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Andres Bonifacio was a Filipino revolutionary leader; born: November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897. He is the Father of the Philippine Revolution and one of the most prominent national heroes in the Philippines. Andres Bonifacio was the founder of the KKK “Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan” or Katipunan. Andres Bonifacio aimed for the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.




Loving and merciful Father with gratitude to your bountiful grace we acknowledge your continuous presence and guidance among and within us.

As our friends and volunteers prepare take the Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination, we ask you to give them wisdom, courage, and strength so that they may be sustained before, during, and after the board examinations. Enlighten their hearts and minds that they may be able to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Keep them always in touch with You, our companion in this journey who would always remind us of honesty, sincerity and integrity.

We ask you all of these loving Father In the name of Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.



Dress Code Memo - November 2009 Nursing Board Exam


Dr. Ruth Padilla, Commissioner-in-Charge of the Professional Regulations Commission said they will issue an advisory to all schools and deans of nursing colleges about the zoning scheme and its plan to split the deadline of application for repeaters and first- timers.

She said the new scheme was pilot-tested for the November exam, but will be fully implemented for the June board next year.

Padilla also bared the Commission’s plan to combine and hold twice the special licensure examination for nurses in Hong Kong and the regular nurses’ board in the country.

The special licensure examination for nurses in Hong Kong started this month upon the request of the Filipino Nurses Association (FPA) and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IMAP) chapters in that country.

She said the professional regulatory body will also implement in 2010 the new schedule for the licensure examinations from June to July 3, and from November to Dec. 12 and 13.

“Ang reason natin dito, we are having problems with examinees not able to apply on the deadline simply because they are not issued a transcript of record, because they are not graduates yet,’’ she said.



CESDEV Nursing is praying for the success of those who will be taking the Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination tomorrow and on Sunday. Sanz Marie Nasibog and Clauven Navallo, active CESDEV Nursing officers, will be among those who will troop the examination venues tomorrow. Our prayers are with you. God bless!


The number of nursing graduates who will take the licensure examination this month went up by 16,733 to 95,305. Based on PRC data, majority of the board takers will be in Manila with 40, 675. The second highest number of examinees is in Baguio City (11,105) and La Union (3,001) for a combined total of 14,106 examinees in Northern Luzon.

The other board takers are in Cagayan De Oro (3,048); Cebu City (8,912); Davao City (3,143); Iloilo City (6,063); Legazpi City (3,073); Lucena City (3,444); Pagadian City (1,569); Tacloban City (1,145); Tuguegarao City (2,324); and Zamboanga City (1,609).

The lowest number of examinees will be in Butuan City (898), Angeles City (185) and Jolo, Sulu (166). The licensure examination is set from Nov. 29 to 30.



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Kung kailan pinakamadilim
Mga tala ay mas nagniningning
Gaano man kakapal ang ulap
Sa likod nito ay may liwanag
Ang liwanag na ito'y nasa ating lahat
May sinag ang bawat pusong bukas
Sa init ng mga yakap
Maghihilom ang lahat ng sugat

Ang nagsindi nitong ilaw, walang iba kung hindi Ikaw
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko

Tayo ang ilaw sa madilim na daan
Pagkakapit- bisig lalong higpitan
Dumaan man sa malakas na alon lahat tayo'y makakaahon
Ang liwanag na ito'y nasa ating lahat
May sinag ang bawat pusong bukas
Sa init ng mga yakap
Maghihilom ang lahat ng sugat

Ang nagsindi nitong ilaw, walang iba kung hindi Ikaw
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko

Kikislap ang pagasa
Kahit kanino man
Dahil Ikaw Bro, dahil Ikaw Bro, dahil Ikaw Bro
Ang Star ng Pasko
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko

Ang nagsindi nitong ilaw, walang iba kung hindi Ikaw
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko
Ang nagsindi nitong ilaw, walang iba kung hindi Ikaw
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko
Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko

Dahil Ikaw Bro, dahil Ikaw Bro, dahil Ikaw Bro
Ang Star ng pasko...


The background music of this blog is taken from the Kapamilya network's Christmas station ID (SID) put together by its Creative Communications Management (CCM) group. This year’s SID features not only the network’s stars and broadcasters, but ordinary people from different sectors as well.

