Saturday, December 24, 2011

It’s Christmas Time in the City

Time really flies so fast. It’s Christmas time once again in the city. Christmas is the day of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ which is celebrated by billions of people all over the world. The world came or originated from the term Christ’s mass.

Every city is decorated with colorful Christmas decorations. When I visited, Melbourne I saw some shops display colorful set up and designs. Animatronic show with lights and sound can be experienced here. Colorful lights and beautiful music are usually its components. There are some incorporated toys which are moving.

We also saw ginger bread built into a small house with other interesting candy decorations. It is a German style where the breadhouse is similar to witch’s house encountered by Hansel and Gretel.

Same is through when I visited Malacca which is located in a Muslim country. I saw Christmas trees with snow with mushrooms and smurf characters. I have seen another one in Baguio City.

Friday, December 16, 2011

SIP National Awards

The alumni association, Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) International Philippines (SIP), Inc., recently held its SIP National Awards ceremony during the Reunion on Board the Fuji Maru at Pier 13, Port of Manila. The awards committee aims to recognize alumni members who make exemplary contributions to the society.

The award was presented by Quake Garrido, chairman of the awards committee and here it goes:

SSEAYP National Awardee for Arts and Culture

Batch 2002

... “ To share my experiences in life, to help others hone their talents, to impart knowledge and art skills in visual arts to the less fortunate and to the young minds and to preserve, develop, promote culture through my blog and my work at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)”

Our Awardee is the Secretary, Executive Council (Execon) National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities, Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), NCCA until Dec 2013. Their activities include among others Capability Building Seminars/Policy Making for the Cultural Communities/Participation in Indigenous Peoples events and activities. In this area, he has tapped blogging as a new media to reach more people in promoting the culture of Ilocandia. He is a cultural & travel blogger in the site

He is also the VICE-PRESIDENT, TAWID CULTURAL TROUPE – Ilocano cultural organization and presently, he is the PRESIDENT, THE ILOCANDIA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY (TIPS), INC. It will warm your heart to know that the awardee is also the proponent and founder of KIDS ON PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY - a project that teaches cultural photography to kids in the orphanages.

The award was handed in by SIP Board Chairman Yvette Ledesma and President Greg Alcera. I am so grateful to the screening committee and the entire board for giving this award. It’s a validation of my efforts to promote the Philippine culture especially indigenous arts and culture.

Other awardees are Wilfredo Vina Bautista for Community Service, Atty. Mark Borres for Youth Empowerment, Napoleon Hernandez for Government Service and Atty Datu Reza Sinsuat for Strengthening SSEAYP.