait.
This is one of the million reasons why IT'S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
Brief History

Cagwait is a coastal town located in the central part of the province of Surigao del Sur. It straddles along the coast of Pacific Ocean and Mount Diwata. It has a total land area of 21,410 hectares and a population of 19,899 (NSO, 2007) scattered among its eleven (11) barangays.

Historical Origin of Cagwait

Young sailors from Leyte, who escaped from enslaving hands of Spaniards, sailed southward in 1840 in a boat called “veloz” and noticed they were passing  into a bay resembling a human mouth, which in vernacular, it is called “mao rag wait.” The bay looked like an open mouth and the peninsula resembling the esophagus. The settlers later on called the place “Cagwait.”

Thus in July 1840, when Father Juan Engrova first baptized the people in the new settlement, wrote the name Cagwait in his record entitled, “Libros de Bautismos,” 1845-1860.

The diversity of the marine and forest ecosystem facing the bay and the land along it are fertile. It favors for growing crops that attracted more and more settlers from other and nearby places.

The ever-charming Cagwait Beach

The Municipality of Cagwait houses the ever-charming Cagwait White Beach.
Oh, Cagwait Beach...
Once named as Waikiki Beach by an aviator Charles Lindbergh because of its resemblance to the famous beach in Hawaii, Cagwait Beach is a long stretch of white powdery sand forming a C-shape. An aerial view shows a clamshell-like formation, truly a scene to behold. The picturesque view of the beach from different angles makes it more attractive to tourists and locals alike.
Clamshell-like view 
The clear turquoise water of the beach is simply irresistible, captivating and inviting –just so perfect for everyone to enjoy swimming. One can even think of taking a plunge instantly because of its charm. Big waves for surfing and skimboarding are readily available for the enthusiasts, truly a beach for the adventurous visitors and the ordinary beach lovers.
A perfect place for respite
The long shoreline welcomes everyone for a barefoot-walk and even sprint. The considerable width as well allows people to play volleyball, parlor games and the like.
The long stretch of white sand is simply breathtaking :-)
The continuous development in Cagwait White Beach pave way for a vibrant local tourism whereby beach goers and potential tourists can enjoy. First is the mushrooming of private-owned resorts with affordable accommodations. These establishments have upgraded a beach bumming experience by offering among others, sea sports adventure such as riding a banana boat, kayaking and jet skiing. These are really great options for the locals and tourists alike. 
A beach dancing performance
Second on the list is the annual celebration of Kaliguan Festival held every 3rd week of June in honor of St. John the Baptist. This gala has attracted people from neighboring places and even across the globe to witness the colorful celebration of great harvest. Beach dancing competition is the most unique cultural dance contest there is in the country where the performers literally present their number along the shorelines of the beach. Another highlight of the festival is the Perlas ng Kaliguan where lovely candidates show wit and grace during the entire competition. The other activities include boat racing, fluvial parade, sand art competition, pinoy games, agri-trade fair, beach volleyball, beach party and many many more. 
DEPEd teachers in their production number during Kaliguan Festival

Rolly with a huge backdrop at the floating stage

Proudly wearing buli hats during Kaliguan Festival. With me is Brian and Ondoy

With two of my bestfriends Brian and Asterio
Completing the list of BROLJ: Rolly and Lloyd :-)
Third is the media presence of Cagwait Beach; that would mean being featured in Living Asia, TV Patrol Weekend, GMA 7 and a number of blogs. Thanks to all for promoting Cagwait in your most creative way.   
Cagwait Beach featured in Choose Philippines through a friend Almer Casio

Cagwait Beach featured in the Best Philippine Beaches
The Cagwait White Beach is truly a blessing for the locals who never fail to appreciate its beauty and its contribution to the tourism development. A place for respite, batch reunion and family gatherings, Cagwait Beach will always have a welcoming gesture to everyone. For me, I have never missed and would never miss an opportunity to go there everytime I am home. Oh, mentioning of going home makes me ecstatic. See you again my beloved Cagwait Beach.
My nieces and nephew enjoying at the beach
Getting There:

From Butuan City, Bislig City and Davao City

Ride a bus going to Tandag City and tell the bus conductor that you are going to Cagwait. Alight at the junction area where you can see the welcome landmark. The bus driver and the conductor usually announce that you have arrived in Cagwait. From there, you can hire a motorized tricycle and tell the driver that you are heading to the Cagwait White Beach. There are resorts along the beach for you to choose from. You can ask some questions from the driver so you would be guided. Fare is Php 15 –Php 20.

From Tandag City

You can ride a bus heading to Butuan, Davao or Bislig City and tell the bus conductor that you will alight at the intersection of Cagwait There are also jeepneys and vans from Tandag as options for you to reach Cagwait.

