UP Cebu Helps Yolanda Victims


1UP: The Yolanda Relief Drive, University of the Philippines Cebu Campus Grounds

Sometimes, people can surprise you.

Last night’s Yolanda Relief Drive, spearheaded by UP Cebu students, was a success. By the end of the night, more than the goal of 15,000 packs were wrapped up and ready for distribution.

It amazed me how many people were there — sure, with friends, and enjoying the bands, but the lines didn’t break, rain or moonshine, until the goods were done packing.

Unlike the packs in the Capitol building, these packs contained a kilo of rice, three canned goods, three packs of dry goods, and a liter of water. Some even upped their packs and added essentials like soap and sanitary pads, which are not stressed as much in the calls for relief donations, but are also as important.

And I know I am shamelessly plugging one event, but put it this way: the kids who put this event together have what it takes to be the Iskos and Iskas that they are — they have the heart to serve their fellowmen.

I hope you will stay that way, Iskolars ng Bayan. 🙂


Faith In Humanity

Faith In Humanity

The recent earthquake damaged a lot of homes and buildings in Bohol and Cebu. Many were left devastated, and many lost their lives.

Fortunately, a lot of people are willing to help those who were affected. My post-grad school is one of the places where people can drop off their donations, and this is what we saw today. That’s not even all of it…there were much, much more.

It is heart-warming how people are willing to help others in times of need. This restored some of my faith in humanity.

How Much Does a Hundred Pesos Mean to You?


Tonight, I got out of the gym a bit earlier than usual, even though I did an extra cardio workout. Our professor dismissed us early, so I had some time to spare. “Early” is still around eleven in the evening though, and because I was dead tired, I decided that I should take the taxi home after I buy some oatmeal at the drug/convenience store.

Just outside the park entrance on my way to buy my oatmeal, I saw this old couple. I used to see them every day during break time or when I get off work (I used to work in one of the buildings in the park). I used to spare some change or small bills for them, but tonight, they looked so sad, and they’ve been there so long that people have started ignoring them. It’s late at night, and if they still go there around the same time they used to, I reckon that they’ve been there since lunch.

So I bought them food instead. It wasn’t much, just a couple of rice bowl meals from 7-Eleven and water. When I bought the still-warm, not-left-over-food to them, the old woman’s eyes lit up and she gave me a big, big smile and I wanted to cry because that amount of money was just about as much as my cab fare home — but for the old couple, it’s worth more than just that. And the old man gave me a big grin, and they thanked me, and I can’t believe how happy they were for a meal that I buy for myself only when I’m running late and hungry on my way to (my old) work.

A hundred (plus) pesos is worth a cab ride home to me . Maybe two or three pieces of French Macarons. A quick bite before class. A slice of cheesecake when I feel like it. A scoop of gelato.

For the old couple by the entrance of the business park, that’s a meal that they are rarely able to enjoy, if they can at all.

Like so many things in life, your appreciation for what you have is a matter of perspective.

So I decided to ride take the Jeep home, instead. I had to walk another couple hundred meters to the jeep stop in heels, but hey, it was worth it for the old couple. I needed the extra exercise, anyway. 😉

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Your Money’s Worth

For shopaholics like me there are some times when you buy the perfect pair of shoes or top or anything at all that makes you feel oh so happy.

For some people,the worth of that thing isn’t the cost but rather, the sentiment or the happiness that it has bought you.

There are some buys that make people happy and there are some that make them…well,feel good in a different way.

Think back on all those times you spent your money on whatever things you find fancy…was it worth it? Have you ever found yourself thinking “That was the best twenty bucks I ever spent.”

Those instances were few and far between for me. But when those times do come, they make me feel good about myself.

The thing is, you might think they happen when I buy books or clothes…but no. They happen when I do something nice for a complete stranger. True story.

My best ten pesos I spent for diaper for a young woman who did not have enough money to buy it for her baby.

My best twenty pesos I gave to these children on the streets selling sampaguita garlands.

My best fifty pesos I bought for school supplies for charity. Which I did today.

My best hundred and fifty I used to buy children’s books, also for charity.

What did you do to the best money you ever spent?