Failure Isn’t Final, It’s Just a Beginning


FAILURE ISN’T FINAL, IT’S JUST A BEGINNING

 I’m not failed, but my success is just postponed. I grew up with a father and mother who always quarreled almost every day. I didn’t know if my mom was right for all the allegations she threw to my dad. And that caused them to spark every time my dad comes home. Countless of times when my mom attempted to leave us and looked for a peaceful and separated life. We were apprehensive that one day they would end up their marriage in a mess. And yes, it did. My mom left us and worked in Manila. I don’t know if you feel what we felt during that time. It’s difficult to have no mother at home. Mother is the manager of the home. She takes care of her children. With our situation, I came to think that we were already predestined to have a failed family.

Our dad was a small businessman. He traveled to Mindanao very often for that matter. One time, I went with him and he went somewhere else where he could satisfy his fleshly desires while I was left to my relative’s house. My dad was a gambler, drunkard and womanizer. He was so cruel to my mom every time he’s drunk. Nothing I could do to my dad. He was spoiled up by his affluent grandparents. He was well-supplied. He lived in a luxurious life. Subsequently, he lost his business. I considered it a failure on my dad’s leadership. An evil thought came to mind, that when I grow up I should kill my dad. On the other hand, no matter how troubled we were in our home, I along with my siblings thrived to excel in our studies. We consistently got to be on the top of our classes.

During high school, my daily chores such as making ice water and ice candy, tending the cows and carabaos (water buffalo) affected my studies. I arrived to school late and sometimes I couldn’t make my assignments. In fourth year, I was saddened to know that I was given a grade below that the cut-off to be included in the honor roll. I approached my teacher but it seemed that my effort was futile. He was very inconsiderate. I hated that instructor much. I finished high school with a heavy heart because of my failure to be included in the honor roll. From that time, no matter how I tried to console my self, I remained emotionally distressed and perplexed. As if the clouds in heaven fell upon me. But, prior to opening of classes, Landbank of the Philippines offered a scholarship for deserving students who are members of the coconut farmers association. Alas! I was a recipient of the scholarship. Feeling so excited. I prepared the necessary requirements at once. The Vice Mayor who was also my uncle expressed his generosity to help me. Again, it was not pushed through due to the insurgencies and killings that happened in the campus where I supposed to study. Another failure! I skipped one year from my schooling. I worked at Alturas Supermarket as a bagger, janitor and warehouse assistant.

Little by little, my dream became true. I worked at Bohol Chronicle for six months. Then to Casilan Law Office and I moved to Cebu where I got the work in Innodata Philippines. I believe it was God’s wisdom that I decided to study education in one of the universities in Cebu. My life was full of challenges. Honestly, I struggled to pursue my studies. Most of my classmates had already finished their studies and landed in their decent and stable jobs. I felt very inferior. Fortunately, my sister called and advised me to just finish my study in Education at the University of Bohol, where I received the Most Outstanding Student and Leadership Excellence Awards. I was also awarded as Summa cum Laude for my Masters and Meritisimus for my Doctoral. I experienced working abroad for four years, but now I am enjoying happily to serve my fellow-Filipino through DepEd Tagbilaran. To God, be the glory for the speedy promotion. This time, I realized that success comes to those who patiently wait. As it was promised in the book of Isaiah 40:31 and I’d like to quote, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” 

 

 

 

 

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Failure Isn’t Final, It’s Just a Beginning


FAILURE ISN’T FINAL, IT’S JUST A BEGINNING

 I’m not failed, but my success is just postponed. I grew up with a father and mother who always quarreled almost every day. I didn’t know if my mom was right for all the allegations she threw to my dad. And that caused them to spark every time my dad comes home. Countless of times when my mom attempted to leave us and looked for a peaceful and separated life. We were apprehensive that one day they would end up their marriage in a mess. And yes, it did. My mom left us and worked in Manila. I don’t know if you feel what we felt during that time. It’s difficult to have no mother at home. Mother is the manager of the home. She takes care of her children. With our situation, I came to think that we were already predestined to have a failed family.

Our dad was a small businessman. He traveled to Mindanao very often for that matter. One time, I went with him and he went somewhere else where he could satisfy his fleshly desires while I was left to my relative’s house. My dad was a gambler, drunkard and womanizer. He was so mean to my mom every time he’s drunk. Nothing I could do to my dad. He was spoiled up by his affluent grandparents. He was well-supplied. He lived in a luxurious life. Subsequently, he lost his business. I considered it a failure on my dad’s leadership. An evil thought came to mind, that when I grow up I should kill my dad. On the other hand, no matter how troubled we were in our home, I along with my siblings thrived to excel in our studies. We consistently got to be on the top of our classes.

