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PinasLakas eyes 97K elderly, 1.6M for booster in W. Visayas

ILOILO CITY - The Department of Health (DOH) 6 (Western Visayas) is eyeing more than 97,000 senior citizens in the region for the primary series vaccines and more than 1.6 million individuals due for their booster dose, for the simultaneous nationwide launch of the "PinasLakas" vaccination campaign.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJul 27th, 2022

DOH-7 continues COVID-19 vaccine campaign

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—A total of 763 individuals were inoculated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines during the “Sa Booster PinasLakas” campaign of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the TMX Philippines, Inc., Mactan Export Processing Zone 1 here. This was confirmed by Dr. Agnes Realiza, Lapu-Lapu City […] The post DOH-7 continues COVID-19 vaccine campaign appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2022

AppleOne’s hospitality arm eyes expansion in Visayas and Mindanao

AppleOne Properties Inc. (API) is charting a bold course for its hospitality arm, eyeing expansive growth in the Visayas and Mindanao. This move aims to amplify the company’s position as a trusted hospitality and tourism brand in the region. In an exclusive interview with Samantha Manigsaca, Asset Manager for Hotels at AppleOne Group, she recently.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2023

UV eyes tie of Cesafi men’s basketball lead

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers gun for a tie at the top spot of the college division’s team standings in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) basketball on Saturday, October 28, 2023.  The Lancers, the defending men’s basketball champions, take on  newcomers Benedicto College Cheetahs at 5 p.m.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2023

North Korean defectors meet world in ‘Beyond Utopia’

Earning your subject's trust is never easy for a documentary filmmaker -- but it is even harder when they think you want to kill them. That was the challenge faced by US director Madeleine Gavin, whose movie "Beyond Utopia" follows newly escaped North Korean defectors as they flee. These include the Roh family and their elderly grandmother, who Gavin met just weeks after they bolted from their deeply repressive, reclusive homeland, and lifetimes of being fed propaganda. "I'll never forget the way that she would look at me," Gavin told AFP. In their minds at the time, "Americans practically only exist to make North Koreans miserable and to kill and attack North Koreans. "We aren't even human beings... that's what they've been taught." Soon after the Rohs sneaked across the closely guarded border into China, a local farmer connected them to an "Underground Railroad" for defectors, run by a South Korean pastor whom Gavin happened to be filming. The pastor arranged for the family to travel in secret through Communist-ruled China, Vietnam and Laos, braving police checkpoints and a treacherous jungle border crossing. The movie uses footage shot in China by the pastor's "brokers," before Gavin was able to meet and film them face-to-face herself in south-east Asia. At first, Gavin felt "a deep distrust and suspicion" from the family. But despite the powerful brainwashing they had endured in North Korea, even the 80-year-old grandmother's attitude quickly began to shift as she saw the outside world with her own eyes. "She was having none of it... She'd always been told that relative to the rest of the world, North Koreans are the luckiest people on Earth," said Gavin. "Then to be seeing a world where there are animals, and life, and toilets, even! We were a piece of that puzzle." - 'The worst thing' - When Gavin first set out to make her film -- in US theaters Monday -- it focused on North Koreans already living for many years in South Korea. On arrival in the south, many defectors attend a "resettlement facility" where they are taught about the rest of the world, the lies of Kim Jong Un's brutal regime, and basic modern practices such as how to use an ATM. But after meeting Pastor Kim Sung-eun, a prominent South Korean missionary involved in the underground network that brings escapees to the South, Gavin restructured the film to chronicle two families as they flee the north. The documentary follows Soyeon Lee, a mother who has long since escaped North Korea, but is now trying to smuggle out the son she had to leave behind. Tragedy strikes as he is captured in China, and sent back to North Korea to face punishment. Filming the mother's anguish "was really the most difficult thing," said Gavin. "What she has gone through and continues to go through is the worst thing that anyone can go through." - 'Guilt' - The other part of the film follows the Roh family as they embark on their harrowing, 3,000-mile overland journey toward Thailand, and freedom. One slip-up could see them also repatriated to North Korea, lending the documentary a dramatic tension more associated with Hollywood thrillers. But Gavin also set out to make something "experiential and present tense," which gives a "voice to actual North Koreans," whose country is mainly known to the rest of the world for its nuclear arsenal and terrifying politics. Even as they flee, the Rohs express a complex mixture of emotions, from wonder and excitement, to anger at what they have long been deprived of, to shame. Despite witnessing prosperity unthinkable back home, the grandmother "did not let up on the idea that Kim Jong Un was this incredible person, with the most difficult job before him," said Gavin. "She had enormous guilt for leaving, and that anyone who defects is basically abandoning him, and how heartbreaking it is for him." Perhaps more powerful still is the family's homesickness for the friends, neighbors, traditions and land they left behind. The movie includes -- and ends with -- footage secretly shot inside North Korea and smuggled out by the pastor's network, showing everything from the country's barbaric gulags, to the bleakness of everyday life. "As Grandma says at the end of the film, 'we're so lucky, but it keeps me up at night thinking about the people who are still there,'" said Gavin. "And so I wanted to leave the film remembering those people. Because those people are there, and they need us to help bring their voices forward."  (Andrew MARSZAL) amz/hg/md © Agence France-Presse The post North Korean defectors meet world in ‘Beyond Utopia’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2023

