Mindanao has been regarded as the “Land of Promise” because of its vast fertile land and rich natural resources. This promise is largely unrealized as many areas remain poor, with over half of the population living below poverty line, a good percentage of which are in the Autonomous Regions in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The island group has also been through decades of armed conflict, which has claimed countless lives and displaced some 30,000 to 50,000 persons annually. Children and adolescents are among those who have suffered the most, caught in the midst of violence, displacement, poverty, and the loss of loved ones. It is for this reason that civil society groups have taken initiatives in introducing the culture of peace among the children in Mindanao’s conflict-affected communities through the promotion of their own traditional, cultural, and artistic abilities. One of these groups is the 13-year-old Kalimudan Culture and Arts Center, a non-profit … [Read more...] about How do you teach peace in a time of war?
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Going through the list of names who volunteered to share their thoughts for the Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Book reminds me of the diligence of people who worked to gather them. At first glance, you will be amazed at the celebrity power the list conjures. Yet, flipping through the pages and reading the reflections convinced me that the book’s selling point goes beyond that “list of who’s who.” The childlike wonder, the playfulness, the love and sincerity of the messages provide the soul of the book with the weight of the names who shared them just serving as extra “gravy” to the great value of their insights and musings. Making one’s mother proud is not exclusive to anyone. As Bemz Benedito, MYNP Foundation, Inc. managing director, puts it, “We honor our mothers based on love.” Content is king, and as far this collection of anecdotes, poems, doodles, songs, drawings is concerned, all of the entrants equally share the credit and … [Read more...] about How do you make your nanay proud?
You really know where to start Fixing a broken heart You really know what to do Your emotional tools can cure any fool Whose dreams have fallen apart Fixing a broken heart — from Fixing a Broken Heart by AZN Dreamers * * * And how can you mend a broken heart? How can you stop the rain from falling down? How can you stop the sun from shining? What makes the world go round? How can you mend a broken man? How can a loser ever win? Please help me mend a broken heart And let me live again. — from How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by the Bee Gees These songs about mending broken hearts come to mind as you read the synopsis of Viva Films’ Camp Sawi (opening nationwide next Wednesday, Aug. 24, directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal) which is about five young women “struggling to mend their broken hearts inside a camp that helps them recover their awful experiences in love,” starring Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Arci Muñoz, Yassi Pressman and … [Read more...] about How do you mend a broken heart?
Pokémon GO is FINALLY here! Although the augmented reality game has only been out for a few days, Malaysians are already doing what they can to be the very best. Aside from Malaysia, the game is also now available in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Pala In the game, trainers who've reached Level 5 will have the opportunity to challenge rival Gyms or train at one of your team's Gyms Gyms are in-game locations that are typically tied to major real-world areas where you can battle other trainers. If a Gym is held by your faction, you can select a single Pokémon and train with other members of your team, raising the amount of prestige points associated with the Gym.The higher the Prestige, the more Pokémons can be stationed at the gym, which in turn grants higher daily bonuses of stardust and Pokécoins that can be earned.If you and your … [Read more...] about How Do You Become A Gym Leader In Pokémon GO?
Malaysians were all abuzz when Jackie Chan was awarded a Datukship 3 days ago. A lot were amused and supportive but most were puzzled about his contributions to the country. In 2008, the Malacca state government conferred Shah Rukh Khan the Datuk honour for boosting the state's tourism after he shot 'One 2 Ka 4' in Alor Gajah 2008 - @iamsrk Honured with #Datuk Honour from Malacca state (Malaysia) Governor Mohammad Khalil Yaakob in Malacca. pic.twitter.com/ZeEX5lNxY7 Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the decision to confer the title on the actor was based on a suggestion by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin to Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob recently as a means to further promote Malacca owing to the fact that the actor had shot a movie scene here several years ago. He said the movie One 2 ka 4 was shot at the A Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah in 2001. “This resulted in many people visiting Malacca since then. The award is given in recognition of … [Read more...] about [SHARE] What Is A Datuk And How Do You Even Become One?