Sabado, Disyembre 3, 2016


RP Tourism Showcases Yagyag Festival

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo joins some of the Yagyag Festival performers of Barangay Cangmating in Sibulan, Negros Oriental during the opening of the Central Visayas Region’s two-week exhibit and sale of native products of the Philippine Tourism Showroom on November 28 at The New DOT Building in Makati City.  After watching the Yagyag performance, she decided to bring the festival performers to international travel fairs abroad next year as part of the country’s cultural highlights.

The Yagyag Festival, a barangay-based event in Negros Oriental, opened recently the Central Visayas Region’s participation to the Philippine Tourism Showroom at the lobby of The New Department of Tourism Building in Makati City.

A mini version of it was presented at DOT Makati, which was culled from the full-scale performance that was originally staged and won first place during the Buglasan Grand Festival of Festivals in Dumaguete City last October. 

Nonetheless, the mini version impressed Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo that made her decide to bring the festival to an international travel fair next year.

Top officials of the Department of Tourism welcome the performers of the Yagyag Festival of Barangay Cangmating in Sibulan, Negros Oriental during the opening of the two-week Central Visayas Region’s exhibit and sale of native products at the Philippine Tourism Showroom, The New DOT Building in Makati City. Standing at the back of Yagyag performers are from left: Undersecretary for Administration and Special Concerns Ronaldo Canizal, Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon, Jr, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo, Assistant Secretary Maria Lourdes Japson, Undersecretary for Public Affairs Katherine de Castro and DOT Region VII Officer-in-Charge Judy Gabato.  After watching the performance, Secretary Teo decided to bring the Yagyag Festival to international travel fairs abroad next year.

“This rendition of the Yagyag Festival is so beautiful we have to bring it abroad as part of the Philippine cultural showcase in international travel fairs,” Secretary Teo exclaims. 

“The lyrics of the accompanying song, which is in the vernacular, will just have to be translated into English so the foreign audience will understand,” she puts in.

According to Barangay Chairman Edwin Parajado, this festival of coastal Barangay Cangmating in Sibulan town mimicks the spawning ritual performed by thousands of land crabs like the cagang (Cardisoma Carnifex) and the  alalasan (Episesarma Singaparense) along the village shores and riverbanks every last quarter of the year. 

 Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo (back row in black and white checkered dress) poses with the performers of the Yagyag Festival of Barangay Cangmating in Sibulan, Negros Oriental during the opening of the Central Visayas’ participation at the two-week Philippine Tourism Showroom held at the New DOT Building Makati.  After watching them perform, the Secretary decided that she will bring the festival to international travel fairs abroad next year as a part of Philippine cultural 

“Through a tapestry of native costume, dance and music, the well-choreographed performance imitates the crabs’ characteristics of solidarity as well as of propagating and protecting the own kind and of renewing their unending cycle of life,” Choreographer Trifo Colina explains. 

Officer-in-Charge Judy de la Cruz-Gabato of DOT-Region VII invites the public to take a glimpse of their regional exhibit and sale of native products from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Syquijor and Negros Oriental.

“Our two-week showcase presents well-known and trademark delicacies like the chicharon, otap, rosquillos, peanut kisses and banana chips to the well-crafted products of local communities and micro-small medium enterprises such as handbags and table-runners to export quality fashion accessories of Arden and Nature’s Legacy. All these present how diverse Central Visayas is in terms of products, activities and attractions,” Gabato announces.

 Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo (third from right) and Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon, Jr. (third from left) cut the ceremonial ribbon during the opening ceremonies of the Central Visayas Region’s two-week exhibit and sale of native products for the Philippine Tourism Showroom at the lobby of the New DOT Building in Makati City. Others in photo are Undersecretary for Administration and Special Concerns Rolando Canizal (second from left) and DOT-Region VII Officer-in-Charge Judy de la Cruz-Gabato (second from right). Assisting them are two performers of the Yagyag Festival of Barangay Cangmating in Sibulan, Negros Oriental.  Secretary Teo later watched the festival performance and decided to bring the festival to international travel fairs abroad next year as part of the Philippine cultural showcase. 

“Central Visayas is one of the most popular destinations of the Philippines. I have been to its many nooks and crannies for the past decades. And I congratulate the local stakeholders for showcasing some of the best of our country and making what Central Visayas is today as one of the topnotch regions of the Philippines,” Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Benzon, Jr. asserts.

