JOLLIBEE HOLDS BIGGEST FAMILY PICNIC NATIONWIDE

Jollibee yesterday held the biggest family picnic event in five locations nationwide. Under the summer sun, thousands of families trekked to the venues of Jollibee Family Bee Day to bond with their loved ones. The picnic event was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Metro Manila, Bayanihan Park in Pampanga, Nuvali Football Grounds in Laguna, Plaza Independencia in Cebu, and Crocodile Park in Davao. The afternoon fun began at 2 p.m. and finished at 5 p.m. About 20,000 to 30,000 tickets were printed. Maxi Peralta, Jollibee senior marketing manager, said that while the food corporation organized family-oriented events in previous years, this is the biggest so far for Jollibee. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pinay cited for saving crocodiles

A conservationist based in Isabela has received an international award from a London-based environment group for her efforts to save the world’s most critically endangered crocodile species. Marites Gatan-Balbas, deputy director of the Mabuwaya Foundation, is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Whitley Award for Nature from The Princess Royal for her Philippine crocodile conservation work in San Mariano, Isabela. Princess Anne is the award’s major patron. Balbas received the award in a ceremony held on Thursday at the Royal Geographical Society in London. According to Merlijn Van Weerd, the foundation’s director, Balbas is so far the only Filipino recipient of the international award dubbed as the “Green Oscar.” The Whitley Award is in recognition of Balbas’ more than 15 years of hard work in leading and trying to save the Philippine crocodile from extinction in the wild, he said. Mabuwaya (or Long Live Crocodile) is the only known organization in the country working for the conservation of the Philippine crocodile, which international conservationist groups described as the world’s most endangered crocodile species. Last year, the foundation said only about 100 mature Philippine crocodiles were left in the country due to habitat loss, hunting, destructive fishing and predation by other animals. READ MORE...

ALSO: Single moms behind world-famous athletes

Representative Manny Pacquiao and Kevin Durant are the top athletes in their respective sports right now, and behind their successful careers are their doting mothers who have been with them through their lowest points and the apex of their professions. Dionisia Pacquiao, 64, in a radio interview on Thursday described how tough it was raising Manny and her five other children especially after her husband Rosalio left them. “Ako lang nagtaguyod sa mga anak ko. Ako ang naging father and mother sa mga anak ko,” Dionisia said. (I was the only one who raised my children. I served as their father and mother.) “Nu’ng iniwan ako ng aking asawa, sobrang kayod ako. Single mom ako,” she added. (When my husband left me, I worked extra hard. I was a single mom.) Dionisia said she was close to Manny because he would help her do household chores.
“Si Manny lang ang anak kong lalaking marunong maglaba,” Dionisia said. (Manny is my only son who knows how to wash clothes.) Meanwhile, during his emotional speech as he was awarded as NBA’s 2014 MVP Wednesday (Manila time), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant tearfully thanked his mother Wanda Pratt for sacrificing a lot as a single mother. READ MORE...

ALSO: Milk of human kindness on patrol in the neighborhood

How far would a mother go for a cause she strongly believes in? For Mary Jane Mangui, 31, it meant turning down a good-paying job in a large milk company in Malaysia, where she worked as a domestic helper not too long ago. Mangui is one of the pioneer members of Breast-feeding Patrol, a community support group established in 2007 at Block 37 Health-Care Center in Mandaluyong City by Dr. Shari Sabalvaro, who now serves as the city’s infant and young child feeding (IYCF) coordinator. Through the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), 24 health care volunteers underwent the IYCF training program under Sabalvaro and the Department of Health to deal with the need for a breast-feeding support group for mothers at the community level. The volunteers are mothers who live in depressed areas and have not finished formal education but are respectable members of the community and willing to lend their time for the cause.READ MORE...


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Jollibee holds biggest family picnic nationwide


Families gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila’s Rizal Park for the Jollibee Family Bee Day yesterday. The event was also held in Pampanga, Laguna, Cebu and Davao. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, MAY 12, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Evelyn Macairan - Jollibee yesterday held the biggest family picnic event in five locations nationwide.

Under the summer sun, thousands of families trekked to the venues of Jollibee Family Bee Day to bond with their loved ones.

The picnic event was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Metro Manila, Bayanihan Park in Pampanga, Nuvali Football Grounds in Laguna, Plaza Independencia in Cebu, and Crocodile Park in Davao.

The afternoon fun began at 2 p.m. and finished at 5 p.m. About 20,000 to 30,000 tickets were printed.

Maxi Peralta, Jollibee senior marketing manager, said that while the food corporation organized family-oriented events in previous years, this is the biggest so far for Jollibee.

“Before we would just do it one venue at a time. This is the biggest because we are holding it simultaneously in five different venues,” she added.

