No Pain, No Gain

Wala sa plano ko pa ang mag-aral ng martial arts although nasa bucket list ko siya ng dapat kong gawin. Nabanggit ko lang kay Bf na gusto ko magkaroon ng basic knowledge about self defense, kinabukasan pinahanap niya ako ng school na nagtuturo nito. Sa una, karate at sport martial arts sana dahil hindi na ako bata I decided to enrolled in Tapondo. 

Tapondo is a Filipino self defense, it originates in Philippines ngunit madami na ring chapters sa ibang bansa. Sa umpisa ang hirap lalo na sa tulad ko, andun ang kinakabahan ako, natatakot at ayaw ko mapahiya sa klase dahil bihasa na sila ngunit ako ay nag-uumpisa pa palang. Sa katagalan naeenjoy ko na.

Thank you for all the generosity and kindness Honey. I love you! Thank you for spoiling me.


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 Eleventh (11th) Regular Meeting at Congress

 Ms. Hannah Seneres, Ms. Carmelita Nuqui, Cong. Walden Bello, Mr. Lito Soriano, Ms. Marcia Sadicon and Ms. Ellene Sana (CMA)

 The Meeting

 its Christmas time in the Congress :)

 proud of this advocates


The meeting was a discussion of issues affecting the rights and welfare of OFWs regarding the inter-agency task force GAMCA decking system, human trafficking, Integration of airport terminal fee into the ticket of departing OFWs and repatriation of OFWs in times of crisis.

Overseas Filipino Workers are heroes in the real sense of  the word because of pain and sacrifice that they have to go through in being separated from their families in the Philippines to seek greener pasture out side the country.


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 The Legend Villa (Mandaluyong)
The Meeting was held at The Legend Villas in Mandaluyong. It was a "dry-run" for our case. 


 the coalition
we are now friends and very close with each other. It's like family. 
 with Cong. Omar Fajardo

 Meeting on going

 with Atty. Paul Sanggalang

with KAMPI President Mr. Luther Calderon

After the meeting we decided to dropped by in Robinson Forum. Hannah treat us lunch as her birthday gift for me together with Mr. Edward Era. It was a meaningful conservation and intimates ones because we shared many things in our lives. Inspirations, frustrations, fear and others.


 I love this girl! She's so meek and humble in spite of her status in life

Thank you Lord for giving me friends that will inspires me more.
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 DWIZ Interview (OFW Global)

Bonding with them after the program with Ms. Carmelita Nuqui (PMWR), Edward Era (Filipino Lifeline, Inc.), Ms. Susan Ople and Mr. Fort Jose (Blas Ople Center)

DZEC Radio Agila with Malou Medina (Gabay ng OFW International)

with Mr. Dave de Castro of Channel 9 News and Current Affairs @ OFW Party List Headquarter.

Hindi ko inaasahan na magiging aktibo ako masyado sa aming coalition. Una pakiramdam ko kailangan ko lang umattend to represent the group which I belong but it did not occurred to me that I will love this advocacy. I got to minglewith different kind of people but regardless of their status I am amazed that they're all accomodating and welcoming especially tackling the issue of  OFWs.
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Happiness



Hanggang ngayon nag-uumapaw pa rin ang sayang aking nararamdaman. Blessing pours and my heart is bursting for joy. Totoo pala talagang kapag lahat ay pinaubaya mo na kay Lord, sa tamang panahon mapapasakamay mo ang iyong pangarap.

Ito yata ang kapalit ng pag let go ko sa past, lalong lalo na sa relasyon na alam kong hindi magiging legal, kung maging legal man ito ay dadaanan sa gabundok na hirap at pagsubok. Matapang kong hinarap lahat at kusang bumitaw sa "huwad" na pangako. Tuluyan kong pinagkatiwala ang lahat sa Kanya. Ngayon, ang mababanaad sa akin ay tunay na saya at pag-ibig galing sa Diyos.

Honey,

Thank you for allowing me to grow in your love. Right now, all i want is to hug you tight and look in your eyes and say "Thank you, I love you so much".
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 birthday gift from bf
 dream house
 other angle
 with Mama and ate
terrace

Isa sa pinakamasayang kaarawan ko ito. Dati nangangarap lang akong magkaroon ng ganitong bahay, akala ko hanggang pangarap na lang ito ngunit on my 36th birthday natupad ito. I am so thankful and grateful.

