Report: Training Course on Development of Productivity Practitioners (Basic Program), June 1-26, 2015, Manila, Philippines

The development of certified productivity practitioners is a high-priority need for NPOs. Based on that need and to provide clear linkages for the development path of productivity practitioners, th…

Source: Report: Training Course on Development of Productivity Practitioners (Basic Program), June 1-26, 2015, Manila, Philippines

From Araneta to Arena

My collection of tickets (UAAP CDC Season 71 to 75)

Many folks tag the annual UAAP Cheerdance Competition as the perfect event to showcase school spirit, but for the thousands of students, alumni and avid fanatics, it is considered a tradition.

True to this year’s theme – “Unbreakable” – I was able to purchase a ticket to this event which was held for the first time at the Mall of Asia Arena and continue what I have started in 2004.

What You Shouldn’t Miss
Aside from the usual “awwwwsss” and “whoooaaaas” when stunts fail, nothing beats the intensity of team spirit. I can’t help but laugh whenever I hear side comments ranging from over-biased praises to utterly rude (whispered) criticisms.

You shouldn’t miss these types of persons in the crowd:

a. The Ultimate Fanatic – the one wearing the school color with matching props and seated at the center part of the Lower Box (expecting that Boom Gonzales and the crew would stand beside him for instant nationwide mileage)

b. The Commentator – You will always hear this guy comment on the costume, props, choreography and even the school’s cheer.

c. The Standing Ovation – Blocks your view throughout the whole competition. (Take note, he/she has his/her own seat)

d. The Historian – knows the history of the whole UAAP Cheerdance Competition, what stunts were copied, what music was used in 1999, and the chronological order of winners of the past decade.

e. The Documenter – takes pictures or videos most of the time. I wonder if this person appreciates being there “live.” He/she should have watched at home and recorded the whole event instead.

Pros (+) and Cons (-)
1. Ticketing (-)
Just when everyone thought they can buy via SM Departments Stores/SM Ticket outlets, the experience was worse. I myself relied on a so-called ‘scalper.’

2. Venue (+) – bigger, better, and brighter. The LED surrounding the whole arena was superb.

3. Cameras (-) – all DSLRs were surrendered to the guards upon entry. After the competition, hoards of photography enthusiasts and wannabe photographers swarmed the frontdesk as if there was a “DSLR Tiangge sa MOA”

4. Hosting (-) – I don’t know if something went wrong with Jessy Mendiola’s microphone or she was simply overshadowed by the energy of Boom Gonzales.

5. Program (-) – Probably one of the draggiest.

1. UST’s classic moves –  classic (but longer) fouette and pirouette

2. UE goes blond – uhmmm, we’ve seen that last year!

3. Samsung stage mats (The blue color is already uneven. When are they going to buy some new ones?)


1. Boom’s co-host

2. Gangnam, Call Me Maybe and K-Pop

See this link:

3. UP Pep Squad hairstyle

Photo by Roy Afable of InterAKTV

InterAKTV/Roy Afable

Congratulations to the University of the Philippines Pep Squad for a well-deserved win.

PS. Bleeding black and gold and a mix of blue is not easy. But when it comes to cheering, I go for USTe!





Thanks to some sources:

And (still) the reliable source of UAAP Cheerdance Competition History:

How not to plagiarize

The ‘plagiarism’ issue strikes back on Filipinos. After business giant Manny Pangilinan was charged of copying parts of speeches delivered by prominent US personalities, here comes a comedian-turned-Senator Tito Sotto facing the same raps for allegedly using parts of an American blogger’s post.

For years, I have been writing reports, speeches, and messages for myself (and for others) and I have always feared of being called a plagiarist.

Thanks to the numerous Chemistry Lab reports I made in college wherein I was bound to include an APA-style reference list every report (once a week), I became more patient in ensuring that those who must be given due credit are included in the bibliography.

Add to that, the “Ateneo Guide on Plagiarism” released immediately after the MVP ruckus reminded me to become extra careful in “copy-pasting.”

Below, I have enumerated my personal tips on how ‘not’ to plagiarize:

1. Have your own outline. No matter how raw your ideas are, nothing beats having your own outline drafted just to make sure that your main idea comes from your own mind.

2. Open a separate file for references. Write down all your sources on a separate sheet or document file (I use Notepad) to jot all websites, authors and references. A blank sheet of paper comes in handy as you write all the titles, authors and pages of the books you use.