NGCP eyes full MVIP energization by year-end

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is now putting on the finishing touches for the Mindanao-Visayas interconnection project, with the target of having it fully energized before the year ends......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2023

DSWD joins Elderly Filipino Week rites

The Department of Social Welfare and Development set up a one-day wellness fair yesterday at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City as part of the celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week 2023. The services offered at the fair included massage therapy, eye check-up, eyeglasses and baked goods. Employees also expressed appreciation to their older family members through the freedom wall. With the theme, “Honoring the Invaluable Legacy of Filipino Senior Citizens,” the nationwide celebration of the EFW is spearheaded by the National Commission of Senior Citizens in partnership with the DSWD. The kick-off ceremony was held Sunday (1 October) at the SM Seaside in Cebu City by the NCSC, in cooperation with the DSWD Field Office Central Visayas (FO-7). The post DSWD joins Elderly Filipino Week rites appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2023

DSWD joins celebration of Elderly Filipino Week 2023

The Department of Social Welfare and Development set up a one-day wellness fair on Monday, 2 October, at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City as part of the celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week 2023. The services offered at the fair include massage therapies and eye check-ups. Eyeglasses and baked goods were also provided. DSWD employees expressed appreciation to their older family members through the freedom wall. With the theme, “Honoring the Invaluable Legacy of Filipino Senior Citizens”, the nationwide celebration of the EFW is spearheaded by the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) in partnership with the DSWD. The kick-off ceremony was held on Sunday at the SM Seaside in Cebu City by the NCSC, in cooperation with the DSWD Field Office Central Visayas (FO-7). The celebration will culminate on Saturday, 7 October, with a recognition of key partners who actively championed the welfare and well-being of older persons. The post DSWD joins celebration of Elderly Filipino Week 2023 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2023

More cities suspend classes due to Taal’s volcanic smog

Several towns in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and southern parts of Metro Manila suspended classes on Friday, 22 September due to the health hazards brought by the volcanic smog or vog emitted by Taal Volcano. Here is the list of municipalities that canceled classes today: Batangas (all levels; public and private): Balayan, Balete, Calaga, Calatagan, Lian, Nasugbu, Lemery, Tanauan City, Taal, Tuy, San Nicolas Cavite (all levels; public and private): Alfonso, Amadeo, Bacoor City, Carmona, Cavite City, Dasmariñas City, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo (Bailen), Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Gen. Trias, Indang, Imus, Kawit, Magallanes, Mendez, Maragondon, Naic, Noveleta, Rosario, Silang, Ternate, Trece Martires, Tagaytay City, Tanza. Laguna (all levels; public and private):  San Pedro Metro Manila (all levels; public and private): Las Piñas and Muntinlupa. Taal's volcanic smog According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in its advisory on Thursday afternoon, the vog coming out of Taal contains a high amount of sulfur dioxide which is acidic and can cause irritation of the eyes, throat, and respiratory tract. "People who may be particularly sensitive to vog are those with health conditions such as asthma, lung disease, and heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women and children," the advisory said. The advisory also asks the public to limit outdoor activities, shut the doors and windows to block out the vog, wear an N95 facemask, and drink water to reduce any throat irritation or constriction. The post More cities suspend classes due to Taal’s volcanic smog appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

