Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Signing Event #2: Mitch Albom

Hi folks!
I have a lot of backlogs to do. Waaah! I'm sorry. I promise after our thesis defense on April 2, I will update more often. Anyway, on with my post! :P

So... Last February 22 was Mitch Albom's book signing event. Of course,I, being a fan, went to the event with my roommates, Ryana and Ate Phoebe. :)

Registration started at 10 AM, but I insisted that we go there as early as 7 AM. Ha! The queue was long by the time we arrived but we're lucky to be one of the first 100 participants. :) We got free coffee and biscuits from illy cafe delizio!


The activity was held at the activity center. They did anticipate a large crowd! :)

photo booth near the registration area :)

"Sometimes questions are more hurtful than insults."

I heard there were more than 1000 attendees. Woah! 0_0 Mitch Albom did not finish signing at the event, so he collected the unsigned books and continued it elsewhere. Haha! :)

Anyway, the event started at 2 PM. So while waiting, we had our lunch at Marciano's (not sure of the resto's name... Haha!)
The resto's have a good ambiance with its Hollywood-ish theme. They have good music too. :) And of course, the food! :)

And when you look at their ceiling, you will find these. :) 

and this... Haha!

Back to event! Mitch Albom!!!

They had a short interview. Mitch Albom was asked about his previous works, his inspirations and what prompted him to visit the Philippines- to help the victims of typhoon Yolanda. :) He, together with other famous authors, donated books to the typhoon victims. I also heard that they built libraries! Wow! :)

Yep! The giddy-haggard face again! :) 

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After the event, my roommates and I stayed for a while. We had dinner at Mary Grace. :)



Ooh! And we also bought sunnies from Charlie. :)

That's all folks! :) Next book signing event will be on April. :)

Have a nice day!

Friday, March 21, 2014

I am a Person Giving Hope [I am PGH]

The University Student Council- Health and Service Committee of the University of the Philippines Manila held an outreach program last February 8 for the pediatric cancer patients of Philippine General Hospital. The event was called I am a Person Giving Hope or I am PGH; and was held at the Lapu-lapu Shrine, Rizal Park.

PROPharm was tapped by Nikolai to be volunteers. I, together with  my org mates, became buddies or kuyas and ates of the kids for a day.

It was a very hot day. But the kids were all active. The program included games, song and dance numbers from the different organizations in UP, and also story-telling. There were also different booths where kids can visit, play various games, have their faces painted, and get prizes.

At the end of the program, the kids were asked to write their wishes on a paper, that will then be folded into a heart shape. Each wish was attached to a balloon. And these balloons were released together.

Here are some pictures:

There's our (PROPharm) logo! :)

Chummy chum!

Our alaga- designing her cupcake :)

O diba? Haha!

Writing her thank-you note :)

One of the cute kids :)


my co-buddy Angeli :)
Me! :)
Balloons with the kids' wishes!

After the event :)

There. There. It was a very tiring yet fulfilling day. These kids... They don't deserve to be sick. They deserve long years of healthy and happy life. =( I pray for their healing, for their well-being and also for their families. Please pray for them too.

God bless you folks!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Palihan 2014

Last February 1, PROPharm attended a leadership training seminar/ workshop at the National University Social Hall. The event was called Palihan and was organized by the National Union of the Students of the Philippines (NUSP). Palihan is an annual event where current and future student leaders meet not only to learn pertinent national social issues concerning the students, but also to train for the elections and how to be an effective leader.

The event was divided into two parts. The first part consisted of short lectures, among them were Youth and Education Situation given by Raymond Palatino (BAYAN-NCR Chairperson), and the Role of the Youth in Nation Building given by Atom Araullo (ABS-CBN News Correspondent and Program Host). The second part, on the other hand, consisted of breakout sessions. There were six sessions offered: Technical Writing for Student Councils, General Plan of Action (GPOA) and Specific Plan of Action (SPOA) Building, Public Speaking, two Publicity and Propaganda sessions, and Mass Campaign and Planning. Each delegate were allowed to attend two sessions of their choice. I attended Mass Campaign and Planning, and Public Speaking. :)

Here are some pictures:

Mr. Raymond Palatino

Mr. Atom Araullo

 It's okay to be jealous folks. LOL =P

 Org mates (L-R): Alex, Helena and Tammy

 (ph source: NUSP)

(ph source: NUSP) Weeeeh! Haha!

Not only did I see Atom Araullo in person (Haha!), but I also learned a lot about the different issues the Filipinos, especially the students, are currently facing. The talks were very informative and inspiring. And the break out sessions were also helpful. :)

After the Palihan 2014 was a get-together with college friends. :)

(ph source: Kuya Ganch)

That's all folks! Have a nice day!

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