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Marcos loyalists' group backs ES Rodriguez amid rumors

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 20:19

MANILA - A group of civic-minded Marcos loyalists has expressed support for Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez amid rumors of his supposed resignation.

The Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance (FLAG) - Maharlika believed Rodriguez was a victim of fake news and disinformation.

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Quijano: Is this golden era for PH boxing coming to a close? (Conclusion)

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 19:49
Donnie Nietes’ defeat was exceptionally disappointing for this Last Rounder. Nietes was the very first boxer I interviewed one-on-one for this column. That he would later on become the country’s longest reigning boxing world champion, surpassing the great Gabriel Elorde, was unforeseeable at that time but brought us all immense pride and joy when it happened.

In their first fight back in 2018, Nietes handled Kazuto Ioka quite well even though the verdict was a split decision.

But in the second fight, “Ahas” seemed reticent and lost the fight simply to the higher volume and busier work-rate of his Japanese counterpart.

Nietes also showed his age and suffered a cut in the 10th round. No complaints there. The scorecards were on point and Donnie lost fair and square.

ERA. With the longest reigning world champion finally succumbing to defeat after 18 years, and the greatest Filipino fighter of all time hanging up his gloves, it seems like this golden boxing era is indeed coming to a close.

If so, I have no regrets. And what an era that was. Ushered in by his victory over Lehno Ledwaba in 2001, Manny Pacquiao would go on to arguably become one of the top five greatest boxers of all time.

We also had Gerry Peñalosa winning another world title. Nonito Donaire became a nine-time world champion. We had Brian Viloria.

On the second tier in terms of prominence, we had Florante Condes, Sonny Boy Jaro, Marvin Sonsona, Milan Melindo, Merlito Sabillo, Joma Gamboa, Rodel Mayol, Vic Saludar, Marlon Tapalles who all became world champions.

Not only that, we had many boxing promotional outfits that led the surge, most prominently ALA Boxing which was able to promote fights outside of the country.

Boxing became sexy again and who could forget the Sunday mornings when we were all huddled in front of our screens waiting for Pacquiao to beat the living daylights out of his opponent while outside the streets were deserted and crime rate became a non-existent stat?

HOPE. I had high hopes for the new generation of champions in Magsayo, Ancajas and Casimero who came at the tail end of this era, but it remains to be seen if they can bounce back from the setbacks they each have suffered one way or another.

Remember, an era is not only about winning titles. We can always win an alphabet belt here and there. It’s also about sustainability and consistency when it comes to winning and dominating at the world stage.

But yes, there truly is hope out there. At the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa Vismin Cup there were a few that stood out; one in particular was JB Baricuatro from Talisay City.

But there’s no story to be told here yet. It’s too early to anoint anyone as the next someone. Somewhere out there is a young fighter, hitting that heavy bag, who will hopefully usher in another boxing milestone.

Till then, this column will continue to be the boxing fan’s column, whether in the brightest of eras or in the bleakest of boxing epochs.

See you at the fights!

LAST ROUND. It’s on two dear friends, lawyer Kenneth Yap and on Liezel Gedorio who recently turned a milestone. Happy Birthday and cheers, guys!

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CVFA to compete in CVFA Invitational

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 19:48
THE Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA) U-19 squad gets much-needed experience before its campaign in the final stage of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) U-19 National Championship Division 2 as the team competes in a mini tournament next month.

CVFA is up against Bohol FA, Negros Occidental FA and Forza FC in the CVFA U-20 Invitational on Aug. 4 to 6 at the Dynamic Herb-Borromeo Sports Complex in Talisay City.

“We will be up against good competition because our opponents are hand-picked. It helps our U-19 team a lot because we’re facing new teams,” CVFA U-19 team manager Jhojo Partosa told SunStar Cebu.

CVFA has also been playing exhibition matches with Philippines Football League (PFL) team Cebu FC (CFC) after winning the Visayas Leg of the PFF U-19 Championship Division 2 last month.

