How to celebrate Labor Day!

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Hi there friends,

Today is labor day.

Sometimes we are exhausted of all the rallies that are  constantly happening during labor day commemoration. But, we respect them for whatever cause they want to express.

Can we not have a labor day of positive thought and events without rallies and pickets in the streets.

Here are the ways to celebrate it.

Treat yourself. If you have been working hard in your life or in the past days give yourself a reward for being a hardworking person. Nonetheless, it is our bodies that enables us to do such surmountable and great jobs. you can have a massage, watch a movie, go to a party, drink a beer with friend or go to a beach and indulge yourself.

Say Thank you. Sometimes we feel insecure in our work place because we less receive complements or positive feedback. Is it not much helpful if we give thanks to ourselves? Is it not self uplifting? there are time that we ourselves have to thank personally ourselves. And, say thank you to your house helper, to your house boy, to the gardener, to the deliveryman, to the newspaper boy, to your cook and everyone who made your life moving and living. A little words of kindness and thankfulness could make the whole world a better place.

Give gifts to people who influence and help you become better in your profession and as a person. Tangible things can be moving to people who unexpectedly received it. It also recognizes their person as a big influence in you life.

Pray for those who suffers injustice, maltreatment and discrimination in their jobs. There are instances that millions of workers suffers everyday yet continue on working for them to live. with our prayers, we express our solidarity with them.

Hope you learn something. Please leave comments or additional suggestions to improve our listing.

“As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labor force.”

Elizabeth Esty


Our Hearts are Deeply Disturb

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It was around 9:30 am in the morning while doing my office work,  my phone rang. I saw someone was calling me.  When I answered the phone, it was Amy, a staff in one of the Diocese I am overseeing on the program that aims to empower the farming communities.

What shocked me was her news about Kuya Willing.  He was killed by unidentified persons who pretended to be chicken feeds buyer. They stab kuya Wiling and still out of discontent shot him from the back.  He’s dead.  And,  its simply sad. Justice has not been served for him and could simply fall to be one of the numbers of killing for human rights advocates.

This happened last two months ago.

As I was scanning photos in my cellphone,   a photo of Kuya Wilings carcass laying on a steel table, his wounds were shown, appeared.

It is only now that his loss made me realize that his gone. That he will not be accompanying me on my visits around the communities we are helping.  That I will not see his welcoming face.

His death made me realize that to express real love to people we are serving around us,  it can be much of an expense at our end. An expense which could mean death of our life. Just as the Good Samaritan did in the Gospel.  He spent more and almost give everything comfortable for this robbed and wounded man.

It challenges us to connect to our fellow human being.  Interconnecting is really about self-forgetfulness.

It is a scary fact but for person who found their passion and who are ready to lay down their own lives for that cause and reach the level of self forgetfulness.  It is simply a given fact.  It is life or death. And,  there is no bargaining on this path.

It is only now that all this event make sense. To empower or compel farming communities to fight for their rights and speak out of it,  one has to lead an example or to its worst offer his own life as a sacrificing lamb.

We empower through education, building capacities,  activiites that will enrich the communities towards development.  But someones death can also empower people to stand together as one community and tell authorities we are concerned and our hearts are deeply disturb.

Philippines Passport Application 2017 Experience

Slide1Applying a Philippines passport is now easy for a Filipino citizen when all of the documents required are available.

Internet has enormous of information to offer. Yet, be critical on its content, legitimacy and truthfulness.

You can also contact directly the Department of Foreign Affairs if you have inquiries.

At the moment, I am done with my application and simply wait for the delivery of my passport.

Here are the tips of how did I process my passport.

Secure an appointment.

a) You have to set an appointment with the DFA online. You can choose if it is an individual or group appointment.

b) Fill all the necessary details of information it asks. Please be reminded that all information you supply to the form corresponds to the details seen in your other supporting documents.

c) Pick a convenient date. Hurry, ’cause slots are easily taken and reserved. Sometimes, it is just a fraction of a second that your slot is taken. It is like a first come, first serve rule. By the way, most schedules for the  month are taken. So, plan ahead of time.

d) Confirm your reservation. The first confirmation will be sent to your email. Then, you have to confirm it immediately. The second confirmation will be again sent to your email. This time it already have the link to the printable application form that you have filled in.

e) Do not wait for the list of requirements. It is already included at the last printable page of your appointment.

f) Get your requirements ready. Identification Card; Birth Certificate (PSA authenticated). Valid id’s like BIR, SSS, Drivers license, GSIS e-card,postal id, Unified Multi-purpose ID, voter’s id, Senior Citizens Id. For other supporting documents; transcript of records, NBI clearance, Police clearance, Barangay Clearance, voter’s certification, PSA marriage contract etc.

