Vote God on May 10, 2010

Will you vote (presidentialCandidate) or (anotherPresidentialcandidate)? A good friend from my hometown in Mindanao asked me through text (SMS).

Unfortunately, he only mentioned two names. There are 9 presidential candidates to choose. Apparently, only the very popular candidates are usually mentioned. Because I know that he knows I am vocal on my support to one presidential candidate, I suspect he wanted to engage another lengthy campaign discussions. I think of another thing. I want to share to him about Vote God advocacy.

So I replied: I will vote God on May 10!

I just read fellow Cebu blogger’s post about election, Vote God this Philippine Elections 2010.

Vote God

Intriguing indeed! How can we vote God who is not even a candidate? In Vernon’s article he suggested (which inspire me),

Look to your conscience and choose the way of GOD! Do not just listen or even take the word of these aspiring public servants but instead do your research and I encourage you to use this L-A-S-E-R test as your guide.

Another blogger who mentioned about Vote God crafted the striking truth when she wrote that deciding who to vote lies in our minds, hearts, and hands. Isn’t her post Let’s Vote God sounds equally intriguing as Vernon’s?

Recently, I wrote and I asked, Do your candidates pass the LASER test for Election 2010? In that post, I mentioned about Vote God campaign by the Dilaab Foundation.

What is Vote God?

Going back to my friend. As expected my friend exploded with quick reactions. Unsa na nga klase nga joke bai?

Of course you know that I was not kidding. Later my friend understood what I meant. Thanks to God and thanks to Skype. (smile)

Vote God, as described, is a

[..] faith-impelled advocacy which hopes to infuse the electoral process with Christian values and for the discerning bloc to muster enough moral courage to choose good over evil, even the lesser evil, during the elections.

It is choosing the way of  God!

I think you are also eager to know about Vote God. Instead of copying and pasting the Frequently Asked Questions about Vote God, I would point to you the primary source. Please visit http://www.votegod.net.

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Go out and vote on May 10

In less than 30 days we will go out and vote. Will you vote?

Most of the people I know say yes but many others say maybe and some no. All of them have reasons.

Many of us are sick and tired of the vicious cycle of Philippine politics. We elect new officials because we want change. We want election because we want change; and the people we have just elected are not satisfactory. This will be repeated and seems never ends.

The Philippine elections have always been intense political exercise, journalist Sheila Coronel observes.

As the call for change was highly audible before the start of election 2010 period, many Filipinos expect some changes on the way we conduct our elections. I personally expect that we shall actively discuss on platforms rather than personal issues; that we will tackle more on real social issues rather than the usual mudslinging and personality assassination.

I am dismayed because the 2010 election is still the same as the 2004, and 2007 elections. These are the elections that I have closely observed. Just the same. In fact, this election is worse as more trash are thrown, more dirty tricks than before.

If this is the case, should we stop electing officials? Should we lose our faith to election?

We should not because in our democratic society, it is during election that we are given equal rights. Whether you are rich or poor, schooled or unschooled; you have only one vote.

A very good friend, Novell Tagailo has a striking line. He said:

We are the reason, why there is an election, they, the candidates are not the star. We are the principal characters here. Let’s take this privilege, use this right and exercise our duty.

He is right. The principal characters during elections are the voters. And the power are within the voters.

As voters, let us use this power to start the change that we are dreaming for.

I support Earth Hour 2010

I’ll take action on March 27, 2010! I support Earth Hour 2010. At 8:30 PM, I’ll turn off my computer and stop navigating the net for an hour or more. I’ll turn off the lights and go out and talk with friends.

Earth Hour 2010

Whether you are an individual, a business, a school or a city, you can show your support for Earth Hour by turning off your lights at 8:30 PM on March 27 wherever you are on the planet.

Here is the official video of Earth Hour 2010.

The website, earthhour.org suggests ways how you can show your support to Earth Hour 2010.

About Earth Hour

On March 28, 2009, Earth Hour became the biggest mass action on Earth! There were 88 countries and 4,088 cities participated in Earth Hour 2009. That was ten times more cities than Earth Hour 2008 had!