“We resumed practice on July 4. We already had two friendlies with CFC,” Partosa said.

CVFA also played its third exhibition match with CFC on July 23.

CVFA will compete in the final stage of the PFF U-19 National Championship Division 2 on Aug. 23 to 27. CVFA is in Group B and faces three other teams in a single round-robin. The squad with the most points will become the Visayas-Mindanao winner and get promoted to Division 1.
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Philippines logs 3,604 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 19:30

MANILA, July 23 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines reported 3,604 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the highest since Feb. 12, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 3,748,979.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases rose to 25,743.

The DOH said 14 more people died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 60,670.

Of the total tally, 1,324

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Climaco faces Davis in LFA

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:36
FILIPINO-AMERICAN flyweight prospect Mark Climaco looks to bounce back from his first career defeat as he takes on undefeated Cody Davis in Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 137 on July 29, 2022 at the Commerce Casino and Hotel in Commerce, California.

Climaco, who has Cebuano roots, suffered his first career defeat last year after getting stopped by Japanese Yuma Horiuchi in the first round. The 24-year-old American Kickboxing Academy stalwart had a meteoric rise in the American MMA scene but it came to a sudden halt after his loss to Horiuchi.

After his win over Climaco, Horiuchi immediately earned his shot at the big league as one of the participants of the flyweight tournament of “Road to UFC,” in which the tournament winner will earn a UFC contract.

The 27-year-old Davis has been in the pro MMA ranks for only three years, but it seems that he’s a budding star. After fighting in different MMA organizations in his first four pro fights, Davis caught the eye of LFA, which booked him a fight on Feb. 4. He didn’t disappoint and walked away with a unanimous decision over Payton Brezinski in LFA 123.

Climaco is 6-1 with two wins by stoppage and a win by submission, while Davis is 5-0 with only a win by submission.

The LFA is one of the farm leagues of the UFC. The LFA has produced numerous UFC and Bellator FC fighters, most notably former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno.
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Cabaero: When scammers target seniors

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:36
When online scammers victimize senior citizens and retirees, the harm inflicted is greater compared to the pain that the younger targets have to suffer.

When senior citizens fall for scams and end up deprived of their money or property, they will not have the years nor the energy to regain what they lost. Their loss could mean not having enough for their sustenance and maintenance.

This was the sentiment that cropped up during my webinar on “Digital safety for seniors” held on July 16, 2022, and sponsored by the Philippine Association of Retired Professionals Inc. (PARP). The impact of losing money to a scam indeed is heavier on those retired and elderly compared to those who are still productive, have a support system of equally productive family and friends, and can recover their loss.

The suggestion then cropped up for Congress to amend pertinent laws to make the penalty for scams committed on seniors and retirees, one degree higher than what is provided. It makes sense as the elderly have become a niche target for scammers.

Scams via email, text messages, on social media, and websites target seniors who are perhaps not tech-savvy, are slow to act, have money meant for their retirement, and some of them are lonely. In our circle of friends and family, we hear of those who were victimized by scams and lost access to their accounts. Other people lost their retirement money and savings to too-good-to-be-true offers.

Fake email. Unsolicited job or cash offers. Money requests from a person posing as a grandchild. Romance scams that target lonely elderly people. A retired medical practitioner lost half a million pesos after a foreigner befriended her online and enticed her to pay the courier fee for a package containing thousands of US dollars he promised to send her. After she sent him the money, nothing was heard from him, until his arrest.

Seniors should be wary of such money requests, ignore unsolicited offers, delete messages and block senders, secure their privacy, and never reveal personal details and passwords. They may ask family members to help report the scam to authorities. The police, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Trade and Industry have procedures for lodging complaints.

Laws against scams impose what seem to be light penalties. The Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 has it at imprisonment of six to 20 years and a fine of P10,000 or twice the value obtained through illegal means, while the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 sets jail time of six to 12 years and/or a fine of not more than P500,000.

Some of the seniors in the webinar were shocked by the laws’ provisions and wanted the penalty to be increased if the victims were aged 60 years or older. It is an excellent suggestion that Congress should take up after it opens tomorrow, Monday.
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Briones: No need for sentimentality

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:36
Many netizens are saddened by the loss of stalls in Freedom Park and Warwick Barracks to give way to the ongoing development to modernize the Carbon Public Market, the biggest farmers’ market in Cebu and probably in the whole of the Visayas.

Their sentiments have appeared in local publications, while some have even made it nationally.

They all shared a common lament, which is understandable since most of them happened to be former students of the university right across the affected site. And so they paid tribute to the men and women who operated eateries that offered affordable meals.

One netizen went as far as to say that the cheap food helped her survive college.

And I’m pretty sure it did. But I bet you if she had a choice she would have gone somewhere else. And I doubt she still took her meals there after graduation.

I’m just saying.

Actually I was looking for posts from people who frequented the area because they enjoyed the food on offer, but I didn’t find any.

Mind you they exist because I’d see a lot of them devour more than one order of corn or rice which they down with bowls of steaming soup when I go to Carbon to purchase vegetables, meat and whatnot.

And yet they’ve been unusually quiet. Maybe it’s because they’re too busy getting on with their lives. Or maybe it’s because they know that their favorite eateries will probably set up shop in the new area in the interim market that has been set aside for them.

Ah, some of you probably didn’t know that. Well now you do.

You see, the Cebu City Government and the developer are not as heartless as you think. They have prepared a place where owners of stalls who were affected by the recent demolition order could continue with their livelihood. That was part of the agreement.

And yet all focus has been on the “demolition” and the “anticipation of incurring losses.” Meanwhile, there has been no mention of members of the public who welcome this development, who are tired of the squalid conditions in the area.

Let’s face it. Critics of this joint-venture project have been hard at work trying to change the narrative.

And why is that?

Many of the stakeholders have already admitted that they don’t object to the modernization plan, but they vehemently oppose the privatization of the public market.

And that’s the crux of the matter. There’s no need to romanticize the whole thing.
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Lim: A little bit vain

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:36
While we all have different goals in life, all of us probably desire to hit the trifecta of life goals—to stay alive, to stay healthy and to look good.

For almost all of us, staying alive is the foremost goal. But for many of us, staying alive is not enough. We also want to stay healthy so we can have the capacity to pursue a life that matters.

And yet, beyond survival, success and significance, some of us still want more—we also want to look good. And why not? Is it a sin to want to look good?

It might have been my Catholic education that drummed into my head the idea that vanity was a sin. And it probably is if such self-absorption consumes you to the point of dysfunction.

Too much of anything, after all, is never a good thing.

And yet, society demands that we look good—to be accepted, to be admired, to be praised, to be loved and even to be hired.

So, to be vain cannot be all that bad. After all, to look good, you must care about how you look. And to care about how you look, you need to be a little bit vain.

How many of us, after all, are born with good looks? How many of us look good naturally without the need to do anything?

If you’re one of those people who look great first thing in the morning, then congratulations on your good fortune but know that you’re an aberration. The rest of us don’t wake up like that. The rest of us work hard to look mildly presentable.

We are ordinary mortals. We don’t look horrible. We just don’t look great. We look ordinary. And there should be nothing wrong with ordinary except that ordinary invites criticism.

You are derided for being ordinary and for staying ordinary, for doing too little or nothing at all and for letting yourself go because who can look good naturally and forever without extraordinary measures?

And yet, you are also disparaged when you strive to look extraordinary and do too much to get there.

In a world with changing beauty standards, those who can’t make the cut are criticized and relegated to the ranks of the invisible. So, is it a sin to want to be seen? And to seek to be seen through the lens of an admiring gaze?

Is it a sin to be a little bit vain?

Books are also judged by their covers. Why else would publishing houses hire book jacket designers? It is their hope, of course, that beyond admiring the jacket cover, people will also pick up the book and read the inside pages.

The world worships beauty. That is the reality. All things being equal, the one with good looks gets the job.

Stop shaming those who resort to all kinds of potions and procedures to look good. Stop shaming those who succeed in looking good. There is no shame in wanting to look good, in trying to look good and in flaunting it.

It’s not a sin to be a little bit vain. At any age.
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10 public schools recognized for improving lives of students

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:32
TEN public elementary and secondary schools in Cebu were recognized and given grants by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) for their outstanding accomplishments, projects, best practices and improvements during the last school year.

The 10 public schools were given recognition by Rafi during the culminating activity of its Seal of Excellence in Education Development (Seed) Grants Expo 2022 held at the Summit Galleria in Cebu City on Friday, July 22.

The grant, initiated by Rafi’s Education Development Unit (Edu), was given to support schools in promoting education development in their respective communities through knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and cross-learning.

Awardees

Among the presenters was Pit-os Elementary School of Carcar City, southern Cebu which received a P1.5 million grant for its Project Sug-ang (Surfeit Understanding on Good and Appropriate Nutrition on Graders) and Project United (Uplifting and Nurturing Individuals through Technological Empowerment and Development).

Project Sug-ang aims to prevent malnourishment and undernourishment among its students for school year 2021-2022, while Project United’s goal was to increase digital literacy of Grades 3 to 6 pupils from 10 percent to 30 percent by June 2022.

“We want to make sure that the competencies that we will be teaching to our students are anchored to their level so that our students will be able to learn the desired competencies,” Debie Satinitigan said in her video message. Satinitigan was part of the teaching staff of Pit-os Elementary School that managed Project United.

Aside from Pit-os Elementary School, other winners in the elementary level are the following: (Second) Bogo Central School 2, Bogo City (Implementing of Digital-Learning Facilities and Services Project) with a P1 million grant; (Third) Sinsin Elementary School, Cebu City (Tambayayong Program) with a P500,000 grant; (Fourth) Carmen Elementary School, Toledo City (Dare to Dear Program) with a P200,000 grant; and (Fifth) Cordova Central School, Cordova (Creative Articulation and Reading Enhancement Center) with a P200,000 grant.

For the secondary category, Compostela National High School of Compostela in northern Cebu received a P1.5 million grant for being the top performing school last year.

The grant was used to implement the school’s Project Raise (Resources and Instruction Sustaining Education), which aimed to minimize the number of non-readers from 112 to 80 students by 2022.

Aside from Compostela National High School, other schools that were recognized by Rafi in the secondary level are the following: (Second) Don Andres Soriano National High School, Toledo City (Research Study Center) with a P1 million grant; (Third) Liburon National High School, City of Naga (Project 5 Ps) with a P500,000 grant; (Fourth) Uling National High School, City of Naga (Reading Enthusiast towards Achieving Dreams) with P200,000 grant; and (Fifth) Binabag National High School, Bogo City (Digitized Classroom Instruction) with P200,000 grant.

It was in May 2021 when Rafi awarded the grants to the 10 performing schools in Cebu under its Seal of Excellence in Education Development (Seed) Awards, an assessment program that used evidence-based scorecards to give out grants for education development.

Continued support

In her opening remarks, Amaya Aboitiz-Fansler, Rafi president and chief executive officer, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved in the program.

“We in the Rafi and the education team are committed to supporting the education system, to continue in creating opportunities like these, where we come together and share ideas, where we continue to build partnerships and we aim to work with you to continue to strengthen the capacity of our schools. So you are all essential to this process and we will never succeed without you,” Aboitiz-Fansler added.

The Rafi Seed Grants Expo is an annual data gathering, monitoring, evaluating, and awards event that aims to increase the number of high performing public schools in the region by engaging, mobilizing and capacitating school communities and at the same time promoting best practices by featuring local initiatives.
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Poultry farmer gunned down in front of drinking buddies

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:29
A POULTRY farmer was gunned down in front of his drinking buddies at his house in Barangay Tampaan, Aloguinsan town, midwest Cebu on Friday afternoon, July 22, 2022.

Police identified the victim as Gregorio Maambong Jr. Police have yet to identify Maambong’s killer.

Cpl. Jose Sayson of the Aloguinsan Police Station told SunStar Cebu that at the time of the incident, Maambong was drinking with his friends as the barangay was celebrating its annual fiesta.

But as Maambong and his friends drank, the unidentified shooter arrived at the victim’s house on board a motorcycle driven by a companion.

The suspect then approached the victim then shot the latter multiple times using a .45 caliber pistol.

After shooting Maambong, the suspect casually returned to his motorcycle and then fled with his companion.

Maambong succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained in the head and body.

Witnesses told police that the suspect wore a red t-shirt and concealed his face with another shirt.

According to his wife, Maambong may have no known enemies in their place, but he was known to go amok whenever he was drunk.

The police recovered four spent shells from a .45 pistol at the crime scene.
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NPA fighter slain in Bulacan clash

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 18:06

CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan - A New People's Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter with government troops in the City of San Jose Del Monte, this province on Saturday.

In his report, Col. Charlie Cabradilla, acting director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, identified the slain re

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Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship spotted near Taiwan ahead of annual war-games

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 17:03
Taipei [Taiwan], July 23 (ANI): A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ship was spotted near the east coast of Taiwan, ahead of the second session of Han Kuang annual war-games, the nation's largest military exercises involving all branches of the armed forces, designed to test the country's combat readiness in the event of a Chinese invasion, according to media reports citing sources. The People's Liberation Army
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Skirmish leaves 1 NPA rebel dead in Agusan Sur

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 17:00

BUTUAN CITY - A New People's Army (NPA) rebel was killed in a 15-minute clash with troops of the 65th Infantry Battalion (65IB) in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur on Friday.

In a statement released on Saturday, the 65IB reported that their troops were conducting a security patrol

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Fertilizer vouchers to benefit 17K Antique farmers

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:39

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - About 17,044 rice farmers in Antique province are expected to benefit from the fertilizer discount vouchers (FDV) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as farm input support.

DA Agricultural Program Coordinating Office (APCO) officer in charge Sonie Guanco, i

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An Italian ice experience

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:20
Lately, the weather has been indecisive.

In the morning, the weather is scorching hot, then an hour or hours after the rain starts pouring. But no matter what the weather is, an icy treat—it may be ice cream, gelato, bingsu, frozen fruit shake—is always a good idea after a long day.

There’s something about that literally melt-in-your-mouth and delightfully cool sweet treat that takes away the sadness and tiredness one feels. It’s like it brings you back to the time when the solution to every problem is a sweet treat—nostalgic.

Speaking of nostalgia and icy treats, there’s a new dessert that everyone—young, old and young at heart—would surely love, this Italian ice from a local brand, Ice Monkees.

If you’re not familiar with Italian ice, it is a frozen sweetened treat made with fruit or other natural food flavorings. It is similar to sorbet but differs from American-style sherbet because it does not contain dairy or egg ingredients.

“It is like a cross between the Philippines’ snow cone and ice candy,” according to its founder Wiggy Colmenares during a press conference at Cafe Sarree.

The name “Italian Ice” was inspired by the immigrants from Italy that started this treat, though it is said to have originated in Philadelphia and the South Jersey Area. And just like how this Italian Ice came to be, Ice Monkees was born out of inspiration and on the streets of New York. After trying this flavorful icy treat, the owner fell in love, which he said “brought back some good old childhood memories,” the first time he tasted it. And that was when he decided to bring it home to Cebu.

