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Community Extension Services & Development
University of Cebu-Banilad College of Nursing!

This blogsite shall serve as your online access for information, updates, photo displays, videos, news, relevant links and other matters related to the programs and activities of UC Nursing CESDEV as well as other features that may be of peculiar interest and value to the University of Cebu community and the multitude of blog visitors.


The Vote Earth online team made it easy for everyone to make their voice heard by world leaders and Vote Earth in the most colourful way. CESDEV Nursing volunteers displayed their creative and artistic inclinations when they created their Earth Hour lanterns.

It was so easy to create their own unique lantern in just about any colour, one just followed online instructions in the computer link to the lantern page and chose the lantern shape, lantern colour and decorated it with the handy cut-out shapes, even the color of the flame can easily be picked from the array of colors that were provided.


Change starts with me
I wanna be whatever it takes to show
That I care more than myself ...

UC Nursing CESDEV volunteers lighted up their candles as darkness once more enveloped the Philippines for an hour on 27 March as a record-breaking 1076 towns, cities and municipalities joined the rest of the global community in making a symbolic call for united action against climate change. Earth Hour organizers, led by WWF, the Department of Energy, Green Army Network Foundation and SWITCH Movement, are jubilant at the scope and success of the event and hope that the effects will permeate for years to come.



Some 1,044 cities and municipalities all over the country participated Earth Hour 2010. Former energy secretary Angelo Reyes, who spearheaded the activities for the event, said the number of localities that joined this year’s lights-off was a big jump from 2009. Last year, 647 towns and cities representing more than 10 million Filipinos joined Earth Hour and saved 611 megawatt-hours of electricity.

This year, Reyes said the goal is for 15 million Filipinos to participate to save about 800 megawatt-hours of energy. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines, led by national coordinator Yeb Saño, received a report from the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) shortly after the event. Saño said turning off the lights for Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. was a first step toward committing to a lifetime change.

WWF-Philippines said the event seeks to inspire people into promising the planet that they, from now on, will change the way they consume power, water, and other resources in the name of caring for Mother Earth.

Last year, the WWF said out of 88 countries with different time zones, the Philippines was the top participant in the event, with more than 15 million Filipinos voluntarily saving energy. The country saved around 611 megawatt-hours of electricity in 2009, “equivalent to shutting down a dozen coal-fired power plants for 60 minutes.” Calling the feat “not enough,” Ramos asked Filipinos to carry it “on a daily basis ... in our homes, our communities and our organizations.”



This is what Earth Hour is all about — it is a symbolic act to inspire humanity to initiate actions that would address the impacts of climate change, and it all began with the simple act of switching off lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m yesterday, March 27, 2010 actively joined by the volunteers of Community Extension Services and Development of UC Banilad College of Nursing. This is the hour that the world is united in its call for actions that promote responsible consumption of energy and advocate for changes in attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles to help mitigate or adapt to the impact of climate change.

The message of Earth Hour should not stop with the switching of lights. Its message should resonate beyond one hour. The 60 minutes that comprised Earth Hour should be considered as a start — a new beginning that entailed switching to energy efficient lighting such as compact fluorescent lamps or to cleaner sources of energy such as renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, ocean, and biomass), all with the goal of minimizing the human carbon footprint and addressing the climate change crisis.

Kudos to the UC Nursing CESDEV and its volunteers for their strong support to this noble and timely campaign.


The tremendous support displayed by the Community Extension Services and Development (CESDEV) volunteers and many netizens has earned University of Cebu - Banilad Campus a spot in the Google Map of Earth Hour Organization website. You may click on the image to get a bigger and better image of the site that highlighted UC Banilad's involvement in Earth Hour 2010.


UC Nursing CESDEV joined Ayala Center Cebu merchants, employees and shoppers in campaign to raise awareness and avert climate change. The countdown to switch off was initiated at The Terraces to signify the start of the Earth Hour. This was led by no less than Side A, Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI) management heads and participated by Philippine Retailers Association representatives.

