Monday, June 12, 2017

Fit Filipino Movement Challenges the Philippines to lose 1 Million lbs.

After the phenomenal growth of people who are now involved in the running culture which started almost a decade ago, many have completely transformed their lives for the better and have become staunch advocates of its benefits to our holistic wellbeing. One classic example of that transformation is me when I decided to have a complete turnaround from the unhealthy lifestyle I was into before with 182 lbs. on a five-foot five height. In short, I was overweight .

A challenge for a fitter and healthier Philippines...

The other day, I stumbled upon some not-so-old pictures of me and I was surprised at how I changed through the years. My journey was not easy and its not over. On many occasions, I tend to be so consistently driven but, after a while, the preoccupation of busyness from work tends to pull me back to sedentary living again. When I fail to be conscious about it, kilograms are gained back just as quickly as I lost them.

Me, at 180 lbs. (Circa 2009)
Along the way of my fitness adventures, I got to learn some valuable lessons in losing weight. Before, I was stuck on one form of physical activity: running. But, later on, I discovered the importance of cross-training that involves other muscle groups which are essential in losing significant amount of calories and fats in our body. In many ways, these cross-training exercises optimize other muscle fibers which tend to be in “rest mode” during running. That is why, a variety of cross-training exercises are important to weight loss because more muscle fibers that move constantly mean more fats attached to them will be burned. 

Members of the Philippine National Police taking in on the challenge and committing to pledge 500,000 lbs. 

Over the years, I have incorporated several cross-training activities with my running regimen, most especially during rainy season. Some indoor workouts I do are: wall climbing, jumping rope and Metafit exercises (I also play ultimate Frisbee on Thursdays). Sometimes, I'd combine jump rope and metafit on days when I can’t run. To find out more about this metafit exercise, you can read about it here in my blog. For jump rope, you can watch my video in another blog post for an actual demo.

Fit Fil proponents, Coaches Toni and Jim Saret with Fit Fil brand supporters, Phil. Med. Association president, Dr. Raul Lapitan and Robinsons Supermarket Marketing Director, Ms. Angela Tatones... 
The metafit exercises were introduced to me by a friend who is also a very popular fitness coach Mr. Jim Saret. According to fitness experts like Coach Jim, Metafit exercises can actually burn as much as 600 calories in four minutes of high intensity execution. It is a combination of “simple” callisthenic exercises such as Half-burpees, Jumping Jacks, and mountain climbers. On the other hand, Jumping rope has also proven to be a very effective to weight loss. By jumping 120 revolutions per minute, one can actually burn 13 calories in just one minute.

120 revolution per minute can burn 13 calories in one minute. 

This year, Coach Jim Saret and his wife, fitness coach Toni Saret, offer the Filipino people a challenge to lose I million pounds in six months in a campaign called the Fit Fil National Weight Loss Challenge.  The National Challenge is the first activity for the Fit Filipino Movement's vision of one million fit Filipinos by 2020. According to Food and Nutrition Research Institute's (FNRI) Mario Capanzana, “Three in 10 Filipinos are overweight or obese. Of these three, one overweight adult can be found in the National Capital Region.

FNRI President, Mario Capanzana

“We want Filipinos to see that getting fit and healthy can be easy and fun when you have the whole nation rallying together for this cause, “ said Coach Jim Saret. 

Recently, the Fit Fil Challenge was launched during the Philippines Heart Association Convention at the Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong City. The PHA, as one of the lead convener of the event, presented some medical facts from Cardiologists, Endocrinologists and other specialists about the effects of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Likewise, they also talked about the adverse effects of being overweight as well as proper and safer weight loss programs to those who wish to lose pounds. The Symposium ended with public pledging from the audience that publicly announced their support and the number of pounds each group wishes to commit that will be counted for the One Million lbs. target in six months.

“We want Filipinos to see that getting fit and healthy can be easy and fun when you have the whole nation rallying together for this cause, “ said Coach Jim Saret. 

Among the groups that were present and showed their support were: Robnisons Supermarket, Far Eastern University, Conrad Manila, Anytime Fitness, Fitness First, FWD Insurance, Nurture Wellness Village, and the Philippine National Police, who committed half of the target which is 500 thousand lbs., to be spread out to the entire police force in the country and various Pharmaceutical companies and LGUs of different municipalities across the regions. 