A history of storytelling through art collections

Narrative art is art that tells a story. It uses visual images of a sequence of events unfolding over time or an ongoing story to evoke emotions and capture one’s aspirations or culture. Narrative art preserves the past for future generations across diverse cultures. One of the country’s top bankers, Edwin Bautista, president of Union Bank of the Philippines, and his wife, professor Aileen Beltrano Bautista, debuted their private collections at the Salcedo Auctions titled Private Art, Public Lives, featuring A Passion for Connections: Objects and their narratives from Edwin and Aileen Bautista collection. “It’s a full story,” said Edwin when asked about the collections’ narrative. “The exhibit starts with the pre-colonial era. Basically, (Ferdinand) Magellan. There’s a portion that shows trade with China. Some ceramic pieces and gold pieces of jewelry that ancient Filipinos wore. This is like telling the story of how life was before the Spaniards came. That portion ends with the arrival of Magellan and his death at the Battle of Mactan.” The Bautistas’ collection of pre-colonial art pieces illustrating historical events of life before the Western World discovered the Philippines brings our imagination to life and provides us insights into our ancestors’ sophisticated artistry and rich culture.   Philippine birth certificate An interesting collection is the map section that tells the story of the Philippines through maps and how the Philippines was seen in the eyes of the Western World. The collections trace the evolution of the Philippines through maps, Edwin said. The first Philippine map, which is also called the Birth Certificate of the Philippines, shows the first time the whole archipelago was officially named the “Philippines.” According to Edwin, there are only about three or four copies of that map. Some of the original maps do not show the island of Luzon. “Remember it was only after the third expedition of (Miguel Lopez de) Legazpi that the Spaniards landed in Luzon. Before him, there was only the Visayas. So you have Magellan and then Villalobos.” One of the most important collections in that section is the Murillo Velarde map or the Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica de las Islas Filipinas (Hydrographical and Chorographical Chart of the Philippine Islands). The map was the first map made in the Philippines and first published in Manila in 1734 by the Jesuit cartographer Pedro Murillo Velarde, the engraver Nicolás de la Cruz Bagay and the artist Francisco Suárez. The Velardo map played a critical role in the Philippines case in The Hague for our claim over the West Philippine Sea islands as the 1734 map showed that the Spratly Islands, named Los Bajos de Paragua, and Scarborough Shoal, named Panacot, were part of “Las Islas Filipinas” constituting the Philippine archipelago during the Spanish regime. There were also old Philippine flags captured by the American soldiers during the Philippine-American war. But Bautista traced most of them and bought them from private collectors.    Personal collections Edwin said all of the art pieces in the exhibit were from his and his wife’s own collection. They did not even know most of the artworks existed before they started their collection. His passion for the arts was ignited when he started collecting amulets (anting-anting). “My focus then was how to make the narrative full. It’s easy to collect amulets because there is an organized group of Filipinos who believe in them.” As for the source, he used to scour eBay, visit auction houses or even get tips from Buddhists and other religious groups. But for the Salcedo Auction exhibit, the Bautista couple commissioned well-known playwright and director Floy Quintos, who also owns the Art Gallery Deus in Manila. Floy shared: “The exhibition begins with two large ivory corpus that embody the very pinnacle of both Filipino craftsmanship and spirituality. It ends with contemporary folk amulets and carvings that speak for the enduring, resilient folk spirit of the Pinoy.” “In between these objects, many narratives have unfolded. The range of objects offers perspective and insights into our history, spirituality and creativity. The collection of Edwin and Aileen Bautista brings all these objects together to tell a story of our evolving nationhood. “From the blood, sweat, tears and passion of Edwin and Aileen Bautista comes the art collections worth preserving. The art pieces are the stars of our history, but the collectors connect all their stories to create a wonderful narrative. They inspire, educate and even entertain the public with their passion for the arts and gripping perspectives on our history and heritage.” The post A history of storytelling through art collections appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 10th, 2023

