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Mother-daughter beauty queens working on the same advocacy: Youth education 'CDNDMothersDay2021

  CEBU CITY, Philippines— This Mother’s Day, CDN Digital’s Lockdown: A break from the outbreak year 2 is making way for a very unique tandem of a mother and daughter here in Cebu for its latest episode. Em-em and Lorraine Hann are a beauty queen mother and daughter tandem that is not just using their […] The post Mother-daughter beauty queens working on the same advocacy: Youth education #CDNDMothersDay2021 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 9th, 2021

Experts weigh in on cyberbullying in the time of pandemic

With schools forced to implement alternative education modalities such as online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, incidences of cyberbullying are expected to soar even higher in the coming months.  To help parents as well as education practitioners learn how both online and offline communities can protect children and youth from cyberbullying, a panel of local and international experts shared suggestions on how to prevent this phenomenon. Experts from the Philippines and South Korea exchanged views on cyberbullying and how this can be prevented especially with the rising cases among youth in a webinar on cyberbullying organized by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation recently. During the webinar, 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and Blue Tree Foundation (BTF) founder Kim Jong-ki shared how he and his foundation has been battling school violence in the past 20 years. The BTF was very instrumental in curbing incidences of violence against students in schools. BTF Preventive Education Center Head Park Ju-han shared that in South Korea, school violence has declined for 15 years but has risen again since 2015. “The main factors are the low aging and the increase of cyberbullying,” he said. Meanwhile, BTF Research and Counseling Team Leader Lee Sun-young discussed how the foundation has been working with schools on the prevention of violence among students and shared some best practices that can be adopted by other countries like the Philippines. “We need to teach children when to respond when cyberbullying is happening,” she said.  “Digital literacy is the first key on how to be nice in the world,” she added.  In the Philippines, UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital Child Protection Unit (CPU) head Dr. Bernadette Madrid noted that “bullying has been increasing.” Based on the results of the national baseline survey on violence against children in 2016, she shared that “bullying in the Philippines was quite high” with 65 percent of the youth – ages 13 to 17 years old – have experienced some form of bullying. Same goes for the prevalence of cyberbullying wherein 44% of the students reported cyber violence. “It is a real problem here in our country, it is harmful but it can be prevented,” Madrid said. Given this, she noted that in terms of prevention, a single program is not enough to address cyberbullying. “We need multiple programs to be more successful,” she added. Meanwhile, Don Bosco Technical College Cebu president and dean Fr. Fidel Orendain noted that protecting students from violence and abuse especially with the shift to e-learning is a challenge for many schools. “This topic is a hot issue for us right now,” he admitted. Since schools are familiar with face-to-face familiarity, he noted that online learning is “challenging our identity and the way we educate.” To resolve this, he urged schools to increase their presence by way of talks and conferences. “We can also make ourselves available for counseling,” he added. For Stairway Foundation, Inc. Senior Advocacy Officer Ysrael Diloy, protecting children at this time is more crucial than ever. In the past 18 years, he has been working with key government agencies in the Philippines, via national level councils and working groups, advocating for child protection policy, and programmatic changes. “We are at an age wherein the current generation of children has known technology as the norm,” he said. Diloy has initiated the CyberSafe program which is currently the flagship child online protection program of the Department of Education (DepEd). “Now more than ever, we need to ensure that we are all contributing to make the Internet a safe space for and with children, so that they can reap all the benefits and opportunities that technology presents – this is the very essence the CyberSafe program hopes to achieve,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

After 30 years, a farmer now owns three gardens and provides jobs amid crisis, part 2

