Without a collective effort, denied claims will not be addressed for PWDs. It was a privilege to join the forum on PWD Rights: Diversity and Social Inclusion last Friday. Being one of the physically-challenged, I've felt how the laws have evolved through the years to address the needs of our group in the society. With special guests US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara with panelists National Council on Disability Affairs Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan's Executive Vice President and CEO Joy Cevallos-Garcia, SM Cares' VP for Operations and Program Director of Disability Affairs Bien Mateo and Be-medaled Paralympian Adeline Dumapong, schools and organizations from different parts of Metro Manila gathered to discuss the issues and relevant topics for the welfare of PWDs in the country. It was delightful to listen to Acting Public Affairs Officer Kurt Hoyer welcoming all of us hosting this forum in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this month. After listening to all the presentations and the qualms of the crowd in different means to communicate, I was left with a heavy heart realizing how diverse this group is and how difficult it is to synchronize actions to get a bigger voice to the government agencies concerned. From the question of social inclusion vs special treatment, I am in favor of the special treatment. Social inclusion of PWDs especially those with learning disabilities is quite a herculean task for DepEd to accomplish. Although the particular mentally-challenged learners are already immersed in regular classes, the specially-trained teachers for them are just too limited and still lack necessary training to further push the goal of comprehensive education for PWDs. Accessibility is still a major problem for the physically-challenged and lack of awareness on PWD laws all over the country remains the root cause of denied claims of rights. I have to say I felt safer traveling to Krabi, Thailand than visiting a local tourist spot in my own country. This is one clear indication that the government must attend to the rights of PWDs. In fact, it was ironic that US Embassy hosted the forum. We can harness the potentials of getting PWDs to contribute to the country's productivity, only if we all act to include PWDs in all programs and projects. Thank you US Embassy for hearing the voice of PWDs last Friday.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Read if you want them all to read. Leading by example was always a lesson that works. Book and Borders Cafe located at 281 Tomas Morato Quezon City opened its doors to the public today. With fellow bloggers, I have once again reflected on the beauty of enjoying reading and eating at the same time at Book and Borders Cafe. Encouraging the customers to read, sip and dine, Book and Borders Cafe has a wide display of books FREE for all to grab and read while you drink and dine.
From the choices of sandwiches and pasta, I've chosen Tuyo Pasta and Iced Mocha but I did not miss sampling fellow bloggers' choice of Chicken Pesto Pasta, Truffle Mushroom Pasta and Bolognese. Today, I vowed to forget my sugar intake limit enjoying the slices of cakes and mini-doughnuts while fun games were played by friends.
Their Iced Mocha was different with not one but two iced creamed balls to keep the drink icy cold. I loved the ambiance of books ready to be explored imagining a Jumanji-like scene. They even have books for kids as well so you can start encouraging the young to take care of handling books that are borrowed.
The idea of a themed cafe in Tomas Morato is perfect since too many people (including my set of friends) love to hangout in the area waiting for the pack to be complete.
It's that scene most rampant in this street that reviewers and those seeking for a nook to concentrate will find solace in Book and Borders Cafe. Brand ambassadors Benjamin Alves and Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon were present delighting the customers to enjoy the experience.
In so many occasions where you feel lost and itching to find a recluse, Book and Borders Cafe may just be the hole in the wall not to miss. I want to go back for more of those pastries and coffee but more importantly, the adventure in the world of literature. Keep reading alive! Call 0932-871-7856 for inquiries and reservations. Visit their official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/bookandborderscafe and follow @bookandborderscafe on Instagram and @bookandborders on Twitter for more updates.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Kathryn Bernardo is friendly. Those who say she's a snob should visit her blog www.kathbernardo.com. Launched last Saturday at Stacy's Capitol Greenstreet, Capitol Hills QC, Kathryn together with friends and moderators of her fans clubs enjoyed a day of pink and everything nice. Kathryn's personal blog will feature different knick-knacks the fans and everyone will love.
When asked if she consider herself a blogger, she shrugged saying she'd rather call it a personal website to reach out more people all over the world. Kathryn Bernardo's Blog is already mobile-friendly and interactive. She shared to us all her excitement on one of the tabs in the website-KathCakes. It will feature things of her personal interests like food, photos and things she found interesting.
There are so many things I don't know yet about Kathryn and I found it all in www.kathbernardo.com. Her social media accounts @bernardokath are also embedded in the website. When the cute KB font appears, simply click the logo and it opens to the homepage. If you want to ask a question or you want Kathryn to respond, you need to register which is recommended for moderating trolls and bashers.
