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Sunday, May 28, 2017

A ‘high voltage’ experience in Leyte

The last time I looked, the mountain of Leyte was showing itself in full magnificent glory, breathtakingly beautiful.

That was last January when I covered the swim of Atty. Ingemar Macarine a.ka. Pinoy Aquaman in Canigao Channel. Although, we stayed there for only thirty minutes in Barangay Guadalupe in Maasin City, the mountain of Leyte awed me.

And last week, I saw her again.  The mountain transfixed me in awe as we arrived in Leyte for a facility familiarization tour and power transmission briefing by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Mary Hope Arcenal receives a warm hug from Mayor Richard Gomez.
  Courtesy: Ric Obedencio
Our group — Lito Responte (dyTR), Mike Ligalig (Bohol Tribune/Agence France-Presse), Angeline Valencia (Bohol Chronicle/PNA/Freeman), Ric Obedencio (Bohol News Today/Freeman), Andy Nalzaro (Bohol Balita Daily News), Fred Amora (Radyo Jagna), Frony Narisma (Bohol Tribune), Jessa Agua- Ylanan (DA 7 Bohol media liaison officer), Maryknoll Joan Porpor (Magic  92.7 FM), Ern Pahayahay (dyTR), Mary Hope “Dice” Arcenal (Bohol Light Company, Inc.), Rey Anthony Chiu (Philippine Information Agency –Bohol) and Janet Lim Villarojo (Effective Development Communication Unit)— was the latest batch to be invited by Betty Martinez, spokesperson of NGCP –Visayas who, we soon found out, was an energetic multi-tasker who could talk about power supply as fast as she could shuttle from one project/meeting to another.

We took an early trip to Cebu City. Travel time was two hours. At Cebu Pier, Maam Betty accosted us and made things easy for us to the next level of our sea travel. We took the 11 a.m. boat going to Ormoc City. The three-hour trip gave us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Leyte from a distance. It also gave us breathless feeling when we saw islands/islets.  

At the Ormoc City port, we were reminded that Ormoc City is part of Leyte.

Leyte is divided into two provinces: Leyte and Southern Leyte.
  
Asked in jest if we had time to see Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, the city’s main tourist attraction, Maam Betty (so casual and so unpretentious that’s why she’s so easy to love) said, “We will find time!”  And she did find way to arrange our courtesy call to Mayor Gomez.

From the pier, the group proceeded first to the NGCP’s Leyte Area Control Center where the group had an NGCP Power 101 briefing. 

It was an opportunity for us to know how the facilities operate and how power interruptions takes place.

We all know that the province of Bohol is fully dependent on Leyte for power. And our visit was timely after Bohol had experienced the 21-hour total power outage in December last year.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard “Goma” Gomez 
warmly welcomes the members of the Bohol media and 
NGCP personnel. Courtesy: Ric Obedencio
We learned that NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country's state-owned power grid, an interconnected system that transmits gigawatts of power at thousands of volts from where it is made to where it is needed.

Its network of interconnected transmission towers and substations serves as the highway where electricity travels from various energy sources to the smaller thoroughfares of distribution utilities and electric cooperatives until it reaches the households.

NGCP's task is to ensure that the country's transmission assets are in optimal condition to convey safe, quality, and reliable electricity. NGCP does this through regular inspection and repair of lines and substations, clearing of Right-of-Way obstructions, and timely restoration during and after natural disasters.

Reliability of power is the company's utmost priority so it closely monitors the grid and immediately responds to any system disturbance. NGCP acts as System Operator that balances the supply and demand of power to maintain the quality of electricity that flows through the grid.

Bulk of the NGCP Ormoc Substation (Visayas Operations District 1) supply is primarily from geothermal power plants plus latest sources from solar.

Bohol has a declared maximum capacity supply of 90 megawatts from Leyte to Bohol via Ormoc-Maasin-Pitogo-Ubay submarine cable.

