"Good evening everyone!
Please allow me to share the organization I am representing.
The Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards (PEBA), Inc. is a non-profit, non-stock organization of international Filipino Bloggers located from different parts of the world & registered in Securities & Exchange Commission and Bureau of Internal Revenue. It has representative & liaison offices in the Middle East, South East Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe and North Africa.
Originally, PEBA serves as an award-giving body that recognizes and honors the exemplary work of blogging Filipino Expats and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW); to present their blog work and bring out their creative talents through the power of cyberspace.
Three action-oriented groups have sprouted to deliver social services,
1) PEBA Scholars, an adopt-a-poor-kid-to-school program in partnership with a nonprofit US based organization, The Believe International, sending poor Filipino children to school. We have a number of students that we are sending to school, assigning each one with volunteer mentors to teach them correct values and follow up on their grades at school.
2) PEBA Help, OFW’s proactively gave assistance to the OFWs in distressed, utilizing the Internet to report actual events right where it happen, when it happen; refer OFWs and their families to appropriate inter-governmental agencies and seek the cooperation of other non-governmental organizations to address the needs of the Filipino migrant workers.
3) PEBA Cares, another social project of PEBA that visits and donates to orphanage, home for the aged, and conducts environmental projects and other bloggers event, respectively.
We are also active in Congress and Senate lobbying for the welfare and protection of OFW. We were part of ‪#‎noto550‬ terminal fee, Balikbayan Boxes, and the recent Tanim Bala issue.
In behalf of our founding chairman Mr. Kenjie Solis, Nj Abad our President and all 70 Admins around the globe, we would like to thank everyone especially KAKAMPI for giving us this award.
We would like to dedicate this award to our 310,000 followers and to our Advisers Mr. Lito Soriano and Ms. Carmelita Nuqui.
Mabuhay po ang mga Bagong Bayani.
Mabuhay po tayong lahat!"
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 red carpet walk

 having fun @ prepared cocktail drinks

 Finalist for Fiction and Literature

I had a wonderful experience during the Bloggys2015 Gala Night (Nov. 21, 2015) @SMX Aura, BGC. I was privilege enough to be invited and representing Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards, Gumamela Sa Paraiso and Love.bus (chosen as a finalist for Fiction and Literature).  Getting the award on behalf of my co-blogger and a friend Mr. Francis Morilao. Thank you Sir Kiko for allowing me to received your plaque and recognition.

I had to say it was a very successful event, attended by respected judges, bloggers, event organizers, and media people. I also got to see old friends in blog sphere and met bloggers which I idolize. 

Looking forward to the next year blogging event. 

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Dear Baby,

How many times did you tell me to be strong, to go on with my daily activities so that I won't miss you much but the reality is different from fantasy. I miss you so bad. If I can only make time faster, I'll do it in a blink of an eye because I want to be with you. I want to spend my life with you, I want to create a world full of happiness and love with you. 

I know  life is harder because of unexpected turned of events but I want you to know I am here, and will wait for you. Hardship will never be my reason to leave you. I will always love you, and my love for you is getting stronger each passing day.


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 Explaining the sentiments of OFW sector

 We felt being harassed by the airport because in other country Filipinos don't experience this kind of shame only in our own place which lead to our question "Are we treated second class citizen in this country?
TV5 Metro Sabado program

TV5 Metro Sabado Guesting with Sir John.
Nanawagan ang OFW Advocates Coalition Spokeperson John Bertiz and PEBA Admin na tanggalin si MIAA Gen. Manager Angel Honrado dahil sa pagiging inutil nito sa kanyang tungkulin. Ilang issues na ang patuloy na OFW ang biktima? Mula sa Terminal Fee, opening of Balikbayan boxes, Pagdagdag ng singil sa customs, at ito na naman, ang tanimbala.
Hanggang kailan papasanin ng Bagong Bayani ang mga ganitong pagpapahirap?
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 rubbing elbows with Atty Persida Acosta

 with Engr. Nelson Ramirez and Ms. Susan Ople

 together with tanim bala victim Nanay Gloria

  1. Senate of the Philippines official seal

Naging maayos ang ginawang hearing sa Senado last week , Napawalang sala na din si Nanay Gloria, bumisita na sa Hongkong at makakapagtrabaho na ulit sa dating amo. Sa pagbalik ba niya sa Hongkong ay nangangahulugan din ng paglimot sa mga nakagawa ng kasalanan sa kanya? Mahirap isipin na mismong bansa natin ang nagpapahirap sa mga OFw from terminal fee integration, balikbayan boxes at itong tanim bala syndicate.
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Pumunta kami sa Kamay Ni Hesus noong nakaraang Wednesday. Umalis kami ng Cubao vis Jac Liner 12am, nakarating kami sa Lucena ng 3am. Dahil sa masyado pang maaga nag stay muna kami sa Jollibee hanggang 5am. Ang jeep papunta ng Lucban, Quezon ay inantay pa naming mapuno.

