This content curation, originally meant for GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International’s KAPUSO ABROAD community and subscribers worldwide (I’m a public relations consultant, a.k.a. “marketing help,” for GMA Network, Inc. for the US) has been around for a few months. This time, I’m adding it to my blog so there is a greater reach. Not everything is in here — and you are not expected to use all of them. Even I don’t use everything (not right away!).
My sister, @momblogger, and my niece, @darthlaurian, have been extremely helpful all these years in helping me build my non-techie skills — for our higher good!
Pick and choose your mediums for being “social” and “wired.”
Yolanda O. Stern, the esteemed Filipina American Philanthropist and Business “mover and shaker” sent her message about the current situation in her beloved Mindanao where her Projects for Peace are making a huge positive impact in bringing much needed services in health and education — in places that many Filipinos, tourists, and investors have been warned about from some media sources or travel advisories. “Manang Yo” travels to these beautiful islands, isles, and atolls — and is the Voice of Peace for these gentle “people of the currents.”
Together with her husband, Tom Stern, M.D., the couple continues helping out where they can.
I am a volunteer in many of “Manang Yo’s” projects. Not only am I learning more about philanthropy for peace, I’m becoming more and more appreciative about my heritage. I am Proudly Filipina!
Please listen to Manang Yo’s message — and do something to promote PEACE!
From: Yolanda O. Stern, c/o [email protected]
Date: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM
Subject: Will No-Kidnap Zones Help Bring Investments?
NO-KIDNAP Zones (NKZ) in the Philippines:
One Man Dares To Do It First
- Do you believe that crime and kidnappings prevent development and investments from coming to the Philippines, especially to Mindanao?
- Have you been told that no kidnaps-for-ransom can take place without connivance between law enforcement units and their willing handlers who partake of the ransom?
-Have you been told that the kidnappings are a plot to keep Mindanao destabilized in order to further certain agendas?
- Are you aware that Metro Manila has kidnappings as well?
I have, for many years, been told many versions of why the lack of basic services, the absence of schools, the absence of health centers, the absence of lawyers…
The recent re-issue of travel alerts by the US and other foreign embassies after the kidnapping of the Lunsmann family in Tictabon Island off Zamboanga really hit some nerves. There are several kidnap victims who are still being held by somebody somewhere. Some have been held for so long because the families cannot come up with the ransom payments. Many foreign humanitarian aid workers and foreign missionaries suffer direct threats, forcing them to flee to “safer” havens.
How can we find out the truth about these kidnappings? And why can’t law enforcement protect the citizens?
One man has come up with the challenge. As the spiritual leader of Darul Jambanggan, the ancestral and historical seat of the ancient Sulu Sulanate, descendant and heir to Balambaggan (Spratlys), heir to the sultanate, he declares the first “NO-KIDNAP ZONE” in Jolo, Sulu and I quote:
“I can say YES, I will be truthful to everyone in this world that Darul
Jambanggan is a ‘No Kidnap Zone’ in Jolo, Sulu. I give my assurance
that our people inside Darul are faithfull to us and have no plans to
harm anyone regardless of race, religion etc. Please help me get this message to the media.” Rajah Muda Muedzulail Kiram, Darul Jambanggan, Jolo, Sulu
My friends, associates, pillars of the baranggays and municipalities, members of our bicameral legislature, we need to declare “No-Kidnap Zones Everywhere” and guard and protect the citizens within our areas of jurisdiction, and install kidnap hotlines everywhere before victims are killed or become impossible to retrieve. This business must end. or we will continue to hear from the suspected kidnappers that they are being blamed falsely, and the people will continue to fear being kidnapped and blame law enforcement units.
One man above, dares to do it, let’s try to get more leaders to do the same!
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UPDATE AS OF JULY 27, 2011
If your local government unit or region would like to PROCLAIM AN NKZ ZONE, here are some things you can do.
1. Issue a Proclamation.
2. Email a copy to [email protected]
3. Create NKZ road signs, billboards, and other collateral.
We will update you with more details.
Thank you for considering NKZ as an economic empowerment tool!
Definition of a NO KIDNAP ZONE
A â€œNo Kidnap Zoneâ€ is a community that has decided to focus effort on creating positive development within its economy and society. By refusing to serve as a tool for criminals to exploit or as a shelter for criminals to hide within, a â€œNo Kidnap Zoneâ€ exists as a community of peace, prosperity, equality, and justice. The inhabitants know in their hearts, that no person should be the victim of crime.
Thank you to Dionesio Grava and the rest of the Facebook group, Mga Bisaya, for answering my question about the Visayan version of “Lupang Hinirang” (Tagalog) or the Philippine National Anthem.
Lirika ni Jess Vestil
(Pasalamat ngadto ni HG sa Bisaya group)
Mutya nga masilakon
Amo kang gimahal.
Yuta s’ mga bayani
Among panalipdan. Ang mga bungtod mo ug lapyahan
Ang langit mong bughaw
Nagahulad sa awit, lamdag sa
Kaliwat tang gawas
Silaw sa adlaw ug bitoon
Sa nasudnong bandila
Nagatimaan nga buhion ta
Hugpong nga di maluba.
Yutang maanyag, duyan ka sa pagmahal
Landong sa langit ang dughan mo;
Pakatam-ison sa anak mong nagtukaw
Kon mamatay man sa ngalan mo!
July 9, 2011: Here is the Lupang Hinirang from GMA Network, Inc. (I am a Public Relations Consultant for GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and the forthcoming GMA News TV International Edition). Go to GMAPinoyTV.com — and if you haven’t subscribed yet, all the information is right there!
I remember exactly when I met Nonito “Flash” Donaire. It was at the special luncheon that the organizers of the 2007 Pistahan Festival in San Francisco. Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton introduced us. Oh yes, I got his email address at that time, too! Why do I remember this? It’s because when we chatted, he had crouched, semi-kneeling on the floor beside my seat while he shared his story about a recent fight wherein he had won. I look forward to getting more stories about “Flash” so I can include them in this news curation.
Nonito Donaire: April 10, 2011 Honoree – Assemblywoman Fiona Ma’s district representative, Genevieve Jopanda, presents a certificate of recognition to Nonito Donaire Jr., though the champion is attending to his schedule in Las Vegas, his family accepts the honor on his behalf. (Photo, courtesy of Raymond Virata)
Date: Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Subject: Happy Easter! Watch our Tango this week.
To: undisclosed recipients
I hope the Easter Bunny was kind to everyone and that you had a fabulous weekend and Spring Break!
Chris and I have been hard at work perfecting our Tango for Guilty Pleasures week and I think you’ll love what we’ve done. We were busy with interviews and commitments but we spent many hours practicing as well. You can catch us on Ellen on Monday, I always love being on her show!
I got to catch up with Mike Catherwood last week too as I was a guest on his show with Dr Drew, Loveline. I think his skills are definitely as a host rather than a dancer!
Thank you all for keeping us alive each week and don’t forget to vote!
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