In part 1, Mary Ann Cogollo, a farmer from Iloilo, shares about how her 30-year gardening story began and evolved. Here, she talks about the hurdles she had to face that molded her for who she is today.   Trials behind the triumphs At the back of her success is an unsteady, challenging voyage that she had to endure. “It’s 30 years in the making and looking back to what I’ve been through and endured, my heart is full,” said Cogollo. Growing up, Camille, her eldest daughter, saw how she fell and risen many times, she says, “I witnessed how she carried the pails from our wells to water her plants, pull the weeds every day, carried potted plants to hide them because of the heavy storms, how she failed and endured everything, how she learned from her experiences, and how she managed to be a farmer, a gardener, and a mother to us.” A throwback photo of Cogollo taken in 1994 with her 5-year old daughter. Before the birth of the gardens, Cogollo had been gardening alone for 10 years. She did the propagation, watering, and application of fertilizers. It was a challenge for this gardener to find suppliers and to travel the plants from the city to their place, but the hardest to deal with is the weather. “Typhoons and extreme summer are two of the most difficult situations to handle as well as dealing with plant diseases and pests. I failed a lot, some of my plants weren’t a success, but I learned from them,” Cogollo added. Blooming profits The price for the plants in the flower farm ranges from P25 to P10,000 and up. On normal days, they get to sell hundreds of plants every month that differ based on the demand. Most of it is purchased by co-gardeners too. Cogollo said that this season has the highest sales so far to the point that they travel some plants to the other garden to fill the demand. When they opened last month, they were able to dispose of 3000 to 5000 pots, which allowed them to generate a minimum of 50k per day from all the gardens. A mother, farmer, and businesswoman As a mother of two, she lets her children participate in farmwork and immerse themselves in nature at a young age. As per Camille, Cogollo taught her how to plant when she was four and let her have her mini garden at home. Their youngest also helps in raising livestock since he was in grade six. “They let us oversee the farm the same way that my lolo did before. She’s taught me how to plant and to marcot, how to fertilize and water correctly, and educated me what plants can grow from cuttings and what plants need to be in full sun or in shade,” Camille added. Despite the crisis, Cogollo added that God still made a way to provide for her family and their farm workers. She finds herself staring at the sky and thanking God for not leaving her family and the families working for them after two months of farm closure. When many people began growing plants to improve lifestyle amid the crisis, her children told her, “Nay your dream is coming true, farming and gardening are taking its shape, gakatabo na nay (it’s finally happening).” Cogollo only hopes for the public to continue appreciating nature and to start growing plants.   Farming has been her life ever since. The life she chose is the same life lived by her parents and grandparents and according to her, to be able to help others while pursuing your passion is a blessing.  Current situation As the government implemented enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to halt the spread of COVID-19, they had to close their gardens for two months. Since they only allow walk-ins and do not offer delivery services, they had no income from the garden. For Cogollo, those two months were the hardest; there were no landscaping projects but they had to give salaries to the employees every weekend. They thought of stopping their daily farm operations, but their musings brought them back to their primary goal, which is to provide the workers’ livelihood. They hired five more people who lost their jobs during those two months and didn’t stop propagating and maintaining the gardens. All smiles on her farm – As per Cogollo, the crisis allowed them to pause and see what they can do better. Living on a farm is an advantage because it’s COVID-free and their staff live nearby so they carry on with their daily work in the gardens and farm. Fortunately, after two months, a sudden increase in demand for plants began. The crisis has become as she calls it, “a ‘plantdemic’ for Ilonggos.” Their gardens re-opened for visitors when Iloilo was placed under GCQ (general community quarantine). From then on, the farm was amplified by different networks through social media and word of mouth. Despite their location, they were shocked that people kept visiting or asking about their gardens’ location. At some point, they were afraid due to the increasing numbers of visitors and of the risks it can entail that might harm their whole community. However, it was all worth it because according to Cogollo, “We know our dream is coming true. Farming/Gardening is taking shape.” They were also supposed to put up a garden café and park last May but due to these circumstances, things didn’t go as planned. In the future, they see the garden as a haven where people can stroll and appreciate and realize the beauty of nature. Photos from Dafalongs Flower Farm. For more information, visit the Dafalongs Flower Farms......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Viral working student from Cebu gets laptop from MUP 2020 Rabiya Mateo