Ayala Center Cebu, a project of CHI, together with the company’s other participating properties Cebu Business Park, Asiatown I.T. Park, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Life-FGU Center, Park Towers One and Two, Cebu Holdings Center, Garden Ridge Village and Amara, saved 7,074.50 kilowatts of power, equivalent to 1,961.50 kg. of CO2 during last year’s Earth Hour switch off.

Ayala Center Cebu joined the global community in the observance of Earth Hour. The countdown to the big switch off was started with a concert by the country’s premier band Side A. Joey Generoso, Naldy Gonzales, Ernie Severino, Ned Esguerra and Lee Von Cailao serenaded shoppers and diners at what has become a favorite venue for gatherings and celebration.



With the growing concern on climate change worldwide, the City Council urges all government agencies offices, business establishments and all households here in the city to take responsibility and participate in the observance of Earth Hour on March 27.

Those who would want to get involved in working towards a sustainable future are urged to switch lights off in the city’s major thoroughfares and in their respective business premises if and when feasible at 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening on the said date.

Councilor Nestor Archival, chairman of the committee on environment, said that they are expecting around 50,000 households, offices and business establishments to join where the city will be able to shed over 30 megawatts of power.

“We already got the commitment of hotels, restaurants and other establishments to join the Earth Hour. This is to symbolize that we would like to vote for the Earth, that we, Cebuanos, are voting to fight climate change,” Archival said.

He said that though this 60-minute power shutdown among participants seems to give a little contribution to the solution of the problem, it still will be able to contribute in the reduction of greenhouse gases being emitted in the atmosphere which causes global warming.


Change starts with me
I wanna be whatever it takes to show
That I care more than myself
I have been aware of what’s going on…
…far too long
I’ve come and gone
It’s time to right a wrong


We can make this world much better
We can do it if we give it a try
Cause we’re in this thing together
You and I
We can be the dif’frence
If we only try

Go and make it known
Enough with the words
You’re better seen than just heard
Carrying faith, hope and love
Search within your heart
I will play my part
Keep moving til we’re there

Against our fate, We make a stand
I speak of truth, A simple plan
We show the world, That we really care
The time is now, The waiting stops here
For this hour at night, Turn off your light
A symbol that I can change, On the inside



1. Plant more trees and get involved in similar activities;
2. Buy energy-efficient products that don’t use as much energy;
3. Buy recyclable products;
4. Refrain from buying unnecessary packaging, and waste less;
5. Practice the 3Rs of Ecological Solid Waste Management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle;
6. Use compact fluorescent, spiral light bulbs;
7. Insulate windows, doors, and electrical outlets and add more insulation to the attic and basement;
8. Turn the heating thermostat down, and the air conditioning up, by 1.50C (30F);
9. Choose the most efficient vehicle available, such as a hybrid gasoline-electric model and keep any vehicle well maintained;
10. Share a car and avoid short journeys by car;
11. Keep tires optimally inflated;
12. Walk, bike, use a car pool or take public transport;
13. Recycle paper, glass, aluminum, steel and other materials to produce “new” materials;
14. Practice becoming Carbon Neutral; and
15. Advocate change by encouraging larger communities to act on climate change.


Philippine Earth Hour advocates are expecting 15 million people, or an increase of five million from last year’s number of participants, across a thousand cities as against last year’s 647 who would stave off use of electricity for 60 minutes as a symbolic act of changing humanity’s patterns of consumption as key to reversing the ill effects of global warming.

Another goal is to maintain the ranking of the Philippines being on top of the list worldwide with the most number of participants at 10 million nationwide. An estimated one billion people, on a global scale, joined in the previous Earth Hour representing 88 countries as an act of saving an ailing Earth.


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding..."

-Proverbs 3:5



MARCH 27 is the first Saturday when candidates for local positions may officially begin campaigning, but environmentalists hope that on that day, people will “Vote Earth” instead.