Slide2Processing day:

For me, I did my passport application in the City of Cagayan de Oro at the 3rd Floor of Ayala Centrio Mall. By the way, the mall opens at 10 am and no one is allowed to enter before the opening time. If your appointment is at 8 am in the morning do not worry, you are already reserved with your appointment. Personally, that time is more convenient because you will be the first to be served at if you are present there.

Double Check Your Documents. At least bring 2 valid ID’s. On my part I was ask four other supporting documents.

Photocopy all the requirements. On me, I did have two copies each documents. But, no need to worry because often times they have a xerox machine within the office. Of course, you have to pay. DFA Cagayan de Oro has xerox machine, so, no need to go out.

Be at the office at least 30 minutes before your appointment. Never consider yourself a VIP. There are also other applicants for passport processing scheduled same with your slot. So, better be advance on time if you want to finish early.

Present your appointment to the guards. No appointment, no entry. If you have your appointment, the guards will look at the time and will allow you to enter 30 minutes before the processing schedule. A reminder, the guards will get the appointment and you’ll just  have to wait on the processing section until your name will be called.

Inside the DFA. There are five sections inside. PROCESSING, in these section you will present all the documents you have with you. I mentioned that I was ask four other documents that includes my baptismal certificate or voter’s certification if you have. The staff at the  DFA are serious that they only smile very rarely on the side not. But, fast  in their work. CASHIER, she/he will call your name and you have to pay. If you want to receive your passport within 20 working day, pay Php. 1200.00. So, did I. If you want it in 30 working days, pay Php. 980.00. ENCODING, it is here that your bio-metrics will be taken. Just be patient because in this section you will wait much longer.  Check thoroughly all the data that will appear in your passport before signing for approval.  By the way, if you are a new applicant or have no other business, then, your done on the process of your passport. RELEASING, this section is for persons who are claiming their passports that had been processed already. AUTHENTICATION, I have no idea what’s in there.

After the encoding, I went to a counter where I pay for Php. 150.00 to deliver my passport thru LBC courier. And head back home to Surigao where I have to travel for 11 hours.

As I said, its time to wait.

Sunday’s Best: Walk the Talk


Hello there, amazing readers!

It’s a beautiful Sunday.

I woke up at around 5:30 am to prepare myself to attend the Eucharist. Then, I happen to ask my father who was also preparing to go to the mass, I said, “Are you not going to use the car in going to the parish church?”

He replied, “Let‘s just walk once in a while. Walking is our way of exercise.”

With my father’s word, I was taken aback.

Yesterday, I have been busy reading blogs about ways on how to contribute healing and health towards Mother Earth. I even wrote in my blog an article entitled “Earth Day: Filipino Environmentalist” showcasing influential personas in the field of environmental activism. But, here I am, doing the same contribution of destroying the Earth. I guess I learned the point of my father, that is, why use car when you can walk it.

Simply, walk the talk.

April Goals 2017

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I know its kinda’ too late setting up goals for this month of April which basically have few days left to spend. But, anyways, just let me start my monthly goals which I think could still be achievable in the next days.

April Goals 2017:

  1. Exercise daily for 30 minutes. Just recently I downloaded some YouTube videos that teaches workouts that is healthy for my body.
  2. No meat and less rice in every meals. I am not fat. But, once I had my check-up for blood donation the doctor whispered to me saying that i have to be careful of my weight cause I am still young. Hope I can do this…food temptation is irresistible.
  3. Read a book for the week. I have not read a book for several years. As a warm-up, one book a week at a time to refreshes my brain.
  4. Meditate daily. Meditating helps the person loosen up. And, removes stress. I hope I can do this.

Do you have you April goals?