The actual power supply to Bohol ranges from 55-56mw, while the average supply at night is at 60mw.

The personnel of the NGCP told us that Bohol’s competitive edge as an investment destination is negatively affected until Bohol can find alternative power sources.

 At 5 p.m., we hurriedly went to Ormoc City Hall. Goma is running the 110 barangays.

The people of Ormoc have seen the kind of work that Lucy and Goma have been doing. “Maayos at matino,” said a staff.

The mayor’s office staff said that Goma’s work ethic that he learned in showbiz in his work as a public servant is timeliness.

“Pag sinabing we start work at 8 o’clock, dapat before 8 o’clock ready na kami,” said another staff.


Members of the Bohol Media and personnel of the National Grid Corporation 
of the Philippines and Energy Development Corporation at Tongonan Geothermal 
Plant in Ormoc City. Courtesy: Ric Obedencio
Goma’s three priority projects are:

“No 1 is peace and order. No. 2 is tourism. No 3 is for Ormoc to be business-friendly,” said Goma.

“Ginagaya nga namin yung Bohol because you are one of the places na very successful ang tourism program ninyo,” Goma told members of the Bohol media.

He added, “Our thrust in Ormoc is to promote tourism, because we believe that ‘pag tourism, walang masyadong kalaban where you welcome people. You make them happy and at the same time, when people come sa isang lugar, you want them to spend money.”
                                                                                                
What can tourists see in Ormoc?

“One of them is our Lake Danao, parang Taal Lake. It’s very beautiful.”

Other attractions in Ormoc City are the Lake Kasudsuran, Lake Janagdan, Punta dela Reina, Ormoc’s oldest bridge, and sugar cane and pineapple plantation.

“We are aiming Ormoc to be a tourist destination. Maybe we are not as beautiful as Bohol but we have some areas that we can be proud of like Lake Danao,” said Goma.

While Goma was talking to us, I’d noticed that the women attentively  listened to him with sparkling eyes!  Goma, afterall, is still a hunk who is making women — and other creatures besides — swoon.  

Daghan na-dalaga og balik! Ha! Ha! Ha!

We were billeted at Ormoc Villa Hotel where we had a sumptuous dinner together with Ormoc-based media — Robert Dejon (PDI/GMA News), Lalaine Marcos-Jimenia, publisher of the Eastern Visayas Mail, Elvie Roa, et al.

The following day, we attended the briefing of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) facilitated by NGCP particularly on geothermal power plant.

The EDC personnel explained that since the Philippines is found in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the common heat source is magma, which transfers the heat from the earth’s core, where temperatures reach over 5,000 C.

The presence of water must be positive in a geothermal system. The water beneath the earth turns into that all-important steam used as geothermal energy.

They said that geothermal developers must take care of the forests because without trees, water will just run off to the rivers and seas and leave geothermal reservoirs empty.

From EDC Building, we went to visit the Tongonan Geothermal Reservation.  We missed the visit to the Tongonan Hot Spring National Park. Maybe next time.  The Tongonan Hot Spring National Park has a medicinal pool, a geyser that spurts hourly, and formations exuding sulphuric vapors. We were told that wild pigs, monkeys, deers and birds are also fund in the park.

Of course, we didn’t leave Ormoc City without buying pineapples and moron, and visiting the Saints Paul and Peter Parish Church where Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres and Mayor Goma tied the knot in 1998.

At past 1 p.m., we left Ormoc for Maasin City. We dropped by at the Albuera Town Hall and had photo ops with Mayor Rosa Meneses.  The town rings a bell? We had a stop-over in BayBay City to see the Visayas State University (formerly Visayas State College of Agriculture). It has a total land area of 1, 479 hectares that extends from the shores of Camotes Sea to the top of Mt. Pangasugan.

The group arrived in Maasin City at around 5 p.m., and proceeded to the NGCP-Maasin Substation, where Bohol province gets its power supply via Pitogo island-Ubay.