Nakarating kami sa Kamay ni Hesus ng 5:00 ngunit ang bukas ay 6am, nag antay kami hanggang pwede na sila magpapasok. It was a meaningful experience. Going to the top of the mountain was a fulfilling moment. I tried to count the stairs, 300 steps (I hope I am not mistaken). On the way up, we enjoyed the scene, every step we made was a one step closer to embracing the faith I am into.

What really inspired me with this journey was Mama's determination to reach the top inspite of her old age. Such an inspiration seeing her, I knew she was struggling  but she managed to conquer and attain the goal.

The Mass was headed by Father Fuller. It was one of the best mass I've experience.

Thank you Lord for allowing me to see the light. Thank you for your mercy and compassion.
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Dinalaw muli ako ng pagkabagabag, at madaming tanong na sumanga pa rin ng ibang katanungan.
Habang binabaybay ko ang daan kaninang umaga, nakita ko ang larawang ito, mag-ama, nakatira sa kalsada, walang sariling tirahan. Sumagi sa isip ko, paano kaya sila natutulog sa malamig na gabi o kaya sa biglang pagbuhos ng ulan? Ang kinakain nila saan nanggaling?

Naisip ko rin, ang swerte ko pa rin pala. Kumpara sa mga pinagdadanan ko dapat pala akong mahiya dahil sa gabi nakakatulog ako ng mahimbing, may malambot akong kamang hinihigaan.
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Dear Baby,

Let me begin with this notes by saying I miss you so much! If you only know how much I want to be with you. :(

I know I don’t have much to offer. I am not rich. I am not powerful. I am not perfect in anyway. I can be difficult. I can be such stubborn but you always make me feel like the most valuable person in the world. You always feed my self esteem and tell me I am beyond compare. I feel like I can do anything with you by my side. Even if the whole world turned against me, you would stand by me. I’m glad you believe in me.

You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. You love me for being me. And that makes me happy.

You make it so easy to smile. You make me feel like I can do anything. I will never let you go and I’ll love you with everything I am for all of my life.

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Being Me

Life is taking chances, grabbing all the opportunity you have.

But what if the "gamble" I made affects my whole being? Do I need to be swallowed by regrets? Last night while contemplating on so many unsaid emotions I realized that, my story will be my authentic "movie". No one can ever dictate me nor suppress me to be me.

I made a choice!

I made a pact to myself, I'll be more honest and straightforward regardless of what but I'll be more sensitive in dealing with issues that will affect others.

''Bhing, you are too strong.''

I answered, "did you ever asked yourself, what if you only see the surface but beneath I am vulnerable.''

Behind Gumamela's laughter and smile is the untold story of frustration, betrayal and disappointments. I am standing strong because that's the only choice I have.

