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"All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. YOU don't have to be great to start, but you have to START to be GREAT."

(Lao-Tzu; Sabah)


UC Nursing CESDEV is very glad that the spirit of volunteerism has been well-embedded into the hearts of its volunteers as some of its members are now working with Rotaract on its various activities ad programs.

The value of service towards mankind, to its fellowmen, are clearly displayed as the volunteers continue to seek avenues that would allow them to continue to do and to do more of what they have been accustomed to do with CESDEV Nursing.

Keep it up, Joshua, Enzo, Junry, and Tom. CESDEV Nursing is proud of you!



Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth programme in 1968 and has now grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organisation of over 8,200 clubs spread around the world and 195,000 + members. [1] It is a service, leadership and community service organisation for young men and women between the ages 18–30. Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. [2]

"Rotaract" stands for "Rotary in Action", [3] although the name originally comes from a combination of "Rotary" and "Interact" (International + Action), the high school level programme created by Rotary International in 1962.[4]

Most Rotaract activities take place at the club level. Rotaract clubs hold formal meetings, usually every two weeks, which feature speakers, special outings, social activities, discussions or visits to other clubs. Club members get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops. [5] [6]

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. [7]

To be eligible for membership, prospective members must be 18–30 years of age, show that they are committed to Rotaract, and show that they are of good standing in the community. After being approved by the club, prospective members are 'inducted' to become members, also known as 'Rotaractors'. Clubs generally charge a small annual membership fee to cover costs. [8]




More than 8,000 people gathered to avail of the free services of the Grand Halad Kapamilya of the ABS-CBN Network.

Grand Halad Kapa-milya of the ABS-CBN Network is done every year during the months of June and November and UC Nursing CESDEV has been volunteering for this event since 2008. It is a whole day outreach program that provides free services especially for the senior citizens and children.

About 2,500 were given free medicines after consultations with the volunteer-doctors from Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Chong Hua Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Cebu City Health Office and the Cebu City Medical Center.

Rose Pharmacy Manager Alma Jane Torda said most of the patients who attended the medical and dental services came with their families. Torda added that the common ailments were cough, colds, diabetes, and high blood pressure and these patients were given carbocisteine aside from multivitamins.

Free livelihood seminars such as organic hog raising, accounting for non-accountancy, basic air conditioner and mobile repair, techno skill demos and business plan making were attended by more than 2,000 people. Some beneficiaries brought along their pets for veterinary services offered by the Cebu City Veterinarian Office.

AGHAM party list donated 1,600 reading eyeglasses for the optical service beneficiaries while the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry sought donations from different pharmacies in Cebu City for the medicines and medical equipment.


More than 4000 patients availed of the dental services such as consultation, extraction, oral prophylaxis, diagnostic procedures and other extended services. These services were rendered by the Cebu City Council Committee on Health and Hospital Services and the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

UC Nursing CESDEV volunteers has a day filled with vital signs taking. It was deemed important to check, especially the blood pressure of dental service patients to make sure that problems such as bleeding tendencies will be properly intervened.


ABS-CBN Cebu’s Kapamilya campaign gave away relief goods to the indigent families while Bantay Bata 163, Goldilocks and the Naval Forces Central sponsored feeding, children’s games and free haircut.

Story-telling sessions as well as briefing the kid about their rights were also included in the small group sessions with them.

UC Nursing CESDEV volunteers facilitated the distribution of the food for the kids as well as handled the games and othehr activities for the kids. The volunteers enjoyed the activity as it afforded them the chance bring out the child in them.


About 17,000 educational books were distributed by the SK Federation of Cebu City and ABS-CBN Network to the youth.

“Isang katok para sa isang milyong libro”, a project of the Cebu City SK Federation that collects books from every house in Cebu City for the elementary, high school and college students. The SK officers started collecting the books last June 12, 2011.


Joshua Herbert Buaya
Dawn Michor Daan
Michael Gil R. Montaño
Jude Mathew Dela Cruz
Tom Christopher Chan
Dianne S. Salem
Marcelo Aguilar
Junry Aranas
Lorenzo Manuel Sintos
Jazel Anne Cañete
Anna Rose Cadilig
Sweetsie Avdhs Baltazar
Lester L. Cafe
Abigail Lepaopao
Krizia Marie Gabrielle Dosdos
Mark Yve Cañalita
Ivy Ruth Inogada
Yres Lyn Go Español
Karla Mariz Ariar
Miriam Arequez
Apple Glaze Dumagat
Neil Francis Sanchez
Kirk Patrick Largo
Georgina Cabudbud
Deborah Mae Pacabis
Lizbeth Marie Vidal
Zari Louise Angelique Lamban
Aryl Zipporah Pilapil
Guivenchy Daianne Abundo
Ronaldo O. Quitco


Alagang Kapatid (A Sibling's Touch) is TV5's first ever medical show on TV5. The show is currently hosted by Cheryl Cosim, who also hosted Aksyon. The show started on September 11, 2010.

Alagang Kapatid was first aired on TV5 on September 11, 2010. Alagang Kapatid continuously extends its reach in helping each and every kapatid, through mounting medical missions, and offering assistance to the less fortunate and during emergency cases.


And in pursuit of Alagang Kapatid’s mission, Cheryl Cosim welcomes her new team of public servants whose aim is to provide every kapatid the necessary information in maintaining their health, and enough inspiration for them to move towards a better healthier lifestyle.

