Monthly Archives: January 2015

He was rated "dull, slow, and impractical" by his teachers and was asked to leave college. Despite this negative start, he was awarded a patent for the rotary steam engine before he turned twenty. His next invention, a device that put derailed trails back on track, was purchased by virtually every railroad in his country. Before this man's creative life was over, he patented over four hundred inventions and amassed an industrial empire that few have equalled. 
Even though he was disabled near the end of his life, he continued to invent, using his wheelchair to transport him from one project to another. He died surrounded by the sketches of his latest project - the motorized wheelchair.
The man labeled as "impractical and dull" was named George Westinghouse. He refused to accept the negative opinions of those around him and instead chose to become one of the richest and most creative men in history. I hope you choose to believe in yourself and strive for your goals even if others express negative opinions of your abilities.

The idea of attending the CU Graduate School Alumni Homecoming intrigued me, but wasn't really that exciting because my batchmates aren't available. However, with our ever dear Dean of the Graduate School's invitation, I couldn't say no. 
As I entered the hall, I somehow feared I will get out of place but soon as I get my feet on the hall, I could feel the energy. We were welcomed with smiles of the front liners of the event. We signed up, and looked for a seat. 
I was moved by the musical performance of the daughters of our Graduate School Dean, my apologies, because I was unable to take pictures. But while the performance was going on, Dr. Cimene recounted how Capitol University has become an instrument of her blessing. That such a place like CU is her land of promise. CU is the place where she reaped the harvest of blessing. She's revealed to us how she's gone from glory to glory with CU at her side. God has indeed placed her, where she is. She's started the warmth and told the community, that the event is a CELEBRATION!
I wasn't able to get a picture of her, as I was engrossed at her speech, so I will have this post as a substitute. Taken with her and my study buddy in the graduate school and partner in projects Commissioner Jamal Edres.
We cannot let the event pass without a picture of with you Doc Dean Francis Thaise Cimene! Always active and beautiful!
Then soon to be Dr. Clifford G. Roa, my mentor, former professor, the CU Alumni President gave his welcome. He's given us reasons why we should stay connected and gave us a challenge to get bonded with the other alumna or alumnus despite the limited time that we would have to spend in school. He's recalled how we've made a different kind of Sportsfest. Flashback in my memories were inevitable. Graduate school has afforded several avenues for us to bond as well. He's also challenge to bring what was learned in the school to the community we served.
To top the speeches, we have the Capitol University President himself Atty. Casimiro Juarez, who was supposed to be the "keynote" speaker, but opted to deliver an "inspirational" talk. And what I could get from his speech is really, about being committed to mold people to mold people, to change people to change the community and the people in it. He quoted Pope Francis on his speech and challenged the alumni community:

"You have to be able to uplift the system of education. Uplift the life of the community you are serving. You who are serving in the community, you hold the real, authentic power. I challenge you to make a change!"

Being a total person would encompass being able to impact the community where you serve. I am indeed inspired to be a better me, to be more aggressive in effecting change for the betterment of the society. It's a challenge posed to every alumna/alumnus of the graduate school, which was well accepted by everyone in the hall. Thank you Atty. Juarez for that inspiring speech. You've once again demonstrated, that you are a man full of wisdom!
A book launch was also made, I am amazed at the accomplishments of the CU Grad School alumni. They've made successes rolled up into a book. The real essence of education is to effect a better outcome in the lives of the graduates and in the community of the graduates of the educational institution. I feel proud to have graduated from an education, where outcomes were evident enough to be written in a book (though still in progress). Also amazing the couple of my mentors like Dr. Corazon Mendoza, Dr. Elizabeth Figueroa, Dr. Vincent Salas, Dr. Salvador Aves, Dr.  Jessica Campano, and a lot more are on that list. They're achievements within and outside their community, local and national or even international, are such an inspiration to the new graduates of the school. 
And hey, there's more, while the speeches are going on, the working committee are going around to distribute gifts, from our very own executive Vice President, Admin. Dr. Fe Juarez.
I got excited so I opened it, voila! These are great items Doc! Thank you so much!
Using these items would always remind us to be a total person. To remember where we came from and where we have to go. Thanks for these great items! 
And of course, we have to have a photo op of this man, an epic example of public servant! Dr. Alan Aladano! Thank you sir! You're a great teacher in word and in deed.
As we head our way home, we were given this souvenir item, CU Mug. As I drink coffee I am again reminded of being a total person. 
We had a great time attending the alumni. Although, we have to make sure next time, our batch mates should be there! This is a call to all our batch mates, to please attend next time. We have to redeem our batch's reputation! haha Guys, seriously, let's get together once again! We miss you in the celebration! 
So much to take away! And we head home feeling empowered, proud, encouraged and inspired! Thank you! CU!
~Raymond A. Vasquez
MBM Graduate, October 2014

Manila, Philippines- Gina Rodriguez went to Manila to promote her show “Jane the Virgin” on November 26-28 where her Filipino fans met and greeted her in Fairmont Hotel, Makati. 
Meanwhile, JANE THE VIRGIN is nominated in Golden Globe awards as the following:
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL  and GINA RODRIGUEZ
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL.
About the Show
When Jane Villanueva was a young girl, her grandmother, Alba, convinced her of two things: telenovelas are the highest form of entertainment, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. Now age 23, Jane is a driven young woman studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel. 
All the years of watching telenovelas with the two women who raised her – her sexy, young-at-heart mother, Xiomara (known as “Xo”), and her still-devout grandmother, Alba – have given Jane a slightly unrealistic view of romance. Although she is determined not to make the same mistake Xo made – becoming an unwed mother at 16 – Jane could not be closer to the two wonderful women who have shaped her life. They are very different people – Xo lives her life as a perpetual teenager, performing at local clubs and always looking for a new man, while Alba makes religion and prayer the focus of her life – but both women consider Jane the center of their universe and love the grounded, compassionate and ambitious young woman she has become. 
Despite the conflicting influences of her mother and grandmother, Jane has managed to find a wonderful fiancé: a handsome, hard-working detective named Michael, who loves her enough to accept her detailed timeline for their future together and even her insistence on “saving herself” until they’re married. All of Jane’s meticulous life plans are turned upside down, however, when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room. Unbeknownst to her, the specimen belongs to Rafael, a reformed playboy and cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but also a former summer crush of hers.

A few weeks later, the unsuspecting Jane is faced with the most important decisions of her life. Will she continue with the pregnancy? How can she explain the situation to her fiancé and family? And what should she do about the wishes of the biological father, Rafael, and his scheming wife Petra? At the same time, Jane’s mother Xo is facing a life-changing decision of her own: after years of letting Jane and Alba believe she didn’t know the identity of Jane’s father, the time has come to admit the truth – Jane’s father is Xo’s former boyfriend Rogelio. Making the situation even more surreal, Rogelio is now a huge telenovela star, and he definitely wants to meet his unsuspecting daughter. 

Though she has always tried to be the responsible good girl who does the right thing, Jane’s normally quiet life has suddenly become as dramatic, complicated and unpredictable as the telenovelas she has always loved. 

The series stars Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Jane, Justin Baldoni (“Single Ladies,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Rafael, Brett Dier (“Ravenswood”) as Michael, Andrea Navedo (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Golden Boy”) as Xiomara, Yael Grobglas (“Reign”) as Petra, Ivonne Coll (“Switched at Birth,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Alba and Jaime Camil (“Devious Maids,” “Que Pobres Tan Ricos”) as Rogelio.
GINA RODRIGUEZ 

(Jane Villanueva in “Jane The Virgin”) 

In the new comedy series “Jane The Virgin,” Gina Rodriguez stars as Jane Villanueva, whose meticulous life plans are suddenly turned upside down when she is accidentally artificially inseminated. 
Named the “Next Big Thing” and one of the “Top 35 Latinos Under 35” by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina Rodriguez’s profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in “Filly Brown” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and brought Rodriguez an Imagen award winner for Best Actress in a Feature Film. 
Growing up in Chicago, Rodriguez started performing at age 7 with the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. She went on to work with other companies including Los Soneros Del Swing, performing at several Salsa Congresses in Chicago, California, New York and Puerto Rico. At 16, Gina was one of thirteen teens to be accepted into Columbia University NY- Theatrical Collaboration taught by Richard Niles, where she wrote, directed and performed original works. 
She fell in love with New York and was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. 
Rodriguez had four years of intense theatre training at both the Atlantic Theatre Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, working with David Mamet, William H. Macy and Rosemary Quinn. Directly after graduation, she booked her first lead role in the feature film “Tiny Dancer.” Next, she originated the role of Frida Kahlo in the world premiere of “Casa Blue: The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo,” at the American Stage Theatre. She continued to work in NY with multiple theatres and her work in film and TV steadily grew, including series “Jonny Zero,” “Army Wives,” and “Law & Order,” in addition to several shorts and indie films. One short film, “Osvaldos,” earned Rodriguez a “Best Actor” award at the First Run Film Festival in NY. 
After the years of success in NY, Rodriguez booked a lead role in a feature film “Go For It” in which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination. After this, Rodriguez booked her first co-star role on CBS’ “Eleventh Hour.” She went on to book series regular roles on web series “Eden's Court” and “No Names;” her first studio film “Our Family Wedding” with America Ferrera; and a lead in the film “Superchicas.” Since then she has also guest starred on the “The Mentalist,” “Happy Endings” and “Ten Things I Hate About You.” 
Next came one of Rodriguez’s most exciting roles to date, “Filly Brown.” Originally, this role had been written as a spoken word artist, an area in which Rodriguez had experience, but upon meeting Rodriguez, the producers changed the part to a rapper. After an outstanding audition, in which Gina provided an impromptu rap performance, she secured the role. She collaborated with music producers, E Dub and Khoolaid from Silent Giant, to come up with original songs for the film. Rodriguez went on to star in the dark indie comedy “Sleeping with Fishes,” written and directed by Nicole Gomez Fisher. The film focuses on Alexis Rodriguez Fish, who returns home to her family after the death of her cheating husband. 
Rodriguez starred in the Cima Productions film “Marching Banda,” playing a single mother of a boy whose estranged father comes back into their lives and begins teaching him traditional regional Mexican music and incorporating it into the school’s marching band repertoire. She also starred in a supporting role in “Snap,” a reunion with her “Filly Brown” director Youssef Delara, which had its world premiere at SXSW this past year. She also completed production on another indie film, “California Winter,” with Rutina Wesley. 
Rodriguez is a supporter of Inspira, an organization that works to spotlight Latino leaders who shape their communities. She also works with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative. 
She lives in Los Angeles, California.
The series is currently on hiatus now and new episodes will return in January 25, Sunday, 8.50pm, Same Week As The U.S.
Sony Channel is seen on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.
About Sony Channel
Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing entertainment with the biggest and best of Hollywood. Designed for the socially connected viewer, Sony Channel features some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the U.S. telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies. 
Fresh, confident and stylish, with a dash of clever wit, Sony Channel is visually stunning with a brand identity that perfectly complements its line-up of high calibre programming.  Sony Channel appeals to a female-skewed, male-inclusive audience who loves to escape, engage and lose themselves in premium content. Viewers are modern, social, stylish and aspirational.

Sony Channel is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates pay-TV channels AXN, beTV, Sony Entertainment Television, Animax, ONE and GEM. See www.sonychannelasia.com, as well as follow www.facebook.com/SonyChannelPH and https://twitter.com/SonyChannelPH for more. 

As I grow older, I am increasingly amazed how quickly time passes. It's like the rewinding of a videotape: The closer it gets to home, the faster it goes! So it is with each of us.
What if someone came to you and offered to deposit P86,400 into your bank account every morning? Wouldn't that be heavenly? There's only one catch: You must wisely spend or invest the entire amount every day. Any squandering of the money is not acceptable. Nothing can be carried over, and anything left in the account will be lost to you at midnight. Of course, another P86,400 will be deposited the following morning. 
What would you do in this situation? You bet! You would be sure to spend all the money or invest it wisely!
Well, this happens to you every day. Only the gift is not measured in pesos and centavos; it is measured in time. You are given 86,400 seconds every day.  How you use them is up to you. You can squander the time and lose its benefit, or you can invest it wisely and be rewarded. 
Don't live a squandered life. Since you have only one life to give, live it well.
What separates a futile life from a fruitful one? Your attitude. Your attitude will be the difference between existing and living!
TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR TWO MOST VALUABLE DECISIONS
Let me pause here to ask you again to evaluate two most important decisions in your life.
Your most important life decision will be your choice of whether or not to follow Jesus Christ. Your choice to open your heart to Him will be the most eternal decision you will ever make. If you have not done that, don't hesitate for another moment! There is no greater choice than to choose Him to be Lord in your life, no matter how many possessions you own, how much money you have made or how much power you have accumulated.
Jesus reminds us, "How do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process?" (Mark 8:36, NLT).
Now, as a Christian, let me reveal your second most important decision in this life: choosing the attitude with which you will follow Christ. The first decision will determine how eternal your life will be. The second will determine how effective your life will be.
Just because you are a Christian does not guarantee fruitfulness. I have often met Christians with poor attitudes that sour their relationships, families, ministry and potential for success. This need not be so!
Anyone can develop an attitude that attract success!
SEIZE THE DAY!
In the motion picture Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams plays the part of John Keating, an iconoclastic instructor hired to teach English literature at a buttoned-down, straightlaced, all-boys prep school. Determined to interest the boys in what they believe to be a boring subject, Keating employs a highly unorthodox teaching style. On the first day of class, with an impish smile, he walks out of the classroom and implores the boys to follow him. 
In the hallway, Keating gathers the boys around a glass trophy case containing dusty trophies, school memorabilia and some aging black-and-white photographs of students from long, long ago. There Keating asks one of the students to open his textbook and recite from the poem "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time." The boy hesitantly reads aloud:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," Keating repeats. "The Latin term that sentiment is carpe diem. Now who knows what that means?"
The know-it-all boy of the group volunteers, "Seize the day."
"Seize the day," says Keating. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Why does the poet use these lines?"
Another boy takes a shot. "Because he was in a hurry?"
Imitating the sound of a game-show buzzer, the teacher corrects him. "No, but thank you for playing." He then turns to the boys and explains, "Because we are all food for worms, lads! Because, believe it or not, one day each and every one of us in this room is going to stop breathing, turn cold and die!"
TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS, THAT WE MAY PRESENT TO THEE A HEART OF WISDOM. (PSALMS 90:12)
Keating calls the boys' attention to the trophy case. "Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past. You've walked past them many times, but I don't think you've really looked at them."
The boys stare blankly at the photos.
"They're not that different from you, are they?" the teacher suggests. "Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you."
Keating pauses to let this sink in.
"Did they wait until it was too late make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils." Keating smiles. "But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in."
The boys crane their necks toward the trophy case.
"Hear it?" Then, as if interpreting for the souls of these past alumni, Keating whispers in a hoarse voice, intoned with a sense of deep urgency, "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys! Make your lives extraordinary!"
Jesus said it this way:

You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. (Matt. 5:14, The Message).

Carpe diem! Seize the day and bring out the God-colors in your world. Within you lies the Holy Spirit, infused through your being by the breath of God. Don't keep it a secret. Begin to live your God-given call by shining your light through your life.
You don't have to be a world-famous evangelist to shine. And start by shining your light to those around you every day. And what is the beacon through which your light shine to those around you? Your extraordinary attitude!

One of the most powerful ingredients for developing staying power, or the ability to get back in the game and stay there, is stubbornness. That's right. You can be stubborn in a right way. (see sample here.) I guess you could call it endurance, but I like to call it stubbornness.
Of course, you can be stubborn in the wrong way, too. That could be termed being stiff-necked or obstinate. But that's not what I am talking about.
Stubborn obedience to the call of God on my life helps me get through the gauntlet of critics and survive the nagging memories of past mistakes. I know God has called me to represent Him during my stay in this world. (He has called you to do the same!) Come what may, I must finish the course. I must run the race with endurance - stubborn endurance, mind you - until He takes me home to be with Him forever.
I guess we're pretty good company, because it was prophesied of Jesus that He would stay the course, too, no matter what came His way.

He will not be disheartened or crushed, until He has established justice in the earth. (Isaiah 42:4)

he had made a choice. He would not be disheartened or crushed until His assignment was through! He made a choice, and I get to do the same. 
We will have many opportunities to bail out along the way. There will be plenty of reasons to resign. I've experienced many! No one ever needs to look far for a reason to leave work, to end a relationship, to stop pursuing a dream, to divorce, to quit, to leave a home church, etc. There will always be plenty of justification to have an affair. There will always be sorrows to drown in beer at the local bar. 

MAKE THE CHOICE TO STAY THE COURSE!

What will give you longevity is not the absence of stress or trials. Look at Jesus' life.  It was riddled with problems. People trying to betray Him, demon-possessed people trying to grab onto Him, sick people lining up to touch Him and Pharisees constantly testing Him. Yet He refused to be disheartened or crushed! 
Make the same choice to stay the course. Sure, there may be many course corrections along the way. Maybe even a few deviations from the original flight plan, but stay the course!

Leaders are sorely needed, but here's a pretty good case for followers.
A young woman wanted to go to college in a story told by S.I. McMillen in his book, None of These Diseases. But her heart sank when she read the question on the application blank which asked, "Are you a leader?" Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote "no" and returned the application expecting the worst.
To her surprise, she received this letter fro the college: "Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they at least have one follower!"
"It's  a pity," Dr. McMillen says,"that we race each other like participants in a stock car race. In our excitement to be first, we ignore the damage we inflict on others and ourselves."
A man once prayed, "Lord, keep me from becoming so self-possessed that I must express myself on every subject. With my vast store of wisdom, it does seem a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want to have a few friends at the end."
One way to become a leader is to study leaders and follow their examples. 
As you begin your day, think about statement 1, and complete number 2.