Peralta clarified that the event is not intended to set a Guinness record, rather to further Jollibee’s advocacy to bring happiness to Filipino families.

The 36-year-old food company believes that there is a need to continue strengthening the ties of Filipino families.

To symbolize Filipino family bonding, Jollibee invited the families of Carmina Villaruel and Zoren Legaspi, Regine Tolentino, and Vince and Patricia Hizon.

Jollibee also invited performers like Martin Nievera, Julia Barreto, Julie Ann San Jose, Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador and live bands 6Cyclemind and Moonstar88.

Local stilt walkers and jugglers paraded around the venues and there were also dance performances by Jollibee mascot and friends, Jollibee Kids Club members and leading dance crews.

It was playtime for the children as they romped on the inflatable slide and at the basketball shootout. The families also posed by the giant picnic basket and special photo frame wall installations.

Pinay cited for saving crocodiles By Charlie Lagasca (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 11, 2014 - 12:00am 5 90 googleplus0 0


Balbas

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – A conservationist based in Isabela has received an international award from a London-based environment group for her efforts to save the world’s most critically endangered crocodile species.

Marites Gatan-Balbas, deputy director of the Mabuwaya Foundation, is the first Filipino to receive the prestigious Whitley Award for Nature from The Princess Royal for her Philippine crocodile conservation work in San Mariano, Isabela.

Princess Anne is the award’s major patron. Balbas received the award in a ceremony held on Thursday at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

According to Merlijn Van Weerd, the foundation’s director, Balbas is so far the only Filipino recipient of the international award dubbed as the “Green Oscar.”

The Whitley Award is in recognition of Balbas’ more than 15 years of hard work in leading and trying to save the Philippine crocodile from extinction in the wild, he said.

Mabuwaya (or Long Live Crocodile) is the only known organization in the country working for the conservation of the Philippine crocodile, which international conservationist groups described as the world’s most endangered crocodile species.

Last year, the foundation said only about 100 mature Philippine crocodiles were left in the country due to habitat loss, hunting, destructive fishing and predation by other animals.

“If we can save the Philippine crocodile when people view them as very scary and something to be feared, then I believe we can save all other critically endangered species in our country from extinction,” Balbas said.

Philippine crocodiles, or Crocodylus mindorensis, are mainly restricted to freshwater areas and generally pose no threat to humans unless provoked.

Philippine crocodiles are relatively smaller than the saltwater crocodile species (Crocodylus porosus), which included the famous 6.17-meter crocodile Lolong. Captured along the Bunawan creek in Agusan del Sur on Sept. 3, 2012, Lolong was the world’s longest crocodile ever caught. But it died in captivity on Feb. 10, 2013.

The foundation lamented that Philippine crocodiles are rarer but receive little attention and conservation action compared to the Philippine Eagle.

“The Philippine crocodile is the rarest crocodile species on the planet. It is endemic to the Philippines and cannot be found anywhere else in the world,” Balbas said.

Mabuwaya’s conservation efforts started in 1999 following the discovery of several Philippine crocodiles in San Mariano, Isabela. Research efforts then followed suit with the provincial government, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Isabela State University.

Since then more than 70 baby crocodiles, which were born and raised at the town’s breeding center, have been released by the foundation along the Dicatian Lake in the border of San Mariano and Divilacan towns.

The release at Dunoy Lake in May 2012 was even spearheaded by Michel Lacoste, scion of the founder-owner of the popular French brand of fashion items and knitwear with the crocodile logo.

Other recipients of this year’s Whitley Award are Jean Wiener of Haiti for 25 years of conserving Haiti’s coastal ecosystems and securing its first marine protected areas; Shivani Bhalla of Kenya for enabling the coexistence of people and lions in northern Kenya; and Luis Torres of Cuba for building a national movement to save Cuba’s amazing plant life.

Also awarded were Fitryi Pakiding of Indonesia for uniting coastal communities to secure the Pacific’s last stronghold for nesting leatherback turtles; Melvin Gumal of Malaysia for protecting Borneo’s iconic great apes and conservation of orangutans in Sarawak; Stoycho Stoychev of Bulgaria for making the imperial eagle as a flagship for conserving the wild grasslands of southeastern Bulgaria; and Paula Kahumbu of Kenya for his “Hands off our elephants” project” which led to African leadership’s addressing a poaching crisis in Kenya.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Single moms behind world-famous athletes By Ivan Angelo De Lara INQUIRER.net 4:43 pm | Sunday, May 11th, 2014 16


Mommy Dionisia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Representative Manny Pacquiao and Kevin Durant are the top athletes in their respective sports right now, and behind their successful careers are their doting mothers who have been with them through their lowest points and the apex of their professions.

