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Friday, October 28, 2011

RAFI's YMA scholars: putting time and talent to good use

I am amazed at what I saw.


Teens and young adults promoting causes of local groups that help alleviate poverty through projects and use of social media. These are scholars of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated's Young Minds Academy or YMA, a youth citizenship and leadership development program that aims to mold young leaders that are ready to serve the community.

The scholars presented community-based projects last October 28 at the Casino Espanol, Cebu City after an eight-month program. One of the evaluators was my Cebu Bloggers' Society colleague, social media marketing expert Ruben Licera.  The presentation was followed by an awards and graduation ceremony graced by RAFI's executives.

For the YMA program, the scholars spent their weekends and even holidays training some months ago. They were exposed to experiential and situation-based learning strategies and to the real issues and concerns of the community. After which, they would come up with team projects addressing problems related to poverty and social welfare. Others on the other hand, would promote projects using a social marketing strategy that gathered support in cash or kind or commitment signatures.

These young individuals are so blessed. I can still recall that when I was their age, I was perhaps playing basketball in the munisipyo, playing volleyball in tournaments or enjoying Family Computer games. In these generation, perhaps a lot of the teens may be playing DOTA or other online games or stroll at the mall or party all night.

Bu thanks to RAFI and sponsors City Savings Bank and Unionbank of the Philippines, this season of YMA bore fruit and many future leaders are now made more ready to be agents of change for the good of the community.


In his inspirational speech during the YMA presentation and graduation, RAFI President Roberto E. Aboitiz challenged the scholars to be "driven to excel, driven to lead and driven to serve." To drive a point, he brought a "bugsay" with him on the podium and urged the YMA graduates to row and "have a destination, a purpose to our lives" and also to have a positive attitude and row his bugsay "with great effort and consistency." He added nothing comes without effort echoing Mikel Aboitiz earlier challenge to the youth leaders to not take the easy route.


Roberto Aboitiz's parting shot to the YMA participants for the event was memorable. "Let us row together...the Philippines awaits you."


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cebu Event Alert: Cosplay HD

Aspiring to be a Cosplayer? Want to know how to become one or how it feels like? Then here is your chance right here in Cebu.

Cebu Educational Development for Informational Technology (CEDf-IT) in partnership with Cebu Holdings Inc. and Ayala Center Cebu in cooperation with iLuvCebu.com brings you CEDF-IT Cosplay HD (Harajaku District) on October 29, 2011 from 5 PM -12 MN at the Linear Park (Between Cebu Holdings Center and City Sports Club of Cebu), Cebu Business Park.

Join friends from the IT/BPO Industry, their families, friends, cosplay hobbyists, enthusiasts and the general public in the spirit of fun and camarederie and bring out the Anime in you.

The venue will be transformed into a Harajaku District for this day. This area in Japan is known for its unique street fashion inspiring many Costume Playing (Cosplaying) hobbyists/enthusiasts and fashion designers.

The event will be highlighted by a Cosplaying Competition, raffles, live bands and souvenir shops that will enhance the Japanese District atmosphere or feel. Get a chance to meet ABS-CBN Star Magic's Enrique Gil in person.

A day prior, on October 28, there will be a Cosplay Workshop at the Cebu City Sports Club conducted by the TUXEDO Team from Manila headed by Jin Joson herself.

A Cosplay Photo Exhibit by Cebu Digital Photographers has already started featuring famed Cebuano Cosplayers.and this will be until October 30, 2011.

Secure your tickets from the Concierge in Ayala Center Cebu for only PHP 200 with PHP 100 cash coupon consumable during the event.


Monday, October 10, 2011

How to Enjoy Philippines Better

Many Filipinos especially including Cebu doctors and their families enjoy trying out new food, exploring the islands or dine out and chill. Places frequented include Boracay, among many others. During conventions and business meetings, some often make trips to Manila. In between, one may want to shop, dine and experience on occasion the night life in the area. Here is one tip for them to enjoy their stay in Cebu or savoring their out-of-town trip even more.


Enjoy Philippines! Yes enjoy the best of the Philippines with an Enjoy Philippines card and vouchers!

Order a personalized Enjoy VIP card for P1,995 and you get an Enjoy member guidebook with vouchers equivalent to over P250,000 in benefits and offers plus enjoy with your personalized card 10-50% off at hundreds of the best hotel, shopping, clubs, lifestyle and restaurant establishments in the country. Amazing Buy 1 get 1 benefits can be availed as well as exclusive access to the hottest parties. Payment Method can be through Paypal, Credit Card, Direct Deposit to Bank Card or Cash on Delivery (plus P300 delivery fee/order.)

To view the participating establishments or venues, visit their website http://enjoythebest.ph/.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Moonwalking for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 12

Did you know that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Cebuano women? This is according to the Cebu population-based Cancer Registry of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).

Meanwhile from 1993 to 2007, Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center of RAFI recorded a total of 3,005 reported breast cancer cases in Metro Cebu with a continuous increase of breast cancer incidence over the past 10 years caused by lifestyle and health-related factors.

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center of RAFI will hold the 8th Annual "Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness" on October 12, Wednesday.

Open to the public, assembly time will be at 4 PM at the Cebu Business Park near the Pag-ibig Fund Tower. Participants will walk to The Walk in Asiatown  I.T. Park where they will form a human pink ribbon. For this, interested would-be participants are asked to wear pink shirts. A short program and Pink Rock Concert will follow.

RAFI is inviting everyone from all walks of life to take part in this activity that aims to get more people involved on the importance of early cancer detection and prevention, including the importance of observing monthly breast self-examination for women aged 20 and beyond. It also is a tribute to the victims and survivors of breast cancer.

Moonwalk is named as such because it is held every full moon of October. It is organized in collaboration with The Walk and in coordination with Ayala Center Cebu and I CAN SERVE. It is supported by the Cebu City Government, Department of Health Region 7, Asiatown I.T. Park, Cebu Business Park, Allied Banking Corporation, Phillipine National Bank, Cebu Praedia Development Corporation, Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, and Destiny Medical Fund, Inc.


UPDATE: Due to Typhoon Ramon, this has been postponed by RAFI and rescheduled to October 18, 5:30 PM.


CebuMD supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Moonwalk for Breast Cancer Awareness.
 

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