With moderator of KB Blog Ms Zeh (Thank you for being friendly), this personal blog of Kathryn may just be your source of hope whenever you feel down. Thank you Kathryn, Mommy Min, Ms.Thess of StarMagic Phils and fans (KBBuddies, KaDreamersWorld, Mommies for Kath and DJ etc) for another inspiration. Keep keeping hopes up for the youth today Kath! We love you! Visit www.kathbernardo.com and you may just get the knack recipe to win your mom and friends' hearts!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
StarMagic Philippines celebrates its 23 years this month launching its first StarMagic Angels last Friday at 9501 Restaurant, ABS-CBN. From the roster of award-winning artists comes the StarMagic Angels; Francesca Floirendo, The Artist (the 20 year-old graduate of Fine Arts and Interior Design in Ateneo, from the family of celebs Gloria Diaz, Isabelle Daza and Georgina Wilson. She joined the reality contest "I am Meg" and beauty pageant Miss Manila 2015. She hopes to conquer the world of acting and become an action goddess being one of the country's MMA Black Belter), Loren Burgos, One Of The Boys ( FilAm former beauty queen joined the police academy in high school. She appeared in several TV series like "Maria Mercedes", "Home Sweetie Home", Wansapanataym and an indie "Mulat" as Jake Cuenca's leading lady),
Yana Assistio, The Chef ( One of Nadia Montenegro's beautiful daughter we've seen in several TV series. She'll be in "And I Love You So" and other films soon. I love her cooking endeavors being a Culinary student posted on IG!), Aiko Climaco, The Dancer ( tried getting in PBB and later became popular as one of the star dancers of Wowowee. With numerous appearances on TV series and films, Aiko considers being part of Banana Split her biggest break. ),
Jed Montero, The Athlete ( was once the host of Bingo Million, Shakey's V-League, the Philippine Super Liga. She was also once part of UP volleybal varsity team and tried hosting in the noontime show Wowowee), Karen Reyes, The Jologs ( former PBB housemate we've seen play character roles in TV and film.), Shey Bustamante, The Songwriter ( also one of the PBB housemate who loves to write songs and perform playing guitar), Myrtle Sarrosa, The Playful Girl ( famous cosplayer who was also one of PBB Teen Edition 4 housemate is still studying Broadcast Communication in UPD. She is currently hosting at NCCA and is the official Anime Jock of Hero TV), Hanna Ledesma, The Go-Getter ( Contestant No.5 in Bb.Pilipinas 2014 was former Miss Mandaluyong. She used to work in IT but later pursued her utmost passion-acting. I loved her in direk Erik Matti's Kubot last year's MMFF). Hanna defined sexy as one carrying confidence concurred by Francesca. The StarMagic Angels are set to spread wings in showbiz with more daring roles and other character roles by request. Congratulations StarMagic Philippines for constantly making magic inspiring us all with new batch of stars! For more information, visit www.starmagic.abs-cbn.com, like their official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/StarMagicAngels for more details and follow @starmagicangels_ on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.
We all deserve a second chance in love and life. Ms. Vina Morales announced a new love she'll meet as Cecilia in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita Thanksgiving Party last Friday. Together with the acclaimed directors Cathy Camarillo and Mervyn Brondial, the whole cast (Loisa Andalio, Joshua Garcia, Jane Oineza, Jerome Ponce, Denise Laurel, Christian Vasquez and Ms Vina Morales) expressed their gratitude to fans during the Thanksgiving Party for the steep ratings on its timeslot in Kapamilya Gold.
The confrontation scenes get exciting in the next epsiodes as Cecilia (Vina), Toni (Denise), Corrine (Jane) and Bea (Loisa) continue to fight for love. The show which was originally set to conclude on July 17 was extended to pave the way for characters to evolve according to Direk Mervyn and direk Cathy.
Corrine (Jane) was greeted a belated happy birthday by the cast and the production team. How will she be a good parent together with Ryan (Jerome Ponce)? Will the young repeat the mistakes of their parents? It's going to be an exciting afternoon watching "Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita" everyday at 3:15pm after Flordeliza on Kapamilya Gold ABS-CBN. For more info please visit www.abs-cbn.com and follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter. Watch full episodes also using your ABS-CBNMobile sim. Visit www.abs-cbnmobile.com for details.