Where to stay

If you are planning to stay overnight, here are your options to stay at:

Tourism Inn
Xtreme Beach Resort

Cottages are also available along the beach.

A pose at the ever-charming Cagwait Beach
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Asterio Ugat, Jr.
Almer Casio 
Best Philippine Beaches
Choose Philippines

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Municipality of Cagwait

Saturday, April 20, 2013

MSU-IIT commends 1,539 graduates in its 43rd Commencement Exercises

The 43rd Commencement Exercises of MSU-IIT
The Iligan Institute of Technology of the Mindanao State University commends 1,539 graduates from the different schools and colleges of the institute during its 43rd Commencement Exercises on April 8, 2013. MSU-IIT: Going Beyond Borders was the class theme – urging the graduates to meet the demands and challenges of the present time.

The Baccalaureate Services

With over a thousand candidates for graduation, the processional march was one of the longest lines one could ever witness during graduation. That alone, consumed 45 minutes for everyone to endure. Well, one has to withstand it, after all, on that same day, the candidates for graduation will be conferred with their respective degrees :D
The Baccalaureate Ceremony
With the spiritual leaders having reached their seats on stage signaled the MSU-IIT Octava Choral Society to render the invocation. This was followed by the baccalaureate prayers initiated by Ustadz Aladin Saga Deron, President of Imam League, Rev. Jonathan M. Cal of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and Fr. Leo A. Illah, C.S.Sp, Chaplain of the Catholic Center Campus Ministry. Father Leo before saying a prayer encouraged everyone to be always grateful and thankful to God the Almighty.

Daxter, William L. Gulben, BS EE, Magna Cum Laude, the class first honorable mention led the prayer response of the candidates for graduation. After which was the presentation of tokens and love offerings to the spiritual leaders.

The Commencement Ceremonies

Another processional march joined by the institute officials, the MSU System officials, the Regents of the University System, the Chancellor, the Guest Speaker, The University President and the Colors came to play.
The Candidates for Graduation
Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, the Institute Chancellor introduced the commencement speaker to everyone’s excitement. Citing his credentials being a physicist, a writer, a professor, a blogger among others, the candidates for graduation couldn’t wait for him to deliver his speech.

And so, Dr. Isagani Cruz greeted everyone “Maayong Buntag!!!”

Starting with the interpretation of the number 13, he assured the graduates that it is a lucky number. “You must start working on your next dream. This is where you will need a lot more luck,” he said.

“Chance favors the prepared mind,” he added.

Moreover, he challenged everyone by saying, “according to economists and other experts, the “new growth pole” in the country is Mindanao. This is where the country will rise or fall. “You are lucky because you are in Mindanao. You are right here where the action is. You are lucky because you studied in a school that is rooted solidly in Mindanao. You are lucky because you graduated from a school that has never deviated from its tradition of academic excellence in many fields, particularly science and technology. You have been well-prepared for the task that you now face.”

He continued, “What is the task that you now face? It is to propel Mindanao to its position of leadership. It is to be the pilot in the ship that is the country. It is to be the leader of the almost a hundred million Filipinos ready to become, if we will believe the foreign press, the next Asian tiger.
The MSU System President and IIT Chancellor giving the plaque of appreciation to the commencement speaker
Everyone applauded, being grateful to the inspirational message of Dr. Cruz.

Dr. Edgar W. Ignacio, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs recognized the candidates for graduation who received academic leadership and co-curricular awards.

Dr. Tanggol then presented 1,539 candidates for graduation to the MSU System President Dr. Macapado Muslim who then conferred various degrees to the graduates.
The graduates, faculty members and the parents
Ms. Almera O. Manan, the class valedictorian and a Magna Cum Laude BS Biology graduate, delivered her valedictory address. She tearfully recalled how she went through the challenges of being a student. Spending sleepless nights, taking endless exams and passing loads of requirements have become a routine to her and her classmates. “This is now the fruit of our labor, the result of all the hardships we had,” she proudly said. “Thank you to all our mentors, who have helped us throughout our journey in IIT,” she added.

Then, the class song entitled READY TO GO BEYOND was led by Ms. Casteelyn H. Bacera, AB English and a music awardee.
Hon. Roberto N. Lim, President of the MSU Alumni Association and Alumni Regent led the oath-taking of the graduates; after which he jokingly said, “Now, you can cry.”

Ms. Marie Joy L. Requiroso, a BS Bio graduate and class salutatorian led the pledge of loyalty to the Alma Mater.

Then the singing of the Himno ng Pamantasan signaled the finale of the Commencement Exercises.