Mayon, Taal remain restive — Phivolcs

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Saturday logged 10 volcanic earthquakes, 128 rockfall events, and two pyroclastic density currents in Albay’s Mayon Volcano network in the past 24 hours. Phivolcs said Mayon’s lava flows have advanced to approximately 3.4 kilometers in Bonga (southeastern), 2.8 kilometers in Mi-isi (south), and 1.1 kilometers in Basud (eastern) gullies. The rockfall and PDCs generated by collapses of the lava flow margins, as well as of the summit dome, deposited debris still within four kilometers of the crater. It emitted 2,175 tons of sulfur dioxide daily as the upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the Main Crater lake was observed. Alert Level 3 status remained over Mayon Volcano, indicating that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest, and hazardous eruption within weeks or even days could still be possible. Entering a 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone remains prohibited due to the danger of PDCs, lava flows, rockfalls, and other volcanic hazards. Meanwhile, Phivolcs said the Taal Volcano in Batangas province also continued to show low-level unrest in the past 24 hours. It observed the emission of volcanic smog, or vog, in the Mayon which was produced due to the upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the main crater lake. Phivolcs explained that vog consists of fine droplets containing volcanic gas such as SO2 which is acidic. If exposed, people may experience irritation of the eyes, throat, and respiratory tract in varying degrees, depending on the gas concentrations and durations of exposure. Phivolcs said those sensitive to the ill effects of vog are those with asthma, lung disease, and heart disease, as well as the elderly, pregnant women, and children. Hence, residents were urged to limit their exposure to vog by avoiding outdoor activities, staying indoors, and shutting doors and windows. In the past 24 hours, Taal also exhibited eight volcanic earthquakes including two tremors that lasted 2 to 3 minutes. The post Mayon, Taal remain restive — Phivolcs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 9th, 2023

DepEd-7 eyes 1K teachers

The Department of Education in Central Visayas is set to hire 600 to 1,000 public school teachers as enrollment in public schools for the new school year has increased by two percent. DepEd-7 regional director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez said that as of 14 August 2023 almost one million public school students have already enrolled in the region. “We are still counting and expecting more enrollees. We have not yet included in the count those learners from the past school year that have not enrolled yet. We are still hoping that there will be an increase,” Jimenez said. At least 500,000 enrollees were logged during the early registration of incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1,7 and 11 learners in public schools that was conducted from 10 May to 9 June. The post DepEd-7 eyes 1K teachers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

DSWD eyes add’l P500 for elderlies

The Department of Social Welfare and Development on Friday expressed hope the additional funding for the pensions of indigent senior citizens would be approved. It can be recalled that Budget and Management Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, in a statement on 10 August, announced that P49.81 billion had been allocated in the 2024 proposed national budget “to fund the increase in the Social Pension of Indigent Senior Citizens.” DSWD Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Romel Lopez said the proposed allocation, which doubles the allocation of P25.30 billion in the 2023 General Appropriations Act, is the realization of Republic Act 11916 or An Act Increasing the Social Pension of Indigent Senior Citizens. “The DSWD continues to push for the increase to help indigent seniors cushion the impact of higher prices of fuel, goods and to keep up with global inflation,” Lopez said. RA 11916, which lapsed into law in July 2022, provides for a 100-percent increase in the monthly pensions of indigent senior citizens, from P500 to P1,000. “The department looks forward to the approval of the proposed funding so we can ensure that programs and services for senior citizens will significantly impact the lives of the beneficiaries,” he said. The DSWD has vowed to work closely with the National Commission of Senior Citizens or NCSC to ensure continued government support for the welfare of the elderly sector.   The post DSWD eyes add’l P500 for elderlies appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2023

DoH-8 rolls out bivalent jabs

PALO, Leyte — The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas kicked off the rollout for the administration of bivalent Covid-19 vaccines that will provide protection against two subvariant of the virus. DoH-8 regional information officer Jelyn Malibago said that 10 healthcare workers from the DoH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center-Dulag were the first beneficiaries of the bivalent vaccines in the initial launch last 30 June. “The bivalent vaccines generate an immune response not only to the original strain but also to two omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5,” Malibago said. She added that the bivalent Covid-19 vaccines will be offered to eligible populations who have received the 2nd booster dose. “It is given as a third booster dose for healthcare workers and senior citizens at least four to six months after their second booster dose,” Malibago said, adding that the DoH central office has yet to release the guidelines for the inoculation of the general public. The post DoH-8 rolls out bivalent jabs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2023

