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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost


The Community Extension Services and Development (CESDEV) of UC Banilad College of Nursing will be joining Bantay Bata 163 Cebu of ABS-CBN tomorrow, July 31, 2010, in a Medical Mission to the kids in Barangay San Roque, Talisay City, Cebu.

This activity will be joined by around 15 student nurse volunteers who will be rendering health care service especially to the kids who need it.


Tree Planting English 21SEP10

Thou shalt not destroy the trees
thereof, by forcing an axe against them:
for thou mayest eat of them,
and thou shalt not cut them down
(for the tree of the field is man's life)...

- Deuteronomy 20:19


“When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and the seeds of hope”

– Wangari Maathai


We are an integral part of nature; our fate is tightly linked with biodiversity, the huge variety of other animals and plants, the places they live and their surrounding environments, all over the world.

We rely on this diversity of life to provide us with the food, fuel, medicine and other essentials we simply cannot live without. Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities. This impoverishes us all and weakens the ability of the living systems, on which we depend, to resist growing threats such as climate change.

The United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human well-being. We need to do more. Level 2 Clinical Instructors did their share.



A tree is a symbol for us. It reminds us of the importance of nature and environmental protection. We are celebrating the international year for biodiversity.

Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the natural living systems or ecosystems that provide us with food, fuel, health, wealth, and other vital services.

Humans are part of biodiversity, too, and have the power to protect or destroy it. Currently, our activities are destroying biodiversity at alarming rates. These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on. But we can prevent them. We need to reflect on our achievements to safeguard biodiversity and focus on the urgent challenges ahead. Now is the time to act.

We hope to grow together with our trees towards a better future! Biodiversity is our life.


Level 2 Clinical Instructors had a good reason to share laughters and smiles as they embarked on a meaningful activity initiated by CESDEV Nursing. 'Wanna know about it? Keep posted ...


As I Turned 31 ...



“I never expected that great volumes of books were being pooled and were being produced into one great library. Kalunasan in indeed fortunate to have this group work for a very unselfish venture and that is providing one of the best sources of wisdom which are the books.

Our names may not be in the halls of University of Cebu but our efforts of enriching the lives of the residents of Kalunasan through the wisdom that they can get from the books would eventually make a difference in their lives.

We hope that our future ventures would be more productive.
Please don’t stop helping. Let the compassion grow and let the service be still in your hearts as you move through your journey and let CESDEV be an instrument to what people would like to dream to have in the future.”

- Dr. Helen C. Estrella


“In behalf sa Kalunasan Barangay Officials, kinasing-kasing jud nga pasalamat sa UC, labi na jud sa Nursing Department nga gitagaan mi ug support sma ni-ani. Ug nanghinaut ko nga magpadayon ang ilang support kay mo support man pud mi.”

- Kalunasan Barangay Captain Edelito Mabano


The Community Extension Services and Development (CESDEV) of the College of Nursing would like to thank Dr. Helen C. Estrella, for gracing the Formal Turn-Over of the Kalunasan Community Libray. Also present was Level 1 Chairman Ms. Ana Trazona.

From Barangay Kalunasan, Captain Edelito Mabano and Barangay Councilor Gabisay were also there to accept the donated books, book shelves, tables, and chairs.

Likewise, CESDEV-Nursing is very grateful for the support extended by the ever-reliable SenPaIs (Senior Partners Involved with CESDEV Nursing) as well as the new volunteers.

The concerted efforts made everything possible. Daghang Salamat!

(pictures of the activity may be found in the Gallery)



The day of President Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address will be a regular working day, Malacanang announced on Wednesday. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message sent to reporters after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting that July 26 is “a working day."

Aquino is scheduled to address Congress for the first time since he was elected President as the legislature starts its session on Monday. The President has promised a “straightforward" first SONA that will deal with the country's current status and his administration’s plan of action for the coming years.



Artist and businessman Joey Velasco, most known for the painting Hapag ng Pag-asa, died from kidney cancer complications on July 20, reports Inquirer.net. He was 43.