Ms. Cathy Turvil forging her commitment to pledge 1,000 lbs. for Nurture Wellness Village 

For individuals who want to participate in this noble health initiative, the registration is free from June 5 to December 5, 2017. Everyone can visit select Robinsons Supermarket branches every Saturday to register and submit their official weight. After their final weigh-in, participants can avail of a reward if they achieve their wellness goal.

Members of the academe of Far Eastern University also pledge their support...

Regardless of your physical regimen, it is important that you start somewhere. I would also recommend not letting yourself be stuck on just one form of sport or exercise. Try to learn other physical skills or activities so that more muscle groups will be optimized to burn those unwanted fats. And again, weight loss is always 20% exercise and 80% diet, so always make sure to watch the food you eat.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Robinsons Supermarket with “Learn Wellness": Be scholarly healthy and fit all year round

I have noticed recently that there have been frequent rain showers pouring in the metro and it's still May. In some part of Visayas, residents even had their first dibs of monsoon that flooded some parts of Metro Cebu. It seems that summer is about to end and rainy days are coming our way much earlier this year, even before classes start in June. But this does not mean we should rest and hibernate while waiting for the rain to stop to stay healthy and fit. Because in Fitness and Wellness, there is no such thing as “Off Season”.

On stage are the representatives of particpating brands...

In the last NatGeo Run 2017 where I ran a full marathon, my time was unexpectedly faster and I was able to recovery more quickly. I give the credit to the new cross-training regimen I started early this year, which includes Jumping Rope. According to jump rope experts I’ve come across in many articles and instructional videos, this is one of the best training exercises that can shed calories and fats in a short span of time. Imagine, one can burn as much as 1,000 calories in just 15 to 20 minutes of Jump roping, with high intensity interval callisthenic exercises.

Pre-schoolers are not exempted to start early to a healthy lifestyle...

Of course, the visible results will vary depending on your physical condition and fitness goals.  But whether one will start as overweight or lean, the sustainable results of jump rope will only work if we give a huge amount of attention on the food we eat. I’m not talking about just the quantity of calories we take in but also the quality of the food we choose.

If the weather is not cooperating for a good run, Jumping rope is one better alternative

I am glad that the summer vacation gave the opportunity for a lot of young students to take care of their health and many did get involved with running. But I'm quite anxious to know who among these millenials will continue when they start to become busy with school work. I'm sure as soon as classes start, many of these young fitness newbies will relatively have lesser time to continue pursuing what they started as they need to devote more time to school stuff. If it’s too rainy and wet to run, jump rope is one alternative and get awesome results. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes a day to do it.

A 15 to 20 minute jumping rope can burn as 1,000 calories (under 120 rpm) with high intensity interval training exercises

Again, nutrition plays a key role in achieving fitness goals and, more often, school environment offers fast food nutrition and students have lesser options where to eat while spending more than half of the day away from their parents who can serve them better food. For the moms and dads who wish no less but optimum health and nutrition for their growing kids, preparing them with lunch bento boxes of good food, filled with all the healthy goodness that fast food rarely offers, is a better alternative.

Robinsons Supermarket's We Love Wellness Campaign involves a holistic heath and fitness... 

This month, Robinsons Supermarket celebrates the Health and Wellness season for people who consciously consume and advocate for healthier food selections. From May 1 to June 30, 2017, shoppers will get P100 off coupon for a minimum single purchase of P3,000 at Robinson’s Supermarket. Purchases must  be inclusive of P500 worth of participating products from Nestle, CDO, Splash, Wyeth, or Purefoods . Loyal shoppers can also earn additional 10 Robinsons Rewards Card Points when they buy select Nestle products during this promo.

Know the products by just simply looking at the yellow price tags...

