78th Birthday of Atty. Ronald R. Yap and 44th Wedding Anniversary of Atty. and Mrs. Yap held at The Peninsula Manila

Atty. Ronald R. Yap, President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Fisher Valley College in Taguig City, celebrated his 78th year at The Peninsula Manila (popularly known as Manila Pen) in Makati City on February 28, 2015. His family, colleagues and friends also celebrated the 44th Wedding Anniversary of Atty. Yap and his wife, Mrs. Rebecca M. Yap. 

In attendance were members of Gideons International and Light of the World Christian Center of which the couple are also active members. Gideons International is "an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments." Light of the World, as it is more commonly known in the Philippines, is an evangelical church with thousands of churches situated all throughout the country. Incumbent Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez, former Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City and former Congressman Constantino Jaraula, and former Mayor of CDO and former governor of Misamis Oriental Pedro Baculio also graced the occasion. Pilar U. Pilapil, a Filipina actress, producer, and author who represented the country in Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1967, also attended the event. The Acting College Director, Department Heads, and other staff of TFVC likewise joined in the occasion. 

At age 78, Atty. Yap is still an energetic man. During his speech, he recalled how God is so good to him and his entire family and shared a Bible verse in Psalms 90:10 which says that "The span of our life is seventy years, or if we are strong, eighty.." and mentioned afterwards that if God willing, he might live until 88 years old or so. He further said that the Bible says "Old men have wisdom, and a long life gives knowledge" which can be found in Job 12:12. 

The couple's son Fritzgerald, the Vice President for External Affairs, who flew from Cagayan de Oro, described his father as a disciplinarian and a loving father. The California-based daughter Rowena Yap-Castro, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, also shared her inspiring message and recalled how she earned the title 'RRY Junior'. Naomi, the youngest of the three, who is in Spain, also gave her greetings. Dr. Marvin C. Castro, the College Director of TFVC and husband of Ma'am Weng (Rowena), Ms. Neth (Sir Fritz' wife) and the celebrants' grandchildren also sent their video greetings.

It was truly a remarkable and momentous occasion for Atty. and Mrs. Ronald R. Yap. My prayers include long and happy married life for both of them. The couple's 44th wedding anniversary and Atty. Yap's 78th birthday were truly a success. Their strong bond is a testament of God's faithfulness in their lives. May the good Lord bless them more!

Below are some of the pictures during the occasion. 

Mrs. Rebecca M. Yap (3rd from the left)


Forbes' Top 50 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Asia 2015: Geographic Distribution

 Helen Yuchengco Dee (70 years old)
Chairman of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

 Teresita Sy-Coson (64 years old)
Vice chairman of SM Investments and chairman of Banco de Oro Unibank

Zenaida Rustia-Tantoco (68 years old)
Chairman and CEO of SSI Group and Rustan’s Commercial

The other 47 women are the following:

1. Ho Ching, Executive Director and CEO of Singapore’s Temasek
2. Pansy Ho, Managing Director of Shun Tak Holdings and Co-Chairman of MGM China
3. Sun Yafang, Chairman of China’s Huawei Technologies
4. Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman of Australia’s Hancock Prospecting
5. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of India’s Biocon
6. Zhang Xin, Co-founder and CEO of Soho China
7. Yuwadee Chirathivat, CEO of Thailand’s Central Department Store Group
8. Wendy Yap, President Director and CEO of Indonesia’s Nippon Indosari
9. Mai Kieu Lien, Chairman and CEO of Vietnam’s Vinamilk
10. Noni Purnomo, President Director of Indonesia’s Blue Bird Group Holding
11. Lee Boo-jin, President and CEO of South Korea’s Hotel Shilla
12. Sonia Cheng, CEO of Hong Kong’s Rosewood Hotel Group and Executive Director of New World Development
13. Wandee Khunchornyakong, Chairman and CEO of Thailand’s SPCG
14. Katie Page, CEO of Australia’s Harvey Norman 
15. Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba of China
16. Lucy Peng, the Co-Founder of Alibaba
17. Noni Purnomo of Blue Bird Group Holding
18. Cheng Xue, China's Foshan Haitian Flavoring & Food
19. Enid Huey-Chin Tsai, Taiwan's Hiwin Technology
20. Mayumi Kotani, Japan's Yushin Precision Equipment
21. Garamjav Tseden, Founder and Chairman of Mongolia-based mining company Monpolymet
22. Win Win Tint, Myanmar’s founder of retail conglomerate of supermarkets, bookstores, drugstores, and others
23. Jean Liu of Didi Dache, owner of taxi-hailing app in China
24. Petrea Vela, the Co-Managing Director of New Zealand Bloodstock
25. Isha Ambani of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail Ventures of Singapore
26. Ruth Yeoh of YTL Singapore and YTL-SV Carbon

Below are the number of women represented in Asian countries that were included in Forbes list of Top 50 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Asia for this year. 