It was five years ago, around the same time that Velasco was diagnosed with kidney cancer, when he unveiled Hapag ng Pag-asa, a painting that shows Jesus Christ breaking bread with real street children from Manila instead of apostles like in the Last Supper. Now living "more or less rehabilitated lives," the children prayed for Velasco during the first night of his wake and thanked him "for saving them from the streets."

Velasco had denied he was an artist, calling himself a "heartist" instead, according to Inquirer.net. He had also called himself a "socio-spiritual realist." The former Salesian seminarian had said, "I view my obras (works) as 'real,' not because of the technique but because of the reality happening in our society."

He is survived by his wife Queenie and four children. The couple would have been married for 15 years today, July 22. His remains lie at Funeraria Nacional, Araneta Avenue, Quezon City. Internment is on July 24, 10 a.m. at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.


At the entrance of the Major Seminary of the University of Santo Tomas, in Manila, you will see a painting. It is the “Last Supper” of Joey A. Velasco. It portrays poor children from Metro Manila, all between the ages of 4 and 14, at the Last Supper with Christ Our Lord. He has called it “Hapag ng Pag-asa”, the table of hope.

To start with, it is not really a table. It is a big delivery box, knocked apart and nailed together again as a table. Joey Velasco himself has said: “This painting reveals a story of greater hunger than a plate of rice could satisfy. What these children are starved for is love.”

Realizing that his little models were real persons, he investigated the life of each of them, and wrote a book, telling their stories. The title of the book came from a young woman who was mentally handicapped. She studied the painting and said: “You know, these children are not really poor. They have Jesus.”



Some say “Life begins the day you start a garden” and this is what Barangay Captain Eddie Mabano of Brgy. Kalunasan, Cebu City believes. When DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) was implemented in his barangay he immediately saw how the program fostered camaraderie and strengthened his community especially the women’s group. He saw the hunger in the eyes of the beneficiaries to learn livelihood, the need to be useful in the community and make a better person in themselves and Capt. Mabano did not disappoint them, for he ventured forth to teach them backyard and container gardening. “This project will not only help the beneficiaries on their day to day nutrition, it would also develop in them the value of hard work, patience, sharing and the realization that they are indeed useful to the community” said Capt. Mabano.

He further adds: “The values and lessons they learn from their simple garden is something they can proudly pass on to their children, a big chance in making them better future citizens” , thus a step towards breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty among poor households by investing on human capital, one of 4Ps objectives.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a poverty reduction and social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor household with pregnant women at the time of survey or with children 0-14 year old. Each household can receive P500 as health and nutrition grant and P300 for the education of the children every month. A household with three qualified children can receive up to P1,400 monthly or P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditions of the program. The program has set conditions to meet human development goals and these include (1) pregnant women must get pre-and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by skilled health personnel; (2) parent/guardians must attend responsible parenthood sessions, mothers’ classes and parent effectiveness seminars; (3) children 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; (4) children aged 3-5 years old must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time, and; (5) children 6-14 years old must enroll in elementary or high school and attend at least 85% of the time, and; (6) children 6-14 years old must receive deworming pills twice a year.

Not only did life start in Kalunasan the day the beneficiaries started a garden, for with each garden hope was also planted, and as life after life springs forth in every backyard and in every container so does ideas for new projects, friendship and trust were forged as beneficiaries help each other comply with the conditions.




CESDEV Nursing Volunteers who belong to important Working Committees for the Formal Turn-Over of the Kalunasan Community Library will have a Meeting at 5PM this afternoon for Updates and Final Instructions. Please visit CESDEV Office for more information.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Phase 5, Assembling the Tables


“In order to motivate others, you must first become a source of motivation by yourself. It simply means that if you want to get anything done through others, you must first do it yourself.”

— Hazrat Ilyas Attar Qadri


CESDEV Nursing Volunteer, Mr. Lhance Lester Wee, joins the elite group of student nurses vying for Mr. PhotoGenic in BOB LIM Photography's Capping and Badging 2010 Mr. and Ms. PHOTOGENIC. Please visit the site found below and just "Like" the photo.. Thank you in advance for voting!



Loving God
be with me now,
as I take my Prelim exams.

Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given me and for the opportunity of education.

