[Day 12-31] Hindi Napagtagumpayan

Binalak ko talagang tapusin ang pagsubok na pagsagot sa mga katanungan para sa natatanging pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika ngunit kinalulungkot kong hindi ko na ito magagampanan pa. Ang mga nalabing tanong ay sadyang gusto ko ding masagot pero dahil napakaraming kailangang gawin sa opisina at tila ako’y nainip na din naman ako sapagkat naputol na ang akin momentum, hindi ko na matutugunan ang akin tungkulin.

Gayumpaman, napakayaman ng ating wika. Ang paggamit nito ay sadyang isang karangalan at nawa’y mahalin pa natin ito bilang isang Pilipino. :)

Because she inspired me and it’s her birthday…

One of the few people that I copy-the-art-of-writing-plus-blog-stalk is this lady.

I planned on introducing her using her own introductions (wow, where are my sensibility gone?) but she doesn’t have one on her blog unlike Coco who has her quite long self-intros. Hope was the last thing I have and will never loose, so as I searched her archives I found this 15 interesting facts about herself that she posted due to a 30-day challenge.  Here we go.

15 Interesting Facts about the birthday girl written by herself dated September 22, 2010:

1. I love long posts. Especially here on Tumblr. But I guess we’re kinda extinct right now. Because it’s always convenient to post and read pictures and typographs, right?

2. I have this thing for good basketball players. lol!

3. I have this intricate budget planner and perfectly budgeted allowance that is adjustable when it comes to buying books. :)

4. I have this thing for notebooks. haha. (sorry, I already mentioned this one)

5. I find challenges like this superb fun! :p

6. I do not have plans with my life yet, given that I have only few months before graduating. grr. and it hurts my perfectly organized self, big time!

7. I think I’m still in love with someone for the last what, six years. I know, I must move on. lol!

8. I’m in the midst of identity crisis right now. Not the gender-related one. I just can’t think of a more appropriate term.

9. I always end up caring for, loving and liking those people who I “hate” during the first meeting. lol. i.e. Melissa, Verna, Pauline. :D

10. There are times when I would just want to keep things for myself and be quiet but with friends like mine, it’s difficult. lol!

11. I am a Disney Channel Baby. :) yes, I’m 20 already, but what can I do? I think I’ll be forever young in heart.

12. I will never get tired of Disney’s Princesses, most especially Cinderella.

13. It was not until last June 2010 when I first watched Julia Robert’s Notting Hill. And I totally fell in love with the movie, and watched it for the nth time.

14. I have a huge crush on Nick and Joe Jonas. gee. admitting this is really nakakahiya on my part!

15. I’ll be forever in love with You. :)

there. I tried my best not to repeat anything from the “nine things about myself” from the last challenge. But I ended up including things that I already stated in my previous posts. Forgive me for that.

You are one very beautiful person inside out. Continue to be an OC be happy and be that sparkle of sunshine. May you walk with the Lord each and everyday of your life and surely, He will give the desires of your heart. I miss and loveyah! Happy happy birthday Attorney 1, Ella Alferos a.k.a. Maria Krisna Parrera!

Smile wide. Cheers!

Finally, I got to the point of Loving IT!

Today, the most amazing-est thing happened in my line of work.

Way back the month of June, I was accepted to be a part of the team of Christian Convergence for Good Governance CCGG and was given the position to be the Program Officer of Communications, Research and Publications. CCGG is a coalition of faith-based organizations committed to advocate, equip and mobilize for good governance and nation-building (cheating on the organization’s profile here); NGOs are known for conducting various seminars, trainings and other things that equates to learning. Basically, my job description are: to research and write out for the kits that will be used for those trainings and the advocacy of our organization; to coordinate with the layout artist and other people who are involved in printing out those materials; to be involved in brain-stormings and planning for the trainings; and ,to be well-informed of the current happenings on the government sort of like government-watching as I call it. With all these in mind, an ordinary individual can do the equation that it’s all about promoting good governance and fighting corruption—very much politics. Get this: I NEVER liked Politics or government issues or anything related to that. It’s just very hard for me eye sore actually. And so I have indeed a difficult time understanding my purpose on why am I in my organization and so forth…until recently.

My Boss exposed me on different board meetings and tasked me to take down important details of the meeting or what they call the Minutes. Before, I never understood that term because I’m never used to it. How pathetic little College Grad student, even High School students know that. But hey, I know it now! I deserve a Yay! Going back, that time gave me insights on how this organization where I belong works—what they do. Little by little (in short after two months) I now get a feel of how it is supposed to be. In addition, their advocacy on fighting corruption touched my inner core and I was like Aaah, that’s sweet. To raise awareness on the corruption that’s happening in the country, they it’s now safe to say, we target the youth (this will be worked on campuses); NGOs and churches (primarily, evangelical churches).

