New Hope

Some news are inspiring. Two weeks ago, a national television reported about a group of young “rugby boys” in General Santos City helped by Non-Government Organization and group of individuals to become responsible member of the society. They trained the boys in baking and bakery operations. Now the boys operate their bakery. The former “rugby boys” who posed a threat, as problem now becomes enabler of growth.

Hopeless people sometimes need someone to show that there is hope.

Last week, Inquirer reported about a ranch in Masbate that gives hope to drug dependents. The ranch is called as Fazenda da Esparança (Bukid ng Pag-asa) which offers a special way to help drug dependents.

The report says:

He said the “boys” are given work in the farm, and taught perseverance, discipline, and unity. They maintain a rice field, a dairy farm, a vegetable garden, and a small bakery eight hours daily.

The boys in the ranch live in normal lives, they work, they have time for leisure, and they are given freedom. The ranch’s gate is open and anyone of the boys can choose to leave. But the boys stayed not because they are obliged to stay but because they choose to change.

Drug dependents undergoing rehabilitation … are patients, not inmates, wrote Elias L. Espinoza in his Sun Star Cebu column. As the term rehabilitation suggests, the drug dependents are sent to the center for treatment, not maltreatment, he reminded.

In Bukid ng Pag-asa, drug dependents are treated normally; no psychologist, no psychiatrist, only people who show each boys that there is new hope.

posted by Jerry G. Gervacio, Cebu City, July 27, 2007

Algorithm March of the CPDRC Inmates

Ladies and gentlemen, The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center Inmates..

Male inmates doing the record-setting Algorithm March with 967 inmates in 56 columns!

Female inmates doing the Dayang-dayang…

Visit also:
Japanese Algorithm Dance (compiled from various episodes of Japanese children TV-show “Pitagorean Switch”).

Japanese Algorithm Dance description says:

This dance is from a very popular children TV show in Japan called “Pythagorean Switch” -English TItle. An anime FANSUB group called DATTEBAYO ( had subbed few episodes of these series. I felt like stripping only the Algorithm Exercises from the series. So please enjoy!

posted by Jerry G. Gervacio, Cebu City, July 25, 2007

A letter to my heart

You asked if I heard the song. I think I did not. (As I prefer other genre – Reggae and Rock) You told me to listen to the song because “its for you”. It’s for me? I was perplexed. My mind refused to think for a while to let my heart to overpower me in a moment.It’s Amazing, Aerosmith sings, with the blink of an eye you finally see the light. It was indeed amazing because though I still have to listen to the message of the song, it seemed that I already saw golds in rainbows end. I felt like showered with dewdrops of inspiration like the dawning of Salug Valley.

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English Class with Miss Repulle

Perhaps my most influential high school English Teacher in Santa Maria Goretti College was Miss Rosario Repulle. I remember her as compassionate, and soft-spoken yet tough. She motivated us to be attentive by either not saying a word or by looking innocently at us, a technique which now I believe as most effective that time.

There were always something we look forward to in her class – something we enjoy, something to learn upon.

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Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s non-fattening, says one author.

The How to of the Day has made me pause and think as I wade through my iGoogle page this morning.

It’s the article’s (from WikiHow) title, How to Be Humble that catch my attention. I click the link and learn good lesson, a good way to start my day.

Very few people, of course, actually think they’re perfect in every way, but it can still be pretty hard to be humble, especially when you live in a society that encourages competition and individuality, the article says.

It adds, Even in such a culture, however, humility is an important virtue. Learning to be humble is of paramount importance in most religions and spiritual traditions, and humility can also help you develop as a person and enjoy richer relationships with others.

The article has some tips that may guide us to become humble:

  • Appreciate your talents.
  • Understand your limitations.
  • Recognize your own faults.
  • Stop comparing.
  • Appreciate the talents and qualities of others.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and never be afraid to admit that you made a mistake.
  • Rejuvenate your sense of wonder.
  • Seek guidance.
  • Think about yourself under different circumstances.
  • Help others.

My bestfriend’s virtue that I admire most is humility. I try to replicate his virtue by learning from his actions. Okay, I admit, I am susceptible of being boastful and proud.

“How to be Humble” reminds me of the parable, “Taking The Lowest Place” (Lk 14:7-11). In the parable, Jesus warns against sitting down in the best place. Someone more honorable may have been invited and when he arrives, the host will ask you to move to the lowest place which will bring you to much shame.

Instead, Jesus counsels to sit in the lowest place. That way, the host will come along and say “Friend, go up higher”. So instead of shame, brought about trying to sit in the best place, you will receive glory among those who sit at the table with you.

Through the parable, Jesus has taught us a most important truth: the need to be humble in our relations with God and those around us!

Here are some quotes about humility (that I like):

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all. -William Temple

Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self. -Charles Haddon Spurgeon

When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high. -Mary H. Waldrip

If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect, says Ted Turner. Today, I remind myself to have ‘little’ humility.

Oppss.. The WikiHow article has this warning:

Don’t fake humility. Pretending to be humble isn’t the same as being humble, and often people who pretend to be humble do it in order to seek out praise. Other people will recognize this, and even if you fool some, you won’t derive the same benefits as you would through actually developing humility.

Jerry G. Gervacio
July 2007, Mandaue City