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)

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When Things are but Just Words

When things are but just words
Let rain wash and drown your heart
That it may find comfort in its coldness
And time and space is but your solace
A friend to keep you on your ground.

When words are but an echo gone in the wind
Dry as the desert sands carried to nowhere
Fill your emptiness with words that rhyme
And build your oasis in the desert sands
A hope in solitude in the barren land

Find serenity under the midnight full moon
Or find beauty among the fireflies
They grace the night with their humble light
Like little fairies amidst the darkness
Just when your bode is filled with sadness

When your heart is but like a shattered glass
And fixing a mess is a tiresome act
Remember the fireflies, the oasis and the rain
And the full moon of comfort and solace they bring

When things are but just words, let them jump out of the pages
To wrap me so I may know.

Norway’s Fairytale

I was watching the entries of Eurovision Song Contest 2011 on Youtube when I came across a song called Fairytale by Alexander Rybak, an entry from Norway that won in 2009.

Somehow his songs gave a different style in music and the words are really good. Now I’m becoming a fan of him. I have to look around for his albums (that is if it’s available here in the Philippines).

Here is what will make every European proud of their race. “Europe Skies” from his latest album “No Boundaries”. Enjoy!

You can check his Youtube Channel

Or, visit Alexander Rybak’s website. ^_^

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 info.philippines@afs.org 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,

ELIZABETH V. EDUAVE
Acting National Director

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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 https://www.afsglobal.org/AFSGlobal/onlineapplication)
– 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 info.philippines@afs.org 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.

EQUALITY IN DEMOCRACY: A Response

Equality is a fallacy. I read this statement from a friend’s blog recently. His post stated how society progress because there is inequality. And I agree.

Society all over the world had evolved from being barbaric to feudalism to renaissance to the age of reason. This age of reason gave birth to humanistic theories and principles that also gave birth to individualism. The more the society tries to achieve unity and world peace through these principles, the more it complicates the situation. Thus, we have democracy.

Is this an answer to our search for equality? For freedom?

I think not. Here are some reasons why:

1. If God were to have His government, it is not democratic but command.

God is Sovereign and thus He alone decides on everything for the good of His children. But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the command system that we humans created. This is way beyond.

2. The presence of Competition.

Competition plays a major role in a free market (democratic). For as long as there is competition, inequality thrives. How is this possible? Each person has to compete with the demands of the society and if you can’t keep up with it, you are left behind – inequality. What’s worse, the competition field becomes the arena of the fittest. The last man standing then becomes the sole owner of everything – monopoly. Isn’t this what is happening in the world economies today?

3. Individualism and Selfishness.

Democracy promotes individualism. Individual rights. Thus, making it harder to make wise decisions. Individualism breeds selfishness. All we think is what others can do for me, what the government can do for me, what God can do for me. Have we thought of what we can do to others? To our country? To God? If this happens then equality might be achieved since we all have the same goal.

4. Rotten society.

We all are imperfect being trying to achieved perfection in all facets. But we never can achieve that. Unless we fully surrender to God’s authority over us. The more we wanted a Utopia, the more we breed worms that destroy the whole apple. We wanted to make everything easier and simpler, now we have more complexities. The more we wanted to preserve society, the faster we destroy it.

This all boils down not with the system of government but with humanistic views and principles that clogs the way to achieving real equality.

Humanism equals Equality. But Equality is a Fallacy, therefore Humanism is a Fallacy.