1. China - 14
2. Hong Kong - 14
3. India - 6
4. Thailand - 5
5. Singapore - 4
6. Philippines - 3
7. South Korea - 3
8. Australia - 3
9. Indonesia - 3
10. Japan - 2
11. Vietnam - 2
12. Malaysia - 1
13. Taiwan - 1
14. Myanmar - 1
15. Mongolia - 1
16. New Zealand - 1

Manila Bulletin

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President Aquino declares April of every year as National Literature Month or Buwan ng Panitikang Filipino

His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, signed Proclamation No. 968, series of 2015 on February 10 declaring the month of April of every year as National Literature Month or Buwan ng Panitikang Filipino. This means starting this year, the country will be promoting and celebrating Filipino literature. 

I commend the President for his efforts in recognizing the role of literature in nation-building. Surely, this will earn him a good praise among writers and historians.

Below is the full text of the Proclamation.



WHEREAS, Section 15, Article XIV of the Constitution states that arts and letters shall enjoy the patronage of the State, and that the State shall conserve, promote, and popularize the Nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as artistic creations;

WHEREAS, the Philippine literature, written in different Philippine languages, is associated with the history and cultural legacy of the State, and must be promoted among Filipinos;

WHEREAS, the national literature plays an important role in preserving and inspiring the literature of today and in introducing to future generations the Filipino values that we have inherited from our ancestors;

WHEREAS, the month of April marks the commemoration of the Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar Day, and the birth and death anniversaries of literary pillars like Emilio Jacinto, Paciano Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Edith Tiempo, and Bienvenido Lumbera;

WHEREAS, international literary celebrations like the International Children’s Book Day, International Day of the Book or World Book Day, and World Intellectual Property Rights Day are held in April of every year; and
WHEREAS, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its affiliate agencies, the National Book Development Board, and other concerned stakeholders, support the declaration of the month of April as Buwan ng Panitikang Filipino or National Literature Month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare the month of April as Buwan ng Panitikang Filipino or National Literature Month.

The NCCA and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) shall act as lead agencies in the preparation, coordination and implementation of the activities and events relating to the celebration of the National Literature Month.

All departments, agencies, or instrumentalities of the government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations are hereby directed, while non­governmental organization and the private sector are encouraged to participate and render assistance to NCCA, the KWF and other concerned agencies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 10th day of February, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.

By the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.Executive Secretary

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

Benefits to be received by families of PNP-SAF members, both fallen and survivors in Mamasapano encounter

Office of the President,  the Philippine National Police, and Public Safety Mutual Benefits Fund Inc. (PSMBFI)

1. Family of Senior Insp. Ryan Pabalinas - P764,824.07
2. Family of Senior Insp. John Garry Erana - P753,525.90
3. 13 of the 44 SAF troopers' families - P541,770 each
4. Families of PO1 Joseph Sagonoy and PO1 Loreto Capinding II - P407,566 each
5. Other families of commissioned officers -  more than P700,000 each family

Other benefits:
Death benefits
Lifetime pension

44 slain SAF commandos - P24.5 million
15 SAF survivors - P1.19 million

City of Manila
1. P100,000 each for the slain 44 SAF members
2. P50,000 each for the wounded SAF members

Makati City
1. P100,000 each of the 44 families
2. Scholarship grants  - children can enroll at the University of Makati for free
3. P300,000 worth of housing assistance
4. P100,000 for 15 SAF survivors

Mandaluyong City
1. P20,000 for the 44 fallen SAF members
2. P10,000 for the survivors

Quezon City
1. P15,000 per family

The Philippine Star (donations from its readers and friends)
1. P64,000 each for the 44 families  




Population Count in Metro Manila as of May 1, 2010

Metro Manila

Image courtesy of islandtravelers.com

Data below are taken from the official website of the Philippine Statistics Authority. National Capital Region, also called Metro Manila, comprises of 16 cities and one municipality. As of May 1, 2010 (the latest Census on Population), Metro Manila's population accounts for 12.84% of the total Philippine population.   

