Monday, September 29, 2008

Give... And Make A Difference

.....I'm very amazed by Oprah's Big Give because they are actually teaching the contestants to give the help to everyone especially to complete strangers. Giving is a a hard thing to do but it is the best fulfilment one could ever give. I'm not talking to the money aspect although it is one of the elements of the show. I'm talking more about the heart, giving needy people by sharing your innermost help. It cannot be achieved when you don't like the things that you do. Giving starts from our heart heart.
.....Their contestants, at first may say that giving is about money but eventually, they tend to realize that giving is about anything that you may do for others' lives that could eventually make a difference. The show doesn't fail to make my eyes burst in tears as I watch the episode. I'm glad to know that there is a show like this that emphasize influence. Influencing is very important as a leader especially when we're talking about spreading good deeds and principles that the world may follow. Contestants, expect the winner, may not have earn cash prize from the said show but then,for me, they will emerge victorious for they experienced and learned the art of giving and making a difference to other people. They will become role-models and assets of the society. For Oprah, she has the passion of making a difference and she's one of this generation's leaders for she exemplify positive deeds that everyone may follow.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Freedom Writers: Change Is Within

.....This morning, I'm very thankful that I have the opportunity to watch Freedom Writers on HBO. It is one of the movies I'm longing to watch because of it's inspiring captivating movie previews on the same channel.

.....This movie is starred by Hilary Swank as Erin Gruwell, a teacher who exerts too much effort in improving the lives of her students. The movie made me have teary eyes as the film continues to play because of one certain thing, change. Change, positive change, really exist in each and everyone of us even though different obstacles pass our lives that becomes part of our hindrances for achieving our goals as a better person. Erin's effort was started by questions from her students such as "What difference can you make to my life?". As a beginner, she really exerts too much effort in winning her students' hearts and at the end of the story, she earned their respect and even change them into a better and worthy persons. Erin did exactly do the right thing even though it came to the point where she needs to choose between her husband and her job. Yes, she chose her job because of her dedicated passion. I can tell that she is a wonderful, inspiring and a leader. She's a leader in her own way because she sacrifice her husband in favor of her students. You see, making a difference can be felt when we actually doing something extraordinary to other people even though we're not related to them. Her sacrifices are proofs that she made a good decision for her life became better. She is actually a transformer for she transforms individuals from a potential threat into great persons. She can be considered a nation-builder because of her captivating story and role for the society.
.....You too can watch and be inspired by the story of Freedom Writers by logging in to their website. Just click here. Make sure to focus on the story for it will teach you on how to initiate change. Also, try paying attention to the scene of the students listening to the author of The Diary of Anne Frank because the author has a dramatic role in telling the students about the real heroes of our society.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Initiating Peace

.....I received a text message from the United Nations (U.N.) yesterday. The message goes like this:
.....Today is International Day of Peace. The United Nations calls for one minute of silence and encourages Filipinos to unite for peaceful Philippines and a conflict-free world.
.....This message was sent to me directly from the U.N. database and I'm glad that they made me aware regarding U.N. Anyways, here's my point of view regarding peace:
.....Peace is highly needed in our country because the conflict in Mindanao shows that this country is negatively elevating when it comes to peace. We often see war scenario in local news and it is an alarming situation for us and we, as citizens of this nation, should do something that would make our fellow citizens be aware of the issue that our country is facing. Peace was given to us freely by God and we must cultivate it. Peace should be a never ending element that can be found at the middle of a particular conflict. Without peace, our country will be drowning from chaos and when there's chaos, destruction is inevitable. So let us all work hand in hand in addressing this message to everyone. This is just a blog post until someone pays attention to this post and tries to do something for a change.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Online Friendship

.....Meeting other people online is not that possible nowadays because of sprouting social networking sites. Some offers online friendship while others are offering love searching. Whatever the intention is, make sure that you're making the right move in signing into the site's services. Making friends online is not that bad after all due to the ever growing world of information technology. The effects of this online services will only differ to the people using it. What do I mean by that? I'm only talking about the way people will apply their influence to the service and, of course, the other way around. The bottom line here is that will you allow yourself to use the service for the good's sake or the bad? Or, will you allow the service to influence you badly or in a positive way? At the end of the day, only you can tell of what the result is.
.....I've discovered a site that meets this service and you may visit it by clicking HERE . You may become a member if you want to. Just don't forget that you are the navigator of your own free-will. Be wise in making use of this service.
Go on... be friendly... meet other people around the world.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

RMA 2008

.....On my last post, I talked about one of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awardee. This time, let me have the opportunity to discuss the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awards.
.....This year's Ramon Magsaysay Award is very significant for it is their 50Th Anniversary. In accordance to the late President Ramon Magsaysay's birthday, the awarding ceremony was done on August 31, 2008 and was held in Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Cultural Center of the Philippines. The event was graced by distinguished people all over Asia./ Some of the guests were lauriats of RMA and were dubbed as Pathfinders in a Changing Asia.
.....This year's Awardees were Grace Padace for Government Service, Therdchai Jivacate for Public Service, Center for Arcgriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions for Public Service, Prakash Amte and Mandakini Amte for Community Leadership, Akio Ishii for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, Ahmad Syafii Maarif for Peace and International Understanding and Ananda Galappatti for Emergent Leadership.
.....It is good to see these people formed in one event to honor their greatness and to let other people be inspired by their advocasies. This is a great opportunity for me to witness this kind of event and I'm looking forward to wait and see new faces of change next year. I'm glad that I was given a chance to be exposed in events like this. By the way, This was my second time to attend RMA's Awarding Ceremony.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Brick By Brick

.....I have attended the lecture of Gov. Grace Padaca entitled " Delivering Good Governance, Brick by Brick" last August 28, 2008. Gov. Grace Padaca is one of the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees. She was recognized by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation for her remarkable effort in serving the government. By looking at her, one may feel pity because she was crippled early caused by polio. To tell you frankly, one should not feel that way because she acts way beyond her personal limitations. She graduated in school with excellent scholastic records and eventually became a CPA.
.....What I admire her the most is her determination to change the political structure of Isabela. Her becoming a Governor of Isabela is not that easy given the fact the her opponent is a member of a political dynasty that ruled Isabela for a very very long years. Yes, she won over her opponent but the trials doesn't stop there. Becoming a Governor given the disabilities and the obstacle set by her opponents is not that easy. What's good about her is that she has this influence that made her subordinates follow and the conscience that made her better comparing to other politicians. She is, indeed, crippled but her presence can be felt running in a super sonic speed. A speed that can strike every detractors that wants to block her way. She is Grace... Grace Padaca... The governor of positive change.

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