UC Nursing CESDEV and its volunteers are very glad to have been part of the Medical Mission of Alagang Kapatid as our thrust is to be of of help to all for we are not born only to ourselves ... we are born for service.


Under Special Investigation (USI) is a one-hour program in TV5 that puts a controversial person and issues under the magnifying lens. Paolo Bediones makes the program his own by giving it that reality show flavor.


Paolo Bediones, also known by his full name Paolo Antonio Barba Bediones, is an actor, TV show host, entrepreneur and commercial model from the country of Philippines. He was born on March 17, 1974 in Manila, Philippines.

He started his successful TV career as a commercial model, by doing a few local and national commercials. This opened many doors for him and he eventually ended up hosting several famous TV shows.

Bediones is best known as the host of the Extra Challenge and Survivor Philippines, which are both shows of the GMA Network. During his career as a TV show host, he has also hosted shows like Digital LG Challenge, Extra Income, Extra Showbiz, Para Bos!, S Files, Extra Challenge Reloaded, Gameplan and many more.

In 2009, Bediones signed an exclusive contract with TV5. Ever since then he has been the guest judge for the "Talentadong Pinoy", guest co-host for "Shall We Dance?" and the main host for USI: Under Special Investigation. For the first time in his career, Bediones is also a newscaster for TV5.



Erwin Tulfo (born July 12, 1972) is a Filipino News Anchor and radio commentator. He is one of Tulfo Brothers with Ben Tulfo, Ramon Tulfo and Raffy Tulfo. He is now working with TV5 and 92.3 News FM under News5. He is the host of Tutok Tulfo and one of news anchor of Aksyon under the segment Presinto5.

Tutok Tulfo (English: Focus Tulfo) is TV5's first ever investigative news show on TV5. The show is currently hosted by former ABS-CBN, RPN, DZAR, and DZXL anchor Erwin Tulfo, who also hosted Sapul! and Aksyon's "Presinto5" segment. The show started on March 13, 2010.


UC Nursing CESDEV is especially delighted that everytime there are activities like outreach programs and medical missions, our volunteers who have long graduated from University of Cebu and are now Registered Nurses would still find time to be part of such endeavors.

These are our volunteers who made such great contributions to the office and to the organization and has made themselves truly reliable sources of strength to CESDEV Nursing.

Looking forward for more worthwhile and significant endeavors with all of you. Keep coming back! We will always welcome you with open arms and warm smiles. Thank you for loving CESDEV, Volunteerism, and Service to Mankind!

God bless you more and thank you Joshua Herbert Buaya, Michael Gil Montano, Dawn Michor Daan, Don Jade Canama, Arniel Aranas, Jude Mathew Dela Cruz and Clauven Navallo!


UC Nursing CESDEV received an invitation from TV5 to be part of its Medical Mission to be held today in Elizabeth Mall from 1PM to 5PM as it launches it local TV Network here in Cebu. Their transmitter and main station is located in Barangay Kalunasan which coincidentally is the adopted community of CESDEV Nursing.

For those volunteers who wish to join, please visit CESDEV Nursing Office for some instructions and for other related information. Thanks and see you there!



Ako ay Pilipino
Ang dugo'y maharlika
Likas sa aking puso
Adhikaing kay ganda
Sa Pilipinas na aking bayan
Lantay na Perlas ng Silanganan
Wari'y natipon
ang kayamanan ng Maykapal

Bigay sa 'king talino
Sa mabuti lang laan
Sa aki'y katutubo
Ang maging mapagmahal


Ako ay Pilipino,
Ako ay Pilipino
Isang bansa isang diwa
Ang minimithi ko
Sa Bayan ko't Bandila
Laan Buhay ko't Diwa
Ako ay Pilipino,
Pilipinong totoo
Ako ay Pilipino,
Ako ay Pilipino
Taas noo kahit kanino
Ang Pilipino ay Ako!



"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he CAN DO, what he was afraid he couldn't do. Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the STRENGTH to endure a difficult one."



Members of the PRC Board of Nursing (BoN) will go on quarantine effective Thursday, June 23, until Sunday, July 3 (the last day of the July 2011 Nurses Licensure Exam), honorable Marco Antonio Sto Tomas posted on his Facebook fan page earlier this week.

Sto. Tomas wrote that the BoN quarantine would “ensure the ‘integrity’ of our nurse licensure examinations.”

He assured exam takers “that in all the days of seclusion all those who filed and decided to challenge this licensure examinations will be prayed upon.”



Tuwing umuulan ay naaalala
Tayong dalawa
Kay sarap isipin na may kasama
Sa buhay pag bumaha

Sukob na halika na
Sabay tayo sa payong ko
Hawak ka kapit pa
Sa payong ko magkasama tayo

(sukob na sukob na)
Hinding-hindi ka pababayaan
Na mag-isa sa ulan
Aalagaan (kita) magtatawanan
Wala na ‘tong hiwalayan

Sukob na halika na
Sabay tayo sa payong ko
Hawak ka kapit pa
Umula’t bumagyo
(sa payong ko)
Magkasama tayo

Di ko na inakala pa
Na ika’y paririto
Ngunit salamat na lamang
At dumating ka sa buhay ko

Sukob na halika na
Sabay tayo sa payong ko
Hawak ka kapit pa
Umula’t bumagyo
(sa payong ko)
Magkasama tayo

Sukob na halika na
Sabay tayo sa payong ko
Yakap ka kapit pa
Umula’t bumagyo
(sukob na halika na tayo na)
Magkasama tayo
Sa payong ko
magkasama tayong dalawa

(sukob na sukob na)


THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau has intensified its information campaign on how to cope with landslides and floods. “We are amplifying our information campaign in areas where landslides and episodes of flooding will most likely occur,” said MGB 7 Director Loreto Alburo.