Though Cebu has lots of home- based vendors selling snow cones, what makes Ice Monkees’ Italian ice unique is its variety of mouth-watering fruity collection that will surely satisfy one’s sweet cravings and quench one’s thirst as its products are refreshing. Flavors to choose from include cotton candy, sour apple, blue raspberry, orange, lemon, cherry and pineapple. It even allows its customers to order two or more flavors in one order or blend different flavors. Plus, it has different fun cup sizes: Mini Tarsier (small), Medium Chimp (medium), and Monster Gorilla (large).

Ice Monkees also boasts of its customer experience as it does not only do the usual choose your size and flavors-pay-and-get your order system. It has its own system so one can take pleasure in the whole Ice Monkees experience. First, pay and choose your cup size. The attendant will then give you a sticker sheet that contains the flavor choices and your cup of choice. Stick your chosen flavors into your cup. Take note that if you choose a different flavor per scoop, you need to stick the stickers far from each other. And if you want multi-colored scoops, just stick your stickers beside each other. Last, enjoy your icy treats and its color-changing spoon.

As of now, Ice Monkees’ pop-up store is located in Escario Central Mall and is open daily from 2 to 10 p.m. Soon, the monkeys will be all over the major malls in Cebu.
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3 gun ban violators arrested in QC

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:19

MANILA - The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) said three persons were arrested in violation of the gun ban that kicked off Friday in Metro Manila as part of security measures for the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Ju

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3 gun ban violators arrested in QC

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:19

MANILA - The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) said three persons were arrested in violation of the gun ban that kicked off Friday in Metro Manila as part of security measures for the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Ju

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'Masagana 150' key agricultural focus of PBBM admin

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:15
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MANILA- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking into a "Masagana 150" program that will target to produce 150 cavans of rice harvest per hectare, Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista has said.

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s fathe

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Iloilo solon pushes for ADAC institutionalization

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:13

ILOILO CITY - Iloilo City Lone District Representative Julienne Baronda is looking forward to the inclusion of her proposed legislation to institutionalize the anti-drug abuse council (ADAC) in the priority agenda of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos.

Baronda said on Saturday that she ref

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Eugenio: To be free

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-23 16:13
While it is true that one’s past doesn’t define someone, I believe that our past is what brought one to where one is now. While it’s true that one’s past can hold someone back, it should not prevent the dream one has for the future. However, in the journey of achieving one’s goals, some things have to break free and some things should be made free. Although it may be difficult and scary to break free and to let go, giving the freedom yourself and others deserve is a massive step in forging the future one hopes to see.

One of the things people need to break free from is their environment. Although one’s environment can be positive, spreading one’s wings in search of a more suitable location for one’s goals is an important step one must take. Especially from a negative environment, those whose wings have been clipped for the majority of their life deserve the freedom to become anything they want and go where one is supported.

Another thing that has to be made free are the people around us. I don’t mean that one actively restricts their growth, but oftentimes, the expectations of one’s friends and family can be the very thing that shackles that. People, under the right circumstances, are capable of change, and internalizing that, removes prejudice and any biases towards a person. Everyone is doing their best to make their goals happen and our minds shouldn’t prevent us from helping them.

Sometimes, the very thing that must be made free is ourselves. People often pursue these lofty ambitions of being someone they are not, only to be met with disappointment. Working to be someone different and not for one’s betterment only serves to cage oneself. Accepting our limitations and flaws is key to starting to work and improve upon them so that one may grow into their own unique person.

In my line of work, this freedom that I aspire for all to have is the opportunity for the Three Factors of Success to be maximized—Environment for Earth, People around us for man, and ourselves for Heaven. Though the past can hurt, remembering the times one was bound is a gateway to help others. When the day comes that one has finally freed oneself from their shackles, looking back to the times of hardship will give meaning to the success that one will one day achieve.
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