Calm my nerves and anxiety, help me
to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best that I can.

Holy Spirit, sit with me in my exam
- and always.

In Jesus' name. Amen.






Cebu tops the number of dengue cases in Central Visayas from January to July, this year but the volume of cases has gone down compared to the same period in 2009 placing the province in fourth place in the nationwide ranking in dengue incidence for 2010.

Dr. Jocelyn Abellana, dengue program coordinator of the Dept. of Health (DOH-7) bared that from January to July 9, 2010, the total dengue cases in the region is 2,461 with only 18 deaths or a 0.7 percent case fatality rate.

Of all the provinces in Central Visayas, Cebu Province has the highest volume of dengue cases from January to July 9 where cities are the most affected areas due to the dense population, Abellana said.

The top five cities with the highest incidence of dengue are Cebu City with 546 cases and six recorded deaths followed by Talisay City with 132 cases and one death while in third place is Tagbilaran City, Bohol with 121 cases and zero death, this is said.
Danao City and Lapulapu City in Cebu came in fourth and fifth place with 105 and 102 dengue cases, respectively, but both registered zero death, Abellana reported.

The rest are Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental with 59 cases, Naga City, and Mandaue City in Cebu with 57 and 55 cases, respectively while only one town was included which was the Municipality of Asturias which registered 52 cases and one death, this was learned.

Abellana said that worst cases recorded within 10 years or from 2000 to 2010 were 2007 and 2009. The year 2007 registered 7,108 cases while last year witnessed 7,123 cases, the DOH-7 official added.

With the onset of the rainy season, the DOH-7 is strengthening its campaign on the 4S namely: 1) search and destroy water-filled containers to prevent the Aedes Egypti mosquito from breeding 2) seek early referral with recurring fever 3) say no to fogging as this is only done during outbreak and 4) seek personal protection or clothe your children with pants and long-sleeves to ward off mosquitoes.



This year’s typhoon season got off to a bad start for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as its warning that “Basyang” would directly hit Metro Manila might have come too late.

So glaring was the inaccuracy that even President Benigno Aquino III told officials of the agency that he did not want to see a repeat of their error on “Basyang” during a meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) meeting early Wednesday morning.

During its 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday, PAGASA Administrator Prisco Nilo admitted that the numerical weather prediction models used by the agency were insufficient in predicting the path of “Basyang” across Luzon accurately.

In its update Tuesday, the agency said “Basyang” would hit Central Luzon directly and that the possibility that the center would pass over if not close to Metro Manila was small. But in the 11 p.m. Tuesday weather update, PAGASA raised the storm signal warning over Metro Manila to number 2, which meant winds would reach 61 to 100 kilometers per hour.

“Basyang” hit Metro Manila slightly after midnight of Tuesday or in the first hour of Wednesday with a lead-time of only two to three hours between the warning and the arrival of the storm.



Hazel Bondaco and Jazer Cuervo


Despite the government’s all-out campaign against the spread of dengue fever, the deadly mosquito-borne disease continues to claim more lives on Tuesday with the death toll in Mindanao rising to 15, while 11 other persons were reported to have died in Cebu.

In Cebu City, the City Health Department is advising residents to keep their surroundings clean and implement measures to prevent the dengue mosquitoes from breeding.

Durinda Macasucol, assistant city epidemiologist, issued the appeal after announcing a 112-percent rise in dengue cases in the city from January to May this year when compared to the dengue cases over the same period last year.

Macasucol said she expected the increase in dengue cases to continue with the start of the rainy season. Macasucol said the health department is intensifying anti-dengue campaigns such as mist spraying, fogging operations, and declogging of canals where mosquitoes are expected to breed.


As of 5 a.m. (Manila time), the state weather bureau said Metro Manila is now under storm signal number 1. However, classes have been suspended in pre-, primary and high schools in the Metro. Some universities have also announces suspension of classes early Wednesday.

The Department of Education has also declared no classes in both private and public in pre-, primary up to high school levels in areas under storm signal number 2. These include Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, Rizal, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Lubang Island, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Bulacan, and Metro Manila.

