@your SiRVis... Simon Francis Blaise R. Vistro wants to be known as SiRVis (an amalgamation of his name, profession and penchant for service). He is a polymath wannabe in the fields of training and education, civic voluntarism, sports, arts, travel, photography and social networking. Born and raised in Dagupan City, he is a staunch advocate of the preservation of Pangasinan language, arts and culture. Follow me on: Twitter. Facebook, Tumblr, Plurk.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Prayer Rally for Slain Journalists of Maguindanao

At around 5 p.m. today, I joined the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan Chapter, Pangasinan Press Club and Pangasinan Tri-Media Association in a prayer rally in front of the Dagupan City Museum as part of the Global Day of Solidarity spearheaded by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to demand justice for the 30 media practitioners massacred in Maguindanao.

The murderous act which was so deplorable beyond compare, is a reflection of a rotten system perpetuated and tolerated throughout the years, demonic megalomania and utter disregard for human rights. With all my might I enjoin the journalists of Pangasinan in condemning this inhuman act of violence, lawlessness and murder. 

Let justice prevail!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Election Tees

maybe it's the TV. but it's more of the election fever... or both...

here are my ideas for five.ten.ten:


some buy/sell it cheap
some throw it away (by voting for a @#$%^&!)
and we recycle the same candidates
but what the heck! we gotta vote...


Mo' Twister? Why not!

Or a Spoof T-Shirt of 2012:

We Were Warned of the Yellow dude?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Change Climate Change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Copenhagen on December 7, and 85 of the Philippines’ artists—musicians, actors, directors, designers, writers, chefs and more—have banded together to call on developed countries to cut their carbon emissions and help developing countries cope with the impacts of climate change.

Advocates for Tik Tok Pilipinas, part of the international campaign for climate action dubbed Tck tck tck, include actresses Alessandra de Rossi and Tuesday Vargas; TV personalities Miriam Quiambao, Bianca Gonzales and Marc Nelson; musicians Rico Blanco and Cooky Chua; and Chef Rolando Laudico.

Tik Tok Pilipinas is set to hold a 12-hour concert on December 12 called Tik Tok Rok: Rock for Climate Action to coincide with the Copenhagen conference, which is scheduled to run until December 18. The concert, which will feature 50 artists, will be from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Marikina Riverbanks Amphitheater. Expect the artists to perform Tik Tok’s anthem, “No Time To Waste,” penned by Noel Cabangon and recorded by 52 performers.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Phinma Education Network


The PHINMA Group’s entry into education began with its acquisition of Araullo University in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija in 2004, launching the PHINMA Education Network (PEN).

This purchase was followed by that of Cagayan de Oro College in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental in 2005, and of the University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, Pangasinan and the University of Iloilo in Iloilo City, Iloilo, both in 2009. This makes PEN a network of three (3) universities and one (1) college situated all over the Philippines.

In each of its schools, PEN embarks on a massive campaign of making changes where they are most needed. Each school undergoes faculty improvement and course development as PEN provides scholarships for its employees for masteral and doctoral studies, and improves salary and benefit schemes. Systems and curricula are put in place to improve academic performance, created with the students’ capacity in consideration. Campus grounds are rehabilitated, with an emphasis on needed laboratories and classrooms, and IT infrastructure.

Ensuring that “life can be better,” PEN seeks to provide high quality education at an affordable tuition giving access to those who need it the most. PEN students are typically the children of the country’s farmers, policemen, public school teachers and other government workers, of tricycle, pedicab, and jeepney drivers, and of vendors and carpenters.

PEN provides what is necessary for the youth to learn the most that they can in order to achieve the goals most relevant to their situation – nothing more, nothing less.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

University of Pangasinan-PHINMA TV Commercial

University of Pangasinan-PHINMA
Our Heritage. Our Future.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pinoy Henyo Online

Let's Play Pinoy Henyo online!

Pinoy Henyo is a game conceptualized and popularized by the geniuses of the longest running noontime variety show in the Philippines - Eat Bulaga! It's a game played by witty contestants (in pairs) wherein a partner asks questions/ categories as the other person answers the question (and gives clues) by uttering only either Yes (Oo), Hindi (No) or Pwede (Maybe) until the querying partner guesses the predetermined word. It literally means Filipino genius.

Play Pinoy Henyo online here!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Efren and CNN Hero

Efren Peñaflorida gives Filipino youth an alternative to gang membership through education. His Dynamic Teen Company's 10,000 members have taught basic reading and writing to 1,500 kids living in the slums.

Vote for him as CNN's Hero of the Year.

He may not be Superman but for the kids whom he inspires and provides "pushcart education", he is Efren(pronounced as A FRIEND).

