Saturday, April 11, 2015

CMLI 37th SummerCon: Trailblazing a Filipino Identity in the Global Society

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The Children’s Museum and Library, Incorporated is a youth leadership organization that promotes the welfare, development, and empowerment of the Filipino youth through its conventions, competitions, seminars, and tournaments. As it celebrates its 58th year, CMLI aims to help realize the opportunities that the ASEAN integration will bring to the country and the vital role of the country’s youth as it happens. 

With the theme, “CMLI and the Filipino Youth: Trailblazing a Filipino Identity in the Global Society”, the 37th Annual National Summer Conference and Work Camp will be held at NSCC Plaza, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur from April 22, 2014 – April 27, 2014. The convention aims to gather over 200 grade school and high school delegates nationwide (from both public and private schools) to empower them through leadership training, talent development, social awareness, and national friendship. 

The commission discussions, handled by trained youth facilitators from CMLI’s Junior Council-National Executive Board, will be the avenue for the delegates to tackle the convention’s theme in a more interactive manner. Delegates are randomly assigned to commissions to maximize their interaction with their co-delegates from all over the country. 

Visita Iglesia 2015: Churches in Switzerland and Germany

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Water Bottle: Checked
Power Bars : Checked
Train Tickets: Checked
All systems go.

Good Friday, 2015. I decided to go on Visita Iglesia just on the spur of the moment this year. No route planned, no time plan, no stress.
As a backgrounder, I have been doing my Visita Iglesia in the last five years. I am a Filipina who has been a resident of Switzerland in the last 18 years. I am divorced, have an only child, totally single in the last five years and I consider myself quite lucky to live in this beautiful country.

This year is the 6th year I am going to do my Visita Iglesia in Switzerland. Since, I told myself that I am not going to do it with stress this year -- I found myself going to Constance, Germany too.

In the olden times (during my younger years), I used to do Visita Iglesia with my Mother. The rule is, we have to go and visit 7 churches or chapels on Maundy Thursday by simple walking from church-to-church. We don't carry any food with us because there are some families who opens their houses -- offers the people going on Visita Iglesia some refreshments - bread, water, sago at gulaman, fruits and all for free as part of the home-owners house "panata" for a "pakain" on Visita Iglesia days.

DOH, NGOs Join Philippine Hemophilia Community for World Hemophilia Day

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To raise awareness and understanding about hemophilia and related bleeding disorders, the Department of Health (DOH) and various non-government organizations joined the Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love & Service (HAPLOS) in marking the World Hemophilia Day at Glorietta Mall in Makati City on April 11 to 12.

The two-day activity called “Count Me In” gathered different hemophilia groups and support groups to highlight the importance of being more active, leading the way to improved access to treatment. The event also called for public support for the hemophilia community, as well as seek government support for persons with hemophilia.
“We are honored to lead the country’s celebration of the World Hemophilia Day, celebrated every April 17, because it is an opportunity not only to generate understanding about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, but also to inspire change. This event seeks to unite patients, health care professionals, advocacy groups, governments and industry partners to make the world better for the local bleeding disorder community,” said Ric Felipe, president of HAPLOS.  

During the opening ceremony, DOH Undersecretary Dr. Vicente Belizario expressed the agency’s commitment in helping those with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders to address the challenges they are currently facing, especially in closing the gaps in care and treatment. 

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