Organizers of Earth Hour Philippines hope to convince 15 million people in at least 1,000 cities and towns to switch off their lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., on March 27, 2010. It will be the third global celebration of the event, which is intended to “inspire humanity to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

“More than generating enough energy to meet demand, we need to learn to manage the use of energy. We need change in the way we live our lives,” said Catherine Maceda at the presentation of the Philippine Energy Plan 2009-2030 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel yesterday.

The global target for Earth Hour 2010 is one billion participants. Last year, the Philippines topped a list of 88 countries in terms of local government participation in Earth Hour, with at least 600 cities and towns joining the event.

In the launching of the Earth Hour at the SM City Cebu, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes urged people to act swiftly to mitigate the impact of climate change, amid the dry spell hitting parts of the country.

“We have a problem. (The problem) is climate change,” Reyes told members of multi-sectoral groups gathered during the launch. Reyes said a solution is still possible, “all we need is to unite and act.” More than 4,000 cities in 88 countries joined Earth Hour 2009.

Maceda said participants were taught they can help save energy by making some changes in their lifestyles: planting more trees, having occasional candlelight dinners and maintaining their vehicles so these don’t guzzle gas.




International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. On this page, we present a brief overview of the different themes that have been the focus of World Water Day celebrations.


Mrs. Merly Dumagat is the mother of Miss Apple Glaze Dumagat, a second year student nurse and an active CESDEV-Nursing volunteer. She was awarded the Best in Theory and Best in RLE during the Banilad White Shindig. These awards were accorded to her for having the highest grade in NCM Lecture and Laboratory.


The World Water Day 2010 and its campaign is envisaged to:

•Raise awareness about sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being through addressing the increasing water quality challenges in water management and

•Raise the profile of water quality by encouraging governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to actively engage in proactively addressing water quality e.g. in pollution prevention, clean up and restoration.



As most students nurses will have their Final Examination today, CESDEV-Nursing posts this prayer. May God bless us all!

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and they who live by it grow in understanding. Praise will be His for ever." Psalm 111: 10 (REB)

O wise God, I pray that my mind might be rested, my body energized, and my spirit inspired for the exam I must write.

Grant me peace and assurance so that I might do the best I am able, regardless of what that might be.

Be with my fellow students that I might be a good example to them of faithfulness, offering reassurance and confidence regardless of how I feel.

May I be honest and insightful, able to give a true record of what I have learned this past term. In the end, may any disappointment be born with grace and any joy accompanied with humility.

I write this examination with Thee, O God. Amen.




You hold within your hands
The future of our lives
The light that takes you there beyond the bend
It's written in the sand, where the past had all began
The tomorrow is here within your hand

The love that's in your heart
As child of God and Man
Will burn and light your way until the end
It's written in the sand, where the past had all began
The tomorrow is here within your hand

You must hold on and dream of a place
that is safe and peacefull and free
Through a thousand years and more let it be
A bright new world that shines, with love for humanity
A world that's home for you and me

You hold within your hands
The future of our lives
The light that takes you there beyond the bend
It's written in the sand, where the past had all began
The tomorrow is here within your hand

You must hold on and dream of a place
that is safe and peacefull and free
Through a thousand years and more let it be
A bright new world that shines, with love for humanity
A world that's still for you and me

Nations rise up and cheer
We are bound by what we give to one another
Reaching out too far and near
In a world of love that brings us all together here
This great new year
You hold within your hands
The future of our lives
The light that takes you there beyond the bend
It's written in the sand, where the past had all began
The tomorrow is here within your hand

You must hold on and dream of a place
that is safe and peacefull and free
Through a thousand years and more let it be
A bright new world that shines, with love for humanity
A world that's home for you
A world that's home for you
A world that's home for you and me yeah..
and me.....