Monday, November 16, 2009

12 Rounds of Paquiao’s Victory

Relive and relish Manny Pacquiao's victory over Miguel Cotto with these 12 rounds I have compiled over the net. One Man. One Nation. One Championship. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

1st Round: “…Sometimes we touch”

2nd Round: It’s Over in the Second!

3rd Round: King of Violent Sport

4th Round: Perfect Fight

5th Round: More Than a Thousand Words

6th Round: Poll Fever

7th Round: The Web Has Spoken

8th Round: Mighty Mouse Morphs into Godzilla!

9th Round: Mayweather's Cash Cow

10th Round: Superman is in the Building

11th Round: Ondoy and Peping Knocked Out

Here’s the TKO at the 12th Round: The Lord of the Ring

1st Philippine Conference-Workshop on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education

1st Philippine Conference-Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education
February 18, 19, and 20, 2010
Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

Reclaiming the right to learn in one’s own language

ORGANIZERS: Department of Education, Region XI; 170+ Talaytayan MLE; SIL International; Save the Children; Translators Association of the Philippines; DILA, Nakem, CLLL-PNU; Capitol University.

1. Reading, writing and comprehension in the L1 across disciplines
2. Teaching science, math and social studies in a multicultural/multilingual framework
3. Storytelling and other learning strategies in the L1 and in the L2
4. Developing quality and culturally sensitive MLE materials
5. Language-in-education policy and practice in a multicultural society
6. What makes a Philippine language (and what makes English)?
7. Language documentation and data preservation
8. No vocabulary?-the intellectualization issue about Philippine languages
9. Case studies in mother tongue instruction in the Philippines and in other countries
10. Sign languages in the Philippines the education of the differently-abled
11. Community-based school management and MLE
12. Endangered languages and their revitalization
13. MLE and peace education


Guidelines for the submission of abstracts 1. An author is limited to one individual abstract and one joint abstract; 2. The first page of the submission should contain the name of the author or authors, affiliations, e-mail address; postal address and the designated topic of the parallel sessions; 3. The second page should contain the abstract not exceeding 250 words, including the bibliography, but should not contain any marks identifiable to the author or authors. 4. The submission should be written in any of the Philippine languages, in Filipino or in English. If written in Filipino or in a Philippine language, we will require an English version of the abstract for the evaluators. 5. The abstract should be submitted to mlephilippines@gmail.com and shall be duly acknowledged.


All paper readers shall be entitled to 30 minutes presentation. The presentation can be rendered in any Philippine language, in Filipino or in English, or in a bilingual fashion, provided the author shall be responsible for providing the translation(s). NO FULL PAPER, NO PRESENTATION.


Plenary Session Presentations
• A brief history on L1 use in Philippine education
• Doing MLE in Mindanao (Department of Education and Apo Palamguwan Cultural Education Center)
• The Lubuagan experiment and the Luzon Experience in L1 Instruction (Lubuagan teachers, NAKEM and NVSU, UPIS)
• Cultural Markers that Divide and Unite
• Language-in-education policy in the Philippines
• Teacher, Unsa man ni? Mother tongue education in the Visayas
• Our Tasks Ahead until 2015

Parallel Workshop Topics
• Reading, writing and comprehension in the L1
• Teaching science and math in the early grades
• Sounds, words and sentence patterns in Philippine Languages
• Building oral fluency in the L1 and L2
• Teaching strategies and methodologies for MLE
• Reimagining social science instruction in basic education
• MLE materials development and production
• Storytelling: from orality to literacy
• Language documentation and data preservation
• Designing an alphabet for a Philippine language
• MLE program planning, evaluation and assessment
• Bridging from the L1 to Filipino and English

Conference registration fee: P3,500 (10% discount for those who register on or before January 8, 2010)

For questions, email mlephilippines@gmail.com

For updates and more info: www.mlephilippines.org

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Field Trip by Squeezers

This video made by Strong Media Corp., was shot entirely in the campus of University of Pangasinan-Phinma.

Strong Media Corp. is an innovative, multi-disciplined agency with experience in a complete range of digital and traditional media. Our experience allows us to work seamlessly across a variety of media touch points to deliver your campaign as clearly and efficiently as possible. Whether using 3-D animation, print, rich media via website or mobile device your message will demand the attention of its audience.

Field Trip is performed by the band, Squeezers. The band was named SQUEEZERS because its members believe that they should squeeze out their best talents, let others see how they express themselves through music and inspire people.

The Squeezers is:
Byron Ricamara - Vocals/Guitar
Clifford Jongko - Guitar 2
Judith Abad - Bass
Jeremy John Ricamara - Drums

Squeezers is one of the hottest bands around. Their original style is second to none and their live shows are the stuff of legend.