When visiting Robinsons Supermarket just look for the yellow tag prices of selected participating brands to make sure you are buying products that support healthy living. Robinsons Supermarket’s Route to Wellness campaign affirms its commitment to strengthening the “We Love Wellness” advocacy that enables it to provide healthier food options and alternatives to Filipinos. And, as the new school year starts this June, students are encouraged not just to study hard but also set aside time to learn more about heathy living and getting fit. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

RUNRIO Launches the Premier Running Series in the Country…

The running and fitness culture in the Philippines has grown exponentially in the past seven years. I remember way back in the 80’s, only a handful of running events was being organized in Manila and most of these runs were either half marathon or full-marathon and it was very rare for race organizers to put up short distance races. Only in the last seven years, organizing races have evolved into accommodating newbies to experience running as a lifestyle. And among the pioneers of organizing fun runs in the country is RUN RIO EVENTS INC., headed by its iconic president and coach, Mr. Rio dela Cruz.

adidas race shirts for all categories...
Brought up with humble beginnings in the province of Camarines Sur, Coach Rio pursued his college education through the scholarship he got from UP Diliman as a member of the UP Varsity Track and Field team. As a young athlete, he always dreamt of competing in the Olympics but, due to the lack of resources and support for trainings, his dream fell short in becoming a reality.

Coach Rio dela Cruz came a long way to where he is now...
After competing in countless of marathon races here and abroad, his passion radiated to his community where, during his time, very few were into running and fitness. Soon after, he decided to organize fun runs in Metro Manila for beginners and intermediate runners with categories of 3k, 5k, and 10k races. Just after a few years, the few hundred of participants who crowded the starting line became tens of thousands of running enthusiasts, covering several blocks of various streets in Metro Manila.

RUNRIO Run Trilogy will start on June 25, 2017... 
Now, RUNRIO Events Inc., is one the most sought-after race organizers in the country. Over the years, the running community who started as fun runners before have become seasoned and loyal RunRio runners. Indeed, RUNRIO is one of the catalysts that made the running phenomenon in the country grow larger and larger every year. Because of this development, Coach Rio created the RunRio Trilogy where runners are offered to elevate their running prowess one notch higher every time they join a race.

The RUNRIO Events Inc. Managing partners. Mr. Andrew Neri, Coach Rio dela Cruz and Mr. Dingdong Dantes...
The concept is a series of three runs with each leg offering a graduation of difficulty that can prepare a runner for the pinnacle of his or her running and fitness lifestyle – the 42 kilometer Marathon. The RUNRIO Trilogy has been in the race calendar for six years but, this 2017, they decided to make a re-launch to feature the new brand partners of the company and to also introduce the new faces that make up the new RUNRIO Events Inc. 

Finishers Medals for 21k, 32k, and 42k categories...
After a series of transformations in almost a decade of organizing races, the company decided to raise its bar of excellence by bringing in two new managing partners namely, Mr. Andrew Neri  (formerly of Milo Marathon) and fitness celebrity heartthrob Mr. Dingdong Dantes. The new RUNRIO Events Inc., made their debut race last month where they staged the annual running event of National Geographic Channel, the NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017, that hauled in more than 13,000 runners.

 The new RUNRIO Events Inc.
As they officially rolled out the new RUNRIO, the Trilogy is the one that they are more excited about because of the series will also feature new sponsors that were not part of the trilogy before. For the longest time, the trilogy series was also closely associated with RUN United series. Recently though, the Run United Active Health owned by UNILAB decided on a new direction, which made them no longer part of the whole trilogy but just a portion of it. However, new brands were dove-tailed into the series namely, adidas, Gatorade, Summit Water, and Garmin Philippines. 

Just among the improvements for a more quality service...
The first leg of the series will feature a half marathon 21k distance. This leg is for the 10k runners who wish to level up but it will also offer the shorter distances like 5k and 10k categories. It will happen on June 25, 2017 covering the whole stretch of Roxas Blvd. The second leg on August 13, 2017 will feature the signature distance concept of Coach Rio himself, the Afro-distance 32k kilometer run. This leg will also use the same route, only longer. The Afro-distance is more of a "self-assessment"  category if a finisher can already run a full-marathon. And finally, leg three will be the Milo marathon.

