RAFI to Hold Free Cervical Cancer Screening on Aug. 27

The Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) will hold a free center-based cervical cancer screening activity on Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at the EJACC Conference Room located within the compound of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

The screening is organized in collaboration with the Integrated Midwife Association of the Philippines-Cebu Midwife Clinic.

The screening will be an opportunity for women to detect pre-cancerous growth or any malignancy related to cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer among women.

EJACC, which offers free breast and cervical screening every month, urges the public to undergo early detection measures—especially maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, exercise, proper hygiene, and avoiding stresses and vices—to prevent breast and cervical cancer.

EJACC is a program under the Integrated Development focus area of RAFI, addressing health issues of communities in order to create a better quality of life. Its other focus areas are Micro-finance and Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, Leadership and Citizenship, and Education.

For more information about the free cervical cancer screening activity, please contact 254-6351 or 256-3287 and look Gina Mariquit.

from RAFI

10 Happy Things for Tonight

Now it can be told: the Philippines is known for its wet and very wet seasons.

I do love the rainy days, but as they say, too much of something is bad. A case in point: Last Sunday, I began to feel claustrophobic while being trapped inside a taxicab, moving in a turtle’s pace, thanks to an insufficient drainage system. What used to be a 30-minute happy drive to SM Cebu turned into more than hour of “I’m so willing to dive deep into the water if I need to.”

And the almost-incessant rain is making me feel so depressed!

But we shouldn’t let the wetter days ruin the rest of our year, should we? So I am thinking, maybe it will help brighten my mood tonight if I come up with the top 10 things that make me happy. Well, there are a lot, but I could not waste all my night writing them down. So I will just list  those that will come instantly in my head.




1. Tea with honey (I am not a coffee drinker, by the way)

2. Chuck

3. Apartmenttherapy.com and BHG.com

4. Audrey Hepburn

5. weekend lunches and dinners with my family

6. books, books, books

7. old music

8. Alaska Evap

9.  painted toenails

10. crepes

There. Now, I’m all smiles and giddy thinking about them. At least, for a moment, I couldn’t care less about the roof leak.

A Glimpse of Loboc

Task list says I should have written about my adventure–or was it misadventure?–with my good friend Isabel in Loboc, Bohol. Alas, I don’t have a lot of time in my hands right now.

In the meantime, let me tease you with this. Excuse my image. I am not a professional photographer, and I only have a handy digital camera, which is completely useless at night.

Philippines to Host Franchise Asia 2011

In what can be considered a landmark achievement, the Philippines, through the efforts of Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), is hosting the upcoming Franchise Asia 2011, one of the biggest gatherings of franchising giants all over the world. It’s slated on September 19–25, 2011, at the 10,000-square-meter SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Manila.

With the theme “Asia to the World, the World to Asia,” the expo will be participated by over 43 countries across 6 continents. It’s also going to be a 4-in-1 event, which includes the following:

  • International meetings of World Franchise Council (WFC) and Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC)
  • International franchise conference with sessions headed by Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee, Mr. Jeff Welch of Krispy Kreme, Mr. Chris Tanco, of 7-11 International, and Mr. Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Mang Inasal
  • International franchise expo
  • Educational sessions, for both existing and would-be franchisors and franchisees

According to Samie Lim, WFC chairman, the meetings will greatly improve the relationships among franchise players all around the globe, reiterating the vision of the member countries that franchising will continue to provide adequate support to economies of both developed and developing nations.

Further, Bing Sibal-Limjoco, the current chair for Franchise Asia 2011, believes that the expo is going to bring in not only investments but also tourists to the country.

Franchising: One of the Soundest and Most Solid Investment Opportunities for Filipinos

In a presentation by Elizabeth Pardo-Orbeta, president of PFA, last August 18, 2011, in Golden Cowrie-Lahug, the franchising industry in the country is no longer manipulated by foreign brands but home-grown concepts. Players, over the past years, have also become very varied, from micro- to large-scale entrepreneurs.