The band was reformed in February 2008 consisted of Byron Ricamara (vocals/guitar), Judith Abad (bass), Jeremy John S. Ricamara (drums) and Clifford Jongko (guitar).
First album Highway Eskinita was released in October 2008, and the guys are working on some of their new songs. Some of their achievements include impressive repertoire of over 40 original songs, grand prize winner of “Distortion” Battle of the Bands, backup band for acoustic artist Pipo Lina, getting radio air played with their songs (93.9 iFM, NU107.5, 105.9 RJ Underground, 99.5 RT etc.) Squeezers has also played at the following venues: Magnet, Bonifacio High Street (The Fort), 70’s Bistro, Freedom Bar, Club Dredd, Mayrics, Kolumn Bar, 6th Under Ground and more.

The Beatles, Oasis, Weezer, Cardigans, Foo Fighters and Blur inspired some of their songs. During this time, Squeezers has recorded and also performing both their originals and range of rock covers in private functions.

Squeezers’ ultimate goal is to make more albums and share our music to people. Squeezer's Facebook is Squeezers Band.

University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Hymn

All hail you UPang
We stand tall and proud
Of your glorious legacy
We sing out loud

Patria Virtus Scientia
We say these words with pride
Let our noble vision
Light up our lives

Alma Mater dear
In your warm embrace
We wave your banner high
May your torch forever blaze

All hail you UPang
To heaven we implore
That you be blessed, oh UPang


Alma Mater dear
In your warm embrace
We wave your banner high
May your torch forever blaze

All hail you UPang
To heaven we implore
That you be blessed, oh UPang

May you be blessed, oh UPang

Saturday, November 14, 2009



Never before has a date in Philippine politics been so significant to so many politicians, turncoats, opportunists, wannabes and self-proclaimed messiahs. 2010 is an epic automated electoral adventure about Philippine cataclysm if we do not vote wisely.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Salt of the Earth: Fr. Soc's Homily on his Canonical Installation as Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan


Homily delivered by His Excellency, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas on the occasion of his installation as Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, held last November 4, 2009 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Apostle, Dagupan City at 10:00 am.

The ways of the Lord are mysterious and hard to comprehend. Eighteen years ago, before Archbishop Cruz was installed Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Dagupan was hit by a severe earthquake that rendered the city in shambles and the old cathedral church in ruins. This year, apparently in preparation for this momentous occasion, the Archdiocese was hit with massive flooding that rendered great havoc upon our flock. Our gathering of joy is mixed with sentiments of uncertainty about what lies ahead of Pangasinan. I know the faith of the Pangasinenses is strong and firm. I want to assure though: it is not Archbishops who cause disasters to happen!

The ways of the Lord are awesome and marvelous. He called me to be a priest and gave me a revolutionary Cardinal as my mentor and guide. My priesthood was born from the dawn of EDSA people power in 1986. My vocation was nurtured by the street revolutionaries of the EDSA Shrine. Then the Church sent me on a mission to Bataan, famous for the Death March of the last world war. The long street from Mariveles and Bagac to San Fernando was sanctified by the glorious blood of the martyrs of the Second World War.

Today I begin my mission in Lingayen-Dagupan, the shadow of war still hovering over my priesthood because it was in Lingayen Gulf that the story of our liberation in 1945 began. The legendary General Douglas Mc Arthur landed in Lingayen Gulf, waded through our waters to usher in a new day of freedom for our country. This province also carries in its history the revolutionary struggle of Andres Malong and the tyrannical reign of Limahong, a Chinese ruler. Lingayen Gulf is red with the blood of heroes.

With a deep sense of unworthiness and obedience to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, I accept the mission to be pastor of the Church in Lingayen-Dagupan.  I am treading on the footsteps of a great man of the Church, an epic man who is himself larger than life, Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz.  Archbishop Cruz is unique and irreplaceable. He was my first rector at San Carlos Seminary.  I will only try to continue, using my very limited talents, the great work that he has left behind in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan.

Mga inararok ya anak ya Diyos: Agku anta kunpanuntoy /  mansalita’y salita yudya. Ibangat yuak kumon / nu bilbilang aliwa so panagsalitak o panangibagak ed salita yu. Labay kon aralen so salita yudya.

My dear people of God, I do not know how to speak the dialect. Please teach me. I am willing to learn. If I make a mistake in pronouncing, please correct me.

I come to live in your midst not as a liberator like McArthur or a revolutionary like Andres Malong or a tyrant like Limahong. I come to you as Jesus came, the servant who
called us to be “salt of the earth and the light of the world”. You can call me Father Soc.  Please give me a chance to love you, to serve you.

