Archive for July, 2008

Wha’s in a NAMETAG?

Most frequently, in an amateur event, this piece of paper or ID is looked upon lowly. But, for professional organizers, a simple nametag is a ticket to know the person intimately.

I came to reflect on the value of the nametag upon attending a small assembly of young people in Alaska, Mambaling, Cebu City. The event came to a point where they have to introduce the new members and attendees. It was a good start of the organization that afternoon, until the emcee’s began to say this lines, “can we ask the gentleman from the left corner to stand and introduce himself.”

What’s wrong with the line? Calling a person other than his name or nickname establishes distance and unfamiliarity. The ability to tell the persons name at a glance, on the other hand, establishes the organizers ability to pay courtesy, respect and familiarity to the participants.

There can be an excuse to this situation. The organizer might say, they don’t know the persons name so they call it by the possible adjectives we can connect to him. This may be OK for some, but if you intend to establish a long term connection with this persons, what just had happened was a big “NO, NO!” (more…)


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Numerous blogposts, news, and forum string today, is aimed at noticing Iglesia Ni Cristo’s accomplishment as a religious organization in the Philippines.

A reputable national paper published in the Philippines (Manila Bulletin) has this to say about the Iglesia Ni Cristo on the occassion of its 94th year Anniversary:

94th Anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo

THE Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) was founded by Felix Y. Manalo on July 27, 1914, as a non-trinitarian Christian restorationist religious organization. A basic component of the INC’s beliefs is that its founder, Felix Y. Manalo, was sent from God to reestablish the Christian church in its true form. (more…)

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It took us 45 minutes by Ceres bus to get there. And after a while of endless talk we arrived at the “ampao” capital of the Philippines — Carcar City.

As expected, we came in first. Matet, Ivan. Mhedz, Ayen, Ruben, Sheila & Arland (a.k.a. Arlshei), Tyra and Poklat (a.k.a. Giancarlo Reserva) was met warmly by Melna. To our surprise Jebei came minutes ahead of us.

“Ambi nako kuya dili ko kaari”, Jebei blurted. He was from an academic project in Perrelos – a nearby barangay. Shortly after, Rael came with a half gallon of Ice Cream. Little did we know that that day was also Melna’s Tita’s birthday. How lucky we were.

The preparation took us barely five minutes. Banner is up courtesy of Poklat.

Emcee? Tyra (check). (more…)

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