"We are excited to launch the RUNRIO Trilogy race series because there are many running enthusiasts out there who are looking forward to this event. This year marks the 7th year of RUNRIO Trilogy, whose main objective is to educate runners to train and race progressively," said award winning actor Dingdong Dantes. "Part of the proceeds of this year’s race series will go to the YesPinoy Foundation to support the organization’s philanthropic works," Dantes is the founding chairman of YesPinoy Foundation. 

The support of RUNRIO Trilogy Series will go to youth’s development for young aspiring athletes who also wish to dream to compete in the Olympics. In a special way, I believe it also revives the dream of Coach Rio, but this time in the life of another young Filipino athlete.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

HOOQ Celebrates 2nd year anniversary with brand new TVOD shows…

The Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) has certainly revolutionized TV entertainment on another level of viewing pleasure. A few decades ago where internet was just a figment of everyone’s imagination, home video entertainment on VHS tapes were a big hit, creating a huge business in movie rentals. At least for a few decades, it held up high until the advent of the World Wide Web that radically changed every aspect of our lives. And the world bids goodbye to the analog VHS tapes.

Happy 2nd Year Anniversary, HOOQ!! From: Trails Unlimited and Write Breath Live...

Today, with the increasing demand on blockbuster movies and Hollywood award winning TV series, loyal audiences relentlessly find ways to get hold of quality copies of the latest shows, thus the movie pirating business in the black market sites was born. But despite illegal implications on such practices, many are still doing it and it’s more like an “open-secret” practice. 

Tarzan and Jane Cosplayer. Promoting the newest movie TARZAN, exclusively from HOOQ

With the increasing market, business opportunities were spotted immediately over the horizon. Later on, the creation of innovative way of enjoying movies and TV shows is readily available anywhere you want it, when you need it. 

HOOQ Philippines Executives...

Soon after, several SVOD digital apps immediately offered their services, partnering with various movie production outfits, TV networks to bring movies and TV shows on a subscription basis. But among the competing TVOD brands available online, one app has withstood the tight competition and has exceeded clients expectations in bringing not just the latest but also the some of the hottest award-winning TV series and movies. 

Mr. Peter Bithos, HOOQ CEO...

HOOQ, with just over two years of bringing quality SVOD in the market, is constantly pushing the boundaries to evolve and stay committed to deliver the best entertainment to its customers. Celebrating its 2nd year anniversary, HOOQ is bolstering its line-up Hollywood studio partnerships such as Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, Miramax, Starz and over a hundred Asian studios. 

The host of the night, Mr. Tim Yap...

Recently, HOOQ launches another innovation of the SVOD for non-subscribers but wish to try out new movies, three months from their theatrical release.  Furthermore, existing HOOQ subscribers can enjoy one movie a month form the TVOD library with no additional cost.  And as it continues to innovate and delivers quality entertainment, HOOQ will bring more ways to give the best shows that hit both TV and silver screens.    

"six pack - Dave" with media friends and bloggers

How to get HOOQ’d…

It’s easy to get OOQ’d. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or Log in, to access HOOQ’s library of top Hollywood and Asian Hits anytime, anywhere and on any device including computers , smartphones, tablets, set-up boxes, smart TVs via Google Chromecast and Apple devices. 

Wishing HOOQ for more exciting shows in the coming years!!! 

Globe At Home customers can get up to six months access to HOOQ with plans P1,299 and up, while globe mobile customers can also get up to six months trial selected prepaid and postpaid plans. You may also visit to sign up for seven-day free trial.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jollibee and Philippine Rugby Football Union MOA Signing…

Jollibee, the country’s  leading fast food household brand is relentlessly engaging its market not only among kids but more so with the sports. With its countless endorsements and sponsorships in athletic events, it made sure that the brand’s support will always include a room for one more group to the team.

This time, Jollibee support goes to Rugby Football, a contact team sport that is starting to gain popularity among Filipinos. More than a decade ago, this sport has struggled to gain traction among Filipino athletes which generally has smaller built, compared to its European counterparts, who are originator of the game.

(Fr. L- R) Mr. Jake letts, Mr. William Baily, Mr. Francis Flores, Ms. Arline Adeva

But I guess this notion was proven otherwise with many members who happen to have Australian decents which made their built fit for Rugby.  Now, the sport is becoming known to several regions which formed Rugby teams and is holding tournaments all over. With its popularity on the rise, the youth sector is becoming curious to try it out.

Ms. Cat the Emcee... 

Recently, Jollibee and the Philippine Rugby Football Union, Inc. (PRFU), authorized by the World Rugby as the official governing body of the game of Rugby Union in the country, has forged a partnership agreement with the country’s leading fast food chain, Jollibee Foods Corporation, in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on April 10, 2017.

The MOA signing was witnessed by members of the media and some Jollibee executives. Representing the partnership are Treasurer Mr. William Bailey of the PRFU and Mr. Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer. Among the entourage are PRFU National Teams Head, Mr. Jake Letts and Jollibee Philippine Brand Communications and PR Director Ms. Arline Adeva. 

With PRFU prime goal which is to promote Rugby among younger generations, which made the group hold numerous Rugby Clinics in schools, and communities all over the country. With this as their primary program, the support of Jollibee extends to the participating youths as well,  and Rugby as very strainious full-contact sport, Burgers and Chicken joy are expected to flood every Rugby game in the plyaing field.   

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cordlife’s One Blood: A Fight Against Leukemia

The condition of my son James, who has cerebral palsy, is a story that we always share with others, hoping to bring hope and joy to people who are experiencing the same journey. As much as we believe that God has allowed this to happen in order to minister not only to us but also to other people, there’s always a moment that my wife and I thought of other possible ways that we can still improve James’ way of life, even though doctors have already told us that there is nothing much to be done anymore in order for him to be normal again. 

Over the years, after James’ ordeal, we are amazed how medical technology has developed to improve the condition of children with irreversible life conditions and life threatening diseases such as leukemia. One breakthrough is the development of Stem Cell treatment which became a controversial issue in the US and in some countries. 

Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) or simply STEM CELLS are known as ‘precursor’ cells’, as they have the ability to differentiate into the different types of blood found in the body, namely: Red Blood Cells which are responsible for transporting oxygen; White Blood Cells which are responsible in producing anti-bodies and fighting infections; and Platelets which assist in blood clotting. The Cord Blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord after birth and it contains the healthiest Stem Cells that can replenish blood, regenerate damaged bone marrow, treat blood cancers, and correct genetic defects. 

This medical breakthrough is now being offered in the country through Cordlife Philippines. It is the country’s first and only private cord blood processing and cryopreservation facility aimed to give Filipinos the chance to benefit from the advantages of having a readily available supply of cord blood. 

Cordlife is the only stem cell banking facility in the Philippines that provides total Stem Cell Banking Solution for the family’s complete protection against diseases which are genetically acquired such as Retinoblastoma which is cancer of the Retina (Eye) that is commonly passed on from mother to womb, Leukemia, Hereditary Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome, Inherited Red Cell and Platelet abnormalities, Inherited Disorders of the Immune System, and other Metabolic Disorders. 

The success rate of Stem Cell treatment in other countries is remarkable when using the patients’ own harvested stem cells. However, clinical trials are still in progress for patients being treated with other people’s stem cell. Currently, there are reports of promising results for Cerebral Palsy patients who underwent Stem Cell treatment in other countries using stem cells of other patients. Another clinical trials which Cordlife is pursuing is the treatment of other illnesses such as Kidney Transplant, Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack), Ovarian cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearing loss, HIV, and others. 

With all these developments and innovations in medical science, it’s hard not to wonder if such technology was already present at the time when James was born. I can’t help but imagine all the things he can do, now that he is already 19 years old. As of now, we can only wish and pray that someday, new innovations and developments may arise so that more miracles can come to the lives of people who are inflicted with unfortunate conditions. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


“E-sports.” The first time I heard this word was when I attended the launching RAPOO's latest gaming peripherals that would suppose to increase the “athleticism” of any e-gamer. For my non-egamer reader out there, gaming peripherals are the tools of trade or hardware that comes along with PC. This are the key boards, mouse and head sets. As much as this blog site caters to the outdoor sports and fitness which are my passion, I think I can squeeze this one in for the spirit of sportsmanship.