3. Review citation styles. Whether APA, MLA or Chicago, you should always follow the standards in citing references.

4. Mention it. If you do not want to give credit to the person who originally wrote an idea, it is better not to mention it at all.

5. Google it. Look it up over search engines, or better yet, you may check it via (the one SEO writers use) and see to it that you get 0%.

6. Don’t steal photos. Include the name of the photographer/source of the photo you use to supplement your write-up. Now you have a good reason to use watermark option or font size 8.

7. Invest on time, paper and effort. Before publicizing your masterpiece, re-read it, include all your references (even if it entails you extra pages) and review all the contents.

PS. I “Googled” the title of my blog and found two articles of the same title but with different contents. For reference purposes, visit the following sites:

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Matched phrases in Google and Yahoo: 0%

What ’30 Rock’ taught me today

Have you ever wondered if what you did today is the same thing as you did a year ago?








In the 15th episode of 30 Rock Season 6, Tina Fey (Liz) looks back on her diary and surprisingly realizes that everything that is happening to her is a repetition of what happened last year.

And so, I wondered – what did I do during the past August 25’s of my life?

2008 (blank)
It was a Monday. What did I do? Based on my planner, nothing.

2009 (more-than-normal workday)
Results of Civil Service Exam released. I passed! (9am); I had a meeting with the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Committee, City Hall(10am)

2010 Friday (another normal workday)
Technical Working Group meeting for the Balanced Scorecard Formulation of the League of Cities of the Philippines (9-3pm); Meeting with Mr. Loi David for the Center for Leadership, Excellence and Responsible Citizenship Foundation, Inc. (4pm)

2011 Thursday (normal workday)
Attended a ribbon cutting ceremony of the Organization of Socialized Housing and Development (9am); Printed telephone slips (1pm); Drafted questionnaires and topics for our newsletter (3pm); newsletter meeting (4pm)

There should be an improvement (so-called ‘level-up’) in the thing you do to gauge if you are moving forward (or backward) in life.

For the year 2012, August 25 fell on a weekend. I guess that’s the reason why it is not that memorable. I was supposed to treat my friends today or go out for dinner but staying at home seemed to be the perfect thing to do today. Nothing beats “me” time.

From a blank page in 2008 to a filled-up page in 2011 – I guess that’s a proof that something’s going on with my life.

Next year, I just have to look at my Facebook timeline instead. That would be easier!

For 30 Rock, you earned an avid fan.

Ninoy in the time of “Gangnam” and “Random Girl”

I had a hard time looking for a yellow long-sleeved polo shirt for tomorrow’s Ninoy Aquino Day. The yellow ‘fad’ may be waning, but with PNOY and Kris around, their father’s memory will always be alive.

While a lot of Pinoy netizens are talking about a Korean dance craze and a random singing sensation, the long weekend should remind us of Ninoy’s heroism. Are we still worth dying for despite of the  fact that our country has ‘electioneering’ wannabe politicians helping out in times of calamities, a so-called “lying thief” in the Senate, and a worsening Metro Manila environs?

Ninoy is viral
As a good communicator, Ninoy would definitely go ‘viral.’ Even before the advent of YouTube videos, all his speeches were documented. His Los Angeles speech is one of the most-played on TV:

Reminders about our ‘Yellow Hero’ in San Fernando, Pampanga:

  • Ninoy Aquino Mini Theater at the Heroes Hall
  • Benigno Aquino Hall at the Pampanga Capitol
  • Ninoy Aquino Street at St. Dominic Corinthian Subdivision
  • There is an “Aquino” street in DAVSAN Subdivision

By the way, I just subscribed to NinoyAquinoTV. I saw a link dedicated to Ninoy (I’m just wondering what Charice Pempengco had to do with this site).

What would be his comments on The RH Bill and what would be his advice for the family of Secretary Robredo? In the midst of crises, today is the right moment to be reminded of Aquino’s heroism. Filipinos surpassed years of dictatorship and hardships, and I’m sure we’ll survive these trying times.

Tomorrow is the 29th commemoration of the assassination of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. He is still alive in the time of “Gangnam” and “Random Girl.”

Lessons from ‘habagat’

All we really need to know, we learned from Pinatubo, Ondoy and Sendong experiences (Dissecting the “Habagat” story in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga)

The damp eve of August 7 signaled the start of a series of events that seriously affected the City where I live in. Continuous downpour of heavy monsoon (habagat) rains and the breaching of a major dike caused floods and affected more than 18,000 families. Water levels in major thoroughfares rose and vital road networks became impassable.

