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Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines 2012 on June 30


Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines 2012 on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Conference Room?

This year, Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines 2012 targets to plant 220,000 native tree seedlings all over Cebu Province in June 30, 2012, doubling last year’s target of 100,000. The event shall put forward the GREENIN Philippines Program to the next level.

The event will be held simultaneously in 50 municipalities and component cities, including Cebu City, making the event a province-wide endeavor. The Cebu Provincial Government has issued an executive order mandating the implementation and institutionalization of Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines throughout the province.

The central event, which targets 7,500 participants, surpassing the 5,000 target last year, will be held in an eight-hectare forestland in Jaclupan, Talisay City. The area will be planted with 20,000 native tree seedlings and will be developed into a forest model through a co-management agreement among Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Cebu Provincial Government, Talisay City government, and RAFI.

Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines is held annually every last Saturday of June, which celebrates Environmental Month.

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Tito Cuevas painting exhibit at Casa Gorrordo opens on April 26


“Cuevas: A Retrospective (Iconography and Style)” Painting Exhibit opens tomorrow, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Casa Gorordo Museum, Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City.

Tito Cuevas, who started painting late in his life, invigorated the Cebuano art scene by putting out works in the abstract expressionist style. He is considered the Father of Abstract Expressionism in Cebu. He died last month. For those who attended the Contemporary Cebu exhibit in Cebu City Museum, you would have met him. Please click on this link to see a photo of Tito Cuevas.

The retrospective exhibit in Casa Gorordo Museum is the first of a series that deals with various aspects of the late master’s life and works. The succeeding exhibits will showcase Cuevas’ personal memoirs and influences at the Alternative Contemporary Art Exhibit, and masterpieces and rare works at the Cebu City Museum. The concluding exhibit of the series will be housed in SM Cebu in June.

The exhibition in Casa Gorordo Museum traces the development of Cuevas’ art career. It focuses attention on different styles that the master employed all throughout his art career from the late 1970s to 2012.

For inquiries, please contact Nancy Cudis at (032) 418-7234 local 520, or through mobile number 0917-3959423, or email at Nancy.Cudis@rafi.org.ph.

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RAFI declares winners of blogging contest


RAFI Blogging Contest Plaques

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) announced the winners of the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest.

The first place was awarded to JR Lopez Gonzales of South Cotabato with his post entitled “Drawing Mindanao’s Portrait of Change” in his blog, Politikalon. The blog features 10 RAFI Triennial Awardees who are from Mindanao. Gonzales is currently teaching at the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Iligan Institute of Technology and serves as editor-in-chief of MSU College of Law-Iligan’s school paper.

Winning second place was Warlie Diaz of Guimaras with his blog on “Participatory Research Organization of Communities and Education Towards Struggle for Self-reliance (PROCESS) Foundation”, in his blog site, Seventh Sanctum. PROCESS is one of the outstanding institution finalists in the 1st RAFI Triennial Awards”.

Vernon Go of Cebu bagged the third place with his blog on Glicerio “Nono” P. Lucrecia, an exemplary individual nominee in the 4th RAFI Triennial Awards, in his blog site, Vernon Go.

The first prize winner received Php 25,000; second prize, Php 20,000; and third prize P15,000. Each winner also received plaques.

For more details about 5th RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest, click this link.

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Contemporary art exhibit showcases Cebuano talents


Paintings and sculptures of contemporary Cebuano artists were featured in the art exhibit, dubbed Contemporary Cebu, which opened last Jan. 4 at the Cebu City Museum.

The exhibit, which is curated by JV Castro, is designed to bring national attention to contemporary Cebuano artists and their works. It is open to the public until Jan. 31.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, during the opening ceremonies, lauded the initiative undertaken to make the exhibit possible, saying it is a way to recognize Cebuano talents in visual arts as well as to promote the Cebu City Museum.

The Alternative Contemporary Art Studio, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), and The Grove by Rockwell, partnered together to launch this annual exhibit. The first exhibit was held in June 2011 in Manila at the Ateneo de Manila University and Picasso Boutique Hotel.

This year’s Contemporary Cebu art exhibit features the works of Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Marvin Natural, Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Karl Roque, Sio Montera, Ritchie Quijano, and Tito Cuevas. Russ Ligtas will give Butoh performances on Jan. 12 and 13.

“It is an exhibition that features some of the finest artists we have in Cebu. All the works in the exhibit are done by Cebuano artists who specialize in contemporary works, meaning the portrayal of subjects are different. In a way, we want to promote Cebu in a different light,” Castro said.

Dennis “Sio” Montera, one of the participating artists shared the inspiration and stories behind his paintings.