During high school, my daily chores such as making ice water and ice candy, tending the cows and carabaos (water buffalo) affected my studies. I arrived to school late and sometimes I couldn’t make my assignments. In fourth year, I was saddened to know that I was given a grade below that the cut-off to be included in the honor roll. I approached my teacher but it seemed that my effort was futile. He was very inconsiderate. I hated that instructor much. I finished high school with a heavy heart because of my failure to be included in the honor roll. From that time, no matter how I tried to console my self, I remained emotionally distressed and perplexed. As if the clouds in heaven fell upon me. But, prior to opening of classes, Landbank of the Philippines offered a scholarship for deserving students who are members of the coconut farmers association. Alas! I was a grantee of the scholarship. Feeling so excited. I prepared the necessary requirements at once. The Vice Mayor who was also my uncle expressed his generosity to help me. Again, it was not pushed through due to the insurgencies and killings that happened in the campus where I supposed to study. Another failure! I skipped one year from my schooling. I worked in a supermarket as a bagger, janitor and warehouse assistant.

Little by little, my dream became true. I worked at Bohol Chronicle for six months. Then to Casilan Law Office and I moved to Cebu where I got the work in Innodata Philippines. I believe it was God’s wisdom that I decided to study education in one of the universities in Cebu. My life was full of challenges. Honestly, I struggled to pursue my studies. Most of my classmates had already finished their studies and landed in their decent and stable jobs. I felt very inferior. Fortunately, my sister called and advised me to just finish my study in Education at the University of Bohol, where I received the Most Outstanding Student and Leadership Excellence Awards. I was also awarded as Summa cum Laude for my Masters and Meritissimus for my Doctoral. I experienced working abroad for four years, but now I am enjoying happily to serve my fellow-Filipino through DepEd Tagbilaran. To God, be the glory for the speedy promotion. This time, I realized that success comes to those who patiently wait. As it was promised in the book of Isaiah 40:31 and I’d like to quote, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

 

 

 

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Pinay in New Zealand receives Queen’s Medal
January 27, 2012 8:00am
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A New Zealand-based Filipino woman was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for her service to the Filipino community, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the DFA cited a report from the Philippine Embassy in Wellington, which said that Gladys Grace Alumisin-Stephens—a New Zealand citizen of Filipino descent—was among those who received the QSM there at the national year-end awards for 2011.

New Zealand has been giving the award to persons who do voluntary service to the community since 1975, an honor that lets recipients use the letters “QSM” after their name.

Persons who are not New Zealand citizens, or citizens of Commonwealth nations of which The Queen is head of state, may be awarded an “Honorary” Medal, the DFA said.

Pinay QSM recipient

Alumisin-Stephens, who moved from Cubao in Quezon City to New Zealand in 1988, currently serves as Justice of the Peace in Hamilton, the fourth largest city in New Zealand based on population. Some 800 Filipinos are residing there.

“Mrs. Stephens has been rendering voluntary service for refugee and migrant settlers in the Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre Trust and the Waikato Multi-cultural Council since the early 1990s. Since 2022, she has also taken a lead volunteer role as Shama’s Events and Programme managers, serving to this day as a Trustee on the Shama Board,” the statement read.

She has been recognized by other award-giving bodies there, including the New Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils and the Hamilton City Council, it added.

Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Virginia Benavidez said Aluminsi-Stephens “continues to do our country and people proud.”

Other Filipino awardees

Three other New Zealand-based Filipinos received the honor from the Queen in the past.

Anita Mansell, leader of Wellington’s Filifest Dance Group, received the QSM during the Queen’s birthday celebration in June 2011.

In 2007, Filipino psychiatrist Dr. Antonio Noblejas received the same recognition for being an active leader in the Filipino community in Auckland.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Zonoobi was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, an order of chivalry, in 2003, for her service to refugees and migrant communities. – RJMD, GMA News
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Federer versus Isner


Isner hands Federer rare Davis Cup loss, gives Americans 2-0 lead in Switzerland
By Chris Chase | Busted Racquet – 21 hours ago

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(Getty Images)Roger Federer looked like he wanted to be anywhere else in the world. Once he saw how good John Isner looked, he played like it too.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion was playing in a first-round Davis Cup tie for the first time in eight years and was doing so in front of his hometown fans in Firbourg, Switzerland. But a fast, sloppy clay surface left him frustrated before the match and Isner’s powerful serve kept him that way during it, leading to a stunning four-set, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory for the American.

It was the first time Federer had lost to an American on clay since 1999 and his first Davis Cup loss in 15 matches.

Isner’s win gave the United States a 2-0 lead in the opening-round tie. Earlier in the day, Mardy Fish outlasted Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets, winning 9-7 in the last. The Americans are playing without an injured Andy Roddick and Bob Bryan, who is back in the states caring for his newborn daughter.

Federer got a break early in the first set and cruised to a 6-4 win. Despite 12 more break chances in the match, the world No. 3 wouldn’t get another. Isner’s serve was predictably solid, but he won the match on his passing shots and at the net. The uneven surface allowed the American to get behind shots and change angles, crossing up Federer countless times during their match.

