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Kaya Natin Movement offers a seminar for Filipino patriots

January 14, 2009

The Kaya Natin! (KN) Movement which is committed to good governance and ethical leadership began in June 2008 with the help of the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government (ASOG). Among its leaders are Ramon Magsaysay Awardees— Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca, Pampanga Gov. Eddie Panlilio, Ifugao Gov. Teddy Baguilat, Jr. and Nueva Ecija Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro. KN and ASOG invite patriotic Filipinos to a seminar dubbed as:

Kaya Ng Pinoy!: The 1st Kaya Natin! Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Training Seminar

This day-long leadership and social entrepreneurship training seminar is open to every Filipino who would like to volunteer towards helping the “yes we can” movement in pushing for its goals. It will be conducted by KN core group members namely, Harvey S. Keh, who is currently the ASOG Director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship, Atty. Arnel Casanova, ASOG faculty for Social Entrepreneurship and Mr. Monchito Mossesgeld, one of the main organizers of the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC).

Slated on February 7, 2008 (Saturday) from 9am to 4pm at the Ground Floor, CSP Building, Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, the seminar will have a maximum of 40 participants. Covering lunch and materials, registration fee is P50.00 for students and P100.00 for professionals.

Attendance can be arranged through email or phone with Cristyl Senajon at ateneoylse@gmail. com or at (02) 426-5657. Information about KN is available at http://www.kayanati

At the end of the seminar, participants are expected to help set-up KN chapters within their families, friends, schools, work areas and communities. (01/14/09, Keh, H) (Photo Credits: Annalee x 2)=0=

Bawat Pilipino Sama-Sama Para sa Pagbabago!


Marfo Manibay’s photo share & some Christmas thoughts through the years…

December 22, 2008

“Let’s stop this nonsense of calling Christmas as a plain holiday. Don’t they look around? It’s the dazzling season of Jesus, the greatest guy who ever lived.”—AFM

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display-so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow. It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.”– Anonymous

“Christmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance–a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”— Augusta E. Rundell

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” —Margaret Thatcher

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
—Charles Dickens (1812-1870)from ‘A Christmas Carol’.



One of the most enduring advisers of Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association of the Tristate Area (OLPDA) is Marfo Manibay of Buhi, Camarines Sur and New Jersey. Shown with OLPDA officer Genevieve del Rosario in the photo, Marfo and supportive wife Fe, a UPian, take behind-the-scene responsibilities of honoring Ina which makes UP Ibalon truly grateful and proud.

At the recently concluded Bicolano Christmas party on December 20, 2008 in Jersey City, Marfo took over the music. It’s no wonder why OLPDA’s Christmas and other celebrations seem easy—happy and meaningful—occasions truly worth remembering.=0=

RELATED BLOG: “OLPDA brings joy to Bicolanos & friends in a New Jersey X’mas party” posted by mesiamd at 12/22/2008

Dreaming of unity for all UP Bicolanos

November 10, 2008

It is with elation that I learned about the successful conduct of Academic Festival 2008 (Acad Fest,) pulled through by UP Harong, an organization of state university students from Camarines Sur which mirrors UP Ibalon, the region-wide group of UPians which dreams of unity and friendship among Bicolanos. The founding of the latter association antedates the beginnings of the former.

The University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) of Iriga City played out prominently in this year’s 13th Acad Fest for high school students held in Naga City Youth Center on October 23-25, 2008. UP Ibalon Alumni Bicol is just as happy to congratulate the glowing achievement of the school, its victorious brainy students, and the solicitous UP patrons who sponsored the event.


I’m sure many Ibalonians are proud to share UP Harong’s and President Mark Christopher Batac’s wish to hone the youth which they rightfully say is the future of the nation. Speaking of the Acad Fest, he said:

“We aim that this event will serve not only as a venue for healthy competition between schools but also as an effective mechanism to instill the values of excellence, social relevance and appreciation for culture.” Bicol Mail (11/06/08, Neola, J)

The desire of UP Harong to “contribute to the development of Camarines Sur” is also the same germ of good work that Ibalonians have been doing for Bicol since its early years in 1970’s. From the ashes of the fractious Paglaom, Ibalonians can recall and understand.

For us Ibalonians who are mellowed and far removed from the incipient vision we set for ourselves when we were immature students, Acad Fest’s success reminds us of our common purpose. It tells us of the need to come together and unite. Like our nation’s divisiveness which is unrelenting, such need seems tied with insurmountable obstacles. It seems hard, but unity isn’t impossible to achieve.


I’m perturbed to see so many organizations, fraternities, and sororities from UP. It kept me thinking why almost everywhere, I observed many Filipino associations spread and divided for a few trivial reasons. My thoughts hovered to ask what really skewed our collective soul to follow such a path. Disunity didn’t match our sterling reputation for being smart. It disparages our capacity for reason, conciliation, and harmony.

Not only seen among Bicolanos from UP, I witnessed disunity repeated all over by others, sometimes with awkward passion and misplaced pride. In one state of USA for instance, Filipinos could count more than 300 separate organizations, diluting their presence, representation, and strength.

They stage different Philippine Independence day celebrations, sue each other in court over inane disagreements, put up parallel Christmas parties, and sponsor a menagerie of competing activities for the same purpose.


If there is a greater expense to pay for these parochial groupings, it’s the Filipino unity which suffers. Truly, the redundancies of being in sequestered intimate cozy herds which are superficially unique exist with a costly price. Against our tribal inclinations, oneness is something we badly need and must work for.

Maybe, our predisposition to fragment serves as a barometer of some residual devious tayo-tayo instincts. And perhaps, there is that deep-seated insecurity, a failure to mature and grow, deluding us to believe that our differences are insurmountable and are greater than our capacity to heal and make whole.

What then can we do Ibalon? What can we achieve with UP? I guess a good start is to welcome all Bicolano UPians to our fold, be friends with them, and think how best we can serve the country together. (Photo Credits: __; UP; UP Harong.netfirm; oligarki; AaronMontoya) =0=

NOTE: UP Ibalon sponsors a contest dubbed as Padunungan in Legazpi City while UP Harong has Academic Festival in Naga City. Never to be confused from each other, this “redundancy” seems trivial, but it has a lot to say about us and the way we think. The mix-up in Bicol Mail’s November 6, 2008 coverage of the Acad Fest/Padunungan is probably a result of this “redundancy.” AFM =0=