Dear Volunteers,

You might notice the new blogger header of this site. This was taken by Mr. Archie Uy displaying his expertise of the lens. However, due to differences and should I say, similarities in height, some of the volunteers are not seen or visible especially the ones positioned at the back. Don't cry nor fret. This is just a trial blogger header. We will soon have our group pictorial done once all the t-shirts are ready so that everyone will be captured by the camera in our new CESDEV Nursing uniform. In the meantime, let's just enjoy the picture taken during the Recognition of CESDEV Nursing Volunteers, Banilad White Shindig.


UC Nursing CESDEV warmly congratulates

Mr. Clauven Navallo and

Ms. Sanz Marie Nasibog

as they take their Oath today

as Registered Nurses.


In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.

Pledge your support here and turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010.

It’s Showtime! Show what can be done.


Photos were taken by Mr. Archie Uy and Anne Lavina

" The Moulin Rouge. A night club, a dance hall and a bordello. Ruled over by Harold Zidler. A kingdom of night time pleasures. Where the rich and powerful came to play with the young and beautiful creatures of the underworld. The most beautiful of these was the one I loved. Satine. A courtesan. She sold her love to men. They called her the "Sparkling Diamond", and she was the star...
of the Moulin rouge. "


Manny Pacquiao was a master at work Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time), scoring a unanimous victory over Ghanian Joshua Clottey to retain his World Boxing Organization Welterweight title before 51,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Pacquiao dominated the 12-round duel with an impressive display that underscored his status as the world's top fighter. With the win, Pacquiao extended his winning streak to 12.



FILIPINO BOXING ICON MANNY Pacquiao wants to add another glowing chapter to his fabled ring career, but Joshua Clottey, the Ghanian warrior who has nothing to lose in this fight, longs for lasting recognition.

On Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Pacquiao, regarded as the best fighter of his generation, stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Clottey, a dangerous and durable fighter who has yet to be knocked out. Though smaller and lighter, the 31-year-old Pacquiao has been tagged by oddsmakers as a heavy 8-1 favorite to retain his crown and hand Clottey his first ever knockout defeat.

But Pacquiao, who has stopped his last four opponents—David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto—refuses to predict a knockout, even during Friday’s weigh-in held outside the main entrance of the new and imposing Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao, who will be fighting in front of the largest crowd of his career, told the throng outside Cowboys Stadium that he is hopeful of a knockout.

“I can’t promise a knockout, but I want to put on a good show for the people who support me all the time,” Pacquiao told some 2,500 mostly Fil-American fans who trooped to one of the world’s largest domed structures for the official weigh-in of the fight card dubbed simply as “The Event.”



UC Nursing CESDEV proudly congratulates one of its active volunteers, Mr. Joshua Herbert Buaya, for having been chosen as the Most Valuable Player in Men's Volleyball during the recently concluded Banilad White Shindig. We are happy and proud of you! Congratulations!


UC Nursing CESDEV has surely the best pool of volunteers. We warmly congratulate Miss Apple Glaze Dumagat for having been awarded the Best in Theory and Best in RLE during the Banilad White Shindig. These awards were accorded to her for having the highest grade in NCM Lecture and Laboratory. Continue achieving! We are beside you all the way. Congratulations!


Photos courtesy of Anne Lavina. Thanks!


Volunteers should be recognized for their contributions to the organization, the clients and the paid staff. This serves not only to satisfy basic human needs but also to motivate volunteers to continue their involvement. Recognition lets volunteers know that others acknowledge and appreciate what they do. It tells them they are doing something well and that they have something meaningful to contribute. Recognition and approval give volunteers a feeling of warmth, pleasure and accomplishment.

Managers of volunteers and programme managers should consider recognition as a process rather than a product. When effective volunteer recognition is integrated into the total volunteer management process, volunteers feel rewarded, valued and positive about the volunteer programme as a whole. Recognition by and in front of peers, professional associates, friends and/or community neighbours is the most meaningful kind of recognition (Bruny, 1981). Meaningful recognition leads to increased satisfaction, which leads to increased volunteer retention.