We are the salt of the earth, the Lord said to us in the Gospel. Pangasinan was named after asin--panag asinan. We who form the Catholic faithful in Lingayen Dagupan, living in the province that is named after salt, must truly be salt for society and salt for the rest of the world. Like ASIN, let us embark together on mission for social transformation and Church renewal.

A is for apostolic action nurtured by prayer. Our first and only power is the Lord and our first and only way to the Lord is love. We must pray but it is not enough to pray. Our prayer must make us think and talk and listen and act and be like Jesus—that is the apostolic action that we need in the Church. Any pastoral action or assembly that does not come from prayer will fail. Any prayer that does not lead us to apostolic charity will wither. Love without service is mere sentimentalism. Service without prayer is social activism.

S is for sanctified and sanctifying community of disciples. United by baptism, united in prayer, united through charity, we will become saints together in Pangasinan. To be holy is our one and only vision. Everything and anything that leads us astray from this path must be cast aside. We are called to sanctify, to lead and to teach. We are here not by worthiness but by favor. None of us is worthy, we were just chosen in spite of. We do not sanctify ourselves; God does. We do not sanctify others; God does. We are a community not an organization. None of us is master; all of us are disciples.

I is for integration of faith and life. The Church is hurt not just by heresies against the truth. The Church is also damaged when the faith of her children are not matched by witnessing. We do not only share a common doctrine. We also share one common morality. What does it matter if we understand the mystery of the Trinity but do not live the love that binds the Trinity? The Church and her priests would be more credible prophets in society if the stomach of the preacher would be as empty as his parishioners. Brother priests, I bid you : Go preach the gospel. Talk if necessary. Pangasinan does not need teachers. Pangasinan needs witnesses. Fathers: Give us Jesus, only Jesus, always Jesus.

N is for new and intensive evangelization. Evangelization by its nature is confrontational. We cannot proclaim Jesus and waltz with corruption in public or in private. We cannot be rightly called Christians and play games with evil. Evangelization is a call to die. Evangelization demands conversion.  Evangelization may not be always pleasant. It can hurt both preacher and hearer. It can make the hearer take revenge on the preacher. But evangelization is the only way for the Church. We would betray the Lord if we won’t. Only the brave and the loyal can truly evangelize.

My brother priests—be the salt of the Church and society. By your ministry, may the people taste the goodness of the Lord.  Be happy givers! Be holy priests by your courageous and generous self sacrifice!  Bawal ang paring duwag! Bawal ang paring kuripot! Show them the face of Jesus, the joy of the world! We need to pray together and we must be saints together! When the time comes for me to return to the Father and my name would be dropped from the Eucharistic prayer, I only want to be remembered as the bishop who loved you, my priests.

My dear Catholic laity—be the salt of Pangasinan. By your life in the family and your work in society, preserve—like salt—our heritage of hard work and diligence in northern Philippines. Preserve—like salt—the Catholic faith. Keep the faith alive and young, vibrant and loyal.

My dear children and youth, be the salt of earth. May your lives be clear like crystal salt, pure and fresh and always new. By your young and restive hearts, may we your elders find new inspiration. Your mission as Church youth is to inspire and to ignite.

My poor brothers and sisters from the far barangays, be the salt of society. Even if sometimes, salt and rice is all we can eat, do not forget your dignity as children of God.

Na angganu nu arum / asin tan bilas labat so kakanen tayu / agtayu kumon lilingwanan so dignidad tayu bilang anak ya Diyos.

As an expression of solidarity with the flood victims of Pangasinan now in need of help to start again, we will not have any lunch reception after our liturgy. The money that will be saved from your act of sacrifice will be used to help the poor of Pangasinan. This is not being kuripot. This is pakikipag kapwa tao. This is charity. This is what God told us to do. I believe this is what Jesus would have done if he were in Dagupan.

My dear government officials, give us the salt of livelihood and honest public service. Spare the people from salty words of anger and malicious conduct that kill and destroy. Serve the people with honesty. Serve the people well. We can work together for the people.

Pangasinan, bayang mayumi, asin ng pamayanan  Bagong lasa ang handog at sariwang kasiglahan,  Asin ka ng kabuhayan, nag-aalaga sa kabataan, Pangasinan, aming Ina, aming mahal, aming hirang!   Dagupan ang taguri, dating tawag “nandaragupan” Dahil dito’y nagtitipon sari saring katauhan,  Lingayen naman ang tawag namin sa pusod na pinagmulan   Lagi naming nililingon, tinatanaw na kagandahan.