CCM head Robert Labayen wrote a song for the five-minute SID, which reflects the “unsinkable” spirit of the Filipinos. The SID song was performed by more than 300 talents pooled together for the project. Labayen added that the SID encourages the Filipinos to bounce back after the calamities, and reminds the public that “goodness shines the brightest in the darkest hours.”

“And the message comes from the song. We have the stars singing together with the heroes–workers, soldiers, the medics, volunteers, church--from all sectors of society. They come together to rebuild our lives again,” Labayen said. The SID concept this year is not only simpler compared to previous years, but more “uplifting.”

“Dati kasi, ang gusto natin masaya lang, masayang pasko. It's about our family. Pero this time, it’s about Filipinos,” said Danie Rose Sedilla-Cruz, CCM’s creative account head. Sedilla-Cruz said the SID also highlights the fact that Christ is the source of light, but all of us are bearers of it. She said: “Better to light one little candle than to stumble in the dark. Bawat isa sa atin, pagkatapos noong nangyari, nalaman mo sa sarili mo na meron kang magagawa.”


THE Commission on Higher Education (Ched) warned Tuesday 152 nursing schools whose passing rates in licensure exams is way below the standard set by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) for the past five years to "shape-up or be phase-out."

"This is a wake-up call for our nursing schools to shape-up or phase-out. Ched will not hesitate to enforce the regulation if they still failed to heed our calls," said Ched Chairman Dr. Emmanuel Angeles. "With this move, we are helping not only the parents and students to carefully choose the nursing schools they go to, but we are helping our economy my minimizing frustrations and wastage among our nursing graduates when they take the licensure tests and make sure that they only get quality education," he added.

Angeles said these schools will be issued individually an initial warning from Ched to improve their nursing program through their graduates' performance in the succeeding nursing licensure exams. He said the Commission has the legal authority to order the closure or phasing out of degree programs that failed to meet the standard in licensure test.

Ched Resolution No. 378-2009 stated that "For this school year, higher education institutions (HEI) whose performance in licensure examinations in the last three consecutive years is greater than 50 percent but lower than the national passing rate shall be given an initial warning to improve their performance."

For those HEIs whose passing percentage is zero percent for the last three years, Ched said they will be phased out while those whose performance in licensure tests were above 50 percent but less than the national average shall have their recognized programs downgraded to permit status.

Angeles said Ched identified the low performing nursing schools through a series of validation processes conducted on the country's 456 nursing schools today. They performed below the National Passing Rate of 46.14 percent.

On the other hand, Ched released the list of the Top 20 nursing schools in the country with Silliman University having an average of 96.57 percent followed by the Saint Louis University, 95.42; Trinity University of Asia with 95.06; University of Sto. Tomas, 95.06; Cebu Doctors University, 91.89; Saint Paul University, 89.79; Central Philippine University, 86.72; De La Salle University-Health Sciences campus, 85.26; Saint Mary's University, 84.10; San Pedro College, 83.10; Manila Doctors College, 82.56; Centro Escolar University-Manila, 81.50; Angeles University Foundation, 76.37; Mariano Marcos University, 75.55; University of San Agustin, 73.25; University of Cebu, 70.99; Metropolitan Hospital College of Nursing, 70.54; Ateneo De Davao University, 70.20; San Juan De Dios Education Foundation, 69.91; and University of St. La Salle with 67.55.



Tropical depression “Urduja” continues to move eastward slowly in the southeastern part of the Philippines on Tuesday evening said the country’s weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

“Urduja” was located by PAGASA, as of 10 p.m., 75 kilometers northeast of Surigao City. It said it was moving east slowly with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center.

The weather agency forecast the weather disturbance to be 120 kms east northeast of Surigao City by Wednesday evening; 210 kms east northeast of Surigao City or 180 kms east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by Thursday evening; and 280 kms east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by Friday evening.

Public Storm Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Island and Siargao Island. All other storm warning signals in other areas have been lowered.



Issued At: 5:00 a.m., 24 November 2009

At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression "URDUJA" was estimated based on satellite and surface data in the vicinity of Dinagat or at 50 kms East Northeast of Maasin, Leyte. (10.4°N, 125.3°E) with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.


"You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."