Video of tourism slogan just a primer — Frasco

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco on Wednesday clarified that the video that was unveiled on Tuesday, coinciding with the launch of its new campaign "Love the Philippines", is just a primer and may be developed in the coming days or weeks. Frasco’s clarification was amid the disappointment of Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Sarte Salceda for not including on the said video the majestic Mayon Volcano, the natural wonder representing his province, Albay. Salceda, in a statement on Wednesday, aired his displeasure to her friend Frasco for seemingly forgetting Mayon Volcano on the video of the tourism campaign. “I remain disappointed in my friend, Secretary Frasco, for the exclusion of Mayon Volcano in the new official tourism video of the Philippines. I am more disappointed in the response that I should not bring this issue up because, anyway, Mayon is included in the 50 major volcanoes and mountains represented (by a pixel!) in the official tourism logo and slogan,” the lawmaker said. Frasco was quick to answer, saying she recognizes their ties as allies and family friends for many years, extolling Salceda being a staunch ally for Philippine Tourism, “especially with his successes as the governor of Albay and we certainly honor and recognize the contributions of the province to the tourism portfolio of the country.” “The tourism video that has just been released by the Department of Tourism is only the beginning; for indeed, there is just so much to love about our country. So, I assure Congressman Joey Salceda that our effort to promote equally our destinations in the country will continue,” Frasco said. “This is just the beginning to give the world a flavor and a taste of the Philippines,” she added. Further, the Tourism secretary maintained that the Department is holding the "Philippine Experience: Heritage, Culture, and Arts Caravan" in the Bicol Region, adding, “It would have been this July but given the circumstances in the region at the moment, tentatively it has been set for August and our regional offices have been in coordination with our local government units there.” The hurt Salceda said in his statement that he expressed his frustration because tourism is disproportionately more crucial in Albay, and Bicol at large. “This is how thousands of Albayano families make a living. It would not have cost much to include just a scene of Mayon, but it would have meant the world to Albay families relying on tourism for their bread and butter,” he said. Moreover, the lawmaker stressed that Albay has the only international airport in South Luzon—Bicol International Airport, which the government calls "the most scenic international gateway in the country." He said per capita, Albay is one of the country's most important tourist destinations, while pre-pandemic, it attracted 1.32 tourists per resident, while the top region, Central Visayas, attracts just 1.17, and the national average is 0.55. “Bicol's economy depends heavily on tourism, more so than the rest of the country. Last year, accommodation and food service (the most direct sector affected by tourism) was 1.93% of total regional GDP, while the national average was 1.80 percent,” he said. “Just to demonstrate how affirmative support from the national government can be a game-changer for tourism: When I was governor of Albay, we increased foreign tourist arrivals from 8,700 in 2006 to 374,000 in 2015. Total tourist arrivals swelled from 123,000 to 1.4 million over the same period,” Salceda underlined. On the other hand, he said, “Mayon deserves better than a pixel in the logo where you need strained eyes to see it. Mayon has been a national symbol and a national treasure (one of only three UNESCO-declared biosphere reserves in the country).” Watch the video here: The post Video of tourism slogan just a primer — Frasco appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2023