Ang Diyos ay papurihan ng bayan ng Pangasinan,
Ipangaral ang Ebanghelyo sa Lingayen-Dagupan,
Bawat bayan ay lumuhod at sa Diyos ay magpugay,
Ipagbunyi ang Pangasinan, ipagdangal ang Maykapal!

People of God in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, I am all yours. Take me as your own. I embrace you now as my very own. God has given us each other. Let us give ourselves to the Lord.    Amen.

UPang Alumnus Arthur Herrera, Class A (Elite) PBA Referee

Arthur Herrera is one of the top rated/ elite referees in the PBA today together with the likes of Luisito Cruz, Throngy Aldaba, Jess Ferrer and Manolito Quilinguen.

Cruz, 47, took up chemistry at FEU and officiated in the PBL starting 1994 until he joined the PBA. He was previously employed in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Aldaba, 37, graduated from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos and worked two seasons in the MBA before moving to the PBA. Ferrer, 42, attended NU and UP while Quilinguen, 44, finished nautical engineering at Feati.

Arthur Herrera graduated from the University of Pangasinan with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Herrera, 45 years old, worked for four seasons in the PBL and joined PBA in 2001.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Canonical Installation of Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

Pictures during the Canonical Installation of Most Rev. Socrates Villegas last November 4, 2009. All photos courtesy of John Glenn Lopez.

Monday, October 26, 2009

UPang-Phinma Joins Corporate Bayanihan in Pangasinan

An article in the Manila Times cited that UPang sheltered over 300 families and around 1,000 teachers and students in its campus during Typhoon Peping’s wrath. The University of Pangasinan and other companies under the Phinma Corporate Network together with other private and civic organizations immediate responded to provide relief goods to those who were housed there.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Service Above Self

"Actions speak louder than Words, and are more to be regarded" -1736 Melancholy State of Province in A. M. Davis Colonial Currency

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bangon by Rico Blanco

Bangon by: Rico Blanco
Pinaluhod tayo,
sa isang hagupit
Niragasa, sinalanta,

Humupa ang unos - isang bahaghari!
Dala ng bukang liwayway -

Pilipinas kong mahal
Akay ang pananampalataya sa Maykapal
Buhay sa 'yong dugo
Ang tibay na tatak ng tunay na Pilipino

At nagising ang bayanihan
Milyon milyon naging isa
Walang kami
Walang kayo
Walang sila
Tanging ligaya
ay pag alay ng sarili sa iba

Pilipinas kong mahal
Akay ng pananampalataya sa Maykapal
Taglay ng yong dugo
Ang tibay na tatak ng tunay na Pilipino

Hindi ka namin iiwan
Hindi tayo susuko!
Lulusong tayo't magtatagumpay...

Pilipinas kong mahal
Akay ang pananampalataya sa Maykapal
Buhay sa yong dugo
Ang tibay na tatak ng tunay na Pilipino

Lahat nitong mga pagsubok
Ay ating kayang lagpasan
Lahat nitong mga pagsubok
Ay ating kayang lagpasan

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VB349 to 2332 (globe)
BANGON to 2728 (smart)
GETSONG 5330637 to 2728 (sun)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

ANACBANUA (The Child of the Sun)

ANACBANUA will have its Philippine premiere during the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival at The Fort this coming October 2009.

This film is made by Christopher Gozum of Sine Caboloan. He hails Bayambang, Pangasinan

To view the trailer click: http://exposureroom.com/AnacbanuaTrailer

Here is the youtube version/upload:

Please support this very first Pangasinan language digital feature film.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rotary and Google

"Rotary's got to grasp new technology, whether it's podcasting,
blogs, mini-CD brochures, whatever. When you deliver our Rotary
message in an electronic format, it also delivers the message
that we're technologically advanced."
— Chris Offer, Membership Development and Retention Committee chair
From: January 2007 issue of Rotary World

This is a repost from the http://rotary.org article written by By Donna Polydoros,Rotary International News -- 31 August 2009:

Rotary has teamed up with Google to make nearly 100 years of The Rotarian available free online. Full-color, searchable scans of all issues of the magazine from 1959 to 2008 are now available through Google Books, with more issues to follow. The site is accessible from http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/TheRotarian/Pages/ridefault.aspx

Users can select from a gallery of issues organized by decade or click "Search all issues" to search the entire catalog for a word or phrase. The collaboration is part of an initiative to make Rotary's historical resources more accessible to Rotarians worldwide.

"Google is doing all of the scanning and indexing to make the material searchable -- and at no cost to Rotary," says Stephanie Giordano, archivist for Rotary International.

More than 72,000 pages will be available once Google finishes scanning and uploading all 1,100 issues. The first issue was published in January 1911, when the magazine was called The National Rotarian.

