Speak It Out

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The name Ardythe:good war (Anglo-saxon); flowering field (Hebrew); spiritual prosperity (Swedish); Norwegian goddess.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Cool Revolution

February 10, 2006

The meeting place was at Burger King, Welcome Rotunda, Quezon City at 5am. People were still taking their breakfast and we left at past 6. Baguio, here we come to warm you up! We made three stopovers: One bus had its airconditioner malfunctioning, the next was for a leak break, and finally for lunch. We reached the highlands at 2pm.

At Burnham park, people knew we were tourists, tourists in our own country. Yet among the 6,000 delegates for the Singles for Christ 13th International Leaders Conference. Our language was Tagalog even if there are foreign delegates. We were taking photos here and there. The designated lodging for our delegation was at the Teachers Camp (full of ghost stories as told by the media).

White Hall, Teachers camp

By 7pm, we had our supper and the fun began. There was an opening worship, followed by the Bounce competition (dance), SFC Pop Idol (singing), band competition,

MM-2nd place, Bounce

Lawrence Quintero gave Talk 1, The Great Revolt, focused on raising a generation of leaders and martyrs among the average people. We are the heroes, the brave hearts, the faithful, holy patriots, and witnesses of the love of God as His chosen ones.

Lawrence Quintero

February 11, 2006
As early as 6am, the participants for the Revo challenge (sort of an Amazing Race) were already up and they were on the go around Baguio while we were having breakfast.

MM-winner, Revo Challenge

More sports followed: volleyball (MM won), basketball, fun games. Seminars and workshops were help until the afternoon. These were about the 3-pronged Approach, She's All That (on womanhood), SFC vocations, Spiritual Deepening, Music Ministry, Events Management Workshop, SFC in Gawad Kalusugan, How to Start Your Own Business, Mid-career Self Review Workshop, and SFC in Oikos.

Mid-career Self Review Workshop

An anticipated mass followed.

That night, Talk 2 was Firstblood by Marla Quiaiot. This is the movement that we should all undertake to create a better world, sacrifices included but with rewards of happiness and fulfillment.

The Oath of Triumph was Talk 3 and Frank Padilla spoke of spiritual deepening and how to live more like a child of God. The LXS were presented (League of Extraordinary Singles) and they gave testimonies to the awakening of the love for God through His people.

Frank Padilla

February 12, 2006

I was not able to come to the mass early because of some traffic so I went to the 7am mass with my friends at the Baguio Cathedral and we bought some goods after that.

Singles Revolution, Talk 4, was the theme of the ILC. The talk was given by Roel Aguirre. He posed a challenge to all single men and women, for Christ.

We were on our way back to Manila by 4pm, had supper at Hacienda Luisita and was back at Burger King by 11 pm.

Jollibee has been very supportive of our gastronomic desires.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

It's Here

I got this e-mail from the World Bank because I joined last year.


Date: Jan 31, 2006 6:07 PM
Subject: Essay Competition 2006/ Concours d'Essais 2006/ Concurso de Ensayos 2006!!

Dear participant of the Essay Competition 2005,

The World Bank and its partners invite you to participate in the International
Essay Competition 2006 to share your experience and ideas on
community work and participation in public life.

Choose one topic (full details available online):
(1) How do you contribute to solving community problems?
(2) How do you influence decision-making?
Submissions are accpeted from February 1 till April 2, 2006.

RUNNERS-UP: $1,000
Finalists will be invited to the ABCDE Conference in Tokyo, Japan, in May 2006.
A summary of the best essays will be published.


La Banque mondiale vous invite à participer au Concours International d?Essais
2006 et à faire entendre votre voix. Partagez
votre expérience et vos idées sur votre travail dans vos communautés et votre
participation aux affaires publiques !

Choisissez un des deux sujets : (détails disponibles en ligne)
(1) Comment contribuez-vous à résoudre les problèmes de votre communauté ?
(2) Comment influencez-vous les processus de prises de décision ?

Dates de soumission: 1 fevrier - 2 avril 2006

AUTRES PRIX : $1,000
Les finalistes seront inviteés à la Conference ABCDE, à Tokyo, Japon, en mai
Les meilleurs essais seront publiés.


El Banco Mundial y los patrocinadores te invitan a participar en la Competición
Internacional de Ensayo 2006 para compartir tu experiencia e ideas en trabajos
comunitarios y de participación en vida publica.

Elige un tema (para más información, consulta en Internet):
(1) ¿Cómo contribuyes a resolver los problemas de tu comunidad?
(2) ¿Cómo influyes en el proceso de toma de decisiones?

Fecha límite de admisiones: 1 de febrero - 2 de abril de 2006

Finalistas invitados a la conferencia de ABCDE en Tokyo, Japon.
Se publicará un resumen de los mejores textos presentados.