Organized through the support of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera, the Yagyag Festival was also adjudged the National Champion of the Best of the Bests during the WOW Philippines in 2003 and Grand Champion during the 2005 Sinulog de Cebu Street Dancing Competition. (VerGarciaBlogs)

Miyerkules, Nobyembre 30, 2016

TUCP Rep. Mendoza and Labor Leader & TUCP Vice-President Temistocles Dejon, Jr., Call For Total End of Labor Contractualization

By: Ver M. Garcia
 Labor leader and AWATU- All Workers Alliance Trade Union National President  and TUCP Vice-Pres. Temistocles S. Dejon, Jr. stresses a point in the recently concluded labor meeting.

Rep. Raymond Mendoza and TUCP Vice Mr. L. Coral at the TUCP presscon held at the AVR-TUCP  compound. 

In photo from Right to Left:. AWATU President and TUCP Vice-President Temistocles S. Dejon, Jr. campaigns for the total prohibition in any form of labor contracting and TUCP Vice Mr. L. Coral leads the TUCP presscon. Not in photo is  TUCP Sec. General Vince Camillon, who also bats for the total abolition of contractualization.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines,  TUCP Party List Labor Center press conference calls for the enactment of  House Bill No. 4444 on prohibiting and criminalizing labor contracting and sub-contracting and DOLE's position on contractualization. Also discussed was TUCP's stands on ERC and other energy and power related issues. Tackled also is the position of TUCP on PEZA 'special wage package' in Ecozone. TUCP officers including Rep. Raymond Mendoza and TUCP Vice- President Temistocles Dejon, Jr. will enlighten the public on it's position. It's office located in TUCP-PGEA compound, Elliptical Road cor. Maharlika St. in Diliman, Quezon City.

According to Temistocles Dejon, Jr., the passage of Labor Code in 1974 that allows contracting and subcontracting was illegal. It's regulation has failed to protect the rights of workers from abuse and exploitation of the business owners and employers. Contractualization deprived and left a a lot of workers with no Social Security and security of  tenure and without the benefits  of  Healthcare and Pag-ibig housing privileges.

Thus, they filed a  Bill seeking to criminalize labor contracting. 'It is exploitative, it dilutes the essence of labor standards and undermines the workers right to decent life', avers Dejon, Jr.

The Bill  aims to prohibit all kinds of Labor contracting and all fixed- term employment. The bill it added intends to end abusive  practices of labor contracting and all workers must be treated as regular employees doing away with other types of employment.

Rep. Raymond Mendoza added, 'that conractualization clashes with the principle of social justice enshrined in our Constitution and must be criminalized. This house bill legislative proposal provides penal provisions against violators. It is the deepest hope of Filipino workers that this bill will be immediately enacted." (VerGarciaBlogs)

Martes, Nobyembre 29, 2016


By: Ver M. Garcia

BAKERS MAISON, Taste The World Campaign at the Glorietta 4 in Makati City. Photo by: Teddy Cho

Only a year have passed and it was Valentines Day when Bakers Maison first branch was inaugurated in SM City, North EDSA. The idea is to bring Baker Maison finger licking goodness and the world to your  impeccable tastes bud. 

A brief background of The Bakers Maison 

Baker Maison was established in 1998 at New South Wales, Australia is a manufacturer of authentic French style breads and pastries. Uses the finest ingredients and original recipes to pamper your authentic French tastes.

World Class Bread Expert at Your Fingertips

The finger licking goodness and 'healthylicious' products produced through the technology and expertise of Gardenia Bakeries, Philippines and its collaboration with various industry experts to produce and deliver delectable breads and pastries. Inspired by the traditional and authentic French recipes plus the merging of flavors from all over the world.

Their Commitment To Quality Creates A Brand Awareness

All breads and pastries are partially baked in a clean and controlled environment, delivered frozen to store where final oven baking is done. This process guarantees consistent quality and freshness. Every bread is skilfully crafted and baked fresh daily by Gardenia, whose trademark is equated with excellence and quality.