Some issues of interest include December 1979, which reported on Rotary's first polio immunization project; the February 2005 centennial issue; and issues from the 1980s discussing the admission of women into Rotary.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/rihistory to view Historic Moments -- The Rotarian through time.

RCDE Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Dagupan-East/172964078624.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Generations

“If we train our youth properly,
we need not have any fear as to the future of the world.”
- 1949-50 R.I. President Percy Hodgson

This is not a title of the second season of the hit T.V. show, Heroes. Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring, which premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. The series is about the stories of apparently ordinary individuals from around the world who mysteriously develop superhuman abilities, and who then seek to use them to prevent the end of the world.

In the Rotary and even in our society, the “New Generations” or the Youth are considered heroes. September is the New Generations Month. It is called the “month of the future” as the youth is our future.

Let's face it: If Rotarians don't succeed in attracting younger members to their clubs, there won't be any clubs to attract members to. At RCDE, we invest in our future- the youth. We do these through various activities and strategies to really confirm that the “future of Rotary is in our hands”.

The club had been infused with new blood- young members (like me, ahem- with emphasis on the word young) who actively participate in Rotary activities and keep the club stronger.

We recently sponsored the 2009 Regional Read-a-Thon Competition in cooperation with the Region I Department of Education last September 16, 2009. Best in Oral Interpretation was won by the Dagupan City Division represented by Melissa Joy C. Liwanag of East Central, Dagupan City. The Best Story Retelling went to Khryzza Vien R. De Guzman of Mangaldan Central School, Pangasinan II Division. The Best Team Readers were Charity Nicole A. Acacio, April Gaye Acoba, and Aira Basilio of F. camaguin Elementary School, Ilocos Norte, Laoag Division. The Over-all winners of the regional contest were: Pangasinan II – 1st Place, Dagupan City – 2nd Place, Laoag City – 3rd Place. The Overall winners by awarded by Sec. TonyPats.

Last Tuesday September 15, the RCDE Basketball team was awarded Champion of the 30 and above Friendship Cup which was held at the St. John Cathedral School Gym. Kudos to all the members who made this championship a reality.

Today, our Rotaract and Interact had their Leadership Workshop Seminar in the afternoon prior to RCDE’s weekly club assembly.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rotary is FUN

Rotary is Fun. For RCDE, that is a fact. We guys do enjoy a lot. Sometimes this could be misconstrued by others as arrogance, conceitedness or just being plain rude. We exude that certain confidence in ourselves- because we do excel and we genuinely have lot of fun.

Just observe the way we do our service projects with aplomb and enthusiasm. Visit our weekly meetings and you will experience the RCDE way of conducting meetings- serious when called for, but 100% fun. We attend District functions and inductions with gusto and always in a big delegation- and we ought to have a pat on our back for that achievement. We bond together through our boisterous and animated fellowship. I could enumerate this and that but the RCDE brand of Fun is best experienced than described.

Rotary is Fun. And it shows in our strong, active, quality and quantity-wise membership.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Commit. Connect. Communicate

“We as Rotarians must raise our voice to proclaim our values,
for they are values to live by.”- 2009-2010 R.I. President John Kenny

Last Saturday, August 22, 2009, the RCDE contingent led by Pres. Mario, IPP Boy, PE Nick, Sec. TonyPats, Dir. Sundie, Treas. Ruben, Aud. Jonathan, Rtn. Joel, Rtn. Manda, New member Angelo and I attended the Multi-District PR Seminar at Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. The Districts who were represented there were Philippine Districts 3770, 3780, 3790, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870 and 3400 Indonesia. The event was hosted by Cluster 3B, District 3790 Pampanga.

The following are the Seminar Topics and the respective Resource Speakers:

Keynote Address Year in Review and Looking Forward – PDG Line Abanilla Zone 7 Coordinator PR Resource Group, RI’s Directions on Public Image – PDG Rob Crabtree PR Coordinator for South Pacific District 9920 New Zealand, Personal Salesmanship for Rotary – Ma. Soccoro “Baby” Jamias, Rotary Watch – PP Albert Garcia RC Forbes Park District 3830, Facing the Media – PE Marilen Lagniton RC Cubao EDSA District 3780, RI PR in Progress – District PR Chairs, Importance of the , PDG Mac Hermoso, District 3790, and Commit, Connect, Communicate – Cory Quirino TV Host, Columnist and Past President, RC Makati legaspi District 3830.