The NGCP has upgraded the second line, or Line 2 to the Leyte-Bohol grid that supplies electricity to Bohol through submarine cables.

“Line 2 has been in place to ensure continuous power supply in the future,” said Engr. Giovanni Torralba.

Hitches in Leyte grid clutched the whole Bohol to another total power outage on Dec. 4, 2016 which lasted for 20 hours. And we got irked for that.

We stayed at Villa Romana Hotel. We capped the night with a sumptuous dinner together with Ormoc-based journalists- Jani Arnaiz (Inquirer), Monching Buyser and Frank Bandibas of dyDM-AM Maasin.  Others went to the city to buy slippers, while others had a video-k session.

Unfortunately, we spent barely 24 hours in Maasin City and proceeded to Bato, Leyte for our trip back to Bohol.

So much to see, so little time!

From the boat going to Ubay, I took a fleeting glimpse of the mountain of Leyte glittering in the summer sun. It seemed to bid us goodbye, inviting us to visit again. Paging Maam Betty! Ha! Ha! Ha!

 Thank you NGCP for the great experience. Thank you Maam Betty! Thank you Ms Michelle Visera! Thank you Ms  Ma. Edna Legaspina!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

ASG wiped out in Bohol

ASG wiped out in Bohol
The day the Abu Sayyaf landed in Bohol and never made it out


CALAPE— Sleep has come easy for Alexander Cuabo and his family now that the two remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) are dead.

“We can sleep well now because all ASG members have been neutralized,” said Cuabo, 57, and a resident of Barangay Looc, Pangangan Island, Calape town.

Fishermen went fishing on Tuesday morning, a day after the killing of the two remaining bandits. Some residents went to the beach to swim.

Life on the island of Pangangan has slowly returned to normal following the death of Abu Ubayda and Alias Asis, the last of the 11 Abu Sayyaf members who tried to enter Bohol through Barangay Napo in Inabanga town on April 10.

Soldiers combing the five-hectare mangrove swamps on Pangangan Island 
in Calape where the two remnants of the Abu Sayyaf Group 
hid before they were killed.  Leo Udtohan
The two were killed in a shootout with the police on May 15 after surviving two separate clashes with government troops on April 11 and April 22 that killed seven of their colleagues including leader Abu Rami and their local guide, sub-leader Joselito Melloria.

“Life on the island is back to normal although the presence of the police there remains. We still conduct police visibility and mobile patrol,” said Senior Inspector Cresente Gurrea, Calape police chief.

Cuabo said he and his neighbors used to stay awake at night after they learned that the two Abu Sayyaf members reached their island by stealing a paddle boat.

They were afraid that the bandit group might hostage them out of desperation since the government troops were hot on their trail.

Even their fiesta last week was affected, said Cuabo.

“The fiesta was so quiet. It was better to kill a snake because it would create a little noise,” said Cuabo.

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto said it was the residents’ vigilance that enabled authorities to track down the bandits and neutralize them.

“We laud our people’s vigilance in providing information to our law enforcement authorities without which tracking of the bandits would have been very difficult,” Chatto said.

Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Matanguihan, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, said Bohol is now cleared of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits.

“This crisis is finally over,” said Matanguihan. “Now, we can finally say that nothing was left of the terrorists who went to Bohol,” he added.

Survival
Alias Ubayda and Alias Asis were spotted on May 8 in Barangay Candungao, a hinterland village in San Isidro town, at least 17 km from Barangay Tanawan in Tubigon town.

The two were hiding in the forests and thick vegetation of San Isidro.

According to Capt. Jojo MascariƱas, spokesman of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, they were able to survive in the forest of Bohol which is abundant with coconut trees and other edible fruits.

But he added they had difficulty getting out of the province because they didn’t know Bohol’s topography.

“They just kept on avoiding the people and would go where their feet would take them,” he added.

