Lydia, a widow in her late 30’s and with five (5) children, lives in one of the poorest rural places in the Philippines. Just like majority of the women in the said place, Lydia is a homemaker who is used to spending most of her time attending to their young children’s needs even during the time when her husband was still strong to till the soil of their landlord. Despite the hardships, Lydia and her husband were happy and contented with what they have, with the only one full meal a day, and even without the basic needs for their … more »
I have seen the sad reality of disparity between the rich and the poor and this gap continues to widen through the years and is almost happening in all parts of the globe, particularly in underdeveloped and developing countries where people are predominantly poor. As of 2014, about 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening. This bleak scenario becomes even worse when victims, particularly the children, of the disaster of poverty can no longer open their eyes and would have no other choice but to wait for their time to die of hunger, to … more »
I don’t mind saying the same salient features about my mother over and over again. I thank God for making mothers like mine! For me, she was the greatest! Even if she’s no longer visibly around, she remains a guide, protector and a friend. There were times that she appeared to me in my dreams together with my Dad, who left years ahead of her, making me feel that they are still looking after their children, appreciating of our accomplishments and comforting us in our trials and tribulations. When it comes to my parents, I tend to be emotionally fragile, … more »
After attending the Good Friday mass at our parish, a man was standing at the back of the door and he seemed to be patiently waiting for the mass to end. He had this small box filled with DVDs about the movie “Passion of the Christ” for distribution to first few parishioners who would be coming out from the church. I happened to be one of them! I asked Him why he made copies of the movie, if he is into this business or what. He simply answered, “No, that is my way of sharing to others during the Holy … more »
It was few days before Holy Week when “Ariam” (not her real name) felt betrayed and humiliated by certain people whom she had crossed paths with in her previous workplace. At first , these people appeared to be gracious and gentle because they needed her for their triumphant entry. Unknowingly and probably due to her naivety of the word “power play” in the business world, she had no inkling that prior to joining the company they had already some hidden personal agenda in mind, i.e., on how to strip most of her crucial duties taking into account their vested interests. … more »
For us Christians, Lent is the time of being quiet and reflective, stepping away from the “world’” to focus on the commemoration of the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is during this season that we are encouraged to undertake small or big gesture of sacrifice (prayer, self-denial, service, etc.) which will hopefully lead us closer to God. It is also the season of the year where we prepare for Easter time….more joyful, more generous and encouraging! Regardless of how we formulate our Lenten discipline (or even if you don’t), I hope that it will help us turn towards … more »
As early this year, several advocacy groups from both governmental and non-governmental organizations initiated and encouraged people worldwide to take part in the global action to prevent environmental degradation and its adverse impact on our planet Earth. These groups hold yearly celebrations both at the local and international level to inspire worldwide awareness and appreciation of environmental issues. There are two important related events being celebrated this year: one is the Earth Day 2015 which is celebrated next month and another is the World Environment Day , being spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), scheduled on the 5th of June. The latter event serves as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment such as tree planting, school essays and competitions, street rallies/clean ups, recycling drives, bicycle parades and the like. This year’s theme is “Greening the Blue”.
Yesterday (28th March), the so-called Earth Hour under the auspices of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) complemented and kicked-off the said two forthcoming events. Several groups succeeded its mission calling all individuals, families and business communties throughout the world to stand up and get involve by turning off their lights for an hour with the end goal of having a sustainable future specifically to fight against climate change. Everyone noc-turn(ed)-al the lights off in response to the said global call from people in Antarctica and would you believe even to the International Space Station!
In the Philipines, the WWF-Philippines organizers invited participants to a glow-in-the-dark face paintings by Island Souvenirs, followed by a Zumba dance session, which was considered by some to be the biggest Zumba event in the world!
Earth Day was first launched in the 70’s in the U.S. (while Earth Hour in 2007) basically calling all the people worldwide to be mindful of the protection and conservation of our planet Earth and its environment.
As inhabitants of this world, it is our utmost responsibility to contribute in the humblest way we can to make our planet Earth clean and healthy! Why are we still being reminded about caring the place where we live and its environment? Obviously, we have one Earth which is our home – this is where we live, eat, breathe, raise and enjoy the company with our loved ones. IT MAKES SENSE, right? If children in the lower/primary and middle schools are being taught on these issues, how much more for grown ups! If we care and love this place, its next generations, your children’s children, we should have the heart to be actively involved even in the little things.
You may say, oh well, there are high profile organizations like the UN and its affiliates actively handling these matters. But the UN and other groups can only do so much at their level. The initiative should come from us, ordinary citizens, who comprise by the way, the bulk of the pie. We have a vital role to play, we are the major stakeholders, and as such our contributions are deemed important.
I’m far from being an avid green activist, but as being part of this world, I shall be giving you some useful tips in my next blog on how to save our planet and its environs.
Note that based on on UNEP’s yearbook, there are cumulative effects of the degradation of the ecosystems, the overexploitation of natural resources, cost of climate change, and the economic and human loss because of conflicts and disasters. Another effect as espoused in another report is the endangerment of the lives of certain plants and animals mainly due to forest reduction, pollution and hunting activities. As technology improves, the more the problem on pollution would be hard to resolve. Those of us living in the metropolis can attest that pollution has become a problematic area to handle with. Some of us may be aware that there are some industrial companies which may be guilty in releasing dangerous levels of chemicals, oil, garbage, and sewage into the atmosphere, not to mention littering and landfills. All these keep polluting the land, oceans, rivers and seas and if not eradicated and prevented, we might all end up extinct!
The above-featured photo only showed that the Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben did turn its lights off! Did you?
U.S. Census Bureau showed that Filipinos in the United States are currently the second largest Asian community (about 3.4 million immigrants plus 1 million undocumented), majority of them are in the West Coast (e.g. California, etc.). However, there is also a growing Filipino community in the East Coast particularly New York and New Jersey but it is the Chinese and Indians who occupy the top immigrant post. As mentioned in my previous blogs, some Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) are making waves in the U.S. considering their nature of work and valuable contributions to the entire community, Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. As previously … more »
Pope Francis recently made a call and recognized water as the “most essential element for life”. He said “humanity’s future depends on our ability to care for it and share it” and encouraged governments to ensure that water supplies are protected and accessible to all. Definitely, the above-captioned subject with a big question mark does not emanate from some of us who have access to and can afford to pay for an adequate supply of potable drinking water. Rather, the said plea comes from those who are facing water scarcity or even the lack of it in their homes, in … more »
In line with the celebration of the Women’s Month/International Women’s Day, which is usually held in March, this blog shall specifically delve on Japan’s innovative set of policies called “Womenomics” which was formulated primarily to complement “Abenomics” and to revitalize Japan’s long-moribund economy. Under the said revitalization program, Japan’s Government is set to implement pro-women economic measures which empower Japanese women to play a vital role in the workplace. Despite its prosperity and being one of the G7 industrialized nations, Japan is still faced with mounting challenges. While the global economy inched up in terms of economic growth, Japan’s economy … more »