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo is a queen indeed. In the second episode of “Stories of Hope”, an IG series about her advocacy for Education, Mateo surprised a working student in Cebu City by giving her a laptop. Rabiya personally met Joyce Baluran, a service crew member for a popular fast-food chain in Cebu […] The post Viral working student from Cebu gets laptop from MUP 2020 Rabiya Mateo appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

Word to the artistic

From national artists to award-winning actors and drag queens, inspirational words of advice from our local creatives Last year brought us to our knees, yet here we are standing tall with courage, facing 2021 with hope and a positive perspective. To give us more inspiration to create and explore new things this year, the Manila Bulletin has compiled some quotes from creative individuals, from national artists to award-winning actress. May their words of wisdom bring out the creative urges in all of us, as we make this world a better, more colorful, more meaningful place to live in. Kidlat Tahimik, national artist for film We are all adjusting to the new normal—new rules and new protocols. I’m sure that most artists are taking this time to take art deeper into their hearts. After all, you have nothing to do but just to be productive. *** Ian Inoy, biromantic pansexual artist Every move I made with my art before had this follow up question in my head, asking if it would look gay or not. Now that I’ve fully accepted myself, nothing like that matters anymore. I no longer have the fear of hearing people perceiving my art as “too gay or girly.” *** Heart Evangelista/Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero, actor, painter Express yourself in art. See how art can move you or distract you from distress or how art can bring the best out of you. I notice that my paintings have been a bit muted these days. I feel it’s a bit because of the drama that’s going on around us. In a weird way, I find beauty in sorrow and the way my colors have been coming out, I like what’s happening. I’ve always been like this anyway. I find something beautiful about my emotions, no matter how dark they are, and I translate all that into art. *** Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economic, then it is creative.—Osho, Creativity unleashing the forces within *** Kate Adajar, blogger artist The uncertainty Covid-19 brings has triggered confusion, anxiety, and mixed emotions in me. But the lockdown has also given me time to focus on and practice my art. Being in quarantine has allowed me to look at my craft not only as a creative outlet but also as a form of stress release. It has suddenly become therapeutic and meditative. *** F. Sionil Jose, national artist for literature Photo by Noel Pabalate Artistry is something that is created not just by intellect but by passion. And you stop being a craftsman. That is when you become an artist. You cannot be an artist without being a craftsman first. *** Miz Kiki Krunch, drag queen I am more creative as a gay person. My drag persona brings out the best and most authentic part of me. I can express myself better, I can perform better when I channel my weirdness, my “freak,” my truth. *** Cherie Gil, actor Everything can be learned as long as one sets one’s mind and heart to it. There is also no age limit to learning anything. Acting—what is it really but reliving lives and telling their stories. But this requires a lot of work to excavate the instrument to be able to truthfully do just that. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of balls to share one’s personal inner sanctum. *** Iana Cris Forbes, owner of art shop Quiversmiths Pursue what you want. At first, it was hard for me because I wanted to be a painter, I wanted to be a sculptor, I wanted to be a graphic artist, I wanted to be a wedding colorist, I wanted to stitch, I wanted to make bags and shoes and jewelry. But I haven’t seen a person doing all of those!. Before, I could not see any future in them but here they are now. I’m doing everything all at once and I’m fine. I’m happy living multiple lives. It’s like connecting the dots. My hobbies are now my sources of living and I couldn’t be more thankful. *** BenCab, national artist for visual arts This pandemic gives artists more time for their art. It’s usually better for an artist to be locked-in because you work on your own. *** Natasha Aliño, jewelry artist It’s been said many times and my mother always says this whenever I feel frustrated, which most people would feel when they’re starting something new—“trust the process.” This is more of a reminder when you’re in that headspace. Another thing is when you are learning a certain skill, do it so with purpose and authenticity. Then you can confidently say after some time that you can indeed trust the process. Never stop learning and inspiring others on your journey. Photos from the artists’ respective social media accounts and websites.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Group warns vs youth unemployment

Advocacy group Philippine Business for Education has issued a warning on increased unemployment of the youth as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect various sectors and industries......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

In Focus: Beauty Queens Find Sense Of Purpose Amid Coronavirus

Advocacy-driven beauties help raise funds for COVID relief.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

