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"Nanding" – Your Life Inspires Me

The Escuban Family

Your life inspires me. Your story of despair and hope; of struggle for a living and freedom from poverty; of lack of a school education and a wealth of life’s education – they nourished me; they educated me, and; they brought me to where I am now.

I am Rinand because of you and Nanay. God used both of you to give me a life with so much confidence looking to the future with limitless possibilities.

You are a man of ambition. That is the reason why for many a times those who do not know your heart and mind, laughed at and ridiculed you, for how can a man so downtrodden and downcast and without an iota of academic learning dream so big to reach for his impossible stars.

But deep in your heart, you know that God created you to live a life of meaning and purpose. And so, smiling at those who gave you up for nothing, you and God walked together through tough and hopeless times, slowly and with agony, until you reached and took hold of your stars.

Your beginnings were miserable and undesirable. You stared poverty right on her face. You ate not on a table with a silver spoon and a plate but, sat on your buttocks and devoured your food from a banana leaf with your bare calloused hands. You slept not in a bed of comfort but stretched your battered body on a cold surface of clay. “This man has no future in him”, they said and judged you then.

But you are a dreamer. Gifted by God with a discerning mind; an articulate tongue, and; a heart brimming with courage and hope, you dreamed to fight and slay the demons of your poverty.

Blessed with a body toughened by years of hardship and endowed with a strength honed through life’s daily grind, you picked-up yourself to explore the world.

Hardened by the sugarcane fields of La Carlota, you crossed the seas to Iloilo and later to Zamboanga, to become an experienced and a tough stevedore hand; a highway construction worker; politicians bodyguard, and a church building caretaker. You went where the wind took you for a chance at a better life.

Without a formal education, you daringly entered the gates of a University, joined the Gospel Team and courted a lady of simplicity and dignity and respect who became your wife and taught you your “A,B,Cs” and she I now call, my “Nanay”.

Without access to books penned by scholars and the learned, you read and meditated on the Holy Bible which became your source of wisdom and enlightenment, satisfied your intellectual curiosity and fed your soul.

Without a degree to embellish your name, you worked night and day and offered your body to be scorched by the sun and drenched by the rain just to feed your family and send Nanay and your four growing children to one of the finest universities.

That was then.

Now, you smile at your detractors and testify in your words, “Dalayawon guid ang Gino-o. Indi ini iya tikal. Wala ako sang tinun-an apang naka-tapos ang akon pinalangga nga asawa kag apat ka mga kabataan, sa CPU pa! Wala ako gina-kaptan nga titulo apang sa grasya sang Diyos ang akon asawa kag mga kabataan puro may mga kurso kag, may doctor, engineer, pastor, kag nurse ako nga mga umagad. Ano pa nga titulo ang pangita-on ko?”

When I read the story of your life, I still wonder, “How can a man of the earth, encircled by overwhelming obstacles fought through the maze and came out a victor?”

Given what you have experienced, even a day of it, I wonder how I could survive. You amaze me Tatay as much as you bless me.

You have finally slain the demons of your poverty, together with Nanay’s help. And, we your children, Inday Rina Joy, Boboy Andrew, Nonoy Harold, and myself have tasted the sweetness of the fruit of your conquest

Tatay, today you turn 80 and you are healthy, prays and reads your Bible everyday. You are not perfect like everyone. You have your weaknesses and limitations.

But you are a hard and a rough stone smoothened and fashioned by the hands of God to become a precious shining gem.

Thank you Tatay. I love you so much. God bless you.

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY.

Your son,

Toto Rinand, with Inday Lory Joy, Toto Brahms, Nonoy Strauss and Tata Handel

NOTE: This letter is published with permission from Mr. Rinand Escuban.

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“Nanding” – Your Life Inspires Me

The Escuban Family

Your life inspires me. Your story of despair and hope; of struggle for a living and freedom from poverty; of lack of a school education and a wealth of life’s education – they nourished me; they educated me, and; they brought me to where I am now.

I am Rinand because of you and Nanay. God used both of you to give me a life with so much confidence looking to the future with limitless possibilities.

You are a man of ambition. That is the reason why for many a times those who do not know your heart and mind, laughed at and ridiculed you, for how can a man so downtrodden and downcast and without an iota of academic learning dream so big to reach for his impossible stars.

But deep in your heart, you know that God created you to live a life of meaning and purpose. And so, smiling at those who gave you up for nothing, you and God walked together through tough and hopeless times, slowly and with agony, until you reached and took hold of your stars.

Your beginnings were miserable and undesirable. You stared poverty right on her face. You ate not on a table with a silver spoon and a plate but, sat on your buttocks and devoured your food from a banana leaf with your bare calloused hands. You slept not in a bed of comfort but stretched your battered body on a cold surface of clay. “This man has no future in him”, they said and judged you then.

But you are a dreamer. Gifted by God with a discerning mind; an articulate tongue, and; a heart brimming with courage and hope, you dreamed to fight and slay the demons of your poverty.

Blessed with a body toughened by years of hardship and endowed with a strength honed through life’s daily grind, you picked-up yourself to explore the world.

Hardened by the sugarcane fields of La Carlota, you crossed the seas to Iloilo and later to Zamboanga, to become an experienced and a tough stevedore hand; a highway construction worker; politicians bodyguard, and a church building caretaker. You went where the wind took you for a chance at a better life.

Without a formal education, you daringly entered the gates of a University, joined the Gospel Team and courted a lady of simplicity and dignity and respect who became your wife and taught you your “A,B,Cs” and she I now call, my “Nanay”.

Without access to books penned by scholars and the learned, you read and meditated on the Holy Bible which became your source of wisdom and enlightenment, satisfied your intellectual curiosity and fed your soul.

Without a degree to embellish your name, you worked night and day and offered your body to be scorched by the sun and drenched by the rain just to feed your family and send Nanay and your four growing children to one of the finest universities.

That was then.

Now, you smile at your detractors and testify in your words, “Dalayawon guid ang Gino-o. Indi ini iya tikal. Wala ako sang tinun-an apang naka-tapos ang akon pinalangga nga asawa kag apat ka mga kabataan, sa CPU pa! Wala ako gina-kaptan nga titulo apang sa grasya sang Diyos ang akon asawa kag mga kabataan puro may mga kurso kag, may doctor, engineer, pastor, kag nurse ako nga mga umagad. Ano pa nga titulo ang pangita-on ko?”

When I read the story of your life, I still wonder, “How can a man of the earth, encircled by overwhelming obstacles fought through the maze and came out a victor?”

Given what you have experienced, even a day of it, I wonder how I could survive. You amaze me Tatay as much as you bless me.

You have finally slain the demons of your poverty, together with Nanay’s help. And, we your children, Inday Rina Joy, Boboy Andrew, Nonoy Harold, and myself have tasted the sweetness of the fruit of your conquest

Tatay, today you turn 80 and you are healthy, prays and reads your Bible everyday. You are not perfect like everyone. You have your weaknesses and limitations.

But you are a hard and a rough stone smoothened and fashioned by the hands of God to become a precious shining gem.

Thank you Tatay. I love you so much. God bless you.

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY.

Your son,

Toto Rinand, with Inday Lory Joy, Toto Brahms, Nonoy Strauss and Tata Handel

NOTE: This letter is published with permission from Mr. Rinand Escuban.

Celebrating CPU's Foundation Day Through Her Core Values

Remembering the foundation day of Central Philippine University on October 1, I reflected on her core values.

I’m very grateful that my Alma Mater did not only teach me academic knowledge. I also grew spiritually at CPU. I learned her core values that for me, are far more important than the academic degree I earned.

CPU’s core values are deeply embedded in our family. My parents are both graduates of the College of Theology.

Basing from my parents’ life, I could say that the core values of CPU preceded her academic programs. Do you know why?

My parents came to know the Saviour Jesus Christ through the CPU Gospel Team that visited their town. Then their new found faith led them to study at CPU.

Basically, we could see similar pattern in CPU’s establishment. The Baptist missionaries came to sow the Gospel seed and later organized the school that became Central Philippine University.

As a Centralian, are you aware of your Alma Mater’s core values?

What is your understanding of faith, character, justice, stewardship, and excellence?

How far have you gone in putting into practice these core values?

If our founding fathers were alive today, do you think they will be proud of us – Centralians who have stood for CPU’s core values?

On 1 October 2009, I have the rare chance to make a stand for justice. I filed a labor complaint against my employer. Eventually, I found the justice that I sought.

Let us celebrate the foundation of our Alma Mater, Central Philippine University and bring great honor to her through standing firm on the core values she taught us.

Celebrating CPU’s Foundation Day Through Her Core Values

CPU Core Values

Remembering the foundation day of Central Philippine University on October 1, I reflected on her core values.

I’m very grateful that my Alma Mater did not only teach me academic knowledge. I also grew spiritually at CPU. I learned her core values that for me, are far more important than the academic degree I earned.

CPU’s core values are deeply embedded in four generations of our family.

My grandfather, Raymundo Bais was alumnus of Central Philippine College.

My parents, Nenita Bais and Malvar Castillon are both graduates of the College of Theology.

I and my siblings, Asiel Nils (Chem Eng’g) and Ivan (AB History) graduated at CPU.

My wife, Jewel Kwe is a Centralian (Commerce) and our daughter, Jadyn attended nursery, Kinder 1 and 2 at CPU.

Basing from my parents’ life, I could say that the core values of CPU preceded her academic programs. Do you know why?

My parents came to know the Saviour Jesus Christ through the CPU Gospel Team that visited their respective towns.

Then their new found faith led them to study at CPU.

Basically, we could see similar pattern in CPU’s establishment.

The Baptist missionaries came to sow the Gospel seed and later organized the school that became Central Philippine University.

As a Centralian, are you aware of your Alma Mater’s core values?

What is your understanding of faith, character, justice, stewardship, and excellence?

How far have you gone in putting into practice these core values?

If our founding fathers were alive today, would they be proud of us as Centralians who have stood for CPU’s core values?

On 1 October 2009, I had the rare chance to make a stand for justice.

Eventually, true to what CPU has taught me, I found the justice that I sought.

Let us celebrate the foundation of our Alma Mater, Central Philippine University and bring great honor to her through standing firm on the core values she taught us, anywhere we are, no matter what we have achieved.

To God be the glory!

Rediscovering the Ilonggo Contribution to Social Work

By Edwin Lariza at Lariza.Website

As indicated in the previous post, the annual celebration of the social work week in the Philippines stemmed from the preparation for the Ruby Anniversary of the Social Work Law on June 19, 2005.

Months earlier, a series of joint meetings and regional consultations of social workers in Western Visayas were held in Iloilo City after the National Convention of two major social work organizations in the Philippines.

Both the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) and National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI) emphasized the paradigm shift on policy advocacy during respective conventions.

Challenged, Ilonggo social workers exhaustively looked for ways and means in pooling resources to maximize the celebration for policy advocacy. Similarly, we committed to deliberately and systematically promote the Social Work profession and its significant role in effecting social transformation.

In the process, we found out that 2005 was the 40th year of the Social Work Law. Otherwise known as Republic Act 4373, the law was passed on June 19, 1965. However, it was noticed that the significance of the date of the passage of the Social Work Law had not been officially observed unlike other social welfare legislations which were passed even later. So, we thought of making the occasion a good opportunity to unite in promoting our profession through policy advocacy.

With such discovery, we were very excited to think of activities to maximize the celebration. We thought of coming up with a resolution requesting then Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to declare June 13-19 as Social Work Week in Western Visayas, as it would be within our area of work.

It gained strong support from other social work-led organizations and alliances in the region, as well as government officials and NGO leaders in the Regional Development Council. However, the Regional Development Council, which endorsed our resolution, opted for the national declaration as the Social Work Law is national in scope. Hence, the declaration should benefit other provinces in various regions.

Getting the clue from people in the authority, we informed both the national board of Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) and National Association of Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI) of this discovery and subsequent move to solicit support either thru endorsement of the resolution or making a national resolution related to the regional resolution.

While it failed to get the declaration from the Philippine President for some technicalities, the PASWI National called for the celebration nationwide. In Western Visayas, we succeeded in our advocacy as all provinces and major cities have institutionalized the celebration by respective resolutions/ordinances. Since then, while the degree and focus vary the event has been celebrated every year.

Later, in our research, we discovered that our initiative was just a continuation of the tradition of significant contribution of Ilonggo social workers in the history of the Social Work profession.
The first and foremost among Filipino social work pioneer is an Ilongga – Josefa Jara Martinez.

Martinez was the first executive secretary of the Associated Charities, considered to be the forerunner of social work in the Philippines. She was also the founder and first director of the first school of social work in the Philippines, now known as Philippine School of Social Work which was affiliated with the Philippine Women’s University. In 1978, she was awarded the Social Worker of the Year Award by the Professional Regulations Commissions.

Martinez was among the 7 pioneers that formed the first association of social workers in the Philippines. Joining her were two Ilongga social workers, namely: Carmen Montinola-Luz and Felicidad A. De Silva from Capiz.

Interestingly, the social worker –turned-senator, who authored the Social Work Law, had her roots in Iloilo City. Sen. Maria Kalaw- Katigbak, who held the distinction as the lone woman member of the Philippine Senate (1961 up to 1963), is a daughter of Pura Villanueva Kalaw, a renown Ilongga feminist/suffragist and writer. She organized the first ever feminist group in the Philippines, the Asociacion Feminista Ilonga.

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Rediscovering the Ilonggo Contribution to Social Work by Rev. Edwin Lariza

For more information about the Social Work Week in Iloilo visit Lariza.Website or click on the link below:

All Set for 8th Social Work Week in Iloilo

 

Famous Sites in Europe through Karl Hipolito’s Great Photo Shots

Prague, Czech Republic

Bavaria, Germany

Brussels, Belgium

West London, England

London, England

 

Karl Hipolito says:

Recently, blue hour photography or what they call the dusk/dawn photography has caught my amazement, making me chase and catch that time when it’s neither full daylight nor complete darkness.

Recalling my Europe photography trip, it was funny that we all have to run around Rome just to get the best shot of the Colosseum in the blue hour.

This best time of the day doesn’t last long. You have to equip yourself with a good pair of running shoes and good camera backpack to aid you in catching the best hour in photography.

Usually in my photos, I always adopt 4 of the Top 10 tips I have learned from Kodak. Move it from the middle; move in close; take some vertical shots; and watch the light. The rest would be by mood.

When I travel, I meet people with different perspectives in photography. I learned from fellows who carry big camera gears to the smallest point and shoot ones that it’s not about what you have but how you frame it through your lens.

I agree with Yen Baet, National Geographic Exceptional Experiences Photo Contest 2011 Winner, that:

“Some people tend to forget that owning a camera doesn’t make one a photographer. It is merely a tool, and to make that tool serve its purpose fully, you have to have the eye and a vision. Add in a generous amount of passion, dedication and belief in yourself, that is what makes the difference.”

I still look forward to future globe-trotting opportunities as these open my eyes and my lens to how God created the world superbly.

Let’s Tour Europe through Karl Hipolito’s Photos

On March 28, Engr. Karl Hipolito went on a photography excursion to Europe.

Following Karl’s journey through his photographs makes me feel like I am also travelling through Europe too.

His pictures seem so real as if you were there in that moment when he tool the shot.

CPU Blog is happy to share Karl’s photographs of famous sites in each country he visited. You will surely enjoy seeing the European sites through his photographs.

Paris, France

Lucerne & Lugano – Switzerland

Rome, Italy

Florence, Italy

Venice, Italy

Vienna, Austria

TO BE CONTINUED…

See the rest of Karl’s European journey in our next post!

Central Philippine University Softball Team – Winning the 59th National PRISAA Gold

By Mc Rliz Cloma
Photos by Kim Dela Cruz

CPU Softball Team's tight defense in the last inning proved tough for Region 10.

On April 26 morning, the CPU-led Western Visayas team defeated CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) 18-4. This victory earned them the championship game against Region 10 held in the afternoon.

Region 10 started the game strongly by scoring 4–0 runs in the first two innings but on the 3rd inning, Antonette Sacamay of Region 6 delivered Jeraldine Ayore home via “run batted in” (RBI).

And with runners on 1st and 2nd bases, Gulfan struck the lone homer of the game for 3 RBIs thereby leveling the game to 4 runs each.

Gaining momentum from that scoring spree, Region 6 used tricky offensive plays in the next three innings which enabled them to led 10–4 after the top of the 6th inning.

On the bottom of the 6th inning, Region 10 loaded all the bases and scored 2 quick runs on no outs, making the score 10-6.

 
Pitcher’s injury did not deter Region 6 to win

In that moment, Region 6 pitcher Donna Rose Gabayoyo, with two standing outs (SO) and 10 hits on 30 batters, requested for Penafiel to relieve her and end the game. She felt her pitching arm’s injured finger cannot contain the pressure anymore.

Taking advantage of the new pitcher, Region 10 pounced at will and scored 5 more runs, wresting the lead from Region 6 at 10–11 as they reached 7th inning.

Sensing that momentum is obviously on Region 10, before the last inning started, Kim Dela Cruz (head coach) challenged the Region 6 girls that God brought them together for this moment with their talents and for them to make good use of what God has gifted them.

Determined to win the championship, Region 6 showed heart and displayed aggressive and smart plays, producing 5 hits and 4 runs on 2 errors from Region 10.

Champions again! CPU Softball Team in jubilation after winning gold in the 59th National PRISAA held in Cebu City, 22-28 April 2012.

With the championship almost at hand, Penafiel and the team summoned all their strength, courage and talents to deliver three quick outs for Region 10.

Everyone cheered and celebrated when Ayore on 3rd base caught the line drive for the 3rd out. Championship score was 14 – 11 in favor of the defending champion, the Western Visayas PRISAA Softball Team.

The Awards

Apart from the championship, National PRISAA Softball gave individual awards to the following Region 6 players:

  • Most Home Runs – Cristine Sebuan
  • Most Steals and Best Pitcher – Jergen Penafiel
  • Most Valuable Player – Ma. Kristine Gulfan
  • Best Coach – Pastor Kim Dela Cruz

This year’s Western Visayas Team is composed of: Central Philippine University Team Captains Ma. Kristine Gulfan, Cristine Sebuan, Rhea Sevilla, and Ma. Dianne Treyes; Ma. Marriel Arnado, Jeraldine Ayore, Jane Daras, Clarisse Gaycel Dela Cruz, Donna Rose Gabayoyo, Hainee Dane Hernandez, Jergen Penafiel, Cecil Poblador, Antonette Sacamay, Herjea Faye Sinogbuhan; and, Ronieliza Hiponia and Michelle Soriano from St. Anthony’s College of Antique.

Coaching staff: Pastor Kim Dela Cruz – Head Coach; Pastor Mark Arliss Cloma – Assistant Coach; Jose “Julie” Hechanova – Pitching Coach; and, Jonathan Malunda – Conditioning Coach.

Central Philippine University-led WV Softball Team Strikes Gold Anew in 59th National PRISAA

By Mc Rliz Cloma
Photos by Kim Dela Cruz

CPU-led Western Visayas Softball team once again struck gold in the 59th National Private Schools Athletic Association Games held at Cebu City on April 22-28.

Composed of the Central Philippine University Softball Team core players, Western Visayas softball team defended successfully the championship they won last year in Zamboanga City.

Key to the softball team’s championship victory was defeating Region 10 in the final match on April 26 at Labangon Elementary School Softball Diamond.

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The champion team boarding a jeep to their game venue.

The win enabled the Western Visayas Soft belles to duplicate the feat they achieved in last year’s national PRISAA in Zamboanga City.

This was sweet victory for Region 6 (Western Visayas) after they hurdled two games from powerhouse teams.

On April 25, a loss from Region 11 posed a challenge to their championship campaign. Resolved to defend their golden crown, the CPU Softball Team recovered from their loss by beating CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region), Bracket B’s number 1 seed, in the crossover semi-finals.

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Winning the crossover semi-finals

With a 0–9 regulation loss against Region 11 in their bracket’s final game on April 25th, the Region 6 Softball team showed what a champion’s heart is made of. The Western Visayas team did not bring any emotional baggage from their previous regulation loss versus Region 11.

Showing brilliant strategy, playing good defense and tricky long and small ball offenses, Region 6 shocked CAR with 18-4 win in morning of April 26. CAR’s topping bracket B failed to weaken Region 6 determination to go for the gold. CAR softball team is last year’s national PRISAA runner up.

CPU Softball Team’s semi-final game with CAR softball team started slow until the 3rd inning. CAR had scored 4 runs against the lone Western Visayas home run courtesy of shortstop Cristine Sebuan.

Tightening defense, Region 6 held CAR scoreless in the 3rd inning until the game was over. Imposing different offensive strategies and almost perfect defense left CAR guessing Western Visayas softball team’s offensive plays in the remaining innings.

Central Philippine University’s Softball program and training proved effective during very tight innings and critical situations in the semi-final game. In the 6th inning, Region 6 scored 11 runs using bunts and medium ball placements.

Ma. Kristine Gulfan led Region 6 in the offensive end with 4 Runs-Batted-In (RBI) and the same number of hits. In the defensive side, pitcher Jergen Penafiel displayed maturity in delivering consistent pitches resulting to 6 standing outs in seven innings.

Beating and clobbering CAR softball team with overwhelming margin, Region 6 was headed to their second consecutive championship game against Region 10 in the afternoon of April 26.

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The champions relaxing under the tree shades while waiting for their next game.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Read how Central Philippine University Softball Team won the Championship in our next post!