Go eyes stronger bivalent vax rollout

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, stressed the need to strengthen further vaccination efforts as the government rolls out bivalent vaccines to protect Filipinos against new variants of Covid-19. With the Department of Health initiating the distribution of these vaccines across the country, particularly to healthcare workers, on Wednesday, 21 June, the senator emphasized the importance of the public’s active participation in the vaccination program. The bivalent vaccine launch was held at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City where President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, DoH Secretary Teodoro “Ted” Herbosa, and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, among others attended the event. “Let this occasion serve as a call to every Filipino to continue doing your part. Get updated on your Covid-19 vaccination to prevent a resurgence, as a means of honoring those who sacrificed their lives during the pandemic,” President Marcos reminded in his speech during the event. “I thus appeal to everyone, especially those who have yet to receive their primary series of vaccinations, to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This is not for your own good alone but also for the protection of your families and the general public,” the President added. The Philippines received a generous donation of 391,860 doses of Comirnaty, a bivalent vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, from the government of Lithuania. This donation was facilitated through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, led by the World Health Organization. DoH also emphasized that the government will prioritize the health workers and the elderly. Meanwhile, Go, an advocate for public health, continues to promote the establishment of more Super Health Centers in strategic areas to alleviate the strain on hospitals nationwide and to bring essential health services from the government closer to the people. Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, sufficient funds had been allocated for 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023. The Department of Health, as the lead implementing agency, identifies the strategic locations for the construction of such centers, including in the town of Plaridel. The post Go eyes stronger bivalent vax rollout appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 24th, 2023

Miracles of a medal from Paris

There’s a small chapel in the center of Paris which I visit without fail every time I find myself back in the city. The trip happens, no matter if it’s for crucial work or a laid-back holiday, regardless of the changing seasons and the length of stay. It is but imperative I drop by as a thanksgiving pilgrimage for safely bringing me back to one of my favorite destinations. [caption id="attachment_148667" align="aligncenter" width="525"] A facade detail of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal | Photo by Guilhem Vellut (CC BY 2.0)[/caption] Situated in the historical less-than-a-kilometer-long street named Rue du Bac, it seems to have an enigmatic yet magnetic force that pulls me to a right turn to face the welcoming arch, where I once again lay my eyes on the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. With the famed address of #140, it used to be a part of the Hotel de Châtillon, the once-upon-a-time home of French nobility and aristocracy. [caption id="attachment_148666" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal | Photo by Ketounette (CC BY-SA 4.0)[/caption] Formally called The Chapel of Graces of the Miraculous Virgin, it was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and served as the Motherhouse of the Order of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. Colored with a storied past, the most popular association with the house of prayer is Catherine Labouré, a simple farmer’s daughter. She was just nine years old when her mother passed on. It is said that she, whenever she passed by a favorite statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, kissed it while uttering the words, “Now you will be my mother.” [caption id="attachment_148660" align="aligncenter" width="287"] PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF Public Domain | SAINT Catherine Labouré.[/caption] At age 24, the then-novice of the order, Labouré received three visits from Mary the Mother of God. The last apparition was revealed on 27 November 1830. During her evening meditation, Mary with a ray of light in her hands appeared inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, with the words, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” As the image rotated, a depiction of 12 stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary underneath likewise manifested. Our Lady then requested the dear Sister to “Get a medal struck after this model. Those who wear it when it is blessed will receive great graces, especially if they wear it about the neck. Graces will be abundant for those who have confidence.” [caption id="attachment_148668" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The incorrupt body of Saint Catherine Labouré[/caption] Adrien-Jean-Maximilien Vachette, an official jeweler of Louis XVIII’s court, was tasked with this monumental task. He began with a modest batch of 2,000 medals. [caption id="attachment_148658" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The Miraculous Medal | Photo by Xhienne (CC BY-SA 3.0)[/caption] The Daughters of Charity started to don these more-than-just-a-talisman and handed them out to the elderly and sick. In quick succession, miraculous cures and healings swept the community. This caused a clamor for this coveted object not only in France, but throughout the world. Not long after, it has been dubbed as the Miraculous Medal. Upon hearing these stories, the Archbishop of Paris requested for the first-print run, while Pope Gregory XVI notably placed one on his desk crucifix. During the World War II, 10 million civilians and military members signed up to be a part of Mary’s Kneeling Army of Prayer, who all wore the medal as they prayed for peace and protection of America’s defenders. Those who returned from war have credited their well-being through this act of grace. Here are five details you should appreciate during you visit to the hallowed ground: Reimagine Visions: Altar’s Fresco Situated on an arc just above the main altar, the painting shows the Virgin Mary sitting on a chair, talking to the young Labouré herself, as both are surrounded by angels in a starry evening backdrop. Miracle Bringer: Mary’s Chair The postulant Sister witnessed the Mother of God in her regal flowing robes on a chapel seat. This red-lined chaplain chair remains in the church, where it has become instrumental for several miracles. Whisper Prayers: Gilded Altar The grand altar stands at a cove, with a huge statue of the Mother of Mankind with a gleaming crown of lights that reflects the rays of the sun, reminiscent of her radiant apparitions in the past. [caption id="attachment_148659" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The altar of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal | © Peter Potrowl (CC BY-SA 4.0)[/caption] Pay Respects: Labouré’s Remains See the golden glass coffin with the incorrupt body of Saint Catherine Labouré, which has not decomposed. Above is another sculpture of the Virgin atop some clouds while holding a globe. Religious Pilgrimage: Marillac and de Paul The bones of Saint Louise de Marillac are contained in a wax effigy, while a reliquary carries the heart of Saint Vincent de Paul. They both co-founded the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. [caption id="attachment_148669" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A wax effigy of Saint Louise de Marillac[/caption] These are our five magical postcards. What’s yours?   The post Miracles of a medal from Paris appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2023