Being brave is being ME.
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Lapis At Papel Recipient
(May 10, 2015)
1. Jemm Asher Matheson Romoso (Kinder 1) Little Angel Learning Center Cubao, Quezon City
2. Angel Rose Casina (Kinder 1) Hinag-an Elementary School
Southern Leyte
3. Janine Faith Romoso (Kinder 1) Little Angel Learning Center Cubao, Quezon City
4. Chris Daniel Hamtig (Kinder 2) Little Angel Learning Center
Cubao, Quezon City
5. James Nicole Javines (Kinder 2) Little Angel Learning Center
Cubao, Quezon City
6. Kevin Clynt Cabalhin (Grade 1) Libtong Elem. School
7. Johann Lambonao (Grade 1) Hindag-an, Elem. School
Southern Leyte
8. Gerome Calunod (Grade 2) Salvacion Elem. School
9. Princess Jane Hamtig (Grade 2) P. Tuazon Elementary School
10. Jan Luisa Negrido (Grade 2) Polu Pandan East Elem. School, Negros
11. Kent Lamboonao (Grade 2) Hindag-an, Elem. School
Southern Leyte
12. Trixie Jane Daria (Grade 3) Cubao Elem. School
13. Nikki Mabilin (Grade 3)Homapon Elem. School
14. Julia Marie A. Saga (Grade 3) Cubao, Elem. School
15. Angel Ross Tripulca (Grade 4) Libtong Elem. School
16. Annie Keith B. Capistrano (Grade 4) San Juan Elementary School
17. Joshua Negrido (Grade 4) Bacacay Elem. School
18. Raeven Pilande (Grade 4) P. Tuazon Elem. School
19. Maria Mariz Hamtig (Grade 4) P. Tuazon Elem. School
20. Shane Diana Primavera (Grade 4) Cubao Elem. School
21. Jayde Lazhir Benavidez (Grade 4) Salvacion Elem. School
22. Danica Eul S. Ugat (Grade 4) Saint Anthon Academy
Carmen Bohol
23. Danielle P. Tuco (Grade 4) Sawyer Integrated School
24. Jay- Ar Lambonao (Grade 4) Hindag-an, Elem. School
Southern Leyte
25. Kristine Daria (Grade 5) Homapon Elem. School
26. Kurt Jea Soriano (Grade 5) Salvacion Elem. School
27. Angel G. Pagwagan (Grade 5) Greenhomes Integrated School
Pasig City
28. Jeffrey Mostacisa (Grade 5) Hinag-an Elementary School
Southern Leyte
29. Rey Ann Balute (Grade 6) Molino II Elem. School
30. Leona Andrea Beguia (Grade 6) Maly Elem. School
San Mateo Rizal
31. Harvey Daria (Grade 6) Homapon Elem. School
32. Jerald John Ramoso (Grade 6) Alabang Elem. School
33. Ronan Allen Pangilinan (Grade 6) P. Tuazon Elem. School
34. Kian Drazielle Soriano (Grade 6) Saalvacio Elem. School
35. Dante Cabatingan (Grade 7) Bacacay Elem. School
36. Joemyr Hamtig (Grade 8) Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School
37. Lawrence Pangilinan (Grade 8)
38. Jay-El P. Javines (Grade 8) Melgar High School
Caligara Leyte
39. Abam B. Capistrano (Grade 8) Bato Rural Development High School, Bato Catanduanes
40. Yerxes Daria (Grade 9) Homapon High School
41. Justin Negrido (Grade 9) Bacacay Elem. School
42. Dave Enver S. Ugat (Grade 9) Saint Anthony Academy
Carmen Bohol
43. Daryl Evan S. Magat (Grade 10)
44. Dexter Erl S. Ugat (Grade 10)
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"Our life is an endless journey; it is like a broad highway that extends infinitely into the distance. The practice of meditation provides a vehicle to travel on that road. Our journey consists of constant ups and downs "

I have stories to tell, stories that provide wisdom about the journey of my life. I am the imperfect human being, full of flaws but I believe I am the perfect creation of God.

I can remember the feelings so vividly, the emptiness, the yearning, the confusion, the lacking, and the depression. They all merged together, and they always seemed to present themselves at the worst possible times.

The simplest things, like getting out of bed in the morning, felt so heavy. The best joys in life, like being with family and creating new connections, felt unsatisfying. Things were heavy, hard, and almost unbearable.
I didn’t understand what was creating these feelings, or what I needed to do to change them.
It sounds like such a cliché to say that one day something happened that changed my life forever, but it did: Everything transformed for me when I decided to focus on creating purpose in my life.
I used to think, in order for me to get noticed I need to give extra effort more than the usual thing I do. I have to excelled in whatever I'm into but as i get older I realized life is not about pleasing others nor living according to their standards but what matter is living a life with purpose.
Living with God's grace!
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 The Taoist Temple overlooking the city

 thank you for our sponsor  :)  inside our room @Quest Hotel

 Sto Nino 

 at the lobby

 tired climbing the stairs (stairway to heaven)

 The Magellan's Cross

Magellan's Cross

 the side trip :) 

 Lantaw Resto (the view was amazing during night)
the reason why I went to Cebu was for the ANZAEPP jobs fair.

 with the ANZAEPP team

Sto Nino Church

First time to travel in Cebu, first time to attend Jobs Fair too. I had fun and memorable time with the participants and host. :)
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 The FOI Coalition
 discussing their angst and frustration from Aquino government for not passing the Freedom of Information Bill

What: FOI Press COnference
When: Aug. 20, 2015
Where: Quezon City Memorial Circle

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 with my co-host Ms. Lou Medina, Mr. John Bertiz and Mr. Lyndon Soresca

I am co hosting the Gabay OFW International every Saturday 8-9pm @ Eagle Broadcasting Corporation. Ito ay isa na naman challenge na tinanggap ko para saa OFWs saan mang panig ng mundo. Mabuhay ang mga Bagong Bayani.
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