Empowerment against Sexual Assault

One of the issues I really feel strongly about is sexual assault against females.

What concerns me the most about it is not just its prevalence in society around the globe. What concerns me most is that female sexual assault victims are blamed or looked down upon because of the way they dress, carry themselves or where they work, when it fact, a woman’s clothing, job nor demeanor does not matter for someone who wants to be sexually assaulted. No female ever “asks for it”.
Advocacy - Anti-Sexual Assault

Image Source: safercampus tumblr 

There are many ways on how a woman may prevent herself from being sexually assaulted. She may choose to dress modestly, take up a high-paying white-collar job rather than be a model and go to parties less, and get drunk less – and when she does go out, she may surround herself with many friends. She may also take up self-defense classes so that she can combat men or anyone who has that intent of sexually assaulting her. She may join the anti-sexual movement and educate herself on the issue itself. But even if many women or even all women empower themselves emotionally, physically and mentally, the intent to sexually assault still remains.
And that’s why I think that it’s very important to educate everyone about sexually assault to lessen the prejudices stemming from our masculine society and more importantly, lessen their occurrences to the point that they diminish. The first that we have to really educate are our boys and men. There’s this quote that goes like this, which I agree to wholeheartedly:

Advocacy - Teach Our Sons to Be Decent Men

Basically, apart from empowering females as a whole here in the Philippines, we have to teach our boys and men to respect girls and women. We also have to teach everyone to be more open-minded about the choices of others in terms of clothing, work and career and demeanor and not discriminate according to those choices.

If we educate, open minds and empower everyone – men and women, straight or from the LGBTQA community, then our society will be a much friendlier and safer place to live in.

Thank You Teacher!

(The title of this post is taken from DepEd’s campaigns – GO! Education and Thank You Teacher)

In the last few years, I was blessed to take part in education advocacy. I’m also glad that this government is bent on improving education. And while policy development is important, for me, what is more important is the gratitude expressed to all teachers.

How can we express our gratitude to our teachers?

  1. Recite and take to heart the National Prayer for Teachers:

     

  2. Tweet @DepEd_PH your thank you note for your teachers, with the hashtag #ThankYouTeacher:

    Thank You Teacher! Hashtagging

    Photo taken from the DepEd Philippines Facebook Page

For the teachers I’ve had and I know, thank you for opening my eyes and the eyes of thousands of learners and helping us learn become better citizens of the world. More than any concept or theory that you’ve taught me, the most important lesson I learned was to be human and be understanding and sensitive to others. And I pray this goes on as you continue helping people learn.

Sa inyong lahat, maraming maraming maraming maraming salamat! Salamat sa mga guro, habangbuhay naming aalahanin ang magandang nagawa ninyo para sa amin at para sa mundo.

Maligayang Araw ng Guro sa Buong Mundo!

Happy World Teacher’s Day!

A Job You Love

Work forms a large part of life, and so it is a really great thing when you have passion for what you are doing professionally. Here are some indicators that you love your job:

  1. You share to people about the great things that happened at work. Big or small, you recount your positive experiences to your friends, family and even co-workers. Whether it be having 5 pitches in a week, closing a deal successfully with a new client, implementing a project for a cause that you feel strongly about, interviewing your childhood idol, or getting more hits than you expected on your blog or website, you share them to those who are close to you. There is always a cause for celebration.

  2. You are happy with the people and the work environment. In one of my earlier blog posts, I wrote about having less gossip when one is working from home. To not gossip is even more challenging in a “traditional” office, and so you know that you are enjoying your job when foregoing gossiping about others comes easy to you. You don’t even to suppress it, it just doesn’t happen.

  3. You find ways to learn more and make it better. Online journal or magazine articles, books, training sessions and seminars, and further studies are some of the ways that a person can learn more about what he or she is doing, and how he or she can improve himself or herself. If you find yourself reading materials or signing up for training seminars even without your superiors telling you to do so, then you are on the right track. You are allowing yourself to grow and that is always awesome.