CESDEV Nursing is going back to Aloguinsan, Cebu today to conduct Medical-Dental-Surgical Mission together with the Rotary Club of Cebu - South headed by its active President. Mr. Carlos Apuhin. CESDEV Nursing visited the town a year ago to conduct similar activities (Click HERE for photos of the said activity). Wanna know more about the place? Read on ...

Aloguinsan is a paradise for eco-tourists that offers variety of experiences from bird watching along the mystical Bojo River to snorkeling and diving in its breathtaking coral wonderland.

Adventure seekers are also welcome in this booming town. You can kayak along the mangrove forests of Bojo River or along the town’s coast to the hidden white sand beach of Kantabogon; or you can trek the trail to Beloria Hill where the Pulahans (warriors believed to be indestructible because of their amulets) took its last stand against the American invaders.

There's also the mystical mountains that hide extensive cave formations that would tickle every spelunker’s interest. Indeed, Aloguinsan is bigger that what it is.



A regular favourite of fire twirlers. Poi is a Maori word and the art of spinning poi originally comes from New Zealand, though can be found throughout the world today. Fire Poi are made of a ball of kevlar wick on the end of a chain that is swung around the body. Usually twirled in pairs, they create a beautiful circular fire trail about the fire dancer.

Watch Ms Jeaniza Tagaoc, a second year student nurse and CESDEV volunteer aspirant, perform a routine of spining poi in the video above.


Fire dancing (also known as "fire twirling," "fire spinning," "fire performance," or "fire manipulation") is a group of performance arts or disciplines that involve manipulation of objects on fire. Typically these objects have one or more bundles of wicking, which are soaked in fuel and ignited.

Some of these disciplines are related to juggling or baton twirling (both forms of object manipulation), and there is also an affinity between fire dancing and rhythmic gymnastics. Firedancing is often performed to music. Fire dancing has been a traditional part of cultures from around the world, and modern fire performance often includes visual and stylistic elements from many traditions.



Antique gold jewelry pieces, jars and plates as well as skeletons 500 years old were found in a digging site at the church plaza here which experts claim to be artifacts from the 15th Century.

Mr. Jojo Bersales, consultant on heritage and museum affairs of Cebu province and also the chairman of the Socio-Anthro Department of the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, said the digging site appears to be a burial ground that dates back before the arrival of the Spaniards in 1521.

These artifacts are on display at the Boljoon Parish Museum along with some antique and interesting items from the church. Can be seen on the slideshow are the 17th century old church vestment woven using gold plated thread. The intricate design explains the great tailoring skills of Boljoanons during that time; Rueda (roller wheel), used to produce continuous bell rings during Liturgy of the Eucharist. The frame was made of molave or tugas wood which explains its sturdy built and bronze metal for the bells.


Aside from being marvelled by the imposing national heritage, the church in Boljoon, we also visited the old bell tower with bells made in Spain with dates and the names of the friars who brought them to Boljoon.

We also posed at the Escuela Catolica, an old school where children were taught how to read and write using the cartilla. Candidates for Holy Communion were also housed here for the whole month of May to prepare them thoroughly in good manners, respect for elders, love of God, and the benefits of the sacraments. The building has a twin concrete staircase in front of the building, one for the boy communicants, the other for the girls.


One of the oldest Augustinian churches in Cebu, the tile-roofed church, with the convent attached to it, was dedicated to Nuestra Senora Patrocinio de Maria when it became a visita of the parish of Carcar in 1599 before it became a full-fledged parish in 1690. Since Boljoon was declared a pilgrim parish in 1690.

The church, which was originally built as a fortress in the olden times, attracts sightseers, religious art connoisseurs, academics, and conservationists. The interior is beautifully decorated. It features gold-leaf and polychrome on the retablos, the fine tracery railings of the pulpit and choirloft (which has a now-decrepit organ vintage 1880), the ornate "Islamic" silverwork of the communion rail, the lushly painted ceiling.

The facade, consisting of three levels with rococo decorations on the panels and along the shallow pilasters, is topped by a pediment that gives the squat church a slightly askew shape.




Boljoon (also spelled Boljo-on) is a 5th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 14,877 people. Boljoon has a total land area of 111.2 km². (11,500 hectares). It is bounded by Alcoy in the north, Oslob in the south, Malabuyoc in the west, and Bohol Strait in the east.