Storm signal number 1 has been declared in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, the rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Ifugao, Benguet, and La Union. The state weather bureau has lowered storm signal in the rest of the areas hit by the typhoon.

The Philippines braced for the first typhoon of the year as forecasters warned of floods and possible landslides across wide swathes of the country Tuesday. In Manila, stormy weather ahead of typhoon Basyang (Conson) forced schools to close, international flights to divert, and ships to be barred from leaving port.

In a press conference late Tuesday, the state weather bureau said the typhoon will most likely be out of the country Thursday. Packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour near the center and gusting at up to 150 kilometres per hour, Basyang was bearing down on Catanduanes island on the country’s eastern seaboard.

It was expected to cut west after that, dumping up to 20 millimetres (0.8 inches) of rain an hour on Luzon before exiting into the South China Sea on Wednesday, Nilo said.

Afternoon classes in elementary schools in Manila were suspended, while aviation authorities diverted several incoming flights to Clark airport about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the capital.

The arrival of Basyang marks the start of this year’s typhoon season for the Philippines. About 20 typhoons slam into the Philippines every year, causing widespread destruction and claiming many lives. Millions of poor Filipinos live in slums alongside rivers and waterways, making them particularly vulnerable to floods.




Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, its around us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun
Lets rejoice in the beautiful game,
And together at the end of the day.
We all say

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag
So wave your flag, now wave your flag, now wave your flag



WITH the onset of the rainy season, expect a rise in cases of diarrhea and dengue. The Cebu City Health Department advised the public to take precautions.

Diarrhea can spread easily through contaminated food and water, said Cebu City Asst. epidemologist Durinda Macasucol. She warned people to be careful about buying street food to avoid contracting Hepatitis A. Keep surroundings clean and store water in safe containers to avoid stagnant water that provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes, she said.

Macasucol likewise warned residents to stay away from flooded areas due to the presence of rodents waste which causes leptopirosis. The health department already recorded 1,080 diarrhea cases in the past six months, about 200 cases more than the same period last year. Dengue ranks second in the number of cases but ranks as the most serious health risk.

Symptoms include a sudden onset of high fever for two to seven days, joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, weakness and skin rashes. Some victims experience a nosebleed when their fever subsides along with abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter and dark colored stools.

Cebu City epidemologist Dr. Ilya Tac-an urged parents to monitor their children and bring them to barangay health centers if they display dengue symptoms. Cebu City health centers offer free complete blood counts (CBC) and platelets counts.

Diarrhea and dengue are among the top eight ailments in the rainy season along with flu, hepatitis A, measles, leptospirosis, typhoid fever and cholera.



Photo by: Junbert Holanda
Edited by: Jude Mathew dela Cruz



My child, you've done your part in this fight and now it's time for you to rest and take a break. Trust not only your own capabilities but in ME fully. I am with you from day one up to now and I can feel your worries, fears, and uncertainties.
Drop them and take my hand.
I won't leave you.



Lord I come before You,
desiring to provide thanks.
Father, I have so much to be thankful for,
things unseen and seen,
that You have done in my life.

Lord, mostly I am thankful
for the relationship that I have with You.
Lord, You initiated this relationship,
by what Your Son endeavored to accomplish,
paying the price for my sin,
redeeming and reconciling me.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You know the times I complain and grumble
about life and its circumstances, about suffering,
going through what seem endless trials and tribulations.

Yet God You are and always will be there with me,
even when it seems like I am forever in the wilderness,
running farther and farther from You,
You, my God are there guiding me back to Your loving arms.

I am thankful Lord for everything
that You allow to cross my path.
Thankful for the decisions that You allow me to make
and the lessons that come from these decisions.

I’m thankful, Lord,
that You have truly set me free, that I am a new creation
Thankful Lord that You have given me joy unspeakable.
Thankful Lord that You are long-suffering,
allowing me to mature in You!

Lord, words do not express my thankfulness.
For Your mighty power is at work in me,
transforming me, renewing my mind.
To You Lord belong thanks eternal.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.




nostalgia [nɒˈstældʒə -dʒɪə] n

1. a yearning for the return of past circumstances, events, etc.
2. the evocation of this emotion, as in a book, film, etc.
3. longing for home or family; homesickness

[New Latin (translation of German Heimweh homesickness), from Greek nostos a return home + -algia]




Be me in the world.
Be my voice to the deaf.
Be my faith where there is doubt.
Be my hope where there is despair.
Be my light where there is darkness.
Be my joy where there is sadness.
Be me in the world. Be my eyes to the blind.
Be my consolation to those who need to be consoled.
Be my understanding to those who need to be understood.
Be my healing to those who need to healed.
Be my love to those who need love.
Be my forgiveness to those who need to be forgiven.
Be my death to those who need me.
Be me in the world.



Cheering is the uttering or making of sounds encouraging, stimulating or exciting to action, indicating approval or acclaiming or welcoming persons, announcements of events and the like.

The word cheer meant originally face, countenance, expression, and came through Old French into Middle English in the 13th century from Low Latin cara, head; this is generally referred to the Greek καρα;. Cara is used by the 6th-century poet Flavius Cresconius Corippus, Postquam venere verendam Caesilris ante caram (In Laud em Justini Minoris). Cheer was at first qualified with epithets, both of joy and gladness and of sorrow; compare She thanked Dyomede for ale ... his gode chere (Chaucer, Troylus) with If they sing ... tis with so dull a cheere (Shakespeare, Sonnets, xcvii.). An early transference in meaning was to hospitality or entertainment, and hence to food and drink, good cheer. The sense of a shout of encouragement or applause is a late use. Defoe (Captain Singleton) speaks of it as a sailor's word, and the meaning does not appear in Johnson.

Of the different words or rather sounds that are used in cheering, "hurrah", though now generally looked on as the typical British form of cheer, is found in various forms in German, Scandinavian, Russian (ura), French (houra). It is probably onomatopoeic in origin; some connect it with such words as hurry, whirl ; the meaning would then be haste, to encourage speed or onset in battle. The English hurrah was preceded by huzza, stated to be a sailors word, and generally connected with heeze, to hoist, probably being one of the cries that sailors use when hauling or hoisting. The German hoch, seen in full in Hoch lebe der Kaiser, &c., the French vive, Italian and Spanish viva, evviva, are cries rather of acclamation than encouragement. The Japanese shout banzai became familiar during the Russo-Japanese War. In reports of parliamentary and other debates the insertion of cheers at any point in a speech indicates that approval was shown. by members of the House by emphatic utterances of hear hear. Cheering may be tumultuous, or it may be conducted rhythmically by prearrangement, as in the case of the Hip-hip-hip by way of introduction to a simultaneous hurrah. The saying "hip hip hurrah" is alleged to have roots going back to the crusaders, then meaning "Jerusalem is lost to the infidel, and we are on our way to paradise. The abbreviation HEP would then stand for Hierosolyma est perdita, "Jerusalem is lost" in Latin.[1]




Prayer to Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Oh Great St. Joseph of Cupertino, who while on earth was given the grace of being asked in your examination only the questions you know. Please obtain for the UC Nursing Board Exam takers the like favor in these examinations which they are now preparing for. In return, I promise to invoke you and to make you known through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino (Italian: San Giuseppe da Copertino) (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663) was an Italian saint. He was said to have been remarkably unclever, but prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping.[1] In turn, he is recognized as the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and weak students. He was canonized in the year 1767.


We offer this song to you Lord, as we we lift our prayers to you for our graduates who will be taking the Philippine Nursing Board Examinations (PNLE) today and tomorrow.


Over 90,000 nursing graduates are set to take the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) on July 3 and 4.Marco Sto. Tomas, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Nursing member, said the number of examinees has reached 92,000 and is still expected to increase.

“The number of nursing students who graduated last March and those failed in previous tests who will be taking the licensure examination already reached 92,000,” he said.

The latest batch of examinees is fewer compared to that of the November 2009 NLE, which totaled 95,000. The huge number prompted the PRC to put up additional testing centers.

Traditionally, fewer examinees are recorded during the June NLE because some of the graduates are unable to meet the deadline for the filing of application.