Moreover, Philippine franchising

  • has generated millions of jobs for the Filipinos. Jollibee alone already has around 1M employees all over its 1,500 outlets;
  • creates indirect jobs through the industry’s allied services and suppliers;
  • places the country 8th in terms of franchise brands, beating Germany, as well as 4th in the number of outlets, higher than India, Brazil, Mexico, France, and Germany;
  • allows home-grown concepts to achieve international recognition and position (today, Reyes Haircutters can already be seen in the streets of New York and London);
  • offers dependable long-term investments for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs); and
  • introduces the concept pavilion for up-and-coming products and services (it’s a center where concepts are tested for quality, among others, before they are officially released in the market).

PFA has developed a number of programs to support Philippine franchises, such as the Big Brother mentoring program and Certified Franchise Executive education. The organization is also working hard to make franchises more affordable without compromising quality. Along with the Department of Trade and Industry, PFA has also created and elevated the franchising standards of the country, including the issuance of guidelines on how to avoid scams.

To participate in Franchise Asia 2011 or to gather more information, visit http://www.franchiseasia2011.com.ph. You can also go to http://www.pfa.org.ph for special admission rates. Other details are the following:

The Secretariat

Tel. Nos.: (02) 687-0365 to 67 or (02) 798-2543

SMS: +63 917 8320731

E-mail Address: pfa@pfa.org.ph

If you wish to participate in the expo, here are the contact details:

Global Link MP Events

Tel. No.: (02) 750-8588

SMS: +63 917 8320732

E-mail Address: franchise@globallinkmp.com

Special rates are given to regional participants, such as those from Cebu. Pay only Php 1,500 until August 31. For more information, you can contact Francorp Cebu at (032) 266-3955 or +63 917 3955. You can also visit their office at Blims Fine Furniture, Level 3, Ayala Center-Cebu, or e-mail them at francorp.cebu@gmail.com.

TOP 23 Revealed in MCCI’s Search for WINNERs

2011 Search for Winners

The Mandaue Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Search for W.I.N.N.E.Rs (Women In Need, Now Entrepreneurs and Rolemodels) have chosen the Top 23 micro-entrepreneurs representing the Barangays of the City of Mandaue during the pre-judging of the 72 candidates held at the event partner school St. Theresa’s College Campus last July 23, 2011.

The search is a quest for model women micro-entrepreneurs from Mandaue City who are supporting their families and are struggling to rise from poverty through their business ventures. Their stories of perseverance and creativity will inspire other women to be empowered. The Search for Winners is chaired by MCCI Trustee Ms. Carmel de Pio-Salvador and co-chaired by MCCI Trustee Ms. Marylou Ngo-Ang.

The 23 micro-entrepreneurs was judged based on the comprehensiveness of the information presented on their business plan which is 30%; Q & A responses (conversation skills and self confidence) which is 20%; while 50% goes to their inspirational stories of courage, perseverance and creativity, Salvadorsaid.

The fifteen (15) panel of judges was composed of MCCI Trustees, event sponsors and media partners. The following made the top 23 slot who will get the chance to qualify for the final round to be held at theCebuInternationalConvention Centeron August 24. They are the following:

  • Gionivie Pano, a fish vendor from Brgy.Upper Casili
  • Germocila Divibar Sabello, a sidewalk vendor from Cubacub
  • Baby I Gene Abayon Ortega, a fish & frozen delight vendor from Basak
  • Amor L. Lacaba, a street vendor from Looc
  • Genalyn C. Patalita, who is into carenderia business from Guizo
  • Maridel C. Aloria from Centro, who is into buy & sell fish
  • Norma Dichos of Brgy. Bakilid, who is into sari-sari store business
  • Esther Simbajon of Casuntingan, who is into carenderia business
  • Charito Cabatingan of Cabancalan, who has eatery and BBQ haus
  • Rhea G. Maroliña of Cambaro, a fruit and vegetable vendor
  • Maricel Formentera Ygoña, who has a sari-sari store business in Tingub
  • Leonora C. Canillo, a food and fish vendor of Maguikay
  • Gina Militante, a broom maker in Paknaan
  • Luzviminda Sayson of Subangdaku, who is a junk collector
  • Sevelina Besabella To-ong, who has a BBQ eatery/ sari-sari store in Labogon
  • Editha Bonghanoy, a vegetable and plastic vendor in Umapad
  • Meliza Cortes Posadas of Canduman, who sells mangoes and RTWs
  • May T. Poloyapoy, a candle vendor in Pagsabungan
  • Marilyn G. Cuanan, who has a carenderia in Brgy. Ibabao
  • Catherine Borres Calleno, a BBQ vendor in Alang-Alang
  • Sarah Y. Dellosa, a fish vendor in Tipolo
  • Remedios S. Rodriquez, a fish vendor in Banilad
  • Elvira B. Rosaroso from Brgy. Tawason, who has a carenderia and sari-sari store business

