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Empowering the Filipino People: Love for Data Gathering can be a Good Business

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Real change in a country does not rely on the new set of administration officials only. Enormous progress depends on how each citizen nurture their talents and contribute to the society. One thing is certain; help yourself first before helping others – so here’s a podcast for those people who are into creating, collecting, presenting and distributing data:

Digital analytics practitioner, social media marketer and blogger plus host of the “Present Beyond Measure” podcast explains how her love for data has led her into venturing in public speaking engagements that made her go places. See her guidelines in creating great presentation as well. Understanding your audience and their objectives are vital in every presentation that you will be making in your life.

Listen to this podcast and be fascinated with how Lea Pica made used of her data gathering talent, built up her presentation skills and become one of the best consultants in this field: http://innovabiz.com.au/podcasts/episode-29-lea-pica-of-the-present-beyond-measure-show/

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President Barrack Obama Visits the Philippines


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By: Elena Grace Flores

Official photographic portrait of US President...
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Unites States’ determination in strengthening bilateral ties with Asian allies including the Philippines is signified by his visit that is ongoing as of this time of writing. There were news about some groups opposing the said visit but there were too minimal and did not even trigger worries from the national security department. Read this to know the agenda of President Barrack Obama while in the Philippines:

LIVE: Barack Obama visits Philippines

 (philstar.com)

“It makes up in part for the trip he was not able to take last fall because of the government shutdown, with the stops in Malaysia and the Philippines, and also allows us to go visit two of our closest allies in the world, the Republic of Korea and Japan,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, said in a press briefing in Washington last week. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/04/28/1315230/live-updates-barack-obama-visits-philippines


Majority of the Filipinos are thrilled with the visit of President Barrack Obama. Looking up to the American administration especially during calamities or disasters has already been a part of Filipino culture. Since the Filipino-American community is growing fast in the U.S., there’s no reason why Filipinos back home will not give full respect to the American President. A warm welcome to you, Mr. President!

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Philippines is a 3rd World Country but Not Necessarily Poor

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Some people might agree that Philippines is a poor country, where there’s no government welfare in place and no health system in store for the Filipino masses as portrayed in Manny Pacquiao’s documentary – but for sure, many can’t accept this. What about SSS, Philhealth and 4 Ps (Pangtawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) Assistance for the poorest of the poor – to name a few?

The Social Security System can be availed only when you are employed by accredited firms. Filipinos with ad hoc jobs in unregistered businesses can’t be a member of SSS of course – not unless you pay a voluntary subscription as self-employed. Philhealth covers 20 percent of medical bills when subscribed for at least 6 months at around 100 Pesos premium per month. There are anomalies also concerning the government assistance (4 Ps) because many families who are better off than their peers are beneficiaries of this assistance designed for people belonging to the less privilege smallest social unit of society.

Bottom line is, there’s financial support system in store for the citizens of the Philippines but due to corruption, people in remote places are not educated about these programs. On top of that, the funds allocated for these benefits are either misused by corrupt officials or unfairly distributed. If Philippines is really poor, why are there billions of taxes amassed by corrupt government officials? Poverty is all in the mind. Filipinos are rich with natural resources, culture and fighting spirit to be what want in this world of opportunities. If Manny Pacquiao can do it, why can’t others?

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Manny Pacquiao: Non Fairy Tale Rags to Riches Life Story

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Manny Pacquiao has gone through lots of struggles prior to gaining his superstar status in boxing today. This is the very reason why he became the darling of the oppressed. He serves as an inspiration to those people living positively despite serious difficulties. Tough life in the sense that there’s no assurance when’s the next meal is going to be. How much more getting the appropriate boxing gear?

Liam Neeson’s narration on his true to life documentary film depicts Manny Pacquaio’s humility even after amassing substantial wealth by continuously winning in such dangerous sports here and abroad. Debut showing for this inspirational movie was March 12, 2014 in selected theatres. This is not about the technicalities of boxing – but the humble life of the boxer himself. He might have the killer punch but his attitude remains angelic that made him the ultimate pride of Filipinos aside from his boxing prowess.

There were incidents that he had to fight an opponent who was way beyond his league. Not a lot of choices for the stowaway minor from Gensan – who had to survive by doing petty jobs in a boxing gym. Yes, of all places, that was where Manny was brought by destiny. Getting the training necessary to excel in his field came in handy and he was smart enough to make the most out of it. This literally meant, fighting his way to stardom. Not having the opportunity to have a sponsor or government support to enhance his capabilities, his faith guided him through the right place and people. Obviously, he was brave enough to take chances. Get inspired by his story when you get the chance of watching Manny Pacquaio’s documentary film.

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Tribute to Serafin Cuevas

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

In the passing of this great lawyer, Atty. Serafin Cuevas, I want to voice out my appreciation to this wonderful person who defended ex-Chief Justice Corona from start to finish of the case. Although Corona did not win his struggle, you can really see in the hearings that Atty. Cuevas was very brilliant in what he do. It’s not the judgment that matters here. It’s the real personalities of the people involved that came to light during the proceedings. In the case of Atty. Serafin Cuevas, it is obvious that the man does not only have brilliance, but also the heart of a good defender. For sure, the result will be different if he was the judge for the case. Let’s celebrate his life:

Ex-SC Justice, Corona lawyer Serafin Cuevas passes away

By: Louis Bacani

The former SC justice was also one of the lawyers of former Pres. Joseph Estrada during his impeachment trial in 2001.  http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/02/10/1288742/ex-sc-justice-corona-lawyer-serafin-cuevas-passes-away

Condolence to the loved ones of Atty. Serafin Cuevas… The Filipino public might have difference of opinions on what he believed in – but that’s life. He must be a role model for lawyers practicing their profession at the present time. He was blessed with good long years and served the public using his profession until his body can’t bear it anymore. May he have a wonderful holiday in his journey towards eternity!

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