The Much Awaited Christmas Bloggers Event

This coming Christmas Season a Bloggers Night were conceptualized by Ms. MM F. Baybay, Retail Product Manager of Gardenia Bakeries Phils., Inc. and beauty and brains Ms. Ayie Florentino, a Marketing Specialist of Baker Maison, Makati Branch. 

In Photo from Left to Right: All smilesVer Garcia (BAP), MM Baybay and Ayie Florentino. Original Photo by : Teddy Cho

This Yuletide Season's affair is going to be a Big Night Event for bloggers and guests. Inviting those famous and popular travel and lifestyle and food bloggies an affair to remember tentatively scheduled this December 12, 2016 (Monday) at the 3rd Floor of Glorietta 4 in Ayala, Makati, Philippines.  


(Photos credited to: Teddy Cho)

Distinguished Lifestyle and Food Bloggers were invited to grace the occasion. Go ahead and Taste the World , a delightful goodness at your fingertips. Be there and it's one of those rare happenings the BAKERS MAISON is planning to make the blogging event an exciting monthly event, so be there when it happens. From the Russian Continent to the Austrian peninsula, Bakers Maison  has the story and 'tastylicious' to tell. So therefore, spread the word of BAKERS MAISON and  Taste the World. So what are you waiting for.. Go ahead and pamper your taste to the max.. (VerGarciaBlogs)

Biyernes, Nobyembre 11, 2016


Philippines As A Diving Hub Featured In A Coffee Table Book

The second recipient, Mr. Graeme Gourlay (center), Managing DIrector of DIve Magazine, the largest subscribed dive publication in the UK.

DOT-Cordillera Administrative Region Director Venus Tan delivers a brief introduction to the book.

Secretary Wanda Teo (second from left) hands over a copy of the book to Theresa Bennett (center), Managing Director and Phil North, Brand Manager of Dive Worldwide, the largest dive travel operator in the UK and staunch partners in promoting the Philippines as a dive destination.

            London—Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo presented the first ever coffee table book on Tubbataha Reefs, at the sidelines of this year’s World Travel Market (WTM).  

“This book encapsulates the depth and breadth of our magnificent and rich marine heritage, and strongly amplifies our country’s proud position as the center of marine biodiversity.  More than enticing global divers to enjoy this God-given gift, this book will drive forward our advocacy on environmental conservation and protection.” Secretary Teo said  at the ExCel Convention Centre in London on 08 November 2016.

According to her, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is doubling its efforts to position the Philippines as a sports tourism hub, banking on the country’s growing niche markets such as diving and marine sports.

While latest data from DOT show that the Philippine diving industry only makes up 1.7 percent market share of the 7.3 million active divers worldwide, country draws a strong following from diving enthusiasts and environment advocates for possessing  97,030 hectares of waters and reefs comprising Southeast Asia’s only purely marine UNESCO World Heritage Site. The country is also proud for it being declared an ASEAN Heritage Site and a Flyway Network Site.

The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park was established in 1988 by then Philippine President Corazon Aquino. It exists as a wonderful testimony of biodiversity being home to 600 species of fish, 360 species of corals (half of all the coral species in the world), 21 species of sharks, skates and rays, 13 species of dolphins and whales, and two of seven species of marine turtles, namely the hawkbill and green.  It is also an important source of livelihood and is a revenue generator being a leading dive tourism site.

The Tubbataha:  A National Treasure coffee table book is published by  Marissa Floirendo of the Don Antonio O. Floirendo, Sr. Foundation (AOF) with photos  by Maria Teresa "Tet" Lara.  (VerGarciaBlogs)

Miyerkules, Nobyembre 9, 2016


By: Ver M. Garcia

Are you very shy when it comes to new surroundings, such as starting a new class or moving to a new area? Sometimes, it is necessary to overcome your shyness and speak confidently. By doing this, it can help you not only to share your ideas properly to others, but also to learn communicating with others. Here are a few steps to consider when speaking with confidence.
You are ready and capable even in an interview or media briefings.

Here are some pointers...
1.)Learn how to have conversations with people. Your ideas or opinions may not always be accepted by others, but this is nothing unusual. Open your mouth, express your beliefs! This will improve your courage.
2.)Don’t be afraid and speak loudly. If you speak in a low voice, not only will others not be able to hear what you say, but you will also portray a submissive demeanor, which suggests the opposite of a confident one.
3.) Make eye contact when you speak. For one thing, it is polite for others. Also, eye contact will help others to listen to your thinking carefully.
4.)Praise yourself everyday! This will promote your own confidence, which is important when you speak. With more confidence, people will take your thinking more seriously.

