Application for International Youth Friendship Camp in Bali, Indonesia now open

The application for the third International Youth Friendship Camp is now open. The IYFCamp aims to gather youth from the ASEAN region to meet and make new friends, learn a new language, develop self-confidence, give them a feel of a new environment and culture, and learn new lessons through discussions. The camp will take place on October 3 to October 8, 2016, with the theme … Continue reading Application for International Youth Friendship Camp in Bali, Indonesia now open

PNVSCA and CHED launches Volunteerism Story Writing Contest

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and Commission on Higher Education(CHED) launched a volunteerism story writing contest with the theme of “Volunteerism for Sustainable Development.” The contest is open to undergraduate college students who have completed or are completing their National Service Training Program (NSTP). Its theme promotes volunteerism as a strategy in the development of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). … Continue reading PNVSCA and CHED launches Volunteerism Story Writing Contest

Why I Gave some of my Books Away

 

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Rule 16. Write What You Read. 

After reading “Robert’s Rules of Writing,” I decided not to follow most of the rules presented by the author since  I wanted to make my own way around them; my personal plan of action, perhaps.  Quite interestingly, the rule which caught my attention was something untypical yet paradoxical (Rule 16), and more often than not, we attempt to present our beliefs, or whatever it is we are vouching for, through contradictions and intellectual discussions. Sadly, it is through these methods that we have forgotten the need to actually do something about the predicaments that our vulnerable counterparts are facing.

Write what you read…what does it really mean?  I decided to take this into action instead of just formulating what could be a fallacious reaction.

Meet May (pseudonym).

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At some point of this term,  I was given the opportunity to be a student-teacher in my university’s alternative  learning  system. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into; however, the turnout of events proved me otherwise.

I was tasked to teach business ethics and proper etiquette. Right after the first discussion, we grouped the students and asked them to prepare a skit wherein they would portray the different manners that were taught to them.

Since we wanted to the activity to be more interactive, my colleagues and I decided to help them in their preparations.

As a strategy, I tried to make them think of modern and unconventional ways on how they can re-enact the lessons–puns and all that. Despite my efforts, their ideas still clashed.  When we had about 5 minutes left before the session ends, I heard May whispering her ideas for the skit, I then told her to say them louder for the rest of the group to hear, and surprisingly enough, her idea was chosen. For some unknown reason, I felt a curve motioning on my cheek.

I have to admit that the execution of the plan did not go as expected, but, at the very least,  the members of the group had the initiative to identify their mistakes and scan their notes  again. While everybody else  was busy contemplating on the activity, May was showing optimism to everyone, especially to her group mates; telling them that there would always be a next time, there would still be  other chances.

That definitely warmed my heart.

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Applications opened for YSEALI Winter 2016 Academic Fellows

The Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Manila opened applications for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Winter 2016 Academic Fellows. Listed fellowships are the following: YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Civic Engagement YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues Qualifications: Must be a YSEALI member. To register for FREE, visit yseali.state.gov Between the ages of … Continue reading Applications opened for YSEALI Winter 2016 Academic Fellows

Love, your Non-Voter, Know-it-All

It has been a dragging campaign season– heartbreaking headlines for breakfast, unethical actions for lunch, and fear for our motherland for dinner. As a teenager who is politically-aware and aspires for systematic change just like all of you, I beg to ask this question:  Are these impediments the prologue to a last, good supper, or  are they just course starters for actual progress? While it … Continue reading Love, your Non-Voter, Know-it-All

Talakayan 2016 – The Bulacan Gubernatorial and Vice Gubernatorial Forum

“KILALANIN ANG MGA KANDIDATO AT ALAMIN ANG KANILANG PLATAPORMA”- TALAKAYAN 2016 THE GUBERNATORIAL AND VICE- GUBERNATORIAL FORUM   Talakayan 2016 the Bulacan Gubernatorial and Vice- Gubernatorial Forum was a  success, held at the Valencia Hall – Bulacan State University last April 9. The election forum was spearheaded by Malolos Ministerial Council (MMC). This event was hosted by Pastor Erick Fernandez and Ms. Jacqueline Gan and … Continue reading Talakayan 2016 – The Bulacan Gubernatorial and Vice Gubernatorial Forum

Teach Peace Build Peace Movement Celebrated Good Deeds Day

The Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM), in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, celebrated Good Deeds Day on April 10. Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of an organization named Giving Way, which put into practice the idea of “every person can do a good deed and create a positive impact,” as stated on the Good Deeds Day’s website. According to … Continue reading Teach Peace Build Peace Movement Celebrated Good Deeds Day

Radio Kabataan Continued Motivating the Youth on its 2nd Airing

By Ana Victoria Cordero and Sharon Fabian Radio Kabataan continued to motivate the Filipino youth by sharing inspiring stories and opportunities. Lovers topped board examination The main inspiring story aired today is about the lovers in Cebu, who both topped the mechanical engineering licensure examination. Micah Arceño topped the examination in September 2015, while his girlfriend, Marina Luchavez, became the top notcher on March 2016. … Continue reading Radio Kabataan Continued Motivating the Youth on its 2nd Airing

Voice of the Youth Network Launches New Program: Radio Kabataan

The largest youth media network, Voice of the Youth (VOTY), launched its new radio program entitled Radio Kabataan. Radio Kabataan started airing on April 2, 2016, through the radio station DZXL 558 AM– RMN, and will continue to air every Saturday, 9 to 10 AM. The new program, headed by hosts Den Epic and Elaine Apit, aims to promote the VOTY advocacy to inform, inspire, … Continue reading Voice of the Youth Network Launches New Program: Radio Kabataan

The Student of Life: Michelle Clemente

We go up on well-decorated stages with medals on our necks and certificates in our hands, we walk around with the ability to rationalize, and we continuously stand alone in this world without any fears, without any doubts, and without any separation from rose-colored glasses. The aforementioned statements may seem good and natural for a society that continuously thrives and moves about, but if we … Continue reading The Student of Life: Michelle Clemente

Voice of the Youth – Newsteam

Voice of the Youth Network started to create and cover news and events in the country. Created by the youth, and for the youth! VOTY News. PAPAL VISIT PH – COVERAGE (January 15-19, 2015) The historical and memorable event that moved the Filipino when Pope Francis visited the Philippines, became VOTY’s first move to train its members in the field of news and broadcasting.   … Continue reading Voice of the Youth – Newsteam

The Christmas Bucket List

It’s that time of the year again,the time where bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and some are just at their humble abodes figuring out what to do for the holidays. Our childhood has been based so much on the arrival of Santa Claus that as we got older, we have forgotten the real spirit of Christmas. So I decided to make a bucket list … Continue reading The Christmas Bucket List