  1. Today, I will follow the example of good leaders so that when my opportunity to lead comes, I will be prepared.
  2. Today, I will ______________________________________.

Tilda Kemplen grew up and still lives in the rugged mountains of East Tennessee. She went to a one-room school through the eighth grade, and then repeated the eighth grade because there was no high school to attend. Later, as a cook for a Methodist Mission school, she became determined to go back to school. She enrolled in high school at age 32 - with a husband, three small children, a job as a cook, and a home to keep - and graduated five years later. Then she earned a college degree in early education.
Tilda wanted to help the mountain children avoid the problems she experienced. She wanted to establish a program for them, but there were no funds and no buildings. So Tilda volunteered her time and held her class in the fields. Later, she raised funds for a child development center, which has employed over six hundred persons in a county with a twenty-six percent unemployment rate. Tilda, who in Washington received the Jefferson Award for outstanding public service, says, "Everybody has some talent. If I can do it, you can too."
Think about it. It's not your situation, but what you make of that situation, which determines what you will accomplish with your life.
Since you've read this very short story, try to think on these:

  1. Today, I will spend more time thinking about what I do have rather than what I don't have.
  2. Today I will ____________________.

Intense belief in a goal is one of the most powerful forces on earth. Joan of Arc a twelve-year old shepherd girl when she developed the belief that she would lead the army of France against England. The intensity of her belief was overwhelming.  At age seventeen she appeared before and explained her belief to Prince Charles, who was so impressed he gave her a suit of armor and an army to lead. Joan of Arc then led a successful siege against the supposedly unconquerable bastion of Orleans.
To repeat myself, intense belief in a cause or goal is one of the most powerful forces on earth. No matter what the odds may be, or how insurmountable the barriers appear, belief dictates that there is a way. The armor for your belief and goals may take the form of a stethoscope, a typewriter, or a microphone. Your sword may be patience, unselfishness, or a never-say-die attitude
I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination. Notice that I didn't say it would b easy. Worthwhile accomplishments seldom are.
Today, as you begin your day, ponder on those points above. Also complete item number 2 below.

  1. Today, I will intensify the most powerful force on earth - my belief - by closely examining what I believe to be important in the physical, mental, and spiritual areas of my life. 
  2. Today I will ____________________________.

With the right attitude and a touch of humor you can do what Mal Hancock did. Mal took the proverbial lemon of a paralyzing fall and turned that tragedy into real-life lemonade. Mal was in high school, facing a promising career in athletics, when a fall paralyzed him from the waist down. He endured some heartbreaking days trying to make the mental and physical adjustments.
There are no guarantees, as Mal Hancock learned, that life will be a bed of roses. On the contrary, you can count on facing some very strange events, but if you learn to face the unexpected with humor and optimism, you too can come out on top. While in the hospital Mal began to draw the scenes around him. Rather than complain about the nurse waking him at 3:00 A.M. for a sleeping pill, he drew a cartoon about it that made the point with a laugh. Soon all the nurses in the hospital were coming by to see what Mal had chosen to draw.
It wasn't long before he had sold one of those cartoons to a magazine. That single sale launched him into a successful career as a cartoonist. Today Mal Hancock's name can be read on cartoons in the Saturday Evening Post and T.V. Guide. Incidentally, his first book was called - you guessed it - Hospital Humor. (See full story here).
Mal learned a lesson which can be important to all of us. Even when you can't do anything about a situation (such as being paralyzed), you can do a lot about your attitude toward the situation.
As you begin your day, think about this and complete the second sentence:
  1. Today I will laugh with others as often as possible, remembering to take my family and my business seriously, but not to take myself too seriously.
  2. Today I will _____________________________________.

You've heard it said that we should never change a proven success formula. Generally speaking, I agree with that statement. But sometimes there is a time and place for a change of recipe in almost any area of business. For example, potato chips are an American tradition, a very successful sales item. That fact didn't keep Procter and Gamble a few years ago from launching "Pringles," a product that defied tradition and opened up a whole new market. 
On occasion the ingredient for success is the surprise element. For example, Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys is well-known for having surprise for his opponent in an especially big game. He is well aware that the opponent will be prepared for the standard stuff, so he often catches them off guard with his innovations.
What about you? Think it through carefully, then if the situation warrants, change the recipe. Add the special ingredients of optimism, enthusiasm, courtesy, and positive thinking. Your innovation could be the surprise that will catch your competition off guard - give you the winning edge!
As you start your day, ponder and complete this.

  1. Today I will watch for the opportunity to be innovative, and if the situation warrants, I will change the recipe.
  2. Today I will ______________________________.