The luxury of staff is what we don’t have, thus, we’re one Program Officer for Trainings and Seminars short. What do we do now? Since there are no budget for the Program Officer for Training yet, I’m assigned to fulfill its duties too—that includes facilitating seminars and a whole lot of time talking to people; doing follow-ups one after the other. I’m really scared facing strangers because my mom told me before to don’t talk to strangers and I process people before I open up myself to them. And so, facilitating is a challenge for me. Although, I always wanted to do that: to help other people and then inspire them in the process. Congratulations, dream come true! Ha! Training schedules start on September and counting now, it’s one week left. I’m gonna need some prayers on these please. ;)

Our organization is coming up with a new project too—publishing a book where people from different walks of life had their fair share of them saying no to corruption. Yesterday, my Boss appointed me to interview people to whom we might actually get good stories for the book we’re about to publish. I got the chance to start my day one on the interview part earlier. And oh my, I’ve seen a lot of hearts and hopes in their stories. It inspired me as a person. It inspired me as a Filipino. I can’t explain the whole scenario of the interview part yet but one thing’s for sure, the experience of doing the interview made me love my work even more and appreciate the very simplest thing of it: making the Filipinos aware of the reality of corruption (that even ordinary people are capable of) and what they can do to stop it. I have a lot of interview schedules dated ahead of me and even if it means I won’t be celebrating the weekend extensions on Monday and Tuesday I’m truly excited of the things I’m about to learn.

I’m thankful for this kind of job (which I doubted at first) God has given me. This is where He placed me and I know that I had to fulfill my purpose in here (it’s the other way around, though. I’m the one who’s being fulfilled from this service). Since my officemates are Christians too, they also even without them knowing inspires me about life and other things. And so, yes. This stage of my career life is just AWEZMN! To God be the glory in everything we do. :)

CCGG Invites Contributors!

Dear Friends,

The Christian Convergence for Good Governance CCGG is a coalition of faith-based organizations committed to advocate, equip, and mobilize for good governance and nation-building. Our key programs are: Corruption Prevention, Electoral Education and Reform, and Micah Challenge an Advocacy to Fight Poverty.

One of our projects is to come up with a book of stories of people saying no to corruption. Through the book we want to show corruption can be stopped in our little or big way. We have to counter the belief that we cannot do anything about corruption that grips our society. We have to fight against the spirit of helplessness and hopelessness among our people.

Fighting corruption is not just for PNOY but for each one of us to do.

We are inviting you to share your story and inspire our people. Below are the guidelines in writing your story.


I Said “No” to Corruption

Pointers for the Story

Name (surname optional): _____________________________________

Province or City: ________________________________

Profession: __________

Age: ______ Gender: _____

Briefly relate the instance when you have been tempted to do a corrupt practice:

a. What kind of corrupt practice were you tempted to do (e.g. bribery, giving tong, extortion, not filing the correct income tax return, using an inside personnel to quickly process your papers, nepotism, etc)?

b. What government agency or government personnel was involved?

c. How did you respond?


Deadline of stories would be this month of August until September.

Your stories might be chosen to be part of a book that will be published by Christian Convergence for Good Governance. For inquiries and submission of entries, email us at ccgg_inc@yahoo.com or call us up at [02] 911.38.57. Let your stories inspire our fellow Filipino people–WRITE NOW!

Christian Convergence for Good Governance, Inc.

4/F Evangelical Center, 62 Molave Street, Project 3 Quezon City

Telefax: [02] 911.38.57 || Email: ccgg_inc@yahoo.com

[Day 9 to 11] Pagkamakabayan

Ika-siyam na araw – Ang paborito mong bayani

Si Jose Rizal pa rin ang aking paboritong bayani kahit sadayng nahirapan ako sa aming klase na Rizal noong kolehiyo. Kinagigiliwan ko kase ang kanyang naging paraan sa paggising sa damdamin at pagmulat sa mata ng mga Pilipino. Ang kanyang pagsusulat upang mapukaw ang natutulog mong diwa ay sadyang isang bagay na dapat laging alalahanin ng mga Pilipino ng aking lahi. Ang pagmamahala sa bansa, paniniwala sa kakayanan at lahing kayumanggi at ang pagmamahal at pagtangkilik sa mga bagay na eksklusibong-Pinoy ang pinamalasni Dr. Jose Rizal at sa tingin ko, ang mga Pilipino, lalo ng mga kabataan ngayon ay dapat matutunang ibalik ang pagmamahal na ito sa bayan.

Ika-sampung araw – Ang paborito mong ‘pambansang _____’

Pambansang prutas, ang Mangga. Tama ba ako, yan nga ba ang pambansang prutas natin? Hindi na kase ako maalam sa ating mga Pambansang ______ eh. Nakakahiya. Pero kung yan nga, yan ang paborito ko, dahil yan ang nakakain. Ha! Matamis o maasim na bersyon ng mangga ay talagang papawi sa iyong panlasang nagugutom.

Ika-labing isang araw – Alam mo pa ba ang lumang bersyon ng Panatang Makabayan?

Hindi ko alam kung ano ang lumang bersyon ng Panatang Makabayan, ito ang nakatatak na sa isip ko. Paunawa, hindi ako nagsaliksik, ito talaga ay mula sa aking isip at puso at base sa natatandaan ko at hindi ko alam kung ito ay tama. Nakakahiya na naman ako bilang isang Pilipino.

Panatang Makabayan

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas

Aking lupang sinilangan

Tahanan ng aking lahi

Kinukupkop ako at tinutulungan

Upang maging malakas, masipag at marangal

Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas,

Tutuparin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang

Susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan

Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan

Sa isip, sa salita at gawa

At dahil ako’y nanaliksik na, ito pala talaga ang orihinal na bersyon. Dapat na itong tandaan. ;)

Panatang Makabayan

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas
Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi
Ako’y kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan
Upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapakipakinabang
Bilang ganti, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang
Susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan
Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas
Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan nang walang pag-iimbot at ng buong katapatan
Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa.