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Help a Child Finish School. Join the ANCOP Global Walk!

Our country needs an educated population. Our Filipino children need us.

Ancop Global Walk

If you are looking for ways to help young Pinoy kids to finish school (especially the marginalized sector), then this is a great opportunity for you! Join the ANCOP Global Walk on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Gun start is at 5:00 AM. Walk with a minimum donation of Php300.00. 

For a meager P300 cash, you can help sponsor a child from the poorest of the poor families in the Philippines to continue education. This is another check to your to-do-good-list this year 🙂

Register conveniently online at:

or download the registration form.



FAQs about the ANCOP Global Walk:

What is the ANCOP Global walk?
The ANCOP Global Walk is a fundraising event of the CFC ANCOP Tekton Foundation (ANCOP) to raise funds to help provide education to children from poor families through the ANCOP Child Sponsorship Program. The walk will be held simultaneously in various major cities across the globe, with Metro Manila, Philippines as its main walk venue.
When is the ANCOP Global Walk?
For the Philippines, it is on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Gun start is at 5:00 AM.For countries outside the Philippines, please check with your local CFC ANCOP teams.
Where will the ANCOP global walk be held?
  • For Metro Manila, Philippines, the walk will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.
  • For  Provinces in the Philippines, lease see the ANCOP Walk Locations.
  • For other Countries, kindly refer to your local ANCOP team.
How can I help?
You can help by simply supporting  our cause.  Just register for the Walk with a minimum donation of Php300.00. Each participant is entitled to a Walker’s Kit which contains your bib and a walk map, among others.
Who can take part in the ANCOP Global Walk?
The walk is open to everyone. As long as you’re up for the challenge and willing to raise your sponsorship target, then this is for you! Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
If I am not a member of Couples For Christ or any of it’s Family ministries, can I still join?
Of course! Our work with the poor is not limited to CFC or its Ministries. Everyone is welcome to walk for a scholar!
Where will the donations go to?
One very special thing about ANCOP Global Walk is that the money you raise will support a particular ANCOP Community or project that provides shelter to the poorest of the poor as well as for the Child Sponsorship Program (through Educational Assistance). If you belong to a particular group or association, you can pool together all the donations collected and start to build a new ANCOP community that can be named after your association or sponsor a group of children.
Can I walk as part of a group or organization?
Yes, walking as a group or with your organization is encouraged. This will help you jump start your target. The entire group can also set targets to raise money and sponsor an entire community. The community can be named after your group or association’s name. Speak to any ANCOP representative or go to for more details in sponsoring a community or a scholar. You can carry your own (association or group) banner during the walk to help identify and recognize your group.
How do I register for the walk?
  • In Person: 
Fill in a registration form together with your registration fee payment to the ANCOP head office:
CFC ANCOP-Tekton Foundation Inc.
29 Evergreen Drive, Capitol Green Village,
Bgy. Tandang Sora, Quezon City
  • Your local CFC and Family Ministries Chapters: Get registration form, fill out registration form, submit the form together with your registration donation of P300.00, get your provisional receipt.
  • Online:

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Crunch Time: 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections

It’s such a chaotic time these days, what with Philippine presidentiables running with panic as the elections get closer and closer to date. The competition has dwindled down for the top 2 candidates now. In basketball they call this “crunch time” when players need to watch their guards yet must have the courage to take the crucial shots in the remaining minutes of the game. For the presidential candidates, it is the best time to 1.)Release all that campaign money to the max. 2.)Exhaust all possible issues to topple down each other’s reputation 3.)Run from north to south to smile, shake hands, and pursue the electorate. This is really crunch time.

I’d like to believe I already have my President in mind. But things can change from today up until the time I cast my vote. Given that this period is so crucial to the presidential aspirants, the voting public must be keen in observing how these men behave and conduct themselves during crunch time. Do they exhibit finesse? or do they just keep on berating one another? Do they show substance? or do they settle for motherhood statements and “kwela” jingles?

2010 Philippine Presidentiables: NoyNoy Aquino, JC De los Reyes (has already conceded in the race), Jamby Madrigal, Manny Villar, Gibo Teodoro, Dick Gordon, Erap Estrada, Eddie Villanueva, Nicanor Perlas

Let us look at their courses of action this time. Even if it is human nature to give in to “perceptive listening” (a concept that tells us we only hear what we want to listen to, thus filtering the message/s), we cannot afford to keep a biased disposition especially now. There are still important messages we’d have to consider as we see them campaign for their lives. This will tell you the kind of President that he will be like – when under pressure and public scrutiny.

Let’s seize these remaining moments before the elections. As we watch events unfold, the hope is that we get compelled to vote with our conscience, and not with some survey results and funny jingles.


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CNN Hero of the Year: A Filipino – Efren Peñaflorida, Jr.

Today I was wanting to write about Thailand and how similar this land is to us. As my good friend and BKK travel partner puts it, it’s like our parallel universe. Their narrow roads are just like ours (Libertad, Pasay!) – minus the unruly drivers and honking cars. I must say they’ve gone ahead of us in terms of well-planned public transport systems.  Therefore Bangkok, even if it looks much like Manila – has tolerable traffic and courteous cab drivers. I like them.

Much ado about that. This morning I’m choosing not to rant about what we lack here in the Philippines and decided to focus on some Pinoy pride (good news at last!).

Our kababayan, Efren Penaflorida won CNN Hero of the Year! Yey! *dances* 🙂 I’m doubly-proud because he hails from where we live, the province of Cavite. Watch the full video of his awarding here: Efren Peñaflorida wins CNN Hero of the Year 2009

Efren “Kuya Ef” Peñaflorida is a teacher and social worker in the Philippines. He has been named “CNN Hero of the Year” in 2009 for his outstanding advocacy to educate Filipino out-of-school youth through “pushcart classes. “Peñaflorida grew up in Cavite City. During his early days in school, he experienced being harassed and threatened by gangs near their school. Despite this, he still managed to finish his studies.

His growing concern for the unschooled children in his hometown led Peñaflorida to establish Dynamic Teen Company (DTC). At that time, he was only sixteen. He envisioned this organization as a tool to reach the underserved Filipino youth by providing free tutorials. He asked three fellow high school students to devote some of their time to teach children in the slum areas every Saturday.

After ten years, DTC has gained around 10,000 memberships and conducted tutorials for approximately 1,500 children.Today, DTC’s “pushcart classroom” also teaches basic reading and writing to street children.

It feels good to read about something we can be proud of as a Filipino. Now we know that anyone can be a hero – regardless if you have little or plenty, if you live in a third-world country or otherwise. There is a hero in each one of us waiting to be tapped for service.

I think we should be noticing these things more deliberately instead of some lousy Pacman scandal.

To see pictures of my Bangkok adventure, check out my Facebook account.

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I was surprised to read the title above as the first line of an article written by Francis Kong. He said that while most life coaches teach that one has to learn to love his work – this isn’t necessarily true. What you need to love is the opportunity.

Yes, it’s the opportunity to be productive and working.

Appreciate with a grateful heart the goal of your job – may it be building people’s houses, healthcare, promoting good products, or in my case: bringing people to check on websites. The opportunity to be working and earning is a blessing we often tend to forget because of the daily wear-and-tear of our job’s demands. For all we know, there are hundreds of Filipinos out there who would gladly exchange places with us. As they say, opportunity comes rare these times.

So does it mean we should give up our dreams?

Personally, I know I am still seeking for that one mission in life that I wish to be translated into w-o-r-k. Everybody wants her dream job, who doesn’t anyway? But just like every thing in life, no job is perfect. And if the ideal one exists, it doesn’t come easy (or instantly). But then again, I do believe to stop pursuing it would be utmost hopeless.

So just appreciate wherever you are. Be glad of the opportunity to be doing something today. Embrace the motivation to do your current job so well, that you will not stay on it for too long. Growth comes when you support it.

Go and find ways to do your job better. Get the inspiration to continue learning and acquiring new skills. Love the opportunity you have now, and be very blessed soon!

“Because when my work turns into a dead end, you help me find the way.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.”

iRead and iRecommend: PRO-Tips by Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides

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Glorious Wednesdays: Tatak Pilipino

Because prayers are meant to be answered: I will be giving prizes here at  Glorious Wednesdays 🙂

As for the month of September, I had a difficult time picking the best  Wednesday post because all were worth-reading. However, I feel that I should  feature 1 last blog post specifically for the benefits of the Ondoy victims. For  that, I commend Fr. Jun-G of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). They are doing  God’s work by being active in the Simbahang Lingkod Bayan

Let’s hear it from the “Passionista” with his post “Tatak Pilipino”. This is so in-  rhythm with my being a proud Pinoy. Now you know why I chose his post:

salamat o Diyos… salamat.

mamaya… bukas… sa susunod… masasaksihan ko naman ang bagyong magbibigay ng hindi hapis… kundi kagalakan sa puso.

pagkakaisa. pagtutulungan. pagmamahalan.

ito ay tatak PILIPINO.

That is the authentic Filipino Bayanihan spirit coming alive amidst the storm! When you think about it though you may ask yourself, does it have to take an Ondoy before we help our brothers and sisters in need? I’m just peaceful to know that in times like this though, we can count on the Filipino 🙂

I did not forget about your prize Fr. Jun-G hehe… but it comes in the form of a donation under your name – yep, to be given to your dedicated ministry: Simbahang Linkod ng Bayan. Hope you like the prize hehe! Gcash coming in a while (romela de leon) 😉

Congratulations Fr. Jun-G, SJ.

Congratulations Fr. Jun-G, SJ.

To the winner, and to all the bloggers who wrote for September – Thank you for sharing your wonderful words on Glorious Wednesdays. Let’s carry on with the faith until next month 🙂

For those who want to donate via Gcash to SLB just type in:

DONATE_<Amount>_<4-digit pin>_SLB and send to 2882

Your help is needed most now.


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An opportunity to be proud being Pinoy

After the disastrous storm “Ondoy” the online world has been flooded (not with water though, thank God) with information on rescue requests, volunteer groups, means of donation, and hotline numbers. Oh how many times have we twitted, and re-twitted these sort of information? Facebook has been handy too in spreading the word of h-e-l-p. I like how Miriam Quiambao does her thing, as well as Sen. Chiz’ timely and wise choices in tweeting requests for volunteers, rescue operations, etc.

Though most importantly, I honor our dear countrymen here and abroad. Those OFW’s despite their strife working in distant lands, gave away their hearts to donate. During these times, it makes me feel even more proud being a Filipino. Hearing this wacky radio DJ while in the bus, “Ano pa’t mga Pinoy tayo kung hindi naten kakayanin ‘to at magtutulungan.” At that moment it was like something in me said in reply, “oo nga naman!”

So with this I’d say let us not be mere spectators of the wrath of the typhoon. Let it be our aim not to end the day saying only our prayers, without putting that faith in action. Are we contented with just “kawawa naman”, or “palpak kase ang gobyerno!”? This isn’t the time for finger-pointing. Nobody wants this.

Today I share this video with you to knock on your hearts, and to assure the families of victims that God is greater than the storm.

“Father You are King over the flood.. I will be still, know You are God..”

If you want to help but can’t get off your computer, try Team Internet at

team internet

Check Miriam Quiambao’s comprehensive compilation of how you can help in many, many ways.

Help our fellow country men in need – and tell me why you are proud being Pinoy 🙂


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Glorious Wednesdays: Heaven and Home

Heaven is neither America nor China. Heaven is where one finds not only the means to survive but the very meaning of survival and life.

That is from our famous running-priest Fr. Robert Reyes. I wish the CBCP would take him in now to say homilies. He’s a good and effective priest, I believe.

Today in our Glorious Wednesday post, I am featuring his blog about “Heaven  and Home”. I often talk with my IT friends about leaving the country to work in  greener pastures. But there seems to be a nagging desire to just keep our feet  here in the Philippines. Who knows, we could be losing our jobs if we go abroad  since most web-based jobs are being outsourced here in Asian countries like the  Philippines and India. Apart from that concern, the country is home to our  family and friends – the comfort zone that we know. Sure life is difficult here, but  survival is more meaningful because you are being called to share to those in  need (which are a big chunk of our population).

Anyway, here is one favorite part from Fr. Robert’s post on “Heaven and Home” written at Parokya on the Web:

When I was in China I pined for the motherland. The feeling of being a foreigner, an outsider, intensifies this longing. While I lived and worked in China, my inner eyes seemed to look further, beyond what my physical eyes saw. In fact, during the many times I prayed and closed my eyes, I did not see heaven. I saw what was around and within me. Heaven can be an escape, an alienating thought that allows us to avoid responsibility for our lives. Thus Jesus tells Nicodemus, “No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man.” Here, Jesus reminds us to look hard at where we are and at how we live our lives where we are. Let us not waste our lives pining and wishing for what is not there and doing nothing more. For Jesus, heaven was always near. It was that moment of connection and union with His Father. It was also those many moments when He fulfilled His Father’s will where He was and with those around Him.

Dear Lord, teach us to find you not out there but right here where we live and work. Teach us the way Jesus lived, totally present and totally responsive. Teach us to live with faith and hope, without illusion, without desire to escape. Amen.


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