“We should be very vigilant and alert at all times as we don’t know when heavy rains will occur, especially those communities that live near or at the foot of the mountains, as many geohazards are rain-induced,” Alburo said.

MGB 7 identified portions of mountain barangays of Cebu City, Balamban, Toledo City, Pinamungajan, Dumanjug, Ronda, Asturias, Catmon and Talisay City as prone to landslides. The geohazard mapping identifies possible settlement sites, properties and infrastructure that could be affected by landslides.

The activity also identified areas that are prone to floods, landslides, mudflows and other ground movements. Areas that are prone to landslides are sites of recent ground movements and those that have numerous and large tension cracks that would directly affect the community.

Landslides are also likely to occur in areas that are natural drainages or waterways and steep slopes.

These areas in Cebu City are Barangays Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Busay, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay, Sudlon II, Sudlon I, Sinsin, Buhisan, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, and Adlaon.

Also prone to landslides are Barangays Hingatmonan, Lamesa, Luca, Ginatilan, Cabasiangan, Matun-og, Canso-moroy, Gaas, Magsaysay, Cabagdalan, and Duangan in Balamban. Other landslide-prone areas are Tungkay, Pangamihan, Bagacay, Loay and Don Andres Sorian in Toledo City; Barangay Lamac in Pinamungajan; and Agbanga, Baye, Bairan, Kanluangan and Sak-sak in Asturias.

There are also 12 barangays in Catmon that are prone to landslides as well as all mountain barangays in Talisay City, Barangay Doldol Purok 3 in Dumanjug and Barangay Cansalonoy in Ronda town.


A new Low Pressure Area ( LPA ) enters the Philippine Area of Responsibilities after the tropical depression Egay. According to the Philippines weather bureau PAGASA as of 4:00 am today, June 22, 2011 Tropical Depression "FALCON" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 550 km East Northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar (14.0°N, 130.5°E) with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move Northwest at 15 kph.

The whole country will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with scattered to widespead rains over the eastern section of Southern Luzon of Visayas and of Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest to Southeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the Southwest to West over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.




Every Filipino knows Jose Rizal. Or so we think. The best way to know what's in a man's heart is by finding out what's in his dinner plate.

Our hero's plate was always filled with the flavors, colors, and textures that reflect the rich Filipino culture and heritage. Was the palate of this extraordinary man any different from the ordinary Filipino?

Hosted by Cesar Montano, watch this first-ever food documentary about our beloved national hero entitled Piging Para Kay Pepe. Directed by Rico Gutierrez. Produced by GMA News and Public Affairs.

Take a bite of history and get to know Jose Rizal in a different light.









In line with the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of our National Hero, Jose Rizal, the Philippine Postal Corporation is coming up with the Jose Rizal@150 stamps which will be issued on June 19, 2011. It is classified as a “Commemorative” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and a quantity of 70,000 pieces each for two se-tenant pairs. Also available is a souvenir sheet with a denomination of P 150.00 and a quantity of 6,000 pieces.

Moreover, Philpost launched an exhibit of stamps and other memorabilia dubbed as “ Rizaliana Collection on Stamps Exhibit by Jorge Cuyugan and Philatelic friends” last Monday, June 13 at the lobby of the historic Manila Central Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila. The exhibit will run until the 30th of June.

The opening of the exhibit were attended by Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Secretary Ivan John E., former Senator Nikki Coseteng, NHCP representative Carminda Arevalo and Atty. Ramoncita Reyes, a member of Rizal Family.

On display are complete sets of Rizal stamps issued by PhilPost including winning artworks of the Jose Rizal stamp design contest conducted by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). Three Fine Arts students from the Far Eastern University (FEU) won the contest that aims to promote Rizal’s greatness and contribution to our nation.

The exhibit contains an almost complete collection of Rizalian stamps and other philatelic items limited to his self portrait, monuments and works from the very first issue of 1906 to the latest issues of Rizal stamps on June 19 which are presented in chronological order with introductory texts for each issue.

The exhibit will feature all original items never before featured or shown in any exhibits for viewers to fully appreciate. Visitors and students will also have the chance to view special related trivia’s, pictures and Rizalian collections.

The winning stamp designs which are included in the exhibit will be used by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) in launching the special limited stamps of Rizal @ 150 on June 19, the national hero’s birth anniversary.

Marc Aran Reyes, Deanne Fernandez, and Lex Kempho Lacar won the student category in the contest.The young artists created the stamp designs based on their interpretation of Rizal’s ideals.

Fernandez’s stamp design uses the oft-used black and white drawing of Rizal, along with the cover of Rizal’s first novel “Noli Me Tangere.” An oil lamp, which was typically used as evening light, symbolized enlightenment and reason.

For Reyes, Rizal is seen with a white dove beside him, the dove symbolizing freedom from Spanish rule that the Laguna native wished for the Philippines.

The designs of Fernandez and Reyes will be used as stamps while Lacar’s design will be for the cachet of the First Day Cover Envelope that will be issued on June 19.



The winning stamp designs which are included in the exhibit will be used by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) in launching the special limited stamps of Rizal @ 150 on June 19, the national hero’s birth anniversary.