Recognition is closely associated with motivation. If people are rewarded with things that are significant or relevant to them then the recognition process is most effective.



Special thanks to Digital Spider and Jadecan of Sniper Productions for infusing their artistic talents and computer editting savvy to come up with this great video.


The sum of the whole is this:
walk and be happy;
walk and be healthy.
The best way
to lengthen out our days
is to walk steadily
and with a purpose.
- Charles Dickens


Resolution #1: Take a look at what volunteers do in your organization. Is the work they do clearly related to the mission? If not, it's time to overhaul what you are asking members of your community to do for you. List the goals your organization seeks to accomplish and brainstorm tasks that volunteers can do to make those goals happen. Be sure to look at Resolution #7 for one way to do this.

Resolution #2: Take a hard look at your program communications. Do you have a clear path for prospective and existing volunteers to get the answers, the tools and the support they need? How long does it take for them to get a response? If it is more than two working days, it's time to fix that. You cannot be "too busy" to take care of your volunteers.

Resolution #3: The best recognition is in-person, one on one and relevant. Get to know volunteers and what makes them feel effective. Start giving them feedback that actually means something.

Resolution #4: Monitor how you talk about your program. You and your volunteer program are only as important to your organization as you communicate. Advocate for a job title for yourself that more accurately describes what you do. You no doubt do a lot more than just "coordinate" volunteers. Read about professionalism in volunteer management so you can talk about it with an air of authority. Get some knowledge under your belt including statistical information. Listen to development directors and volunteer managers. Talk and pay attention to the deficiencies revealed by what we ourselves say about our job and programs.

Resolution #5: All these make your head spin? Remember to work on one at a time. You don't have to do this alone! Have you ever thought of recruiting volunteers for an advisory committee on different aspects of volunteer management? They are the experts. Let them tell you what needs to happen. Then form committees to develop and even provide the improvements.



A well-known story about the National Hero of the Philippines Jose P. Rizal involves a tsinelas. According to the story, when Rizal was just a boy, he went on a boat ride with his older brother in Calamba, Laguna. During the said trip, one of his tsinelas fell into the river and was swept away by the current. Unable to recover the lost slipper, the young Rizal threw the remaining pair into the river, hurling it as close to the first one as he can. His older brother, puzzled with the move, asked him why he threw the other pair. Rizal told his older brother that just as it is pointless for him to keep only one pair, anyone who finds the other pair in the river will have no use for it. For Rizal, the best thing to do is to provide anyone who finds the first pair a chance to use it, so he threw away the second.


The Tsinelas (slippers), which was derived from the Spanish word chinela, is a light low-cut footwear that can be easily slipped onto the foot. It has a very simple design consisting of a flexible sole and a Y-shaped hold-strap strategically placed in order to bind the slipper to the foot. It is considered a necessity by most Filipinos and has been incorporated in the standard inventory of every household, regardless of their social and economic class. Though traditionally made from abaca or katad (leather), modern tsinelas are now made out of rubber, fabric, synthetic resin, and other materials.

Last March 6, 2010, UC Nursing CESDEV distributed 126 pairs of slippers to kids.



The Community Extension Services and Development of the College of Nursing supports the UC College of Law in their "Tugkaran Hinloan 2010 Campaign" .


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates about the guidelines on campaigning set under Resolution 8758 or the Rules and Regulations implementing Republic Act 9006 (Fair Election Practices Act).

The resolution, promulgated last February 4 and signed by Comelec chair Jose Melo and six Comelec commissioners, outlined the rules and prohibitions regarding political advertisements, propaganda and campaign expenses of national and local candidates.

Political parties and party list groups were advised to place their posters in common poster areas that the poll body will designate. Posting of campaign materials in public places such as streets, bridges, public buildings, trees, electric posts and wires, schools, shrines and main thoroughfares are strictly prohibited under poll laws. All posters outside the common poster areas will be considered prohibited postings, so they will have to be removed, the Comelec said.