I am not the only one who loves Earth. You can attest that because you too, love our Earth! Aren’t you? Cebu Bloggers Society supports Earth Hour 2010. I hope other groups will support as well.

RAFI launches the fifth triennial awards

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has launched the 5th Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Triennial Awards for the Visayas and Mindanao at Casa Gorordo Museum, Parian, Cebu City on December 3, 2009.

RAFI Triennial Awards trophy

RAFI Triennial Awards Trophy

This starts the acceptance of nominations for the award’s two categories, the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

Anyone can nominate individuals or institutions by filling out and submitting a short nomination form at all 2GO offices in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Nomination form can also be downloaded from the RAFI website. The deadline of nomination is on July 16, 2010.

The RAFI Triennial Awards recognizes individuals and institutions who have committed themselves to build a more humane, equitable and caring society. It honors those who become instrument in changing the lives of the less-privileged, reflect the philanthropic, humanitarian and holistic ideals and values of the RAFI founders, Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son Don Eduardo Aboitiz.

Roberto E. Aboitiz, in his message, lamented on the recent events in Maguindanao but was very optimistic by saying, despite the apathy and indifference of some people, we have lot of good work taking place in our country. Roberto E. Aboitiz is the president of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation.

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Walk against breast cancer and Pink for October

More Filipino women are at risk. According to Philippine Breast Cancer Network (PBCN), the Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia and is considered to have the 9th highest incidence rate in the world.

A good friend and fellow member of Cebu Bloggers Society, Clarence, blogged about Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer. I was fascinated and it started a good online talk.

The walk against breast cancer will be on October 3, 2009 (starts at 5:30 PM) from Cebu Business Park grounds to Cebu IT Park. This walk for a cause is organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) through the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC).

Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer is just one of many activities this month. October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Similar activity called We Walk As One – Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer 2009 spearheaded by Avon (a cosmetic company) will be held on October 4. Quennie Sanchez Bronce wrote about this in The Freeman. In another news article in Sun.Star Cebu, Avon’s anti-breast cancer campaign in Cebu, We Walk As One will benefit Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and other select hospital in Cebu province.

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The Physics problem

Once I was pulled and remained at rest for minutes staring at one Physics problem! But certain forces called motivation keep on pushing until my senses gain the momentum and finally solved the Physics problem.

How far have I journeyed after almost one and half decade since I left my Physics class? How much I gained with all the efforts I exerted?

Since I left the Physics class of Mr. Zosimo Cabase, I always carry with me the solution to Physics problem. My heart always beats on the realization I gained from Physics problem.

Every problem has solution, our Physics teacher, Mr. Zosimo Cabase told us. I remembered his line because in silence I protested and told myself, ‘but the solution is a problem to me’. It’s amazing that such details are remembered.

There is no magic in Physics! But in our Physics class with Sir Cabase, there was certain magic which took me long to understand.

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Good news is good

We are accustomed to read and hear issues and scandals; and even lured to sensational news. Crimes, scandalous government and private transactions, break-ups of famous showbiz couple, and gossips are juicy and get more space and airtime.

Stories about growth and development appear to be ordinary and less appealing. Most likely, these “good news” are given less priority.

We’ve been hearing complaints about media highlighting only the bad news, Lorenzo Niñal observed.

While many wants to read and hear more “good news” from mass media, I doubt Filipinos can sustain a week without any reports about issues and controversies. I’m even afraid if it happens.

Press mirrors our society. We are not a Utopia nor a community of robots. As we journey we stumble upon conflicts, thus issues surface.

A friend noted, “we suffer overdose of negative reports”. However, he admitted that we cannot stop media from reporting or highlighting “bad” news. After all, that’s most of us want.

We have options though. We can filter news and get only what we desire. To get a healthy dosage of the day’s information, I hang out to Good News Pilipinas, a pretty good site that reports all good things about Philippines and Filipinos.

While the dramatic and trivial episodes of Senate investigation on alleged anomalous NBN deal upset me at times, I also get a big grin while reading about “good news”.

Take good news to nourish you and bad news as stabilizer. After all, we can murmur: good news and bad news a day keep doctors away.

Really? Smile, just for today.

JGG|Mandaue City
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