Sto. Tomas said the PRC and the Association of Deans have agreed to move the NLE from June to July to give the schools and examinees sufficient time to process the credentials necessary in filing their application to take the examination.



Ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang Bayan ko
Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkunin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin

Tumatawid ako sa tamang tawiran
Sumasakay ako sa tamang sakayan
Pumipila at hindi naddipag-unahan
At ‘di ako pasiga-siga sa lansangan.

Bumababa at nagsasakay ako sa tamang sakayan
‘di na makahambalang parang walang pakiaalam.
Pinagbibigyan Kong mga tumatawid sa kalsada
Humihinto ako kapag ang ilaw ay pula.

‘pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang bayan ko
Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin

‘Di ako nagongotong o nagbibigay ng lagay
Ticket lamang ang tinatangap kung binigigay
At ‘di nagtatago sa ilalim ng puno.

‘Di ako nagkakalat nga Basura sa lansangan.
‘di bumubuga nga usok ang aking sasakyan
Inaayos kong mga kalat sa basurahan
Inaalagan ko ang aking kapaligiran

‘Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang bayan ko
Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin

Lagi akong nakikinig sa aking mga magulang
Kaya’t pag-aaral ay aking pinagbubutihan
‘di ako gumagamit nga bawal na gamut.
O kaya’y tumatambay at sa eskwela’y di pumapasok.

Pingtatangol ko ang aking karangalan
‘pagkat ito lamang ang tangi kong kayamanan
‘di ko binabenta ang aking kinabukasan
Ang boto ko’y aking pinahahalagahan.

‘pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang bayan ko
Inutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin
Ako ilang tapat at totoong lingkod ng bayan
Pabor o lagay ay ‘di ko pinapayagan
Tapat ang serbisyo ko sa mamamayaan
Di ko binubulsa ang pera ng Bayan

Pigantatangol ko ang mamamayang Pilipino
Mga karapatan nila’y kinikilala ko
Ginagalang ko ang aking kapwa tao
Pinaglalaban Kong Dangal ng bayan ko.

,pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang bayan ko
Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin.

Ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang bayan ko
Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin
Pagkat ako’y ilang mabuting Pilipino

Panatang makabayan
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas
Ito ang lupang sinilangan
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi
Ako’y tkanyang kinukopkop
At tinutulungan upang maging malakas
Maligaya, at kapakipakinabang
Bilang ganti diringin ko
Ang payo ng aking mga magulang
Sunsundin ko ang mga tungkulin ang aking paaralan
Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin
Ng isang mamamayng makabayan
Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan
Ang walang pagiimbot at buong katapan
Sisikapin ko maging isang tunay na Pilipino
Sa isip sa salita at sa gawa.


As Benigno Simeon Cojuangco “Noynoy” Aquino III took his oath of office as the Philippines’ 15th President at noon Wednesday, local officials in this city were also sworn into office by Court of Appeals Associate Justice Portia Hormachuelos.

Among those who took oath Wednesday were the new House of Representatives members headed by Tomas Osmeña representing the south district and Margaret Rachel del Mar for the north district and new Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Vice Mayor Joy Young and 16 councilors who ran and won in both south and north districts. Osmeña and the councilors were sworn into office by Hormachuelos while Del Mar was sworn into office by her father, former Deputy Speaker Raul del Mar.

The new councilors sworn into office were Rodrigo Abellanosa, Margarita “Margot” Osmeña, Edu Rama, Joey Daluz III, Raul Alcoseba, Ronald Cuenco, Richard “Ritchie” Osmeña and Roberto Cabarrubias for the south district.

North district councilors who took their oath of office were Edgardo Labella, Augustus Pe Jr., Alvin Arcilla, Sisinio Andales, Lea Japson, Alvin Dizon, Noel Wenceslao and Nida Cabrera.

The male city officials all wore the traditional “barong tagalong.” The oath-taking ceremony took place in front of the Cebu City Hall with foreign dignitaries, representative from Cebu’s sister cities , family members and supporters witnessing the ceremony.

In his inaugural speech, Rama cited his predecessor’s “outstanding performance over the past years,” and thanked members of his own family for their full support of his candidacy.

The new city mayor also emphasized the “importance of public office as a public trust."