Written and printed campaign materials must not exceed 81/2 inches by 14 inches in size while posters must not exceed 2 ft. by 3 ft.

All candidates are prohibited to campaign on Holy Thursday and Holy Friday, April 1 and 2, respectively and on May 9 and 10. The campaign for local candidates will start on March 26 and the entire campaign period will end on May 8.



UC Nursing CESDEV gratefully extends its most sincere thanks to the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) of UC Banilad especially to Dean Osorno for allowing us to use their kitchen facilities during the preparation of the food that was fed during the School-based Feeding Program. Daghang Salamat!



UC Nursing CESDEV in cooperation with the College of HRM under the stewardship of Dean Osorno will be conducting a school-based outreach activity by feeding kids from the adjacent communities of UC Banilad. Prepared "pospas" will be served today at 10 o'clock in the morning. Meal tickets were already distributed to prospective recipients with the help of Univille barangay officials. More updates about this activity will be posted in the coming days. Keep visiting the site.


The voters education forum today will be held at the Moot Court in two sessions: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The voter's education forum will teach voters about their rights to vote and how to be familiar with the new rules on automated elections.

The morning session will be facilitated by the Local Government and Election Laws class under lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, along with Cebu-Citizens Involvement and Maturation for People's Empowerment and Liberation (C-Cimpel), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas and Tugkaran Hinlo-an 2010 campaign against illegal election materials, which was jointly organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police, Integrted Bar of the Philippines-Cebu City chapter, the Global Legal Action on Climate Change and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas. The afternoon session will be presided by the Commission on Elections.

UC Nursing CESDEV encourages the student nurses to attend the forum.


The free legal aid will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m today in UC Banilad spearheaded by the College of Law of UC Banilad. Volunteer lawyers from the UC Law faculty, UC Law alumni, University of the Philippines Law Alumni Cebu Foundation Inc. and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Cebu Province and Cebu City chapters will provide legal advice to individuals who cannot afford to pay for legal service.


Dear Ronaldo Quitco
University of Cebu, Banilad Campus, College of Nursing -
Community Extension Services and Development (CESDEV),

I am pleased to advise your group's application to join 2010 Clean Up the World has been approved.

Thank you for joining the 2010 Clean Up the World Campaign and responding to our Founder, Ian Kiernan's call for communities to play their part in helping create a better environment for the future. This year we are encouraging participants in Clean Up the World to act locally to care for nature in the International Year of Biodiversity. The 2010 tag line is: "Communities Caring for Nature". We look forward to hearing of your plans and activities and to sharing your achievements with other Members, our Partners and the media.



Water level at the Buhisan Dam, one of this city’s sources of water, has gone down, forcing the city’s lone water supplier to reduce water supply by more than half.

Edna Inocando, officer in charge of the public affairs department of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), said the average water level at the Buhisan Dam used to be 27 meters, but since the start of the dry spell, it dropped to 24 meters. The drop in the dam’s water level started in January as a result of the El Niño phenomenon.

The MCWD used to get 6,000 cubic meters to 7,000 cubic meters from the Buhisan Dam but the water district was getting only 2,000 cubic meters to 3,000 cubic meters in recent weeks, a drop of 60 percent.

The MCWD is supplying water to 128,000 households in four cities and four towns in Metro Cebu, such as the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Talisay and the towns of Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion and Cordova.


Arnel Pineda (born September 5, 1967) is a Filipino singer-songwriter and is currently the lead singer of the American rock band Journey. Arnel Pineda was born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. His mother instilled his love for singing at an early age, encouraging him to sing along to songs from her favorite singers like Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. Growing up, his parents entered him in many singing contests.

In February 2007, videos of Arnel Pineda (who was then with the Zoo Band) performing cover songs by Journey began appearing on YouTube.com and on June 28, 2007, Neal Schon of Journey sent an e-mail to Pineda inviting the latter to audition for Journey. Pineda debuted as the lead singer of Journey on February 21, 2008 at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival held at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Viña del Mar, Chile.