Thank you Lord!
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 Oct. 31, 2014
All smiles because Judge Tingaraan Guiling of Pasay Regional Trial Court issued TRO against MIAA and DOTC
 Copy of the TRO
 20 days period

 Manila Pavilion after the first hearing in Pasay RTC (with Sir Lito Soriano, and Pete Rahon

 before the session start


 Dencio's Restaurant @ Roxas Boulevard (Thank you for the treat)
 planning the strategy with lawyers and #noto550 coalition

 Press Conference

 Filing the petition for certiorari

the legal team and the petitioners

I was a long week! My mind was drained and my body was consumed by random thoughts because of series of meetings and negotiation with the lawyers and coalition. We had radio and TV interviews, press conference at Blas Ople Center, we filed for certiorari against MIAA and DTC for memorandum circular imposed by them. Terminal Fee integration to the tickets of ofws who are enjoying the privilege of being exempted in Migrant Act (RA 10022).

Today we felt joyous because of the TRO but the real battle has just begun. Preliminary  hearing is set on Nov. 17, 2014. I hope the decision will favor us again.


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 Senate of the Philippines

 Senate Blue Ribbon

 Senate official seal

 with Ms. Hannah Seneres (daughter of Cong. Seneres)

 #noto550 coalition

 the 16th Congress

 Sen Koko Pimentel and Edward Era Chairman of Filipino Lifeline Inc

 Senator Koko Pimentel with groups who lobby for the welfare of OFW

 busy reviewing the petition paper


The meeting was a success because Sen. Koko Pimentel is supporting our call to junk the memorandum circular imposed by Manila International Airlines Authority to integrate the terminal fee in airline tickets even for OFW. The OFW has been exempted in paying because the law says so. R.A. 100022.


Migrant workers called on President Benigno Aquino III to declare as void a Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) circular that would integrate the P550 terminal fee into the price of airline tickets.

In a letter dated October 15, received by Malacanang on October 17, the migrant workers groups led by OFW Family party-list Rep. Roy V. Seneres called on Aquino to "totally abrogate" MIAA Memorandum Circular (MC) 08, Series of 2014, saying it violates a 19-year-old law exempting Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the payment of terminal fee.

"The circular flagrantly violates the right of OFWs to be exempted from payment of the airport terminal fee, pursuant to Section 35 of Republic Act 8042 as amended by Republic Act 10022, also known as the amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act," the letter said.

Under the MIAA circular, which was supposed to have been implemented last Oct. 1 but was moved to Nov. 1, airline and travel agencies are mandated to integrate the P550 terminal fee in the price of airline tickets for all international passengers, including OFWs.

The MIAA had earlier assured that the amount of terminal fee collected from the OFWs may be refunded upon presentation of an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) at the terminal upon their arrival.

The migrant workers groups, however, did not buy MIAA's assurance, saying that it cannot justify a "flagrant" violation of the law.

"Needless to say, the refund will not in any way cure a consummated violation of the law as it would already be a fait accompli. A mere circular cannot amend or disregard a clear provision of the Republic Act," the letter said.

Aside from Seneres, the letter was signed by leaders of 15 other migrant workers group and non-government organizations, namely, Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy  Center and Training Institute; Gemma Comiso of PinoyExpats/OFW Blog Awards, Engrs. Nelson Ramirez and Bienvenido Lorque of United Filipino Seafarers, Carmelita Nuqui of Philippine Migrants' Rights Watch, Ellene Sana of Center for Migrant Advocacy, Loreto Soriano of the LBS Recruitment, Elso Cabangon of Filipino Migrant Workers Group, Sis. Teresa Evasco of Daughters of Charity Migrants Desk, Luther Calderon of KAMPI, and Ma. Fe Nicodemus of KAKAMMPI.

In a separate press statement, Ople said Aquino's urgent intervention on the MIAA circular is necessary considering that many OFWs are already in the process of booking their tickets home for Christmas vacation.

“If MIAA pushes through with the integration of the terminal fee on November 1, this will likely cause confusion and affect the holiday spirit of our kababayans, many of whom are not even aware about this memorandum circular," Ople said. Elizabeth Marcelo/KBK, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/384527/pinoyabroad/news/pnoy-urged-to-junk-circular-on-terminal-fee-integration
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