The things you do are not always the true measure of who you are.

I am Dina

A wonderful journey to the beauty of the human mind and how the environment can form such a person. This is a movie worth watching.

(*just watched it and it’s beautiful so I want to share it)


Blue Lantern Corps Oath


In fearful day, in raging night,
With strong hearts full, our souls ignite,
When all seems lost in the War of Light,
Look to the stars– For hope burns bright!

Let us all be reminded that amidst the struggles and strife of life, hope will always keep us going.
Let hope fuel our souls to shine brightly in the dark of our universe.

And there is nothing more constant than our hope founded in Christ.

AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines

Dear Friend of AFS,

AFS Intercultural Programs is the oldest and largest volunteer-driven organization for high school intercultural exchanges worldwide. “AFS provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding [and lifetime bonds] needed to create a more just and peaceful world.”
Each year, 13,000 participants go on an AFS exchange program supported by 44,00 number of volunteers, staff, families and schools in the AFS Global Network. Since 1956, AFS Philippines has sent over 1,500 Filipino students abroad and in turn over 750 foreign students have come to the Philippines – to live with a host family and study in a host school for a year on AFS exchange programs.

AFS is searching for qualified candidates – students & teachers – to travel, live and study abroad on the AFS intercultural exchange programs and learning opportunities (see programs list). AFS Philippines National Staff will be visiting key cities nearest you to conduct interviews and selection with local chapter volunteers of interested applicants (see qualifications list and schedule).

We hope to have your support to allow our AFS volunteers share about these once-in-a-lifetime life-changing opportunities for your school’s students and teachers. (The DepED MC to follow.)
For more details and application forms, kindly get in touch with AFS Philippines at 02-5842002 or email ATTN: Sending Program; or get in touch with the local chapter contact person (see chapter directory). With our mutual collaboration, we are both taking concrete steps ‘Connecting Lives, Sharing Cultures!’

Very truly yours,

Acting National Director


AFS Programs:
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (K-L YES) to the USA
(previously Partners for Learning Youth Exchange & Study Program)
-One year full scholarship for 27-40 students per year
-Eligibility: Open to 2nd or 3rd year high school students that meet J-1 visa regulations; especially Muslim students and students with physical disabilities (blind/sight-impaired, deaf/hearing-impaired, crutches/wheelchair-user)

Year Program (YP) to 55 AFS Partner Countries in AFS Global Network
-1 year participating program for 30-50 participants per year
-Eligibility: Open to high school students 14 & up on time of application (also open to 18+ Community Service or University students)

Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths Program (JENESYS) to JAPAN
-Two weeks short program full scholarship for 61 participants (56 students & 5 educator/ chaperones) for 2011 (last year of implementation)
-Eligibility: Open to high school students ages 15 & up, as well as high school teachers

Other AFS intercultural exchange opportunities:
Evonik (STEAG State Power, Inc.) Year Program for 1 high school student
Leighton Year Program for 1 high school student
Guerra Peace Scholarship Grant Year Program to USA for 1 high school student
AFS PHI Mabuhay Scholarship Grant Year Program for 2 high school students
AFS International Diversity Scholarship Grant
AFS Asia Pacific Initiative (AAI) Scholarship Grant

Basic qualifications and requirements for AFS program applicants:
– Must present the original & photocopy of Form 137 or transcript of records for school year 2010-11
– Must present latest original & photocopy school ID
– Must be meet eligibility and age requirements of AFS program applied for
– Must bring pre-application form with passport ID (please request forms from AFS Philippines or printed submitted application from
– Must be open to new experiences and opportunities for learning to be an Ambassador of Goodwill
– Must be willing to travel, study & live abroad for the duration of the AFS program applied for
– Must be interviewed by trained AFS volunteer raters on screening & selection panels on scheduled dates and attend the whole day event from 8AM-6PM (see below for interview schedule)
– Must comply with and complete all pre-program, on-program, post-program documentation and responsibilities of the AFS program applied for
– Preferably, have a valid passport
– Must pay the one-time non-refundable Pre-application/Interview fee of P500.00 (except K-L YES)

AFS PHI Nationwide Selection Camp Dates and Venues:
April12 Naga City
April14 General Santos City
April14 Legaspi City
April18 Cagayan De Oro City
April19 Marawi City
April27 Davao City
May4 Taguig City, Metro Manila
May5 Cavite City
May6 NCR, Pasig City, AFS Office
May9 Cebu City
May11 Bacolod City
May11 Tacloban City
May12 Iloilo City
May12 Zamboanga City
May19 Subic Bay, Olongapo City
May22 Cotabato City
June10 Baguio City (To be announced)
June16 Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
June 23 Cotabato City/Zamboanga City/Jolo
Tuguegarao City (To be announced)
Santiago City, Isabela (To be announced)
Batangas City (To be announced)

This will be a whole day event from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Interested applicants must be dedicate the whole day for selection process, because several activities (orientations, panel interview, group activity/discussions/ presentation) will be covered at different times during the day. Lunch or snacks are not covered by the fee.

For more detailed information about the AFS Nationwide Selection Camps, interested applicants may contact AFS Philippines 02-5842002 and/or email ATTN: SENDING PROGRAM or VOLUNTEER & CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM; or contact the nearest AFS local chapter contact person/s below:

If your city is listed the Selection Camp schedule but does not have a local contact person please contact AFS Philippines.

Summer and Music

I was browsing a site for house and electronic music when I came across this “Like I Love You” song by R.I.O. I fell in love with the song that I played it a hundred times listening to the beat and wonderful words… Then I said to myself, “I need to have a copy of his album!

R.I.O. Shine On album is one of the great pics for summer. You can walk on the beach, get tanned and dance to the beat of R.I.O. I would definitely recommend this… 🙂

Here is an official music video of R.I.O. Shine On from Youtube by KONTORTV.
Go on.. have a taste of summer!

I tried… :-)

my co-teacher asked me to design a cover for our souvenir program of our graduation this year… so here’s my try of it though not yet final as the Chinese characters are not yet included…

front cover… not yet well refined.. 😦

my alternate design… though my boss prefer the first one as it is formal… spent hours for this hahaha…

here’s how the back would look like without the Chinese characters yet…

basically this is just a draft… not yet final… any suggestions and advice as it is my first time to use Adobe… 🙂