 As one e-sport expert would say, just like a basketball player would need a well-designed pair of shoes, and a golfer needs a good set of clubs, the e-sport gamers would likewise search for the most awesome gears to be more effective in their craft as e-gamers. These special peripherals are designed differently from the normal office peripherals. The construction and materials designed to withstand long ours of pounding in an e-game battle. The receptiveness of these tools are of the top of the line, because for a gamer, the slightest lag can spell the difference between victory and getting fragged to oblivion. 

“Gaming has gotten a lot more serious these past few years, and there are already a lot Filipino pro-gamers who are making a name for themselves in eSports tournaments all over the world. We want to nurture the passion and talent the Filipinos have by letting them experience the gaming gear used by the top cyberAthletes in the world,” says Kyle Guo, Rapoo R&D Director.

"Today, we are launching the newest range of gaming products from VPRO, which will help them take their gaming to the next levels,” Guo adds. 

For those people who used to say that computer games are for kids and grown ups who still play them have serious issues of immaturity and lack of serious direction in life, well, according to statistics complied by, the total prize money of gaming competitions in 2016 alone, reached a staggering amount of 94,445,235.87 USD. Not to mention the sponsorship of brands that comes along with it.  It seems that this “child’s play” some people used to think can be a lucrative career after all. At an average, there are about close to 4,000 cyber-tournaments are being staged every year and these are participated by more than 13,000 cyberAthletes around the world. 

VPRO is the sub-brand of RAPOO which specifically caters to serious and pro-gamers. VPRO product lines are designed to match the standards of professional egamers. That is why it only employs the highest quality components needed in a high intensity multi-function operations of any games. 

VPRO top of the line Keyboard, head-set and mouse:

VPRO V810 (Priced at Php 6,730.00)

•    Backlit Mechanical gaming keyboard
•    Colors: Balck
•    Full Mechanical Keys with high speed response
•    Cherry Mechanical key switches, durable and reliable with non-conflict design for 108 keys
•    Programmable keys, on board memory (save &play)
•    Detachable magnetic wrist rest

VPRO V310 (Priced at PhP 2,190.00)

•    Mid-level laser gaming mouse
•    Colors: black and white
•    On-board memory (save & play)
•    Adjustable real time DPI button
•    Image processing rate: 12000 FPS
•    Tracking speed: 150 inches
•    Up to 1000Hz USB report rate

VH600 (Priced at PhP 2,945.00)

•    Virtual 7.1 gaming headset
•    Colors: Black, white
•    16-million-color breathing light
•    Virtual 7.1 sound effects and intelligent VIB vibration unit
•    Active dual noise-canceling microphones
•    Noise isolation

The first line of VPRO gadgets in the Philippines will be available in stores and third party retailers beginning this May 2017.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

World Vision @ 60: Launches the Campaign to Stop Online Sexual Abuse of Children in the Philippines

The online sexual abuse of children in the country is a societal problem that has crept its way into the lives of innocent youngsters from poor communities for more than a decade. While the present government concentrates all its efforts and tax payers’ resources in the so called “war on drugs” by killing everyone involved (mostly poor people), other issues like poverty and high unemployment rate remained untouched and unsolved.  

Serving the organization was one of the best nine years of my life...
The brave heart of Ofelia:
I was part of World Vision Philippines for nine years and personally witnessed how real these online sexual exploitations happen even in the some of the organization’s assisted communities. Back then, I was in charge of mass fundraising where I train and supervise WV staff on how to encourage others to sponsor poor children. In many instances, my department hired former sponsored children themselves as WV field reps, as they have proven to be a very effective in persuading people to donate because their testimonies are proofs that the program really works. 

A WV Child Sponsorship display...
Among the dozens of field reps I supervised, there was a particular girl who was very memorable and remarkable at the same time. Ofelia (not her real name) was from one of WV’s project communities in Roxas, Palawan. She was hired as a field rep and was assigned to one of the malls in Metro Manila. As front liners of WV, there were many occasions where we get to go to other places to promote Child Sponsorship.  Little did we know that Ofelia had another reason why she applied for work at WV. 