The final two points of the match captured the overall tenor of play. On two Federer second serves, Isner took a step inside the baseline and unleashed a crosscourt return backhand that Federer barely reached for.

“It’s the biggest win of my life, that’s for sure,” Isner said after the match. “But what it means to me is that our team is up 2-0.”

Saturday’s doubles match is scheduled to pit Federer and Wawrinka against Fish and Ryan Harrison.

Corona and his SALN: Nothing to Fear if there’s Nothing to Hide


Corona and his SALN: Nothing to Fear if there’s Nothing to Hide
January 12, 2012
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DEED OF SALE House panel Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., (left) shows a deed of sale of a Bellagio unit in Taguig City allegedly belonging to Chief Justice Corona and his wife. At right is Rep. Miro Quimbo, prosecution panel spokesperson.(Photo credit:MARIANNE BERMUDEZ,http://newsinfo.inquirer.net)

Define SALN.

As a simple political term, it is just a shortcut for “statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth”. For the politically literate, SALN are these documents that publicly divulge who are the ‘richest’ and the ‘poorest’ among our current government officials; an opportunity to hail the ‘humble’ and scrutinize the ‘luxurious’. However, these past few days and weeks, the unprecedented tirades and mockery between the accused Corona and the members of the prosecution panel seem to put SALN out of context.

SALN should be used basically for the sake of transparency and accountability, not to inspire another political circus in the making. The issue started when members of the prosecution team, helmed by Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. of Iloilo, publicly released documents revealing that Corona owns a 303-square-meter Bellagio unit at the Bonifacio Global City, amounting to almost 14. 5 million pesos. In addition to that, they also said that they have found significant discrepancies between the 1992 and 2002 SALN report of Corona. According to reports, Corona declared a net worth of P14,968,000 in his SALN after entering the government in 1992 and ten years later in 2002, he declared a net worth of P13,968,000. These are strong evidences against the Chief Justice considering that his own failure to disclose his SALN publicly is one of the eight articles of impeachment issued against him. Former Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas, which heads Corona’s legal team, reiterated that the said penthouse condominium and other things under investigation are conjugal properties of Corona and his wife so there’s no point to use those evidences for the impeachment trial. But if Corona is really living within his own means, then how come they can’t disclose even a simple document to at least shed a light to the questions being hurled against him?

Deliberate hiding of SALN records from the public violates Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials. However, members of the High Tribunal cannot be forced to divulge to the public their SALN because an internal rule of the SC bars them from doing so. According to The Manila Times, the internal rule has been enforced since 1989 to shield magistrates from harassments by the rich and famous who have pending cases before the Supreme Court. In short, the Chief Justice Renato Corona is entitled to refuse public’s request to reveal his ‘private’ SALN documents. Perhaps he thinks that he doesn’t owe the public anything as he was appointed by the President and NOT by the people. But using this reason is a lame excuse to hide any traces of graft and corruption. The public elected the President who appointed him thereafter so as far as public accountability is concerned, members of the Supreme Court must also have the responsibility to tell the whole truth. SC Spokesperson Midas Marquez told the media that Corona’s SALN will be diclosed at the ‘right place and time’, pushing the prosecution panel to doubt that any trace of veracity will be found on Corona’s SALN once they issue it publicly. He even quoted:“Hindi madudoktor ang SALN dahil lahat iyan ay naka-file na sa office of the clerk of court.” But the eye-opening question is this: Who controls the “clerk of court”? Based on the existing power of Supreme Court over the clerk of court, one doesn’t need to be a genius to predict that any transparency is impossible to be achieved in this scenario.

Sadly, the SALN controversy doesn’t involve Corona alone. It turned out recently that 185 of the 188 congressmen who voted to impeach Corona had also failed to submit their SALN. PCIJ Executive Director Malou Mangahas, in an interview with ANC also on Wednesday, took to task the House agencies that handles the SALNs of lawmakers. She said the PCIJ found out that only 2 congressmen have voluntarily made public their SALN, while none of the House prosecutors have made their SALN public. Mangahas said House should not just release SALNs summaries to the public but the whole document itself to assure transparency. Based on this premise, it turns out that SALN is becoming a popular tool nowadays for public officials to either reveal each of their own dark secrets or gain widespread popularity by using Corona as a scapegoat.

Filipinos, is this how we should use and look at SALN? Beyond any political strategy and ambition, SALN should serve as a great avenue for our political leaders to gain transparency and eventually, the public’s trust. Corona should reveal the truth for truth’s sake because through this process, he will be able to at least clear some dirt from his name. But Corona should not be alone in this responsibility because every public servant owes us an explanation on where and how they spend the money entrusted to them. SALN can either be a blessing or a curse but if everyone in the government uses every opportunity to be as transparent as possible, then we won’t need the Freedom of Information Bill anymore.

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