When Arnel Pineda had a concert at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug last February, CESDEV Nursing volunteers Arniel Aranas and Don Jade Canama had the chance to get up close and personal with the singer who has proven to the world that Filipino talent is, without a doubt, WORLDCLASS!



"Faithfully" is a popular song and power ballad by the band Journey, and the second single from their album Frontiers. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the band their second consecutive top twenty hit from Frontiers. The music and lyrics were written by keyboardist Jonathan Cain. While the song was relatively successful on the charts, it has gone onto become one of their most recognizable songs, and has enjoyed lasting popularity.

The song describes the relationship of a "music man" on the road. The difficulties of raising and maintaining a family, two strangers having to fall in love again, and staying faithful while touring are brought up. However he suggests that he gets the "joy of rediscovering" her, and insists "I'm forever yours... Faithfully."



The country's biggest talent search show, "Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT)," has found a gem in 16-year-old contestant Jovit Baldivino from Batangas.

The judges – Kris Aquino, Ai Ai delas Alas, Freddie Garcia – have been blown away by Baldivino’s “unbelievable” voice as he performed his own version of Journey’s “Faithfully” during the audition. The episode was aired on ABS-CBN on February 27. Baldivino got 3 yes from Garcia, Aquino and Delas Alas, who were all impressed by his perseverance and drive to get his family out of poverty.

Delas Alas was also moved to tears when Baldivino said:

"Kahit po ako ay matalo dito, okay lang po. Basta po naipakita ko po sa inyo kung ano ang tunay na Pinoy.”



1. Follow traffic rules - Why is that the most important? The answer is simple. Traffic rules are the simplest of our laws. If we learn to follow them, it will be the lowest form of national discipline that we can develop. Since it is totally without monetary cost, it should be easy for us to comply with, and therefore should provide a good start.

2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt. - If a seller does not issue an official receipt when you buy a product, the seller may or may not remit the tax to the government. Without an O.R., there is no record of the sale transaction, and the tax that you paid may not be remitted to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

3. Do not buy smuggled goods. Buy local, buy Filipino. - Buying locally-made products ensure that there is market economy going on therefore provide income-oprtunities for those who are into it.

4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively of our race and our country - This is best addressed to the rich and the middle class in our country, who have contact with the outside world. It is they who talk to, dine or deal with foreigners either here or abroad. It is what they say and do which creates impressions about us among foreigners.

5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman, soldier and other public servants - There is nothing like the power of respect. It makes a person proud. It makes one feel honorable. At the same time, courtesy to others is good manners. It is class and elegance and kindness. It is seeing the value and dignity in the other man. It is, in fact, a mark of a most profound education.

6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve. - As Louis Armstrong says in his song: "I see trees of green, red roses, too, I see them bloom for me and you and I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

7. Support your church. (or charitable/ civic organizations -- :-)

8. During elections, do your solemn duty. - Honesty, more than a masteral or doctorate degree, is what gives credibility. And credibility is essential because it is a leader's link to the people. It is what makes the people look to one direction, follow a common vision, and perform a uniform act. In short, credibility is what makes people follow the leader.

9. Pay your employees well. - No exercise is better for the human heart than to reach down and lift someone else up. This truly defines a successful life. For success is the sum, not of our earthly possessions, but of how many times we have shown love and kindness to others.

10. Pay your taxes. -- In 2003, P83 billion was collected from individual income taxes. But 91 percent of this amount came from salaried workers from the government and private sector, people who had no choice since their income taxes were withheld mandatorily. Only P7 billion of the P83 billion came from businessmen and professionals like doctors, lawyers, accountants and architects, among others.

11. Adopt a scholar or adopt a poor child. - You can make a difference in the future of our country by making a difference in the world of children.

12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and to love our country. Today's children will someday rule and lead this world. But whether they will be bad rulers or good leaders will depend largely on how we raise them today. Our future is in the hearts and minds of our children.



Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward.