Sunday, January 19, 2014

Change begins with me. #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014


     The Philippines. Seven thousand one hundred and seven wonderful islands. Natural resources and beautiful landscapes that other countries could only wish they had. Not to mention the Pilipino's. Hard working, full of so much talent in any field that you can think of. Always a smile on our faces no matter what problems we may be going through. Strong-spirited with hearts and minds that never give up.


     Where did we go wrong? The places and faces that people all over the world dream of visiting. The skills and charm, powerful singing voices that can swoop anyone off of their feet. Natural resources that should be reeling in a large amount of income. Hard working people who can adapt to any job thrown at them. Did i also mention of our magical beaches, combine that with the perfect sunny weather and you have yourself thousand upon thousands of tourists willing to spend money just to enjoy what we have.


     That's a question that plays over and over in my head, i already know the answer but my question now is WHY? Why do we have to rely on donations from other countries when disaster strikes? Why don't we have enough food to pass around when natural calamities happen. Why do we see these politicians on the news driving around in their fancy cars, partying in their fancy homes, spending like there's no tomorrow? Why don't they show the Filipinos living in poverty. The little house built along our highways, their kids walking around playing on the streets just waiting for an accident to happen. Yes, the Philippines is full of ways and means to make our self a powerful, influential country like our neighbors. But we aren't. We are still stuck in a large debt to other countries, we are still at the mercy of having other countries donate money to us when something happens.


     I have always wanted to see change for this beautiful country, my homeland. I have been patiently waiting to see a little progress in our ways of living. Politicians who run for office with promises of a better Philippines, who promise to get rid of poverty and make us rise again, every four years someone new sits down to lead us into what i have thought is progress, but four years later we just end up in the same situation, or sometimes even worse than we were before. Because what usually happens, we base who we vote for on popularity. We don't even check if they have any sort of background in politics. Then we end up having leaders who are instructed how to lead, who don't even have a single clue how to run this country. Leaders who make excuses instead of actions.

     When you look at our country's situation from a different point of view, from let's say my point of view, progress looks so easy, so easy that i think even a high school student can find a way to fix it. Remember those times in high school when we would all have a set amount of allowance for a week but we would do what it takes to buy what we need and have some left over for saving? Why can't the president think that way, it's as simple as 1,2 & 3.  I'm pretty sure we make millions, if not billions yearly.

(photo courtesy of  SusieSuz)

     There's a privilege i got from the Philippines when i turned 18, the right to vote. It may not seem much but it is one thing i got from being a Pilipino that makes me feel important. With one stroke of my hands, i have the power to make a change, to see what is wrong and correct it. There's one gift that i would give to the Philippines that i believe will make a difference. It's to practice my right to vote, to use the privilege given to me by my country and make the most out of it. One vote may not seem to make a difference but it does, one well thought of and honest vote, one vote that wasn't influenced by others and wasn't bought,  a vote that i put my mind and heart into will make a difference. It's time for a change, if every Filipino would use their privilege to vote wisely, then maybe someday, not far from now, we will all be able to wake up and smell the progress, to look around and see improvements, to finally see the change, to actually feel the importance we made by making that one honest vote.

    My vote is one thing i can give to the Philippines that will surely make a change. Donations to the country will not do much of a change if it goes to the wrong hands. If we want to help making the Philippines a wonderful country, we should start by choosing the right people who can actually knows what they're doing. How can you teach someone to fish when they all they do is pretend that they know how to fish while having some other people do the fishing for them? 

Change is good. But it must begin with me. A #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 for a better life, a better Philippines!


Dear readers, Don't you feel it's about time to see some changes, to be a helping hand instead of a onlooker? Think hard and answer this question in the comment section below, "If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what gift is that?"
Share your thoughts below, have the honor to make a choice to help out our country for a brighter future, and who knows, that honest answer of yours may also land you an Apple iPad 2!

Best of luck!



23 comments:

  1. My gift to the Philippines will be the gift of opportunity.

    Opportunity for job, for education, for food, for shelter, for health services and all the other basic necessities each and every one of us will need. If there are enough opportunities for all us then equality can never be far enough to achieve. If those things will be provided crime rate, poverty, homeless, illiterate, and hunger could be all lessen. Peace in every people can be possible and we can all work hand in hand in making this country more efficient and successful.

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  2. All I want to give to the Philippines is the Gift of COMPASSION because I believe that its the basis of our morality which may leads to a better humanity. Sabi nga ni Bob Marley “One love, one heart, one destiny.” #GLOBEProjectWonderful

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  3. The gift that i can only give to the Philippine as a Mother and as a simple citizen is my SERVICE! without anything in return i am willing to give my service to my country men.. i don't have a chance to finish my dream of becoming a Nurse but i had a lot of things that i learn from my alma matter, i can be a volunteer first aider, in barangay's, or can be involve in a community service that i can be able to share my knowledge and my capabilities,and i believe that this would be the best gift that i can give to my country

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  4. My gift to the Philippines will be a hope..
    More of us filipino were losing hope.. lalo na sa mga trahedya at problema na nangyayari sa ating buhay..
    Ang nais kong ibigay sa kanila ay PAG-ASA na dapat hindi agad sumuko kahit anong mangyari dahil pag may pag asa .. makakaya nilang ngumiti kahit ano pang problema ang hinaharap nila ..! #GLOBEProjectWonderful

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  5. My gift to the Philippines is saving our environment! by I will Plant more trees., Walk more, drive less.,Maitain my vehicle, I will Save water, Use CFC-free products, Save energy, I will Recycle and reuse, I will Recycle and reuse, I will Use renewable sources of energy, Save animals., I will Go green when gardening or farming,and Create Awareness! #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014.

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  6. i will give my "CARE" to the Philippines . by taking good care of our environment. I WILL :
    1. Promote and recommend recycling. Make a choice between plastic and paper. Plastic is very hard to recycle. Use your own Shopping bag instead of getting tons of plastic bags from the grocery shops.

    2. Make advantage of paying your bills through online. Opting for online statements for paying your bills will not only reduce papers from accumulating but in turn you are preparing the world for a much greener environment.

    3. Use minimum fuel. Walk or cycle to the nearest destination instead of using your car. By doing so, you contribute your bit in saving the earth from pollution.

    4. Save money and energy by using energy saving light bulbs. The electricity consumed by this is 80% less than the standard bulbs, and produce the same amount of light.

    5. Minimise electricity use. Make sure you unplug electrical appliances which are not in use.

    6. Promote plantation.

    7. Water conservation is important. Check for hidden water leaks. Take shorter showers. Turn off the tap, when not in use. Use the dishwasher and washing machine only for full load. Knowing how to save water can help you protect both the Earth and save money.

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  7. After spending a lot of time thinking, I come up with an answer. I would like to give the Philippines the gift of faith. Faith not just in terms of religion but faith in everything they were dealing as nation, and as a country. Faith that everything will soon be alright and will fall into its place. Faith that the government will be less corrupt and more in service. Faith that the church will continue to lead its community to the right path with the values instilled in each and everyone. Faith that will someday, a Filipino will wake up in the midst of silence where there's no war between military groups and rebels. Faith that broken heart caused by family separation will be healed. Faith that everyone will have an access to right education. Faith that in this world full of hate, there's still love that will always prevail. Faith that in every bad things happening around, there's always a reason to find the silver lining. #GlobeProjectWonderful2014

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  8. If there’s one thing that I can give my dear country that would be …. The gift of Health.

    I want to do a medical mission with the help of Nuffnang Philippines and Globe thru #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014

    Health is wealth. No amount of money, time and effort can ever, ever, bring the best of your health back, once it’s gone.

    In my 6 years of practice as a nurse, I have seen how our healthcare system struggles to provide quality care for our countrymen, may it be in manpower, medicines, or equipments both in the community and hospital.

    I’ve seen people deteriorating day by day because they can’t afford to go to a doctor. I’ve seen patients die because their families didn’t have enough money to buy basic medicines. I’ve also seen families giving up their sick loved ones and literally, waited for their last breathes, since they cannot afford another day for the life support of the deteriorating loved one.

    I am believing that we can do something about this. One of those needy, ailing, indigent patients could be your mom, dad, granparent, relative, dear friend, loved one…

    In short, we are all CONNECTED, one way or another. So it is not just a matter of “about them” and “about us” because it is ABOUT US — ALL OF US.

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  9. The first time I heard this question from a friend made time for me to think of the gifts that I can give to them. Just like the author said, me too do not have money to help the people in the Philippines. Until I get to the point, I was stopped and saw things slowly moving when I saw someone gave their donuts to the beggars and street children sleeping along the streets. My heart was amazed and my mind started to think of every man. I will honestly say that I am a selfish person and do not know how to give something to someone without condition. But that time and until this day I believe all the Filipino out there have a loving heart and a helping hand to prove that we can act as one. Bad people are not always bad. People change, all are permanent except for change. To God be the glory. He made me realized the three gifts that I should give to the Filipino people without thinking of being a rich person or having full pockets. And those gifts are PRAYERS (for them to remember God all the time), a LOVING HEART (for them to feel that they were not alone) and a HELPING HAND (for them to become strong and build their life for this another chance)

    Well, thanks to the author, KENNETH TAN for making this article so useful and inspiring. There are things that worth sharing and this has been explained and totally shared on this blog. Just pursue what your passion is because you have an idea to inspire every Filipino out there.

    "You dont need to be wealthy in terms of helping. A simple and little thing could help to uplift them"

    - Virgilio Bautista Jr
    jayrbautista31@gmail.com

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  10. I'd spread a little awareness of our country whether it be little or a large crowd. A little education can always be passed on which links to a more farther and larger network of people. Slowly but surely, people may start holding hands and work together in building up a strong nation.

    Jeffrey Roy Pascual
    Jrqp_30@yahoo.com

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  11. Kung may isang bagay akong ireregalo sa Pilipinas, ito ay pagmamahal at pagpapahalaga ng mga Pilipino sa ating bayan. Kung makikita lamang nating lahat ang ganda at ituturing na espesyal sa atin ang bansang ito, iingatan at pangangalagaan natin ang Pilipinas.

    Sa aking palagay dito mag-uugat ang kaunlaran ng ating bayan. Kung nakikita lamang ng mga Pilipino na mahalaga para sa kanila ang Pilipinas, pipiliin nilang dito magtrabaho. Kung sino pa ang magagaling ay sila pa ang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Ngunit hindi tayo ang umuunlad kundi ang mga bansang pinagtatrabahuhan nila. Kapag nangyari na ito, ang Pilipinas lamang ang kanilang pipiliin. Tulong-tulong na pauunlarin ang bayang ito.

    Kung may pagpapahalaga ang mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas, wala sana tayong polusyon ngayon. Katulad ng isang bahay, hindi mo hahayaang madumi ito at hindi mo din ito dudumihan. Hindi ka magtatapon ng kalat sa kung saan. Ituturing mo ang bansang ito bilang iyong tahanan na hindi mo kailanman pababayaan na masira.

    Sa tulong ng Globe, maaari nating bigyan ang bawat tao sa isang komunidad na gumawa ng isang resolusyon (kagaya nang hinding hindi nako kailanman magtatapon ng basura sa maling lugar) para sa bansang ito na personal at espesyal sa kanila. Isang bagay na sa tingin nila, na kahit maliit, ay makatutulong sa ating bayan. Maaaring bawat taon, kapag natupad ito ng mga mamamayan, bigyan sila ng Globe ng gantimpala. Ngunit kung iisipin, hindi ang gantimpala ang mahalaga kundi ang mga maliliit na resolusyon na natupad sa loob ng isang taon.

    Sabi nga ng aking propesor, pahahalagahan mo lang ang isang bagay kapag nakita mo na ang tunay na ganda at espesyal na parte nito sa iyong buhay.

    Maaaring mapangarap ang regalong aking napili pero hindi ito imposible. Magsisimula ito sa ating mga sarili. At sana sa pagdating ng panahon na lahat tayo ay natutunan na ang tunay na halaga ng Pilipinas, hindi pa huli ang lahat.

    -Bernadine B. Bautista
    bernadinebautista25@gmail.com

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  12. Khrishia Ronquillo-SedenioJanuary 21, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    My Gift to the Philippines is the gift of Knowledge and Discernment. I'm hoping that all of us, especially the less privileged ones will have the ability to discern these public figures who are asking for our votes. I said the less privileged, because they are the target of these people who are running for office thinking that they can easily be lured by the money bait. I'm wishing that all of us will be able to evaluate each and every candidate's skills, abilities, and intentions before we put a mark before their names.