Metro Pacific eyes Cebu expressway, Bohol bridge

The Metro Pacific Group remains hopeful it will secure the contract to deliver two big-ticket projects in the Visayas despite coordination issues and engineering challenges......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2023

Vivant eyes wind energy for RE goal

After its recent buyout of a solar asset, Vivant Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cebu-based listed firm Vivant Corporation, is now eyeing to venture into wind energy development to achieve its renewable energy targets. Vivant president Emil Andre Garcia, during an annual meeting this week, disclosed that the company has committed to help unlock the country’s budding wind power potential through investments. “Vivant Energy is committed to playing a meaningful role in energy transformation and to accelerate growth and improvement of power services in the country,” Garcia said.   ESG at the forefront of company strategy “As we look back at the challenges and achievements that propelled us to continue to improve everyday living for the past 20 years, we put environmental, social, and governance, or ESG at the forefront of our strategy to achieve long-term sustainable profits,” he said. In demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Garcia said Vivant Energy allotted P21 billion, or about 75 percent of its total spending up to 2030, to bankroll clean energy projects. The company targets to have 30 percent renewable energy in its power generation portfolio by 2030 — aligned with the company’s ESG framework. Vivant Energy recently acquired San Ildefonso Alternative Energy Corporation, which will develop a 22-megawatt or MW solar power plant in Bulacan. Another fully owned subsidiary, COREnergy, contributes to the renewable energy target by growing its rooftop solar business from 2 MW to 6 MW in 2022.   Solar rooftop generation COREnergy, a retail company that offers total energy solutions to commercial and industrial establishments, aims to add 18MW of solar rooftop generation capacity by the end of the year. Notably, Vivant Energy’s recent acquisition of the shares of its partner Gigawatt Power Inc. in companies operating and owning power plants in off-grid areas will also play a vital role in contributing to the entire group’s social and economic development. The company now has full ownership of Isla Mactan Power CCorporation, which operates the 23.3-MW diesel power plant that provides stable and reliable power in Bantayan Island, Cebu. Vivant Energy has investments in energy generation, retail electricity supply, and energy-related engineering solutions in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. The post Vivant eyes wind energy for RE goal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 16th, 2023