At first glance it may seem like any old sleepy seaside town in the South of Cebu Province that travelers pass by with nary a cursory look. But move in a little closer and you’ll see that there’s more to Boljoon.

Boljoon is as small and as pretty as a postcard. Its people (of the population of 13,380 about 3,000 live in the town center) live on the catch from the sea and whatever could graze or grow in the rocky hills or by the river running through the narrow valley.

Since it remains largely undiscovered by the majority of tourists, it only has a few rooms to offer in its ten or so beach resorts, and modest fares in its two or three eateries. Boljoon is painfully constrained by its peculiar terrain, formed, it is said, by a cavity formed by the sudden collapse of a mountain range.

(Boljoon may have derived its name from nabulho meaning "collapsed.") To the north it is closely hemmed in by the venerable Ele Rock (a landmark described by a Boljoonon as "like God’s toe jutting out to sea") whose sides of granite and limestone had to be hacked away by blasting and digging to create an access road; to the south by Boljoon River and to the east by the Bohol Strait (over-hanging cliffs reduce the beachfronts to little more than 12 kms in all); then suddenly to the west by the Kasanghel Hill.




Barkada is a group of friends – but not just ''a group of friends''. As with many Filipino words, it is difficult to translate barkada to a single English word - ''clique'' and ''gang'' come close, but do not quite capture the essence of barkada. Clique connotes exclusivity and snobbishness. Gang, in the informal sense, mimics barkada but lacks the lifelong bond that differentiates barkada from a mere social group.

The best definition of barkada is probably ''family'', minus the pre-requisite blood relationship. Barkada is the group of peers that one is always comfortable with, knowing that he will be accepted no matter what.



Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao made history when he bagged the welterweight title, his seventh in as many divisions, via technical knockout of Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, the reigning champion in that division.

Manny Pacquiao staked his claim atop boxing’s mythical throne as the pound-for-pound best, using his lightning hand speed to beat and batter Miguel Cotto into submission Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao knocked Cotto down once in the third round and again in the fourth, pummeled him repeatedly and easily lifted the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt from the Puerto Rican with a 12th-round stoppage. The time was 55 seconds into the final round, as referee Kenny Bayless leaped between the fighters to save Cotto a more savage beating and ignominious end.

Pacquiao nearly had the stoppage after the 11th when Cotto trainer Joe Santiago walked onto the ring apron and waved his hand at Bayless. It appeared he was going to stop the fight, but then Bayless and ringside physician James Game spoke and allowed it to continue. It was only extending the misery as Pacquiao poured it on in the 12th.




"Greatest Love of All" is an inspirational song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed, originally recorded by George Benson for the 1977 Muhammad Ali film The Greatest. The original record was a moderate hit for Benson, reaching #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and making the top 40 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and adult contemporary charts.[1]

When Creed wrote the lyrics, she was in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The words describe her feelings about coping with a terminal illness and being a young mother. She eventually succumbed to the disease in April 1986 (at the age of 37).

The song was the fourth and final single released from Whitney Houston's self-titled multi-platinum (U.S.) first studio album, Whitney Houston. Released in April 1986, Houston's version spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May of that year.[2] Clive Davis, founder of Houston's label Arista Records, was against Houston recording the song, but he eventually gave in after persuasion from Masser. The song was included as a B-side to the single "You Give Good Love", another Top 5 hit by Houston in the U.S.

Houston's original album version features a piano intro, while the single version begins with a keyboard intro. After the single became a success, it replaced the album version on subsequent copies of the album.



I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

And if by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love



Malnutrition in the Philippines is caused by a host of interrelated factors – health, physical, social, economic and others. Food supply and how it is distributed and consumed by the populace have consequent impact on nutritional status. While reports indicate that there are enough food to feed the country, many Filipinos continue to go hungry and become malnourished due to inadequate intake of food and nutrients. In fact, except for protein, the typical Filipino diet was found to be grossly inadequate for energy and other nutrients.



is Aramaic (the dialect Jesus spoke) for
“Come, oh Lord” (1Cor. 16:22).
It is an expression of greeting
and encouragement used by early Christians.
It is also a declaration of triumphant faith
as in Rev. 22:20 when Jesus said:
“Surely I come quickly” and
John responded with “Come, Lord Jesus!”