Audience listens intently to the speaker.
It makes and interest the participants to be knowledgeable about the topics.

1.)Don’t be nervous when you make commit mistakes. Human error is far from being a new concept — nobody is perfect! It is normal for everyone to make mistakes. Just calm down and keep speaking bravely.
2.)Try and try again! This may be difficult for a shy person at first, but you need to force yourself to speak, and not seclude your thoughts. If you have some ideas, then try to speak out! Don’t just keep them in your head.
3.)If you have self confidence issues, try to think that you are the only one who has sound knowledge about the topic. Then go ahead and impart your knowledge to the audience in an effective way.
4.)Remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Don’t portray an exaggerated amount of confidence, or you will come off as arrogant, believing that your ideas are better than the ideas of everyone else.

Speakers radiating with confidence.

Public speaking and blogging at DZME- Radyo Uno with Jasper John Tan-Maguigad directs.

The Personal and Practical benefits of using a few simple concepts to overcome your PUBLIC SPEAKING fears to easily deliver effective presentations include:
I. Personal Benefits
a. Increased Self Confidence
b. The Ability to communicate and articulate your thoughts and ideas
c. Effectively Persuade Others
d. Words can hurt, heal, create, build, transform
e. New Opportunities
f.  Ability to Lead
g. Have a Rare and Valued Skill
h. Have Fun
i. Improve Your Quality of Life

II. Practical Benefits
a. Career Advancement
b. Receive Recognition
c. Get the Credit that You Deserve
d. Entertain Your Audience
e. Captivate Your Audience
f.  Learn to speak Concisely, Clearly and Confidently
g. Speaking out in important situations, as Parent, Citizen, Customer

Martes, Nobyembre 8, 2016


The Mirroring World
We Are Like Nature
By: Evelyn T. Du

s humans our lives are completely intertwined with the cycles and rhythms of nature.

Nature is a mirror, inspiring and teaching us, deepening our sense of belonging in the world. Wherever you look, you can see that our patterns and the patterns of the natural world are the same.

You can find this resonance in every form, from molecules to plants and animals and to planets. We live our lives according to the same principles as the trees, the mountains, the clouds, and the birds.

We begin our lives in the womb, folded in on ourselves like the bud of a flower. We can see our whole lives in the mirror of this natural form.

When we emerge from the womb, we slowly begin our unfolding, just as the flower begins to open its petals. At its prime, the flower draws many insects to it and also the eyes of appreciative humans.

When the flower’s petals begin to fade and its life cycle comes to an end, it ceases to hold itself upright and returns to the earth. Traditionally, we return to the earth, just as all plants and animals do.

Like flowers, we leave behind seeds in the forms of children and other gifts only we could have given. They continue to unfold even after we are gone. Rebirth is encoded into our lives, and death is just one part of the cycle.

Look around you, and you will find connection and insight. Notice how your moods shift from one to another like the sky shifts from bright blue to turbulent grays. Your thoughts are like clouds, appearing, changing shape, passing through, and then disappearing without a trace.

The rain cleanses the sky, just as an emotional release cleanses your mind. The sky itself is your eternal awareness, unchanging underneath all these permutations. Let it reflect back to you your own abiding perfection.

As you walk through the world, find your own metaphors for connectedness in nature. Flesh them out fully and follow them as they lead you through the mystery and intelligence of life. (VerGarciaBlogs)
 — with Everlyne AnyangohVer GarciaR.G. Antonet GoBonface Ndolo WambuaMharie M. AustriaJaime Delos Santos FranciscoPravin Sejpal and Johnny Du.

Lunes, Nobyembre 7, 2016


A Virtuous Cycle
The Ripple Effect
By: Evelyn T. Du

The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make affect the whole.

In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse.

Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain.

Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy.

One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life.

Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.

A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with.

The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of love and kindness.
 — with Amina BordenBonface Ndolo WambuaJaime Delos Santos FranciscoLarry RoamarR.G. Antonet GoVer GarciaJaimee DuLornalaine Ramirez GregorioJohnny Du and Mharie M. Austria.