Memorandum Circular 33 from the Malacanang Palace announces that all classes and government offices are are suspended. During this time, families from  affected areas (22 out of the 35 villages) in the City were evacuating their homes. Flood waters started to rise in the Poblacion Area (City Hall and Metropolitan Cathedral area), Lazatin Boulevard, and Jose Abad Santos Avenue.

Non-stop rescue and relief operations continues as the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez himself together with Executive Officer and City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao.

Heroes Hall became the ‘staging area’ and operations center. Hotline 961-HELP got disconnected but was immediately replaced by new hotline numbers. The Official Facebook page of San Fernando ( became the most reliable source of information for netizens and “Likes” spiked from 10,000 to 12,000++ in just 3 days.

Memo enjoining employees of City Hall to serve as “Emergency Workforce” to lend a hand to the rescue and relief operations was released.
Immediate and long-term solutions to the flooding problem caused by dike damages and the need to re-channel the waterways were resolved during an emergency meeting at the Heroes Hall with the Provincial, City and Municipal Governments’ officials, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the private sector leaders who were also notable personalities during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption (Save Pampanga Movement) such as Mr. Levy Laus.

Resolutions (Quoted from the actual resolution signed)

1. Immediate re-channeling of the waterway from Gugu Creek down to San Francisco and Labuan rivers;
2. Immediate closure, thereafter, of the two breached portions of the tail dike;
3. The rehabilitation and or reconstruction of spillways 1 and 3 located in the western portion and the center of the transverse dike;
4. The revival of the waterways of the Pasig Potrero River from the upper portion of the transverse dike particularly from the Maliwalu portions;and
5. Continuing yearly allocation of the necessary funds for the maintenance of the above indicated river channels.

More help arrived as President Noynoy Aquino visited the City to distribute relief goods in Brgy. Sto. Nino. Earlier that day, Cabalen and PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan together with Team Pilipinas also visited the City.

More calls on relief operations were received by the CDRRMO. More donations and assistance also came. Updates were continuously forwarded to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of Civil Defense. Media were kept informed through ‘situationers’ and a website page was added for easy access on updates –

Sadly, at around 1:00pm, rumors of lahar flow caused panic in the City’s downtown area. This is confirmed to be a ‘false alarm.’

What we learned from this, we learned in Pinatubo, Ondoy and Sendong:

1. Power of Information. Call, text, Facebook or tweet. Listen to authorities and do not be misinformed.

2. Resiliency. This is not the first time. We should be stronger and braver.

3. Preparedness. The need for a rescue team and disaster center. We are living in “abnormal” times. Every household should also be prepared.

4. Unity. Let’s do things together.

5. Faith in God. Pray.

I admire the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) led by Raymond del Rosario. Kayo ang tunay na “water-proof.” Special thanks to the many Fernandinos on Facebook, especially Mr. Alwyn Balingit from St. Jude, you are our ‘digital warrior.’ And to to the officials and employees of the City Government of San Fernando, number one saan man magpunta!

To the coverage team, Rudy, Rico, Errol and Pot plus the PAMPU boys Alvin, Jed, and Daniel, iba kayo!  To the rest, salamat! To my colleagues who were affected, malalampasan natin ‘to! 

Photo credits:

CSFP-CIO (Public Affairs and Media Production Unit)


‘Magic Mike’ teaches accounting

A film portraying the life of a male stripper can also teach entrepreneurship and equity. Starring Channing Tatum, “Magic Mike” is about a 30-year-old hunk who ‘works all day and works it all night’ (as the tagline puts it). In the movie, he works as a construction worker during daytime and as a sexy dancer at night just to earn some money to start an Ikea or Cobonpue type of furniture business in Tampa, Florida.

Parts of the story depicts a common experience among budding entrepreneurs who are having a hard time in getting a loan to open up a new business. Too bad, not all entrepreneurs have the body and talent of ‘Magic Magic’ to instantly have a share of equity out of a night club.

At the end of the film, Mike’s protege got in trouble and he had to offer all his hard-earned money to save the teenage chap. Then, the ‘drama’ started.

I’ll give a 5 out of 10 for this movie. I should have waited for the DVD copy to come out. The reasons:

  • Poor editing
  • Not-so-good actors (but definitely good dancers)
  • I guess Matthew McConaughey got out of place. He’s better paired off with girls on romantic comedies than with a bunch of dancing guys
  • The version released in the Philippines was full of “cuts” (or does it have something to do with poor editing, again?)
  • Cody Horn should stop pouting and start acting

On the other hand, this Hollywood film can pass as a chapter of “Accounting for Dummies.”