Vivant Energy eyes wind dev’t foray

After its recent buyout of a solar asset, Vivant Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cebu-based listed firm Vivant Corporation, is now eyeing to venture into wind energy development to achieve its renewable energy targets. Vivant President Emil Andre M. Garcia, during an annual meeting this week, disclosed that the company has committed to help unlock the country's wind power potential through investments. “Vivant Energy is committed to playing a meaningful role in energy transformation and to accelerate growth and improvement of power services in the country,” Garcia said. “As we look back at the challenges and achievements that propelled us to continue to improve everyday living for the past 20 years, we put environmental, social and governance, or ESG at the forefront of our strategy to achieve long-term sustainable profits,” he said. In demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Garcia said Vivant Energy allotted P21 billion, or about 75 percent of its total spending up to 2030, to bankroll clean energy projects. The company targets to have 30 percent renewable energy in its power generation portfolio by 2030 — aligned with the company’s ESG framework. Vivant Energy recently acquired San Ildefonso Alternative Energy Corporation, which will develop a 22-megawatt or MW solar power plant in Bulacan. Another fully owned subsidiary, COREnergy, contributes to the renewable energy target by growing its rooftop solar business from 2 MW to 6 MW in 2022. COREnergy, a retail company that offers total energy solutions to commercial and industrial establishments, aims to add 18MW of solar rooftop generation capacity by the end of the year. Notably, Vivant Energy’s recent acquisition of the shares of its partner Gigawatt Power Inc. in companies operating and owning power plants in off-grid areas will also play a vital role in contributing to the entire group’s social and economic development. The company now has full ownership of Isla Mactan Power Corporation, which operates the 23.3-MW diesel power plant that provides stable and reliable power in Bantayan Island, Cebu. Vivant Energy has investments in energy generation, retail electricity supply, and energy-related engineering solutions in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.   The post Vivant Energy eyes wind dev’t foray appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2023

Preparedness is key

It happens year in and year out every time disaster strikes. Whether it be typhoons, earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions, we see the same scene all over again — residents, apprehension written all over their faces, and overcrowding evacuation centers. In the case of the impending eruption of Mayon Volcano in Bicol, it is bad enough that they have to contend with the force of nature, but worse, they have to deal with the inadequacies of living in temporary shelters, most likely elementary schools, ill-equipped with the proper provisions. They have to make do with makeshift beds and blankets, even as a majority of families, children, and the elderly lie on the floor, their faces reflecting exhaustion and anxiety. The air is thick with a mix of sweat and uncertainty. People are trying to find a comfortable spot amidst the overcrowded conditions, but space is limited, and tensions more often than not are rising. Television footage has detailed the agony of staying there. There was this mother cradling her crying infant, trying to soothe the baby amid the chaos. She looks around, searching for a quiet corner or a clean space to nurse her child, but every nook and cranny is occupied. Frustration fills her eyes as she realizes there is no privacy or comfort for her and her baby in the crowded environment. A group of volunteers, wearing brightly colored vests, move through the crowded evacuation center, offering water, food, and blankets to those in need. However, they struggle to reach everyone due to the sheer number of people seeking assistance. The sound of coughing and sneezing fills the air as a young boy, visibly unwell, sits with his family. They are surrounded by other families nearby, making it easy for illnesses to spread. A sense of frustration and desperation pervades the atmosphere as tempers flare among tired and stressed evacuees. Arguments break out over limited resources, personal space, and the lack of information about when they can return home. Such is the distressing situation of residents in evacuation centers that others opt to defy logic and the authorities and prefer to remain on their properties inside the danger zones for fear of their carabaos being stolen or their houses ransacked by those who would take advantage. These scenes depict the challenging realities of overcrowded evacuation centers in the Philippines, highlighting the lack of space, privacy, and basic amenities, and the strain it places on evacuees and relief efforts. They serve as a reminder of the urgent need for effective solutions to address this perennial problem and provide safer and more dignified conditions for those seeking shelter during times of crisis. As a country highly vulnerable to natural disasters, it would be worthwhile for the government to explore potential solutions and find a sustainable approach that can help address this recurring issue effectively. One key element in addressing overcrowded evacuation centers, according to experts, is improving early warning systems. By investing in modern technology and infrastructure, such as weather monitoring systems, early warning sirens, and effective communication networks, the government can provide timely and accurate information to vulnerable communities. This would enable residents to prepare and evacuate in a more organized manner, reducing the strain on evacuation centers. Addressing the problem of overcrowded evacuation centers requires collaboration among various stakeholders. The government, civil society organizations, the private sector, and international partners should work together to coordinate efforts, share resources, and pool expertise. Establishing clear protocols and mechanisms for resource mobilization and coordination can enhance the efficiency of response and ensure a more equitable distribution of support. The issue of overcrowded evacuation centers in the Philippines during times of natural disasters is a complex challenge that demands a multi-faceted and sustainable approach. It would do well for government to rethink its disaster response mechanisms knowing that the next tragedy can occur in the blink of an eye.   e-mail: mannyangeles27@gmail.com The post Preparedness is key appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 14th, 2023