CEBU, Philippines - Barangay Kalunasan will soon be implementing an ID system on all “habal-habal” or motorcycle-for-hire drivers in the area to have identification of all the drivers and eradicate the phony ones.

Kalunasan barangay captain Edelito Mabano said there are some 300 to 400 “habal-habal” drivers in his barangay and all of them will be asked to register to be given IDs for them to be listed in the barangay’s database so that their activities will be monitored and controlled. The ID system will also prevent minors to drive the habal-habal, he added.

Before the driver is given an identification card, he will be required to present the official receipt of the purchase of the motorcycle, the vehicle’s certificate of registration and his driver’s license. Mabano said that the drivers will be organized into one federation so they would have a list of the names and they would know who the legitimate members are.

As of now, the barangay chief said the groups are already members of different organizations, and they were already notified of the proposed implementation of the ID system. Two of the three groups have already passed the requirements.

The habal-habal is the most common means of transportation in the barangay especially in areas where there are no jeepneys. Most of the people who visit their relatives at the Cebu City Jail, which is located in the barangay, use this mode of transportation



Over the weekend, the aspirants accompanied by the volunteers had their community visit to Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City. The barangay is adopted by Community Extension Services and Development of the College of Nursing of UC Banilad.

The visit finally pushed through after several postponements. The volunteers visit was primarily intended to acquaint and familiarize the aspirants with the terrain and geographical lay-out of the area so that by the time student nurses will have their outreach activity in the area, they will be properly guided.

The activity also provided the volunteers the chance to conduct a follow-up and evaluation of previously implemented programs and activities of CESDEV-Nursing in the area.


A balloon is an inflatable flexible bag filled with a type of gas, such as helium, hydrogen, nitrous oxide or air. Modern balloons can be made from materials such as rubber, latex, polychloroprene, or a nylon fabric, while some early balloons were sometimes made of dried animal bladders. Some balloons are purely decorative, while others are used for specific purposes such as meteorology, medical treatment, military defense, or transportation. A balloon's properties, including its low density and relatively low cost, have led to a wide range of applications.






ALL CESDEV-Nursing Volunteers and Aspirants: Please be informed that there will be no bus service tomorrow. We will see each other in Ayala Terminal at exactly 7:30am. Please wear black t-shirtp and blue jeans. Bring extra t-shirt, knee length shorts, slippers, extra money, food, water, and umbrella.



November 27-28, 2009 is no longer a national/regular holiday. Malacañang has issued Proclamation No. 1808-A on October 26, 2009 declaring Feast of Eid’l Adha as Regional Holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao only.

“We apologize for those who have been inconvenienced by the change. Trade Secretary [Peter] Favila and the Department of Trade and Industry appealed for the change in behalf of the business community to limit the nonworking holiday to the ARMM because of the number of holidays declared for November plus the fact that we are still recovering from the twin tragedies of Ondoy and Pepeng that hit Metro Manila and Luzon,”

- Press Secretary Cerge Remonde



As Per Directive From Dean Ofelia G. Mana,
UC Banilad Academic Director,
Classes and RLE for Second Semester
Will Start On November 9, 2009.
Enrollment Continues
Up Until November 7, 2009.
For more information,
you may call (032)233-8888.


In Western Christianity, All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful departed. This day is principally observed in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it. The Eastern Orthodox churches observes several All Souls' Days during the year. The Roman Catholic celebration is based on the doctrine that the souls of the faithful which at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial sins, or have not fully been purged from attachment to mortal sins, cannot attain the beatific vision in heaven yet, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the Mass (see Purgatory). In other words, when they died, they had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out posthumously in Purgatory.

All Souls' Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls, Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed. The official Latin designation Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum, on which this last name is based, is rendered more literally in Portuguese Comemoração de todos os Fiéis Defuntos and many other languages. Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos or de los Difuntos) is used in Spanish-speaking countries, and Thursday of the Dead (Yom el Maouta) in Lebanon, Israel and Syria.



All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas[1]), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November in Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.

In terms of Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. Specifically, in the Catholic Church, the next day, All Souls' Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.