The hinterlands of Clarin, Tubigon and Inabanga has a lot of coconuts, bananas and several fruit-bearing trees that could provide food for the stragglers.

They could drink water from the springs and rivers in the areas.

MascariƱas said Kiram survived by eating coconut meat for many days.

“Our body can survive as long as there is water and food that contains sugar,” he added.

‘Kastila Cave’
The "Kastila Cave" in Barangay Kahayag in Pangangan 
Island in Calape town, #Bohol where the the last two 
remnants of the Abu Sayyaf-Alias Ubayda and Alias Asis -hid 
for five days before they were killed on Monday. Leo Udtohan
Early morning on May 11,   several island residents spotted the two men paddling a stolen boat from Sitio Abucayan in Barangay Liboron, still in Calape.

The villagers immediately reported the sightings to authorities.

Checkpoints were set up the following day in the seven barangays on Pangangan Island.

By the crack of dawn on Friday, government troops were already seen on the island’s Barangays Kahayag and Lawis.

Rubber boats from the Philippine Navy roved the waters surrounding the island while helicopters hovered at night to prevent the ASG members’ escape.

The bandits were believed to hide in a mangrove forest preserve connected by a four-kilometer causeway to mainland Calape town.

At around 7 a.m. on May 11, Hilario “Baludoy” Toloy, 76, and his 12-year-old son went near the mangroves to look for seashells in Barangay Kahayag, Pangangan Island.

Little did they know that Abu Ubayda and Alias Asis were hiding in a small cave called “Kastila Cave” which was covered by mangrove trees.

The father and son were held hostage by the bandits who asked for food because they were starving.

To ensure that Toloy would return after going home to get rice and “inun-unan” (fish stewed in vinegar), the bandits kept his son.

At home, Toloy told his wife about what had just happened.

His wife then reported the matter to the village chief and authorities while Toloy returned to the bandits.

After Ubayda and Asis finished eating, the Toloys were released.

Authorities later found near the cave four coconuts, a string, pieces of small wood and jackets — believed to be owned by the bandits.

Meanwhile, the two fled to Barangay Lomboy where Asis reportedly commandeered a motorcycle.

While traveling, the bandits were flagged down at a security checkpoint. The two turned around and were chased by government troops.

They then split up.

Ubayda, who was armed with an M-16 rifle, tried to go back to the mangrove forest but was met by a 70-year-old man identified only as Lolo Peryong who was cleaning his yard.

Gurrea said that instead of running away, the elderly took his bolo and tried to attack Ubayda.

But Peryong was overpowered by the much younger Ubayda who slashed the farmer with his own bolo and hit him with the rifle.

Peryong was rushed to a hospital while Ubayda was killed moments later after he was cornered by government troops who repeatedly shot him in the head, ripping off his face.

The military confirmed that the fatality was Ubayda because of his wedding ring where the name of his wife was engraved.

A few hours later, Asis was killed at least 200 meters from where Ubayda lay dead.

At about 10 a.m. on May 12, Ubayda and Asis, like their ASG comrades slain in Inabanga and Clarin towns, were buried without a ceremony outside the Calape Municipal Cemetery in keeping with the Islam tradition of burying the dead within 24 hours of their death.

Incidentally, their burial site is just a few meters away from where Special Weapons and Tactics operative PO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno was laid to rest.

Nazareno was among the four government troops who were killed in the encounter in Barangay Napo, Inabanga.


T I M E L I N E

APRIL 10, 2017- 11 Abu Sayyaf members including their sub-leader Joselito Melloria slipped into Bohol on board three kumpits (two- engine motorboats) in Barangay Napo, Inabanga town, for a kidnapping and terror mission.

APRIL 11, 2017 – A firefight erupted in Inabanga town between the ASG members and government troops and resulted in the killing of four ASG members including bomb expert Abu Rami, three soldiers and one policeman and 2 civilians. Thousands of villagers were displaced. Seven ASG survivors went into hiding. 

April 22, 2017- A firefight in Clarin killed Joselito Melloria and three other members. At the height of Clarin clash, law enforcers arrested Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza and her husband  Abu Sayyaf bomber Reenor Lou Dungon, Judith Dungon and a minor. Nobleza and Dungon were in a mission to rescue the remaining ASG members trapped in Bohol.

May 4, 2017-  Samad Saad Kiram o Alyas Kiram was arrested in Barangay Tanawan in Tubigon town.  He came out of hiding to look for food in the village. He was held for tactical investigation, but less than 24 hours after his capture, he was gunned down by police for allegedly trying to escape while being transported to the Bohol District Jail. Kiram’s death is now the subject of an in-depth investigation by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

May 15, 2017- The last two remaining ASG remnants-Alias Ubayda and Alias Asis were killed in a firefight in Barangay Lawis, Pangangan Island, Calape town. They were hiding for five days inside the “Kastila Cave” covered by mangrove trees until they accosted a resident ad held his son hostage in exchange for food.


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day!

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.— Jewish Proverb

Mother’s Day always gets me feeling so emotional, simply because it’s such a day that we honor our mothers.  We are so eternally grateful to have such an amazing Mama, Nanay, Nana, Ina, Ima, Ermats, Mamang, Inang,  Mommy, Mudra!

As early as last week, VRS readers sent inspiration mother’s day stories they culled from the internet that brought tears to my eyes. I just couldn’t stop myself from crying because we know that a mother would do everything for her children.  Read on.

My Mom Only Had One Eye
My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family.

There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed.

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. 
Courtesy: Pinterest
How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, ‘EEEE, your mom only has one eye!’

I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, ‘ If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?’

My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.

I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study.

Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids
and the comforts. Then one day, my Mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren.

When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, ‘How dare you come to my house and scare my children!’ GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!’

And to this, my mother quietly answered, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,’ and she disappeared out of sight.

One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity.

My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

‘My dearest son,

I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to your house and scared your children.
I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.

You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine.

I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,

Your mother.’

A Mother’s Love

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: P50
For cleaning up my room this week: P100
For going to the store for you: P20
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: P60
Taking out the garbage: P50
For getting a good report card: P500
For cleaning up and raking the yard: P100
Total owed: P880

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge
For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: No Charge
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: No Charge
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge
Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said,”Mom, I sure do love you.” And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL”

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Realities of life

US-based socialite Mikey Gatal and friends were worried that two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits are still hiding in Bohol.
 
I assured Mikey and friends that we’re safe in Bohol.
 
“We’re all safe Mikey. Thanks for your concern,” I said.
 
Proof?  Fiestas are celebrated in every sitio and barangay this May.
 
Foreign and local tourists flocked to Bohol even after the clash between the Abu Sayyaf group and government troops last month.
 
The delegates of the Asean meetings at the top of the Chocolate Hills.
Photo by Leo Udtohan
Several tourists, foreign and local, were seen enjoying Panglao although some resort operators, however, admitted that some tourists cancelled their bookings after the clash between the Abu Sayyaf group and security forces.
 
I told him that while the bandits were chased in Clarin town, the delegates of the Association of Asian Nations (Asean) meetings held recently in Panglao had enjoyed their countryside tour in Bohol.
 
“They had so much fun,” I told Mikey. 
 
I should know because I was with the delegates during the tour. Regional tourism secretary Judy Gabato  allowed me to cover the tour. Gracias por todo, Maam Judy!
 
I was with “VIP Bus 1” composed of the Asean delegates with Department of Tourism (DOT) licensed tour-guide Ms. Doris Dinorog-Obena, who was amazing, amusing and articulate. She shared her extensive knowledge of Bohol and its history, people, food and architecture with ease. 

Since there were only places to visit by the delegates, the pace was comfortable and efficient. Ms Doris and her assistant Mark were professional and friendly and made the delegates feel they were in good hands. 