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  13. my gift to the philippines is a compassionate,warmhearted, smart,dignified and a devoted president,who would lead our country to progress and will rule our country men for a peaceful and better living and be the role model for the youth to look up too,one that will lead us to love one another, and peaceful world that everyone is dreaming of

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  14. Philippines has a lot of beautiful places for different adventures. Extreme activities requires the right facilities in order not to risk the life of both the tourists and the guides. Having the proper tools, Real's rafting adventure will now be put in everyone's to-do list. Rafting in Real is not yet so popular, it still needs a lot of promotions as well as improvements. First thing I noticed, the rafts are improvised, they are not the real one used for whitewater rafting. They use big black "salbabida" (life buoy), combine around 3 to 4 pieces to form a raft that can load 3 passengers plus the 2 guides. They also tie pieces of wood to serve as the seats. The ride along the river is so risky especially when the water pushes so fast where you can slip from your seat and fall out of the raft. Second, there are no paddles. The guides use their hands and feet to control the direction of the raft. One guide sits in front, he kicks on rocks to turn the raft left or right. If the force of the water is too strong, he might loose control and break his leg. The other guide stays at the back, he pushes the raft to help it move with the water. So if I have a chance to wish one thing for the Philippines, I want to give a complete rafting equipment to Real. Let us do our part to make our place a wonderful Philippines.
    #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014
    http://wanderfulsole.blogspot.com/2014/01/globeprojectwonderful2014.html

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  15. my gift to the philippines is to be a good citizen bawal pasaway hehehe

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  16. my gift to the Philippines would be the GIFT OF READING, and i do this by supporting this NGO i'm currently volunteering in, The Storytelling Project, in realizing its vision of providing story books, building libraries and teaching children storytelling and reading. :) if Globe can help, i'm sure abot namin ang mundo! hehe

    http://yangabbles.blogspot.com/2014/01/globeprojectwonderful2014-gift-of.html

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  17. The one thing that I can give to our country Philippines is an Art drawing of mother and child with Philippine flag. Its symbolize the love, Joy and peace by our mother nature and also its represent that Filipino are brave and optimistic to face the reality of our life. The simple smile encourage us to achieve our goals by our inspiration and determination to help our nation to be productive. And i believe these all factor will come us to success. #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014

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  18. My wish to gift for my beloved country is a gift of Livelihood to those people affected of tyhooon yolanda. Before anything else we can easily recover from that incident if we have something where we can generate money. Money today is the most needed resources, you cannot buy food without it. So instead of giving a certain amount of money to each everyone, why not give each family (if possible) the gift of livelihood,like Giving them seeds for planting fruits, vegetables, for poultry raising, and even materials for fishing. They don't need "short-term-help" they need lifetime solution for them to be able to survive everyday. They need something useful that would benefit not just a single person but for the whole family, and perhaps for the whole community. This wish of mine is quite impossible but with careful research and planning, and monitoring who could benefit this project would be a BIG success. In the long run if all people are productive your advocacy of helping would never be forgotten. Many lives would thank you for this.

    For as long as there are people/organization would willingly make this project happen, nothing is impossible. If everyone of us wholeheartedly extend our help to the needy we can surpass every trials that comes along. #ProudPinay

    analynalonsagay.blogspot.com

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  19. My wish to gift for my beloved country is a gift of Livelihood to those people affected of tyhooon yolanda. Before anything else we can easily recover from that incident if we have something where we can generate money. Money today is the most needed resources, you cannot buy food without it. So instead of giving a certain amount of money to each everyone, why not give each family (if possible) the gift of livelihood,like Giving them seeds for planting fruits, vegetables, for poultry raising, and even materials for fishing. They don't need "short-term-help" they need lifetime solution for them to be able to survive everyday. They need something useful that would benefit not just a single person but for the whole family, and perhaps for the whole community. This wish of mine is quite impossible but with careful research and planning, and monitoring who could benefit this project would be a BIG success. In the long run if all people are productive your advocacy of helping would never be forgotten. Many lives would thank you for this.

    For as long as there are people/organization would willingly make this project happen, nothing is impossible. If everyone of us wholeheartedly extend our help to the needy we can surpass every trials that comes along. #ProudPinay

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  20. Great post. :)

    Since I support Globe’s PROJECT WONDERFUL for 2014, my gift to the Philippines is to help ENHANCE Project Wonderful via the acronym H.O.P.E. so more help/assistance can reach our fellow Filipinos, and this project can give them inspiration, and more importantly, HOPE.

    With Globe’s Project Wonderful, I can fuse my ideas with the existing system to ensure Filipinos are given enough help and a boost of HOPE. The gift of HOPE are enhancements to the current and existing GLOBE PROJECT WONDERFUL which aims to provide help and inspiration to our fellow Filipinos.
    HOPE stands for:
    H – Help Others to Help Others
    O – Overcoming Obstacles
    P – Post it! Appreciation Board
    E – Education for Sustainability of efforts

    more details can be found here: http://www.theslambookproject.com/the-gift-of-hope-globeprojectwonderful2014/

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  21. Great post. :)

    Since I support Globe’s PROJECT WONDERFUL for 2014, my gift to the Philippines is to help ENHANCE Project Wonderful via the acronym H.O.P.E. so more help/assistance can reach our fellow Filipinos, and this project can give them inspiration, and more importantly, HOPE.

    With Globe’s Project Wonderful, I can fuse my ideas with the existing system to ensure Filipinos are given enough help and a boost of HOPE. The gift of HOPE are enhancements to the current and existing GLOBE PROJECT WONDERFUL which aims to provide help and inspiration to our fellow Filipinos.
    HOPE stands for:
    H – Help Others to Help Others
    O – Overcoming Obstacles
    P – Post it! Appreciation Board
    E – Education for Sustainability of efforts

    more details can be found here: http://www.theslambookproject.com/the-gift-of-hope-globeprojectwonderful2014/

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  22. Though I have an extensive explanation of my gift on my own post for #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014, here's another gift I would give to my countrymen if can:

    Helping hands. A million helping hands.

    After Yolanda, I realized that a LOT of people are willing to help. It was my first time to volunteer and repack donations and it was amazingly heartwarming to see strangers talking to each other, hand in hand and helping each other with only one goal for the day. And I want that again, not only during calamities but every single day.
    There are still people out there who needs help, RIGHT NOW. Just look at the street children and displaced people everyday.

    Here's the plan inside my head: An organization where people of ALL ages -- from grandparents to high schoolers, can join and browse for "projects" online, much like browsing for available jobs, where they can volunteer/donate. This organization can build a lot of projects for different kind of things!

    Example:
    San Andres Area: Soup Kitchen -- 2/3/14 @ 7pm.
    Needed: 5 volunteers to cook, 5 volunteers to distribute, 10 Males for crowd control.
    Materials: 4 tables, Bring your own cooking utensils and casserole.

    Poblacion area: Basket Ball Court Rebuilding -- 3/15/14 @ 3pm.
    Needed: 10 Males for rebuilding bleachers, 10 volunteers to repaint
    Materials: 3 Red paints, Nails, Bring your own hammers

    Boni area: Basic Tutoring Class -- 4/20/14 @ 8am - 6pm
    Needed: 20 volunteers to teach, 10 volunteers to make food.
    Materials. Teachers must bring 5 recycled papers and pencils each. Food makers must bring 10 eggs and bread.

    NOW, let me ask you, if this website were real. Wouldn't you click that JOIN button?

    A million helping hands. Think about it. :)


    Here's my own idea for #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 :
    http://cerrise.tumblr.com/post/72683544534/if-there-is-one-thing-you-can-give-to-the-philippines

    :)

    --Cherry Franco
    franchenn@yahoo.com

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  23. Given the chance to give a gift for the Philippines, I think it would be the "Gift of Light". We are all aware that some families here on the country still don't have access to light, for they don't have the means to pay for electric bills.

    Now, an organization called the "Liter of Light" had the same advocacy - to bring lights to Filipino homes by just using PET bottles, water, bleach, and other materials that improvises the light bulb that we use today. Since most of our activities occur in the morning and in the afternoon, this may not cover the whole day, but can help these families most of the day. Not only this project is attainable, but it is also affordable.

    If Globe and Liter of Light work hand-in-hand, through my wish, I think that the Philippines would be a brighter place with a brighter future.

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