Selected Mass Communication students of St. Theresa’s College were tasked to write the life stories of the Top 23 in tandem with Taga Mandaue Inc. who will do the verification of facts of the stories. Each story will be featured in ABS-CBN’s local entertainment program MagTV and will also be published in the Souvenir Program to be distributed during the final round.

The Search for W.I.N.N.E.Rs have lined up of activities. Last July 16, the USC College of Commerce Alumni Association, Inc. KNN Project through the USC – School of Business and Economics Center for Entrepreneurship & Lifelong Learning conducted a Business Planning Seminar and mentoring to the 79 micro-entrepreneurs representing the 27 Barangays of Mandaue City as part of advocacy of empowering people through education and entrepreneurship. Out of the 79 micro-entrepreneurs, forty (40) of them will represent in ABS-CBN’s local game show “Kapamilya Winner Ka.”

Meanwhile, the Top 23 will have their sponsors tour on August 02 at the International Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Salon de Rose Ayala where they will be treated for a haircut, manicure & pedicure; Red Logo Direct Sales who will provide a personality development seminar then the last stop will be at Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan who will provide for their dress. The candidates shoes is courtesy of Lipstick company of Alice Uy. On the same day, the Top 23 will be presented to the press during the press conference which will be held at the Diamond Hotel and Suites, the event venue sponsor.

Other activities include livelihood training courtesy of Loreal, business plan mentoring by USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na, seminar on banking by RCBC. During the Coronation Day on August 24 at the Cebu International Convention Center, expect a total make-over of the candidates.

The Cebu Provincial Government and the Mandaue City Government also provided financial assistance to MCCI amounting to 3 million each for the Mandaue Business Month Celebration. Other event sponsors include: Virginia Foods Inc., Diamond Hotel & Suites, Salon de Rose, Red Logo Direct Sales, Gaisano Grand Malls soon to open their Mandaue Branch, Backspace Studio, St. Theresa’s College, USC College of Commerce Alumni Association Inc., Kapamilya Negosyo Na, USC – School of Businessand Economics Center for Entrepreneurship & Lifelong Learning, Loreal, Lipstick, RCBC. Media Partners are ABS-CBN, Skycable, Sunstar, The Freeman, Cebu Daily News and Cebu Bloggers Society and disinioyspeak.com.

from MCCI

Piyungan Ko

Piyungan ko

ang kamingaw

ang kaligutgut

ang kapait

ang katam-is

ang matag adlaw og gabii

ang kasakit

ang kalipay

ang kasagmuyo

ang pangandoy

Piyungan ko ikaw.
Piyungan ko ang tanan.
Na sa pinaagi niini
Makabaton ka og kalipay
Makabaton og bag-ong kinabuhi.

Losing Honesty

This gloomy wet afternoon, I remembered my Livejournal blog. I had it for more than 2 years, enough reason for me to miss it.

But what really makes me miss it all the more is the sense of honesty. Reading the entries, I can feel my growth, my pain, my confusion, my love, and, most of all, myself. It’s not that I am not myself here in Squeezing the Lemon. It’s just that I sometimes feel the disconnect. Perhaps I’m tired. Or perhaps I’m boxed in certain self-expectations.

I still don’t know yet how to bring back honesty. After all, they say that you dont’ demand it. You allow it to happen. Maybe I’ll just wait, when I feel vulnerable, more open, and more raw.