The delegates visited the tarsier sanctuary in Corella town. At the tarsier sanctuary, they met Lito Pizarras, the tarsierman. They also learned that tarsiers are both endangered and fragile, and can commit suicide when stressed.
 
They also visited the postcard-famous Chocolate Hills composed of 1,268 cone-shaped hills.
 
In summer, when the grasses wilt and turn chocolate brown color making them look like Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses.
 
Doris Dinorog-Obena shares more about Bohol
 and her people during the tour. Leo Udtohan
The viewing deck in Carmen allows a fantastic view over the hills and the valleys of Bohol.
 
Cuong Ba Tran of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam said he loved to visit again.
 
“I find the people here very friendly. You can find nowhere in the world such people,” he said. “I will bring my family- my kids and wife to visit Bohol. Very impressive.”
 
Indeed, Bohol's charm lies on its people, culture, heritage and rich natural resources.

(Note: On this page and the next are pictures of  ASEAN delegates during their countryside tour in Bohol.)
 
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It was a busy, busy last week that some friends shared the article “Realities of life” they culled from the Internet. I am sharing this to all VRS readers for them to ponder.
 
When we die, our money remains in the bank... Yet, when we are alive, we don't have enough money to spend. In reality, when we are gone, there is still a lot of money not spent.
 
A business tycoon in China passed away. His widow, left with $1.9 billion in the bank, married his chauffeur. His chauffeur said:- "All the while, I thought I was working for my boss... it is only now, that I realize that my boss was all the time, working for me !!!"
 
The cruel reality is: It is more important to live longer than to have more wealth. So, we must strive to have a strong and healthy body, It really doesn't matter who is working for who.
 
In a high end hand phone, 70% of the functions are useless!
 
For an expensive car, 70% of the speed and gadgets are not needed.
 
If you own a luxurious villa or mansion, 70% of the space is usually not used or occupied.
 
How about your wardrobes of clothes? 70% of them are not worn!
 
A whole life of work and earning... 70% is for other people to spend.
 
So, we must protect and make full use of our 30%.
 
Go for medical check-ups even if not sick.
 
HEALTH: Drink more water, even if not thirsty. Eat breakfast like a  king, lunch like a prince  and dinner like a pauper.
 
PERSONALITY:
-Live with the 3 E's--Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
-Take time to PRAY.
-Play more games.
-Read more books than you did in 2016.
-Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
-Sleep for 7 hours.
-Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily And while you walk,  Smile.
-Learn to let go, even if faced with grave problems.
-Endeavor to give in, even if you are in the right.
-Remain humble, even if you are very rich and powerful.
-Learn to be contented, even if you are not rich.
-Exercise your mind and body, even if you are very busy.
-Make time for people you care about.
-Don't over do. Keep you limits.
-Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
-Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
-Dream more while you are awake.
-Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
-Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present Happiness.
-Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
-Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
-No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
-Smile and Laugh More.
-You don't have to win every argument, Agree to disagree.
 
SOCIETY
-Call your family often.
-Each day give something good to others.
-Forgive everyone for everything.
-Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
-Try to make at least three people smile each day.
-What other people think of you is none of your business.
 
LIFE
-Do the right thing!
-GOD heals everything.
-However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
-No matter how you feel, Get up, Dress up and Show up. The best is yet to come.
-When awake in the morning Thank GOD for it.
-Your Inner most is always happy. So, be Happy.
 
Prof. Reinerio Augusto Real of the office of the governor also shared “12 Things to Remember in Life”:
 
1.The past cannot be changed.
2.Opinions do not define your reality.
3.Everyone’s journey is different.
4.Things always get better with time.
5.Judgments are a confession of character.
6.Overthinking will lead to sadness.
7. Happiness is found within.
8. Positive thoughts create positive things.
9. Smiles are contagious.
10. Kindness is free.
11. You only fail if you quit.
12. What goes around comes around.
 
 
 
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