Marc Aran Reyes, Deanne Fernandez, and Lex Kempho Lacar won the student category in the contest.The young artists created the stamp designs based on their interpretation of Rizal’s ideals.

Fernandez’s stamp design uses the oft-used black and white drawing of Rizal, along with the cover of Rizal’s first novel “Noli Me Tangere.” An oil lamp, which was typically used as evening light, symbolized enlightenment and reason.

For Reyes, Rizal is seen with a white dove beside him, the dove symbolizing freedom from Spanish rule that the Laguna native wished for the Philippines. The designs of Fernandez and Reyes will be used as stamps while Lacar’s design will be for the cachet of the First Day Cover Envelope that will be issued on June 19.




Father's Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities.

The first observance of Father's Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother's Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father.

Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Instead, credit for Father's Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father's Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis' Mother's Day.

Clayton's celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon's proclamation of Father's Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church, as the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922. Fairmont is now promoted as the "Home of the First Father's Day Service".




"Dance With My Father" was the last top 40 hit for the late Luther Vandross in his homeland, U.S., peaking at 38. The song also peaked at 21 in the UK. As of Saturday 29 August 2009 the song re-entered the top 40 after a performance of the song on the British hit TV show X Factor by Joe McElderry. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 20th December 2009 at number 48, just outside the Top 40.


THE Kapatid Network produced "Bayani: Isang Imbestigasyon sa Pagkatao at Pakikibaka ni Dr. Jose Rizal". The initial offering of Dokyu5 will present the truths and controversies surrounding our most celebrated national hero.

The one-hour documentary gives viewers a different perspective for a more in-depth understanding of the life of Dr. Jose Rizal. The documentary will also take viewers to all accounts, written and non-written, from his birth to this day during which he is venerated by the world for the values, works and ideals he has managed to pass on from one generation to another.

Hosted by 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida, Jr. and three-time Palanca awardee Lourd de Veyra, watch Bayani and learn more about Dr. Jose Rizal.

BAYANI - Part 1

BAYANI - Part 2

BAYANI - Part 3

BAYANI - Part 4

BAYANI - Part 5

BAYANI - Part 6


Facebook, it turns out, isn't just a waste of time. People who use it have more close friends, get more social support and report being more politically engaged than those who don't, according to a new national study on Americans and social networks.

The report comes as Facebook, Twitter and even the buttoned-up, career-oriented LinkedIn continue to engrain themselves in our daily lives and change the way we interact with friends, co-workers and long-lost high school buddies. Released Thursday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the report also found that Facebook users are more trusting than their non-networked counterparts.

When accounting for all other factors — such as age, education level or race — Facebook users were 43 percent more likely than other Internet users to say that "most people can be trusted." Compared with people who don't use the Internet at all, Facebook users were three times more trusting.

The reason for this is not entirely clear. One possible explanation: People on social networks are more willing to trust others because they interact with a larger number of people in a more diverse setting, said Keith Hampton, the main author of the study and a communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

When all else is equal, people who use Facebook also have 9 percent more close ties in their overall social network than other Internet users. This backs an earlier report from Pew that, contrary to studies done earlier in the decade, the Internet is not linked to social isolation. Rather, it can lead to larger, more diverse social networks.

Social-networking users also scored high in political engagement. Because LinkedIn users (older, male and more educated) fall into a demographic category that's more politically active than the general population, they were most likely to vote or attend political rallies. But after adjusting for those characteristics, Facebook users, especially those who use the site multiple times a day, turned out to be more politically involved than those who don't use it.

Overall, the average American has a little more than two close confidants, 2.16 to be exact, according to the report. This is up from an average of 1.93 close ties that Americans reported having in 2008. There are also fewer lonely people: 9 percent of respondents said they had no one with whom they could discuss important matters. That's down from 12 percent in 2008.

The report didn't try to dig into cause and effect, so it's not clear whether the widening use of social networks is causing less loneliness. But it did find that people who use the Internet are less socially isolated than those who don't. Those on social networks, even less so — just 5 percent said they had no one to talk to about important stuff.

The researchers also got numbers to back up what's in the mind of many Facebook users past a certain age: Yes, all your old high school classmates really are coming out of the woodwork and "friending" you. The average Facebook user has 56 friends on the site from high school. That's far more than any other social group, including extended family, co-workers or college classmates.

Facebook's settings let users add the high school they attended to their profile, along with the year they graduated. Other users can then search for their classmates and add them as friends for a virtual reunion.

In the past, when people went to college or got jobs and moved away from their home towns, they left those relationships behind, too. This was especially true in the 1960s, when women not in the work force would move to the suburbs with their husbands and face a great deal of isolation, Hampton said.

Now, with social networks, these ties are persistent. "Persistent and pervasive," Hampton said. "They stay with you forever." The survey was conducted among 2,255 adults from Oct. 20 to Nov. 28, 2010. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points for the full sample.




The June 15 lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippines on Thursday, June 16, 2011. The eclipse will start at 1:24 a.m. and end at 7 a.m. But if you don’t have a telescope and you want to really see it, look at the moon at around 2:45 to 3 a.m. And by 4:12 a.m., the lunar eclipse would be total.