The seminar encapsulated that there is a need to increase Public Relations for Rotary to increase membership and increase knowledge about Rotary in order to gather more funds for the different community projects and to eventually eradicate polio forever. The resource speakers also reiterated that Rotary’s most valuable asset is our reputation and that Rotary symbol should be promoted like the well-known brands. Let us make the Rotary symbol synonymous to Sharing and Service. They have also shown that this could be done through innovative and interesting ways.

And yes we can do it. Because we are Rotarians!

Addendum: May I again solicit your support for our RCDE Basketball Team as we are going to the Finals against the Coca-Cola Team. The best-of-three series will start this Tuesday. Go RCDE!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Classification Principle

"Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it,
and some even misunderstand it.
Rotary is not a philosophy...
not an all-embracing world point of view which answers every question...
and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind.
Rotary is merely an association of business
and professional men united in the ideal of service."
– 1937-38 R.I. President Maurice Duperrey

When a lawyer named Paul Harris, a coal dealer, a mining engineer, and a merchant tailor first met in l905 in Chicago, they gave birth to Rotary and, by the nature of their diverse occupations, to the association’s most distinctive feature – the classification principle.

Last Monday, the new members had their Classification Talk during the weekly RCDE meeting. It was such an animated and interesting episode in which the new members presented to the club their personal profile, business and professional service, who sponsored them, why they joined the Rotary, what can they offer to the club and what do they expect in joining RCDE.

What is exactly is the Classification for?

According to the ABC’s of Rotary, virtually all membership in Rotary is based upon a "classification." Basically a classification describes the distinct and recognized business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society.
The principle of Rotary classification is somewhat more specific and precise. In determining the classification of a Rotarian it is necessary to look at the "principal or recognized business or professional activity of the firm, company or institution" with which an active member is connected or "that which covers his principal and recognized business or professional activity."

It should be clearly understood that classifications are determined by activities or services to society rather than by the position held by a particular individual. In other words, if a person is the manager of a bank, he or she is not classified as "bank manager" but under the classification "banking."

The goal is professional diversity, which enlivens the club’s social atmosphere and provides a rich resource of occupational expertise to carry out service projects and provide club leadership.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Friendship in RCDE

the craving for which brought Rotary into existence
is the thing that will keep Rotary a living,
vital force in the world for all time,
the very foundation of our organization."
- 1919-20 R.I. President Albert S. Adams;
Address to 1920 Rotary Convention,
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Friendship. That is what RCDE is for me. It is the bind that keeps us stronger as a club. It is also the foundation that glues us together. Through thick or thin, through trials and hardships... It is the recurrent theme that probably sets us apart from other clubs.

One of the dearest Rotarian who was more than a friend to all of us was RTN. George “Utol” Castillo, who passed away recently. I could vividly remember how he warmly treated us with candor and intimacy. If you call him sir, he would vehemently disagree and correct you. Just call me “Utol”, he would always say. His presence in the club offered us a friendship amidst the superficiality of this world. What amazes me is how he knows all members regardless of stature or whether if you are new or not. He is the first to offer his gentle handshake whenever he sees you. Utol, you will definitely be missed!

On a less somber note, I would like to congratulate my fellow RCDE Basketball teammates for winning two games in a row in the Inter-commercial Basketball tournament at the St. John School Gym that we have joined in. Teamwork was the spelling factor that led us to success. “Ang RCDE, hindi lang pang-Service, pang-Sports pa!

Kudos also the RCDE members who painstakingly made an effort to trek to and monitor our year-long Supplemental Feeding program in Brgy. Talibaew, Calasiao, Pangasinan last Friday.

Mabuhay ang RCDE!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


"Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life's pathways,
spreads good cheer, and is worth the high price" – Paul Harris

The RCDE birthday celebrators of the month hold their joint celebration on the last Monday of the month. This serves as the monthly fellowship of our club where we have a lot of food and drinks. It is virtually a festivity filled with songs, animated chatting and of course fun! Being a RCDE member for two years, I have experienced a lot of memorable parties enlivened by each member’s jovial and festive nature.

Rotary they say is fellowship. In our club, we hold our fellowships with aplomb and jubilation. Yes, I am proud of how we conduct our fellowships. In every Rotary affair, RCDE show our unique camaraderie and fellowship. Rotary is in our blood, we usually are together most of the time, Monday to Sunday and boy how we enjoy each other’s company!

Our fellowship is not limited to birthdays. We play basketball regularly (we have joined a basketball league which is held every Tuesday and Friday nights at the St. John School gym), eat out together, watch live events/ concerts/ movies, go and patronize each other’s and establishments, actively participate in District affairs and join other clubs’ inductions.

Before I go astray with my rhetoric and glibness, let me reiterate that today is special day for RCDE as we celebrate the birthdays of our beloved members-

Special mention to my kumpare and very good friend Arwin Joel M. Laguit. Happy Birthday Pare!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Amazing Race

I am available
I am dependable
I give more than I take
- Robert Barth, RI President 1993-94

For many years TV viewers glued their eyes and attention to a reality TV game show which featured will, wits and guts with pulsating, dramatic and street smart action – adventure. It is called The Amazing Race. The show involves teams of two people (except for Season 8, which had teams of four people), who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship and race around the world in competition with other teams.

Being a member of the Rotary, especially the illustrious Rotary Club of Dagupan East is like being in an Amazing Race. We must have the will, wits and guts to survive all the challenges to be able to help our destitute and less fortunate brothers. Instead of teams of two or four, we are made up of 80 plus people who have formed a bond and commitment to service; guided by the dictum of truthfulness, fairness, goodwill and beneficence. And our prize after the race? Selfless service!

Last Monday we had another great attendance during our weekly meeting. Keep it up fellow RCDE, new members and balik-Rotarians! Kudos to the leadership of our President Mario! Tuesday saw the gritty RCDE Basketball team battle a bigger and stronger P.A.S.A. team in a game which went into overtime but we eventually succumbed. Keep your heads up guys, we did our best and hopefully our tenacity will bear fruits for us the next succeeding games. Thursday was an excruciating leg of our “Amazing Race” as we headed to our yearlong Supplemental Feeding Program in Brgy. Talibaew, Calasiao with Pres. Mario, IPP Boy, Sec. Tony, Arnold, Eric Ian, new members Angelo, Vincent and Johnson, and yours truly in attendance. Then we (IPP Boy, Sec. Tony, Manda, Arnold, Eric Ian, Angelo and me) zoomed to the induction of RC Vigan. We withstood the inclement weather, long driving hours and the arduous stretch of 20 road repairs from Sudipen to Vigan. Whew! On Friday, me and my spouse, Joel and spouse, Manda, Angelo and Ritchie (who was also in the Araneta Center) had our fellowship/ get together by watching the game 7 of the GSM-SMB PBA finals.

Our “Amazing Race” had only just begun. Let's keep on being active, available, dependable, selfless in service for we are Rotarians, we are RCDE!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Living the RCDE way…

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats.
I don't intend to waste any of mine.”
– Neil Armstrong, Astronaut, first man to walk on the moon
and Rotarian, Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.A.

With all the activities we have within the span of less than a month, RCDE has been very active and busy. Indeed we have not wasted any time and yes, we could do more and will do even better.

We’ve only just begun the term of President Mario yet here we are raring to go full blast! From the Deworming project, RCDE Induction, Supplemental Feeding Program, weekly RCDE Basketball tune-up, informal RCDE family get togethers, weekly meetings and full force attendance in varous Inductions from Clark, Baguio, La Union and Pangasinan- whew! We are not wasting any time. There are more activities to come!

RCDE members and new members’ enthusiasm has not waned despite the hectic and exhausting days but instead, the bonding and commitment has gone stronger. I can say with pride that our club is “Service above Self” epitomized.

I enjoin every RCDE member especially the new members to participate, experience and enjoy all the Rotary activities. Busy? Being busy is not an alibi to live a full life. Life is short they say, let us not waste it.

Have fun? With RCDE; Definitely!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rotary International District 3790 Year-End Review 2009

Rotary International District 3790 Year-End Review 2009

May 23, 2009

CSI Stadia, Lucao District, Dagupan City

Awards received by Rotary Club of Dagupan East:

1. Outstanding Club Award in Youth Service

2. Outstanding Club Award in Vocational Service

3. Outstanding Club Award in Club Service

4. Outstanding Club Award in Community Service

5. Outstanding Club Award in International Service

6. PDG Pez Mendoza Award for Highest Contribution to the Annual Programs Fund – 8th Place

7. PDG Pez Mendoza Award for Highest Per Capita Contribution to the Annual Programs Fund – 7th Place

8. PDG Mar Ocampo Award for Outstanding Club

9. PDG Mark Go Award for Highest Net Gain in Membership Number

10. PDG Mark Go Award for Highest Net Percentage Gain in Membership – 1st Place

11. Award for Best Club Bulletin – Sunrise, RCDE

12. Most Outstanding Rotarian Award – PP Tony Patungan, RCDE

13. Club Leadership Award – Dominador “Boy” Rayos, Jr., RCDE

14. Outstanding Club President Award – President Dominador “Boy” Rayos, Jr., RCDE

15. Membership Milestone Award

16. Award Certificate from Rotary International

17. Multiple Paul Harris Fellows – President Dominador “Boy” Rayos, Jr., PP Tony Patungan, PP Mac Arthur Samson

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