  4. You work towards goals and create solutions rather than complain. A person happy with his or her work is a goal-oriented person, and this goal stretches beyond his or herself. You know you’re happy with your job when you try to reach that goal, rather than whine about the little details that form the bigger picture. And this is most true when things aren’t going the way things have been planned. You are calm rather than panicky. You assess and try to find ways to solve the issues at hand until things are ironed out. You also seek help when it is needed. You do everything to make things at work, well work.

  5. You think more about the organization and its goals, rather than about yourself. You honestly think more about what the company will get as a whole. You think more about your team. It’s not that you forget about yourself but rather you think that as you accomplish your goals as a team, you can achieve your own personal career goals in the process.

  6. You feel fulfilled. You may come home tired from the day’s work (especially after commuting on the streets of Metro Manila or via the LRT/MRT, but you don’t feel drained. You still feel great and thankful.

To everyone who’s reading and who can relate, congratulations for doing something you love! And to those can’t yet – seek for a job you’ll love and I’m sure you’ll find it.

Thanks for reading my post!

Celebrating Feelings that Love Gives Us

Everyday, love is manifested, shared and celebrated. But on Valentine’s Day, everyone gives thanks and gives tribute to love and the different feelings it gives them in their own ways. Others celebrate it with those whom they share their feelings of happiness, gratefulness and love with – either their partner, family, closest friends, church or community, while others choose to immerse themselves in the hurt they’ve experienced because of love, alone or with others who share their pain.

Here’s a Tagalog poem that gives tribute to all the people who’ve loved and the different feelings of love. It’s called “Mangyari Lamang” (“Please”) by Rico Abelardo.

Mangyari Lamang
Rico Abelardo

Mangyari lamang ay tumayo ang mga nagmamahal
Nang makita ng lahat ang mukha ng pag-ibig
Ipamalas ang tamis ng malalim na pagkakaunawaan
Sa mga malabo ang paningin.

Mangyari lamang na tumayo rin ang mga nagmahal at nasawi
Nang makita ng lahat ang mga sugat ng isang bayani
Ipadama ang pait ng kabiguan
Habang ipinagbubunyi ang walang katulad
Na kagitingan ng isang nagtaya.

Mangyari lamang ay tumayo ang mga nangangambang magmahal
Nang makita ng lahat ang kilos ng isang bata
Ipamalas ang katapatan ng damdamin na pilit ikinukubli
Ng pusong lumaki sa mga engkanto’t diwata.

Mangyari lamang na tumayo ang nagmahal, minahal at iniwan
Ngunit handa pa ring magmahal
Nang makita ng lahat ang yaman ng karanasan
Ipamalas ang katotohanang nasaksihan
Nang maging makahulugan ang mga paghahagulhol sa dilim.

At sa mga nanatiling nakaupo
Mangyari lamang ay dahan-dahang tumalilis
Palabas sa nakangangang pinto
Umuwi na kayo!
At sumbatan ang mga magulang
Na nagpalaki ng isang halimaw.

At sa lahat ng mga nakaiwang nakatayo
Mangyari lamang na hagkan ang isa’t isa
At yakapin ang mga sugatan
Mabuhay tayong lahat
Na nagsisikap makabalik sa ating pinagmulan

Manatiling masaya at higit sa lahat
Magpatuloy sa pagmamahal.

(Rough) English Translation by ME!

Please

To all those who are in love, please stand.
So that love may manifest itself
Through sweetness and deep and shared understanding
To those who do not see.

To all those who’ve loved and lost, please stand.
So that all may see a hero’s wounds
And all may feel the bitterness of defeat
While celebrating bravery and sacrifice
Unparalleled by any other.

To all those who are wary of loving, please stand.
So that all may see a person’s nature
And the struggle to confront genuine feelings
By a heart that grew in fairytale-like fantasies

To all those who have loved, were loved and were left,
But are ready to love again, please stand.
So that all may see the richness of experience and truth
And give meaning to tears shed in the dark.

And to those who remain seated, please exit
Through the open door.
Go home,
And blame your parents
For raising a monster.

And to those who are left standing,
Kiss each other and embrace the wounded.
Long live all of us who’ve loved
And are in the pursuit of returning to the One.

Remain joyous, and most of all,
Continue loving.

 HAPPY DAY OF LOVE EVERYONE!

Video Credits: @superseska via YouTube


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