Here’s a more detailed summary of the different phases of the lunar eclipse on June 16, 2011 (Philippines):

* Penumbral eclipse: starts at 1:24 AM
* Partial eclipse: starts at 2:22 AM
* Greatest eclipse: 4:12 AM
* Partial eclipse: ends at 6:02 AM
* Penumbral eclipse: ends at 7:00 AM


The first lunar eclipse of 2011 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in southern Ophiuchus about 7° west of the Lagoon Nebula (M8). The Moon passes deeply through Earth's umbral shadow during this rather long event. The total phase itself lasts 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000. The Moon's contact times with Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows are listed below.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 17:24:34 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 18:22:56 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 19:22:30 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 20:12:37 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 21:02:42 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 22:02:15 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 23:00:45 UT

At the instant of greatest eclipse the umbral eclipse magnitude will reach 1.6998 as the Moon's centre passes within 5.3 arc-minutes of the shadow axis. The Moon's southern limb will lay 54.2 arc-minutes from the edge of the umbra while the northern limb will lay 22.3 arc-minutes from the umbra's edge.

Thus, the northern regions of the Moon will probably appear brighter than the southern regions that lie deeper in the shadow. Since the Moon samples a large range of umbral depths during totality, its appearance will change dramatically with time. It is difficult to predict the exact brightness distribution in the umbra so observers are encouraged to estimate the Danjon value at different times during totality.



An interesting article came out 1/20/11 on the Malaya Business Insight website about a proposed P150 Jose Rizal bill to celebrate his 150th birthday.

There is a proposal submitted to the Governor of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas for a 150-peso bill carrying the portrait of Jose Rizal as the central feature in the front portion. The intent is to promote the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippine national hero.

The photo above has some interesting elements like the Angono Petroglyphs featuring the theory of Baybayin numerals. Also featured is the Taklobo and “Republika ng Pilipinas” in modified/modern Baybayin.



Proclamation No. 154


WHEREAS, Sunday, June 19, 2011, marks the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero;

WHEREAS, to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) requested that Monday, June 20, 2011, be declared as special non-working holiday instead of June 19, 2011, which falls on a Sunday.



CESDEV - Nursing
warmly embraces
worthwhile partnerships.

We joined our Kapamilyas
in the service of the Filipinos
and will continue to do so.

Expanding our horizon,
we will also be of service soon
to our beloved Kapatids ...

Stay tuned.


Hanap mo ba’y tambayang kakaiba
Mapaiba man tayo, dito’y nagkakaisa
May bata’t matanda, kasal at dalaga
Seryoso’t palabiro, TV5 ang nais ko

Anu mang trip mo naririto,
Pagkat ito ay para sayo!

Para sayo kapatid
Para sayo kapatid
Para sayo, para sayo
Para sayo kapatid

Love story man o hilig mo’y tawanan
Mainit na balita o kaya chika pa lang
Umaga, tanghali kahit hating gabi
If more for everybody enjoy lagi!



"To the OPTIMIST...
Obstacles are CHALLENGES,
roadblocks are INSPIRATIONS,
and problems are
invitations to ACHIEVEMENT."


Halika na pumikit
limutin ang problema
Hihintayin ang umaga
Magpahinga, panaginip
ang ikaliligaya
Darating din ang umaga

Basta't tayo'y magkasama
Laging mayroong umagang kay ganda
Pagsikat ng araw
May dalang liwanag
Sa ating pangarap, ooh
Haharapin natin

Gumising na (gumising na)
Araw ng pag-asa'y narito na
Dumating din, haharapin natin

[repeat Chorus]

Haharapin natin



Happy moments,
praise God.
Difficult moments,
seek God.
Painful moments,
trust God.
Every moment,
thank God.


Can Osmeña Boulevard be declared car-free every Sunday?

That’s what ecology advocates asked Cebu City officials after last Sunday’s “Road Revolution” left the boulevard free for pedestrians in order to advocate a redesign of public roads to add bicycle lanes and wide sidewalks, and to shift to the use of environment-friendly transportation.

Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young said they will study the proposal of environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr. “Despite the complaints of the motorists, it went well but to close it every Sunday is a different matter. We have to study that,” Young said.
He said if ever the plan is approved, the road would be closed only after 4 p.m. until midnight on Sundays. “Based on last Sunday’s experience, the influx of people happens after 4 p.m. when the sun is about to set,” the vice mayor said.

Oposa, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee for his environment crusade, and several supporters yesterday submitted to the Cebu City Council a petition to overhaul the city’s road use system to prioritize pedestrians and bicycle riders. Their proposal calls for devoting 30 percent of the road for sidewalks, 30 percent for bicycle lanes, 30 percent for mass transport that is “Filipino-made” and pollution-free, and 10 percent for a greenbelt of gardens and trees.

Oposa later appeared in a Provincial Board (PB) session to promote the establishment of a bamboo railway system and solar energy “train.” Oposa gathered 20,000 signatures for the petition that seeks a pollution-free transportation system in Cebu. “Our mode of transportation is totally wrong. We need to change it,” Oposa said in last Sunday’s opening program of the Road Revolution, which was timed for Independence Day.



What do a poet, general, and woman warrior have in common, other than being the pride of the Philippines? The revolutionaries, both peaceful and fierce, are part of the sponsorship roster for Kalayaan 2011, the 113th Philippine Independence Day celebration set for June 11th.

Kalayaan 2011 sponsors will memorialize José Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonso y Realonda, Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, and Maria Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, three of the Philippines’ top nationalists. Dr. Jose Rizal, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Mrs. Diego Silang embody the cry for anti-colonialist freedom.