Dionisia Pacquiao, 64, in a radio interview on Thursday described how tough it was raising Manny and her five other children especially after her husband Rosalio left them.

“Ako lang nagtaguyod sa mga anak ko. Ako ang naging father and mother sa mga anak ko,” Dionisia said.
(I was the only one who raised my children. I served as their father and mother.)

“Nu’ng iniwan ako ng aking asawa, sobrang kayod ako. Single mom ako,” she added.
(When my husband left me, I worked extra hard. I was a single mom.)

Dionisia said she was close to Manny because he would help her do household chores.

“Si Manny lang ang anak kong lalaking marunong maglaba,” Dionisia said.
(Manny is my only son who knows how to wash clothes.)


Kevin Durant and his mother Wanda Prat

Meanwhile, during his emotional speech as he was awarded as NBA’s 2014 MVP Wednesday (Manila time), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant tearfully thanked his mother Wanda Pratt for sacrificing a lot as a single mother.

“We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe, you kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP,” Durant told his mother, the two of them crying.

Dionisia said that while life may be difficult for single mothers, they should never give up, and instead remain steadfast.

“Huwag mawalan ng pag-asa. Kapit sa Panginoon, magdasal,” Dionisia told other single moms.
(Never lose hope. Hold on to God, and pray.)

“Sana ang pagmamahal nila, ang mga anak nila, hindi nila pabayaan. Ako ang model nila sa pagkananay. Kahit mahirap, hindi sumusuko sa kahirapan,” Dionisia added.

(I hope that they never neglect their love and their children. I should be their model as a mother. Even if I experienced a lot of difficulties, I never gave up.)

Milk of human kindness on patrol in the neighborhood By Lyn Rillon Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:11 am | Sunday, May 11th, 2014


MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL Breast-feeding patrol in Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City teaches mothers in the community how to nurse their babies and the values of breast-feeding. There are now 26 barangays in Mandaluyong with breast-feeding patrols. LYN RILLON

How far would a mother go for a cause she strongly believes in?

For Mary Jane Mangui, 31, it meant turning down a good-paying job in a large milk company in Malaysia, where she worked as a domestic helper not too long ago.

Mangui is one of the pioneer members of Breast-feeding Patrol, a community support group established in 2007 at Block 37 Health-Care Center in Mandaluyong City by Dr. Shari Sabalvaro, who now serves as the city’s infant and young child feeding (IYCF) coordinator.

Through the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), 24 health care volunteers underwent the IYCF training program under Sabalvaro and the Department of Health to deal with the need for a breast-feeding support group for mothers at the community level.

The volunteers are mothers who live in depressed areas and have not finished formal education but are respectable members of the community and willing to lend their time for the cause.

Policing violations

Mangui and her fellow volunteers learned how to counsel mothers in their neighborhoods on such valuable information as the importance and proper way of nursing babies, its benefits for both mother and child, the value of mother and child bonding, proper milk storage and complimentary feeding.

Sabalvaro and the volunteers are vigilant in policing Milk Code violations. Medical representatives from companies producing infant formulas who come to the center are quickly turned away. Under Executive Order No. 51 or the Milk Code of the Philippines, using health workers and health facilities in promoting and marketing infant formulas is strictly prohibited.

During calamities like floods or fires, the volunteers are tasked to survey and counsel stressed mothers in evacuation centers, encourage them to continue breast-feeding and report donations of formulas.

Sabalvaro recounted one mother who could not produce milk for two months but was able to after counseling with a Breast-feeding Patrol volunteer.

“The good thing is that when someone in the community needs breast milk, she is one of those willing to donate. So whatever you have given them, they are quick to give back,” she said in Filipino.

Today, 26 barangays in this city have their own Breast-feeding Patrols, having followed the example set by Block 37.

Sabalvaro said it was the barangay captains themselves who eventually approached her to train mothers in their villages.

Sabalvaro said the volunteers later gained confidence to help their fellow mothers.

Empowered

“They feel empowered because of the knowledge imparted to them. They have become assertive,” she said.

Sabalvaro is confident that members who have moved to other locations will continue the work wherever they are.

Mangui said she would remain a Breast-feeding Patrol volunteer even if she returns to work overseas.

While working as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia, Mangui encouraged her Arab employer to breast-feed in the morning and at nighttime. In Malaysia, she likewise taught the sister-in-law of her Chinese employer, who wished to return to work, how to cup-feed a baby using her milk. The woman, in turn, taught her mother-in-law how to do it.

The gesture led to an offer to work as an assistant nutrition analyst in a big company producing infant formulas, with a salary three times what she was then being paid as a helper, plus travel benefits.

But she refused. “I said I’m happy being a domestic helper and breast-feeding advocate.”

As a volunteer, she said her experience was something she had not only been able to impart to others but had been able to apply to her own children as well.


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