Moral lesson: good budgeting + entrepreneurial skills + sexy body = MAGIC.

In contrast to the ‘shirtless’ photos of Magic Mike’s cast on theatrical posters (and even on Metro Manila buses), here’s a formal group shot of the stars of this Chippendales-inspired Comedy/Drama film:

Magic Mike cast with clothes on

POST MOVIE MOMENT: I went window-shopping at Team Manila’s Marquee Mall outlet after watching the movie and the piped-in music was playing T-Pain’s “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper).” Coincidence.

People’s television

I guess the Twitter-inspired logo is a good sign that the government network, People’s Television, is geared to improve in the next coming years. I am happy that public officials (or those in charge of the network) finally appreciated the value of communication. From the establishment of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office to the major makeover of the Philippine Government website, the communication strategy of the current administration has hurdled issues on procurement of Blackberry phones and Apple computers and PNOY’s relationship with Grace Lee. Very promising indeed.

July 2012 logo of PTV 4

One attention-grabbing tourism music video became sort of viral this week. And I stand by my comment in response to Carlos Celdran’s post regarding the promotional video of Pagsanjan, Laguna:

I think the video is not that bad. I watched the video three times to analyze, well of course, the coming of Nicki Minaj had an effect on my judgement, hehe 😉 but generally, it is Ok – the music and the choice of shots. of course, we have see better promotional videos. The mayor really made an effort. there is still time to improve (maybe a better one will be released next year)

Pagsanjan Music Video ft. The Mayor

The death of Dolphy is really significant. After hearing the eulogies and watching all the tributes offered to him on TV, I’m sure that Filipinos will never forget his legacy. Read related post:

Among the channels of communication, television remains one of the most powerful. Truly, it’s the people’s television.

Burger and traffic

So KFC’s CheeseTop “Streetwise” ad parody on the Jimmy Kimmel show became a hit – thanks to Pinoy ingenuity. It is as effective as the the cathcy local TVC produced by TBWA\SMP (the Philippine Agency of the Year for 2010).  It made me want to taste the product soon. But this post isn’t totally dedicated to this marketing campaign.

Last Tuesday morning, it took me almost three hours to reach Makati City driving from my hometown. (I know others experienced worse) On a regular Saturday, it only takes half the travel time. And I heard a radio ad say, “Manila traffic is something we should live with.”

While choosing the right radio frequency to listen to and glancing at the bumper-to-bumper traffic in front of me along EDSA, I thought of some ways on how to be ‘streetwise’ in times of insanely heavy traffic:

1. Music. Just make sure that you choose the songs that will keep you awake. I prefer the rock alternatives or the ‘songs I grew up with’ and sing-along.

2. Overly wild imagination. Make fun of the things around you. Be entertained by the massive billboards. That’s their purpose.

3. Food (not drinks). Eat but don’t drink too much, or else, you’ll end up swerving and hating MMDA’s pink signpost that says “Huwag gumitgit, makakarating din kayo sa pupuntahan.”

4. Never check the time. You’ll get more impatient when you do. (Unless you are running late for an important meeting, better call it off)

5. Smile. It won’t hurt.

After reaching my destination, I gave myself a “big” treat – McDo’s Big N’ Tasty (although I expected it to be bigger):

It has been a very unhealthy “burger week” for me.
I have to control myself. This may be the effect of too much traffic and gloomy weather.

One sorry, two Aquinos and three SONAs

The month-end has been colorful in the Philippine political arena (as it has always been). Let us welcome the second quarter of 2012 and the next election cycle with positivism and hope. Cheers to a chunk of [relatively] good and interesting news and developments.

Public Apology of Mayor Sara Duterte
It has been a year since Filipinos heard about the sensational ‘smacking’ incident between Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and a sheriff. It’s not too late to say sorry. She kept it short and sincere.  [Complete news here]

Bam Aquino for Senator
I am excited that Ninoy’s look-alike, Bam Aquino, made it to the LP’s “long” shortlist of senatorial candidates for 2013. After reading so much about this multi-awarded social entrepreneur and youth advocate and hearing him speak in several fora , I’m convinced that he is ‘worth voting for.’ How about a second ‘Aquino’ in another branch of government?

Two Years of ‘Tuwid na Daan’
What would be the contents of this year’s SONA? Just like the statement of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson said: The message remains the same: honest and accountable governance is the anvil upon which our people can forge better futures for themselves. This will be PNOY’s third SONA. Carry on.