Revolutionary Diego Silang and his wife Josefa, known as the “Joan of Arc of Ilocandia,” began an insurgent movement against Spain in the 1700s. Rizal’s writing, civic organizing and firing-squad execution in the late 1800s rallied those of the Katipunan Movement, led by Aguinaldo, to continue to fight for independence.

This year is the sesquicentennial anniversary of Dr.Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday. In his honor, the theme of Kalayaan 2011 is “Rizal: Haligi ng Bayan” or “Rizal: Pillar of the Nation.”


Dakilang lahi
na sa 'yong tangi
pag-ibig ko inang bayan
isinumpa ko
o pilipino gagaling ang sugat
ng iyong nakaraan
nang pahiran ko
luha ng 'yong puso
ay natayo muli
ang karangalan mo

o ang pag-ibig ko'y sa 'yo
inang bayan
ikaw ang s'yang dalangin ko
sa diyos kailan pa man
kuminang na
ang iyong bituin
at sumikat na'ng araw
ang kalayaan mo'y sinisigaw
ang bukas ay tanging sa'yo
nakalaan kayumanggi
ang kulay mo
dugo't pawis inalay mo
'di ka na maaapi ngayon o kailanman
pag-ibig ko'y sa 'yo inang bayan

dakilang bayan
iyo'y muli nang nakamtan
tulad noong araw
bago inagaw ang kayamanan mo
ang 'yong kalayaan
nang pahiran ko
luha ng 'yong puso
ay natayo muli
ang karangalan mo

o ang pag-ibig ko'y sa 'yo
inang bayan
ikaw ang s'yang dalangin ko
sa diyos kailan pa man
kuminang na
ang iyong bituin
at sumikat na'ng araw
ang kalayaan mo'y sinisigaw
ang bukas ay tanging sa'yo
nakalaan kayumanggi
ang kulay mo
dugo't pawis inalay mo
'di ka na maaapi ngayon o kailanman
pag-ibig ko'y sa 'yo inang bayan

kahit na gaano kaliit
ang tinig ko
buong lakas akong
magtatanggol sa 'yo
ang bukas ay tanging sa'yo
nakalaan kayumanggi
ang kulay mo
ang buhay ko'y
alay sa 'yo
'di ka na maaapi ngayon o kailanman
pag-ibig ko'y sa 'yo inang bayan
pag-ibig ko'y sa 'yo inang bayan


GMA 7 produced this video of Lupang Hinirang, the Philippines National Anthem!

This new theatrical version retells Philippine history through a succession of carefully-crafted and awe-inspiring reenactments of historical events from Lapu-Lapu's victory over Magellan's troops in the Battle of Mactan to the Filipinos' peaceful revolt in pursuit of democracy in the 1986 People Power Revolution at EDSA.

This project was done in close coordination with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, who recognized the Network's efforts to instill nationalism and patriotism among the Filipino people.



AS A testament to the growing number of bikers in Cebu, more than 100 participants are expected to join the folding bike competition of the Road Revolution, as part of the Independence Day celebration this Sunday at 10 a.m. in front of the Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital (CDUH) at Osmeña Blvd.

The road from Capitol to Plaza Independencia will be closed the whole day. The event is spearheaded by the Tindak Bisdak Cebu Folding Society. After the starting gun, the participants, who are 20 meters away will run towards their folded bikes and race the 600-meter distance from CDUH towards Fuente Osmeña.

They will have four divisions based on the sizes of the bikes. The event is part of Road Revoltion Philippines’ campaign for sidewalks, bike lanes and collective transportation system in Cebu. Aside from cycling, there will also be a freedom walk from Cebu Provincial Capitol to the Plaza Independencia, a running event and a skating competition.

“We are tired of the chaos, accidents, air pollution and injustice that prevails in the road system of the Philippines... We, the Filipino People, hereby initiate this petition to promulgate a local ordinance to reform the existing road system. We ask that an ordinance be passed to convert all existing roads within our city to favor people instead of favoring motor vehicles. After all, towns and cities were made for people, not for motor vehicles,” the group said in a petition at roadrevolution.ph.




“Those who have less in wheels must have more in road.”[1]

To the Sangguniang Panlungsod (Bayan) of __

Dear Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod __(or Bayan – if municipality)

We, Children and Registered Voters of the City of Cebu, hereby declare that that we are tired of the chaos, accidents, air pollution and injustice that prevails in the road system of the Philippines. The bias of the present road system for individualized motorized vehicles has caused and will continue to cause tremendous road congestion, serious air pollution, deadly accidents, waste of space, fuel, water, and public space for the convenience of a few, at a great cost to all.

It is time to turn this around.

For this purpose, we, the Filipino People, hereby initiate this Petition to promulgate a local ordinance to reform the existing road system. We ask that an ordinance be passed to convert all existing roads within our City to favor people instead of favoring motor vehicles. After all, towns and cities were made for people, not for motor vehicles.

For this purpose, we respectfully request that the existing roads be divided longitudinally into four parts: All-weather side-walks and pathways — 30%; Bicycle lanes — 30%; Filipino-made collective and non-pollutive transportation systems — 30%; Greenbelts for edible gardens — 10%.

An efficient and effective transportation system will provide the constituents of our good City with a healthy and orderly alternative to the existing transportation system.

To support this initiative for local legislation, we hereby submit to your good Office the signatures of the voters of our good City pursuant to Law. We are joined by our children and grandchildren — many of whom will soon be of voting age – who are the most vulnerable to the dangerous conditions of the roads and to the worsening quality of the Air.