WV Child sponsorship Field Reps in CDO mall.
On one occasion, our team went to Clark Field Pampangga and spent a few days there for an event. During night time, she would ask permission to visit a friend who’s living in the city, which was kind of odd and so coincidental for someone who is from Roxas, Palawan and having a close friend who lives in Clark. When I realized she was not telling the whole truth and after a confrontation, we discovered her plans. 

WV Field Reps...
Ofelia's primary reason in volunteering to come with us to Clark was primarily to rescue her close friend who was trafficked from their hometown and forced to work in an “Internet Café.” She also revealed to us the true nature of her friend’s work there and that the so called internet café was just a front of a white slavery cyber-sex den. Upon learning this, I immediately sounded the alarm to the organization and, soon after, World Vision convened for an emergency meeting and organized a rescue committee composed of representatives from WV, DSWD, International Justice Mission, and the Philippine National Police. 

Symbolic gesture of alliance of different organizations for the campaign against Online Sex Exploitation of Children...
The operation was carried out immediately and there were several girls, some of whom were minors, were rescued. These girls underwent psych debriefing carried out by family counselor Dr. Violeta Bautista, who was a board member of World Vision at the time. Later, the girls were sent back to their homes and families. Ofelia, on the other hand, was given recognition for her bravery and compassion in her desire to help her friend. 

"Good morning sir! Would you care to sponsor a child?"
Thankfully, despite being poor, Ofelia did not fall into the same fate as her friend. But sadly, this social problem that has been festering in the lives of innocent children still prevails in many poor communities in our country today. What’s even worse, some parents condone such evil practices in exchange of a brand new tricycle or a videoke machine. 

It will take the world to stop online sex exploitation:

Recently, World Vision celebrates its 60th Anniversary in the Philippines. Over the years, this non-government organization, started by Dr. Robert "Bob" Pierce after the Second World War, grew form a merely funding organization for orphanages in the Philippines to one of the biggest Christian relief and development organizations rendering support to more than 90 countries all over the world through community development and other capacities.

Dr. Pierce holding an orphaned Korean Infant during the Korean War...
As much as there are other places in the world that are more in need of help than the Philippines in terms of poverty alleviation, World Vision recognizes the online sex exploitation problem in our country, which poses serious threat in destroying the lives of young children in many poor communities. In fact, our country ranks 10th in the world when it comes to sexual exploitation of children and it so serious, that one organization like World Vision is not enough in putting a stop to this societal menace that is eating away the brighter futures of young people. 

Online Sex Exploitation of Children is like a silent plague that is slowly eating away the lives of children in poor communities..
That is why, in this campaign, WV forged an alliance with several child-focused international organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Compassion International, Plan International, International Justice Mission, Child Fund, and other national agencies like DSWD to find and pursue a lasting solution to this global problem. 

With Ms. Marilee Pierce-Dunker, daughter of World Vision founder, Dr. Robert Pierce
Pausing to Celebrate and to face new missions:

Sixty years in serving the poorest of the poor is one great achievement for the organization and indeed, merits a celebration. As part of its commemoration, World Vision gathered some of the early WV kids during the 50’s when Dr. Bob Pierce went to the Philippines to help the Good Shepherd Fold Orphanage which was the first recipient of World Vision in 1957 in Guimaras Island. Adding to its nostalgia, the daughter of Dr. Pierce, Ms. Marilee Pierce-Dunker, who is an ambassador for WV, visited the place and spent one whole day of fellowship and worship with some of the first Good Shepherd Fold Orphans.

Bishop Leo Alcongga, one of the early sponsored children of World Vision in Good Shepherd Fold Orphanage
As the organization breaks into a short pause to celebrate of God’s faithfulness in the lives of more than 1.5 million children who have benefited from WV programs, it is also taking a bolder step forward to embrace a new challenge God has entrusted, which is to put a stop to Online Sex Exploitation of children. 

Ms. Marilee Pierce-Dunker with a fellow book author and counselor Merlyn Guillermo, a former WV Sponsored child
If you want to know more regarding this three-year campaign of World Vision and how else you can help and be a part of WV programs, please visit their website:, like @wvphilippines on Facebook, or call their hotline numbers: +632 372 7777 and  +632 374 76 18 to 20.


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