Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, March 10, 2014
Friday, April 12, 2013
our dear friend and sister Weng passed on yesterday afternoon, April 12, 2013
this is my way of saying GOODBYE to a dear friend and sister.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Cataag cmpd., San Joaquin St.
Ormoc City, Philippines
A call from my cousin in Cebu came at 4:23AM. My grandmother, Nanay Basilisa (Sisang) Lobitaña – Corbo just died. She would be 97 tomorrow. I was to go to Cebu to join my mother, aunt, brothers and cousins to celebrate her 97th birthday. Another aunt who is in Melbourne can’t make it home.
Another call, this time from my mother, came in at 4:49AM telling me not to come to Cebu anymore because they will be bringing Nanay to Tabogon, Cebu to bury her beside her dearest husband - Tatay Olgin (Olegario Corbo) on Monday.
Her life was never a squander. She has lived it to the fullest and with contentment, I’m sure. She has been a good, very thrifty wife, an excellent mother to her 3 daughters and the BEST grandmother of all!
She was my Life Skills Mentor. I practically grew up founded on her wisdom and guidance, I am the eldest of her grandchildren thus I was the apple of her eyes, that’s until my second brother lived with them.
I remember when I was 12 years old; she pointed to me a 7-year old girl who was washing her family’s clothes. That made me so ashamed of myself not knowing how to wash even my own clothes being a 12-year old. The next weekend, I was washing my own clothes.
I really miss those years I had with her. Bye, Nay. See you when my time comes.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
UN Women Celebrates Launch as Powerful Driver of Women’s Equality
Press contact: Gretchen Luchsinger, Media Specialist, UN Women Headquarters, +1 212 906-6506, gretchen.luchsinger[at]unwomen.org
New York, 24 February 2011 — The UN today celebrates the historic launch of UN Women, its newest organization, with an evening including luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, the media, music and film in the UN General Assembly Hall.
UN Women, formally known as the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, combines four previous UN bodies and represents the United Nations’ most ambitious effort ever to accelerate actions to achieve gender equality. Around the world, supporters of women’s rights have heralded its debut.
“With the birth of UN Women, we welcome a powerful new agent for progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The challenges are great, but I believe that with the new energy, the new momentum and the new authority that UN Women brings, these challenges will be met. True gender equality should be our shared legacy in the 21st Century.”
The Secretary-General appointed former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the first Executive Director of UN Women. Calling the launch the first of many important milestones in the global pursuit of gender equality, she emphasizes that the decision to establish UN Women reflects ongoing frustration with the slow pace of change. UN Member States unanimously agreed to create the new organization, following longstanding advocacy by women’s activists.
“Think of how much more we can do once women are fully empowered as active agents of change and progress within their societies,” Ms. Bachelet says. “Historically, we are at a point of great potential and change for women. Now we must seize that opportunity.”
She adds, “My own experience has taught me that there is no limit to what women can do.”
UN Women will support individual countries in moving towards gender equality in economics and politics, and ending the worldwide phenomenon of violence against women. It will assist in setting international standards for progress, and lead coordinated UN efforts to make new opportunities for women and girls central to all UN programmes for development and peace.
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Academy-Award winner Nicole Kidman describes personal experiences of seeing women change the world. “There are incredible testimonies of resilience, strength and dignity — and ultimately of hope,” she says. “This is why I say that the women and girls I have met are my personal heroes. It is my pleasure and pride to be with UN Women, the new, strong voice for women around the world.”
H.R.H. Princess Cristina of Spain, in her capacity as President of the Institute of Health of Barcelona, urges broader understanding of how an investment in women is an investment in families, communities and nations. Citing uneven progress on aspects of the Millennium Development Goals such as reduced maternal mortality, she calls on“all stakeholders and champions — governments, foundations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individuals — to invest in women’s empowerment as an instrumental strategy to achieve the MDGs.”
Ms. Juju Chang, news anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, serves as emcee of the celebration. Other speakers include UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss; the President of the UN Women Executive Board and former Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Ambassador Joy Ogwu; Nepalese activist Bandana Rana and former Commander of the all-female Formed Police Unit in Liberia Rakhi Sahi.
CNN founder and Chairman of the UN Foundation Ted Turner urges men and the private sector to get involved in achieving gender equality. Actress Geena Davis highlights the role of the media in promoting positive images. The singer Shakira has offered a special message emphasizing the importance of education.
The programme concludes with the performance of the song “One Woman,” which was written for the occasion, with lyrics by Beth Blatt, and music co-composed by Graham Lyle and Clay.
The celebration of the launch of UN Women can be seen via webcast athttp://bit.ly/unwomenlaunch
Monday, January 10, 2011
This morning seventy-five kids who are “Kiddie/Youth Savers” of the Ormoc Community Credit Cooperative, Inc. (OCCCI) including 10 special kids (deaf-mute) listened to Christine Della Vedova, of Business and Professional Women’s Club, Belmont, Western Australia.
Christine is in Ormoc with Carol Hanlon who facilitated the donation of 2 container vans of electric sewing machines and materials from Perth in 2006 and 2008.
She spoke to the kids of her experiences being a self-starter and volunteer. Speaking before them to become good citizens by helping others without thinking of returns, Christine motivated the kids who listened intently to her talk, become a self-starter and practice volunteerism.
While an English teacher in Korea, Christine encouraged kids of very rich parentage to come down from their pedestals and share their talents, time and effort to reach out to poor school kids in government schools and she succeeded in making them do volunteer work.
In Peru a person with HIV/AIDS is considered dirty and has to be avoided. That was the general understanding. So, while teaching English to rich kids in Peru she volunteered with an HIV/AIDS NGO. But because she couldn’t understand nor speak a word of Spanish and concerned that she couldn’t help, she brought 5 people living with HIV/AIDS to a small group meeting and let them talk about their affliction. That wonderful initiative of Christine enlightened the group about HIV/AIDS that made the word spread out to other people in Peru.
An important person in her life made her go back to Australia. She returned to Australia and taught English at the Australian Islamic College for four years. Relentless of her desire to do volunteer work and help other people, she volunteered with Textile Clothing Footwear (TCF) after meeting Carol Hanlon through the Business and Professional Women Belmont.
At the TCF she helps teach women from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia how to sew and teach them how to start their own business.
She now teaches English to kids 8-12 years old. But on the side, she volunteers as Secretary of BPW Belmont.
Founded by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips in 1930, Business and Professional Women Clubs are present in 80 countries, in 5 continents. It provides trainings and help women build their own businesses. In Italy alone, BPW has 7,000 members. Christine is an Italian-Australian.
Christine Della Vedova arrived in Ormoc with Carol Hanlon 8 January, a Saturday. While in Ormoc the two have a hectic schedule.
Jean V. Justimbaste
Member, BPW Belmont
Coordinator, TCF Ormoc
January 10, 2011