This People’s Petition is hereby submitted pursuant to Sec. 120 to 127 of the Local Government Code (Republic Act 7160).[2] Further, Executive Order 712 (2008)[3] and Executive Order 774 (2008)[4] call for the reformation of the road system to favor non-motorized, environment-friendly, and collective transportation systems.

Thank you in anticipation of your kind and expeditious action on the matter within the period provided by Law.[5] We look forward to working with you, your planners, and legislators to flesh out the details of our proposal. We trust that this letter finds you in good health and spirits.

Citizens of the Philippines
Residents of the City of Cebu

_______, 20__

Date filed

[1] Paraphrase of a line from beloved President of the Philippines, circa 1950s who said that, “Those who have less in life must have more in law.”

[2] Sections 120-127 of the Local Government Code gives voters numbering 100 for municipalities and 1,000 for cities the power to submit a petition to the local council to propose legislation.

[3] Sec. 3 of Executive Order 712 (2008) states: The DOTC shall establish as National Land Transport Policy Framework, which shall facilitate the modernization of the land transport industry through the promotion of utility services which are environment-friendly and shall provide assistance to the land transport sector through lease-to-own programs, technical assistance, subsidies, and the encouragement of the use of alternative fuels and/or renewable energy, among others.

[4] Sec. 9 of E.O. 774 (2008) states: Task Group on Fossil fuels. – (a) To reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, the DOTC shall lead a Task Group to reform the transportation sector. The new paradigm in the movement of men and things must follow a simple principle: "Those who have less in wheels must have more in road." For this purpose, the system shall favour non-motorized locomotion and collective transportation system (walking, bicycling, and the man-powered mini-train).

[5] Sec. 120 (b) of R.A. 7160 states: If no favorable action thereon is taken by the sanggunian concerned within thirty (30) days from its presentation, the proponents, through their duly authorized and registered representatives, may invoke their power of initiative, giving notice thereof to the sanggunian concerned.

You can download the petition here:




The profession of nursing has been around for centuries, but the development of nursing as a calling truly took off in the 19th Century with the work of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale saw the need to bring professionalism to nursing. She was instrumental in developing training the nurses need as well as the uniform which helped give them a professional look. Part of the uniform that was accepted was the nurse’s cap.

The nurse’s cap was designed after a nurse’s habit, as a way to pay homage to the work of nuns as the earliest nurses. The cap's original use of the nurse’s cap was to keep a female nurse's hair neatly in place and present a professional appearance. Over the course of time the nurse’s cap evolved into two styles. One is a long nurse’s cap which covers most of the nurse’s head and the other is a short nurse’s cap which sits on top of the head.

The nurse’s cap has also had a ceremonial purpose. For many years the nurse’s cap was used in a ceremony for new nurses. The capping ceremony was instituted as a way to present a nurses cap to students who have completed school work prior to beginning hospital training.

The nurse’s cap has undergone several changes throughout the years. The origin of the cap was the habit that nuns wore. Over the years, the nurse’s cap has evolved from a large cap, which virtually covered the entire head of a nurse to the current version which is just a small cap which sits on top of the nurses head.



The earliest badges were given to members of the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist, a religious order who tended to the ill and wounded Crusaders in the 12th Century.

The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning we know today, actually originated in the 1860's at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London.

Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.

The Wolverton Royal Hospital in England initiated the tradition of presenting all graduates with a badge. The first pin was presented to the graduating class of 1880 at the Bellevue Hospital of Nursing in New York City.


When the nursing pinning ceremony was first initiated in the 1860's, the lamp was a symbol of the care and devotion the nurse administers to the sick and injured in the practice of nursing. After nurses were pinned, Nightingale would light a lamp and pass the flame to each nurse as they say the Nightingale's Pledge.


Original Nightingale Pledge

"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly:
To pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully;
I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take
or knowingly administer any harmful drug;
I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession
and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all
family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling;
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work and devote myself
to the welfare of those committed to my care."



"Lord, You are the preserver of men, and the keeper of our lives. We commit ourselves to Your perfect care on the days that awaits us. We pray for a safe and auspicious journey. Give Your angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. Let no evil befall us, nor any harm come to our home that we leave behind. Although we are uncertain of what the days may bring, may we be prepared for any event or delay, and greet such with patience and understanding. Bless us oh Lord, that we may complete our day safely and successfully under Your ever watchful care... AMEN."



The road to success is not straight
There is a curve called Failure,
a loop called confusion,
speed bumps called Friends,
red lights called Enemies, and
caution lights called Family
But if you have a spare called Determination,
an engine called Perseverance,
insurance called Faith, and
a driver called Jesus,
you will make it to a place called Success!


Don't lose your way
With each passing day
You've come so far
Don't throw it away
Live believing
Dreams are for weaving
Wonders are waiting to start
Live your story
Faith, hope & glory
Hold to the truth in your heart

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

Souls in the wind
Must learn how to bend
Seek out a star
Hold on to the end
Valley, mountain
There is a fountain
Washes our tears all away
Words are swaying
Someone is praying
Please let us come home to stay

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

When we are out there in the dark
We'll dream about the sun
In the dark we'll feel the light
Warm our hearts, everyone

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
As high as souls can fly
The clouds roll by
For you and I



"BEGIN while others are procrastinating.
WORK while others are wishing.
The secret of getting ahead,



Life is a lot of work. What is it that gives us the strength to continue when we are tired and burned out? Sometimes an inspirational idea can help us renew ourselves and be filled with strength to fulfill our life's purpose.

Inspiration comes in many forms. However, the root of all inspiration is the idea that our lives are meaningful. Inspiration is knowing that what I do matters deeply to the universe.

When you have the feeling that your actions are meaningful, you will become filled with strength and vigor to fulfill your life's purpose.


The graduate nurses of University of Cebu (Banilad) College of Nursing, University of Cebu (Lapu-lapu Mandaue) College of Nursing, and sister school College of Technological Sciences (CTS) College of Nursing, who are on a closely-guarded Intensive In-House Review session in Seminaryo Mayor and Seminary College had the privilege of being lectured by Board of Nursing Marco Antonio Sto. Tomas on the Test Framework of the Philippine Nurses Licensure Examination.

It is hoped that the very privileged encounter will help the graduate nurses better prepare for the upcoming licensure examination this coming July 2 and 3, 2011.





Followers and readers are asking if June 13, 2011 will be declared a holiday in the Philippines. Previously, during the Arroyo administration, Filipinos are used to long weekends because holidays are being moved on a Friday or a Monday, depending on which day the actual holiday falls.

However, during the Aquino presidency, the Filipinos started to bid goodbye for long weekends, except if a holiday actually falls on a Friday or a Monday. In previous instances like the May 1, 2011 Labor Day holiday which fell on a Sunday, the Filipinos hoped for a long weekend – that the holiday be moved on a Monday, May 2. But it did not happen.

Given the case as above, it will not be of remote possibility that the June 12, 2011, which will be the 113th Celebration of Philippine Independence Day, falling on a Sunday will be celebrated as is. But we still has to wait for any proclamation from Malacanang Palace. We do hope so that it will be moved on the 13th. Who does not love long weekends, right?


Thank you so much
for doing your share
in taking care of
Mother Earth.
CESDEV Nursing
is looking forward
for more meaningful
and worthwhile activities
with you. God bless us!


World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Through WED, the UN Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

WED is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.



“Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.”

- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon



As much as we would like to provide you more convenience for tomorrow's Tree Planting activity, our request for school bus came in when most of the school buses have already been booked for other trips. We will therefore have to take public transportation to reach the site.

Otherwise, you may assemble at the Regional Television Network Office of ABS-CBN Cebu in Jagobiao, Mandaue City. Buses from the Mandaue City and Cebu City government are available for free transportation.



The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) headed by Dr. Jocelle Jumao-as visited University of Cebu - Banilad last week. They expressed delight and were impressed with the Community Extension services of the university especially that of the College of Nursing.

Kudos to everyone especially to the volunteers! Keep up the good work.


The Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, (Filipino: Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon), abbreviated as CHED. The CHED is attached to the Office of the President for administrative purposes. It covers both public and private higher education institutions as well as degree-granting programs in all post-secondary educational institutions in the country.

The CHED was established on May 18, 1994 through Republic Act No. 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994 which was authored by Senator Francisco Tatad. The creation of CHED was part of a broad agenda for reforms in the country's education system, outlined by the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) in 1992. Part of the reforms is the trifocalization of the education sector.

The three governing bodies in the education sector are the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for tertiary and graduate education, the Department of Education (DepEd) for basic education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for technical-vocational and middle level education.




"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help COMFORT you tomorrow. In necessary things, UNITY. In doubtful things, LIBERTY. IN ALL THINGS... CHARITY."



Our beautiful and diverse marine resources and wealth need your attention and your help. They are under attack.

Exploitative foreign firms, in tandem with local partners and left unchecked by irresponsible government officials, are illegally harvesting and peddling our precious coral reefs. In one case, coral reefs twice the size of Manila was destroyed, and the plunder continues.

We cannot accept this. We must act now to save what’s left of our coral reefs and to protect our seas so those beautiful and important natural resources are preserved for our and the next generations to enjoy.

We call on all Filipino bloggers, Tumblr and Posterous users, Tweeps, Plurkers and all netizens to join the June 8 International Blog Action Day to save our seas and coral reefs. Your voices, our actions are that important.

What can we do?

* Tweet, Plurk, or post to spread the word about this event: Share or repost this announcement.
* Use the Twitter hashtag #reefwatchPH.
* Spread the savephilippineseas.com URL.
* Repost and share our official campaign badge (to be posted soon so please come back!).
* Most importantly, on June 8, join the Blog Action Day from your favorite social media channels (blog, Tumblr, Posterous, Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, etc.

Some ideas and suggestions

While the issue is serious, there are a lot of creative ways to send our message across on or before June 8:

* An open letter to officials and companies.
* A photo essay about your favorite beaches or dive spots.
* Design and share mini-posters, posters and drawings.
* If you grew up near a beach, tell us about your fond memories.
* Post about why your (future) kids and future grandkids ought to have the chance to see and enjoy our coral reefs and seas.
* Why harvesting and peddling corals is bad for the environment and is bad business.
* Proposals on how to protect or clean up our seas.
* If you belong to a clan, group, or organization, invite them to join the event.

Taking an extra step or two won’t harm too. You may email your senator, congressman, the Environment secretary, and even the President to demand action.

NOW is the time to act

We can do this. Let’s make our social media work for something good. Let’s make Philippine coral reefs, seas and the need to save them the trend – to raise awareness, to inspire action, to grow our communities, and to compel government action.