Beauty queens divided as Miss Universe Philippines, other countries open to transgender bets

After Miss Universe Spain 2018 Angela Ponce made a splash as the first transgender woman to have competed in the Miss Universe pageant, the Miss Universe Vietnam organization follows through with its acceptance of Do Tay Ha, a Business Administration student at the Ho Chi Minh University, as the national pageant's first transgender applicant......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Leni vs. Sara

If Sara Duterte throws her hat in the ring and ends up winning the presidency next year, it will be the third parent-and-child pair to capture the highest elective post in our country’s history. We’ve had a father and daughter with Diosdado Macapagal and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and a mother and son with Cory Aquino and […] The post Leni vs. Sara appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Boy injures finger while answering modules; gets aid at Kasambagan health center

IT all started with a bruise that later on became infected. John Lorence Leones, 15, injured his finger from spending long hours working on his modules. According to his mother, Mercy, John, a grade 10 student at the Mabolo National High School, is taking his lessons seriously because he wanted to maintain good grades and […] The post Boy injures finger while answering modules; gets aid at Kasambagan health center appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Canada mourns & lsquo;model family& rsquo; cut down on an evening stroll

London, Canada---A mother who was a “brilliant scholar,” a cricket-loving father with “a welcoming smile,” a teenage daughter who was “a friend to many”; a doting grandmother: the victims of Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Canada, all Muslims with roots in Pakistan, were a “model family,” friends say. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

Harry and Meghan announce daughter s birth after tumultuous year

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced Sunday the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana -- named for Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and his late mother -- in a moment of joy capping a year of increasingly strained ties between the couple and the British royal family......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

Catriona Gray, Nicole Cordoves to host Binibining Pilipinas 2021

Beauty queens Catriona Gray and Nicolo Cordoves will host the upcoming Binibining Pilipinas 2021. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2021

Lorin Gutierrez gets honest about joining beauty pageants like mom Ruffa

Lorin Gutierrez, eldest daughter of Ruffa Guttierrez, revealed that she has no plans of joining beauty contests just like her mom. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Fans and beauty queens send Rabiya Mateo some love after ending Miss U journey at top 21

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Rabiya Mateo ended her Miss Universe journey as part of the top 21 finalists on Monday morning, May 17, 2020, Philippine time. She may have fallen short in claiming the fifth crown for the Philippines, but her fans and supporters are still making her feel all the love. Supporters are standing by her […] The post Fans and beauty queens send Rabiya Mateo some love after ending Miss U journey at top 21 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Beauty queens show their support to Rabiya Mateo

  CEBU CITY, Philippines— Stunning in her Philippine flag-inspired national costume, Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo gets support from fellow Filipina beauty queens. In her Instagram post yesterday, Mateo captioned her photo, “Tonight was a good night. I had fun. That’s what really matters.” Which was supported by beauty queens like Miss Universe 2015 herself, […] The post Beauty queens show their support to Rabiya Mateo appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

DepEd to review policies on public school districting

The Department of Education has created a national technical working group to review and revise the current policies involving districting of public schools nationwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

Beauty queens cheer Rabiya Mateo s handling of Miss Universe 2020 photo shoot pool fall

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo brushed aside her swimming pool mishap this week......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Why I’m very proud to be my mother’s daughter

It’s the day after Mother’s Day and it’s not too late to pay homage to my mom, Jullie Yap-Daza, who is undeniably the best mother to me and my siblings Pete, Paul and Penny......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021

Mothers balancing life and struggle as activists

Being a mother and at the same time working for advocacies for social justice is a tough balancing act. For........»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021

Gloria Diaz on daughters’ husbands: ‘Their choices are good’

The former Miss Universe is starring in Regal Entertainment’s Mother’s Day offering, the comedy film Mommy Issues, where she plays a lola who joins forces with her apo (Sue Ramirez) to “intervene” in the love life of her daughter (Pokwang), a single mom who gets pursued by a much younger guy (Ryan Bang)......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2021