Leading telecommunications firm Globe Telecom and The Walt Disney Company, Philippines, announced a major collaboration to promote volunteerism among Filipinos.
The two companies partnered to launch “Time Please,” a nationwide volunteering program that encourages and empowers Filipinos including companies, organizations, employees, families, and friends to provide volunteer activities or participate in existing volunteer programs. Time Please supports the telco’s commitment to nine (9) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and appeals to the Filipino strong culture of volunteerism rooted in the bayanihan spirit to collectively contribute to social development.
Back from last year’s hit classical concert “Songs from a Silver World,” the talented scholars of Klassikal Music Foundation (KMF) are set to put a grand twist on some of the most enjoyable songs ever written in Klassikal Music Foundation presents: One with the Stars, KMF’s 10th anniversary musical extravaganza.
Founded in 2007 by McDonald’s Philippines Founder and Chairman Dr. George T. Yang, KMF is a scholarship fund that provides assistance to deserving students who are financially incapable of pushing through with costly music degrees. By doing so, this brings these wunderkinds closer to their dreams.
The Philippines is popularly known as the “selfie capital of the world.” We Pinoys love taking selfies. We do it in the morning after waking up. When traveling in front of a nice view. Even when we’re just idly seated in the bus terminal for hours because of traffic. Selfies (and wefies) serve as an expression of how we feel. For me, it’s like a confidence boost that tells you “you’re beautiful,” “everything’s gonna be okay,” or “you can do it!” Selfies transform you and your mood, and how you look at the world.
Transforming lives, one smile at a time
Likewise, ASUS Philippines in partnership with Operation Smile Phiippines (OSP) enable selfies to transform lives, one smile at a time.
Did you know that every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or palate? This was the main reason Operation Smile Philippines was established in 1982. They started their mission to bring smiles to children with cleft lips through various medical missions and programs for children with this condition, beginning with gathering donations and volunteers and in the process, creating significant changes in these kids’ lives. Its medical volunteers have shared how participating in this cause has made quite an impact in their own lives as well. The foundation has officially been around for 35 years as a non-stock, non-profit later, since its registry in 1988.
Share a selfie and join the advocacy
Last August, ASUS Philippines recently announced its partnership with Operation Smile Philippines at the much-anticipated launch of the ZenFone 4 Series in the local market. In line with its hero tagline, “We Love Selfie & Wefie,” ASUS Philippines’ 10th year anniversary, and together with 35 years of the Operation Smile Philippines, the global tech giant introduced #4theSmile campaign. The said campaign wishes to bring smiles to the 4,500 Filipino children who are born with cleft lips and palates each year, by inviting everyone to contribute and help create smiles.
By joining #4theSmile, each participant will help push further the advocacy that Operation Smile Philippines has been supporting across different countries in the world. With each selfie and wefie taken by any of the ZenFone 4 series that is posted on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #4theSmile, ASUS Philippines will donate and P1.00 to support a medical mission. ASUS Philippines aims to get roughly around the magnanimous number of 1,300,000 selfies and wefies combined before the year ends.
“There is a relationship that exists even between strangers. ASUS Philippines is here to prove just that by turning selfies and wefies into shared moments that go beyond the people within the frame and actually touch other people’s lives for the better,” shares ASUS Philippines Country Manager, George Su, as he echoes their newest campaign philosophy – From ME to WE. “Through this new partnership, we want our selfie-loving audience to take their selfies and wefies to another level by sharing their smiles to brighten the lives of thousands of children with cleft lips and palates, and help bring these children’ssmiles to the world,”
There was a time when I was a kid watching Sineskwela (Filipino Science children TV show) and Agatom talked about the depleting ozone layer. That it had a “hole” that was becoming bigger unless we’d do something about it. We learned that we need to recycle because our dumpsites were getting out of hand. We memorized the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Return) and we knew how to make our own little composts. There was a time when I actually believed that Captain Planet could save the environment. I’m not talking about his super powers but through the easy-to-do eco-friendly tips at the end of each episode. Go Planeteers! Then there was Al Gore who showed us The Inconvenient Truth. The ice cap was melting and polar bears were drowning. After that, everything’s a blur. And everyone began to forget.
We are the generation that’s most exposed to environment issues and we are (or should be) the most informed thanks to the wealth of material available to read and digest. But though we have all the information, somehow it’s not translating to action. I’m trying hard not to generalize but we are overcome by the culture of consumption and commercialism. Social media has paralyzed most of us to become mere spectators watching (and feeling) Mother Earth’s slow painful death.
Let’s try not to be spectators and do our part, however little it may be, as a millennial. Here’s my short list of how millennials in their own little ways help the environment.
The 2016 Philippine Elections is almost here and it’s still super hard to choose who to vote for president. With all the articles and posts trending on my wall telling me who to vote, who said this, who manipulated this, whose supporters did that, it is a must to be vigilant. Do your own research and be informed!
While I’m still researching, I made a list of the things I look for in my president-to-be. I just listed down a few top-of-mind wishes regardless if they are part of the president’s job or not. It’s just my grown-up election list!
My president must be accountable.
I think this is pretty self-explanatory. I cannot highlight the need for an accountable president more. The problem with most Filipinos is that we always try to blame somebody. And that somebody is always the president. I’m poor because of the president. The airport is lame because of the president. Zayn left One Direction because of the president. We’re fond of blaming others but can’t take the blame when it’s our fault in the first place. To make matters even worse, the president, the highest leader in the land, also plays the blame game.