Metro Manila is the seat of government of the Philippines with Manila City as the capital of the country. 

National Capital Region
Quezon City
Manila City
Caloocan City
Pasig City
Taguig City
Paranaque City
Valenzuela City
Las Pinas City
Makati City
Muntinlupa City
Marikina City
Pasay City
Malabon City
Mandaluyong City
Navotas City
San Juan City
Municipality of Pateros

Life without Facebook?

Few years ago, I lived a life without Facebook. Today, I live a life attached to Facebook. What’s the difference? Too many.

Before, I woke up in the morning with the thought of what breakfast meal would I eat; now, I think of what updates will I see on my status.

Brushing my teeth followed next; now, hitting the Facebook app on my Huawei mobile phone comes after.

So I often think this: would life on earth today be different without Facebook? 

We live because we choose to live

Everyone has a choice. 

Online application for PNP Entrance Exam now open

For those whop are aspiring to become a member of the Philippine National Police, here's your chance. PNP has opened its online application system few days ago. 

DATE OF EXAM: April 26, 2015
PERIOD OF FILING: March 2 - 27, 2015

Remember, before you proceed, please make sure that your eligible. To read important reminders and qualifications, please click the following link,

Geographic Areas Covered in the Proposed Bangsamoro Entity and Its Population Figures

Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Based on the Annex to the Basic Law, referring to House Bill 4944 creating a Bangsamoro Autonomous Political Entity in Mindanao area, the proposed Bangsamoro includes eight (8) geographical areas: five provinces and three cities. These are the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and Basilan and the cities of Marawi and Isabela.

Contrary to 'popular' beliefs, not all of Mindanao (such as General Santos City, Davao City, etc) will be part of the proposed Bangsamoro. The existing territories of Autonomous in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are still included in the proposed entity with the inclusion of Isabela City which is part of Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula). Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City will remain in Region IX, thus, these places will not be part of the Bangsamoro.

As of May 1, 2010, the population of these areas are:

Places Population as of May 2010
Province of Maguindanao
945, 820
City of Cotabato
271, 786
Province of Lanao del Sur
Province of Sulu
Province of Tawi-tawi
Province of Basilan
City of Marawi
City of Isabela
Total Population 2,552,152

The total population of the Philippines as of May 1, 2010 was 92,337,852. The proposed Bangsamoro entity accounts to 2.76% of the total Philippine population equivalent to 2,552,152 individuals.





5th CBAA Academic Excellence Awards for 1st Semester, A.Y. 2014-2015

Every semester, the College of Business Administration and Accountancy of The Fisher Valley College recognizes the hard work of our students. This is the very reason why the coveted CBAA Academic Excellence Awards are given every semester. 

The 5th CBAA Recognition Day will be held on March 14, 2015, Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon at The TFVC Quadrangle. The event will be attended by CBAA Faculty, the awardees and their parents.

The number of awardees for 1st Semester, A.Y. 2014-2015 is 63% higher than the previous semester (2nd Semester, A.Y. 2013-2014). This means the prestigious award encourages more students to do better in their academic endeavors, hence, the program must be continued by the next department heads and/or college deans in the future years.

Below is the final list of Academic Excellence Awardees.   

Aside from Academic Excellence Awards, Student Leadership Awards and Best in Thesis Award will likewise be given to deserving students.  

The CBAA Recognition Day started since Prof. Marlon B. Raquel was appointed as the new Department Head of CBAA on June 2012.

Kudos to all students! Congratulations and keep up the good work! God bless!

Be alert to give service to others

A commandment of human relations, giving of service to others is what counts the most. Not many of us are quick to offer helping hands to those who need it. When somebody asks for help, we are ought to help him the way we are helped by others.

Your status in life today may not be the same tomorrow. Although this should not be the motivating factor why we help, it somehow reminds us that life is also round just like earth. Anything and everything is possible.

Have you refused to help when somebody asks for it from you? What were your feelings then after the person walked away from you?

* This is a re-post from my Bubblews blog. 

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