“My art is more on expression of the things that have been relevant in my life—happiness, sadness, loss of loved one, any life experience. For me, the best way I can communicate or deal with my emotions is to paint. It is more likely the reflection of a current situation of my life. It’s like a diary, mirroring what is happening around me,” he said.

Alternative Contemporary Art Studio and RAFI have been partners since Contemporary Cebu’s inception in 2011. This year, they took in The Grove by Rockwell as a major partner. The other sponsors of the exhibit are the Cebu City Government, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Blue Shield Risk Management, Gothong Southern, Michelangelo Pizzeria, and Hola España.

“Contemporary Cebu is a good opportunity for introducing the Cebuano audience to contemporary arts and for them to be familiar who the Cebuano contemporary visual artists are,” said Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of Culture and Heritage of RAFI. (Hannah Reoma/Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. intern)

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“Contemporary Cebu” art exhibit opens at the Cebu City Museum


The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), in partnership with the Alternative Contemporary Art Studio and The Grove by Rockwell, will launch the Contemporary Cebu art exhibit to bring national attention to Cebuano artists and their works. The exhibit will be open to the public tomorrow(January 4, 2011) at Cebu City Museum  at 6:00 PM and will run until January31.

New masterpieces that exemplify contemporary movements in painting, sculpture, and performance arts by leading and upcoming artists from the region — Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Marvin Natural, Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Karl Roque, Sio Montera, Ritchie Quijano, and Tito Cuevas—are featured in the exhibit. Russ Ligtas of Butoh will give performances on Jan. 12 and 13.

RAFI has been Alternative Contemporary Art Studio’s major partner since Contemporary Cebu’s inception in 2011. This year, they took in The Grove by Rockwell as a major partner. The other sponsors of the exhibit are the Cebu City Government, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City, National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, Blue Shield Risk Management, Gothong Southern, Michelangelo Pizzeria, and Hola España.

For more information about the exhibit, you can call (63 32) 418 7234 local 520 and look for Nancy Cudis, or email at Nancy.Cudis@rafi.org.ph .

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RAFI’s environment protection initiatives bag two Quill Awards


RAFI’s environmAent protection initiatives bag two Quill AwardsI

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) won the “Quill Award of Merit for communication management: economic, social, and environmental development” for its Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines.

At the same time, the “Tree of the Month”, which comes out in The Freeman twice a month, is a finalist under the writing category of the communication skills division of the Quill Awards.

RAFI Executive Committee Chair Ma. Cristina Aboitiz, RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica Cua, RAFI Deputy Director for Operations Amaya Aboitiz, RAFI’s Integrated Development Executive Director Rowena Bandola-Alensonorin, and RAFI Communications Officer Haidee Palapar received the two awards during the 10th Philippine Quill Awards held last Nov. 18 at Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Quezon City.

They were joined by Lucky Malicay, news editor of The Freeman.

“The awards are indicators that RAFI has achieved that competitive advantage in terms of pushing its programs and advocacies forward through communication, given RAFI’s appropriate skills and systems. Also, they serve as a challenge for RAFI to continuously raise the bars so that the Foundation will continue to be effective in delivering its brand promise and reach the highest mark of excellence,” Alensonorin said.

Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines is the environmental initiative under the GREENIN Philippines (Generation REdemption and Expansion of Natural resources INitiatives in the Philippines) Program of RAFI, which engages the general public to participate in a simultaneous running and planting of native tree species throughout the province of Cebu.

Held last June 25, 2011, the event aimed to raise public awareness in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local government leaders and in forging local and national government commitment to action as well as encourage multiple partnerships in caring for the environment.

It was participated by 55,372 participants from across Cebu Province who collectively planted 239,580 native tree seedlings in more than 115 hectares of land. These figures are beyond RAFI’s targets that was set at 20,000 participants, 100,000 native tree seedlings, and 56 hectares.

On the other hand, Tree of the Month is a bi-monthly section that comes out in The Freeman twice a month with the aim of educating the public on the various native trees species and encouraging their propagation.

The advocacy is shared by The Freeman.

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Cebuano volunteerism as a gift this season of giving


What is the best way to celebrate the gift-giving season?

For some people like Ency Encinares, a volunteer deaf mute teacher, and Venerva Amil, a teacher for the Bajau community in Barangay Alaska Mambaling, Cebu City, volunteering for a cause is the best form of a gift this yuletide season.

They both define volunteerism as serving without something in return, as long as the one doing it happy with what he or she is doing doing. They also associate volunteerism as saying the truth, letting the people know that one is sincere with his or her voluntary service.

Encinares and Amil were guests during the “Pagtuki” episode last Dec. 3 when the topic was on the state of the Cebuano volunteerism. Pagtuki is the weekly radio program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) aired every Saturday morning over dyLA.

“When I was still in college, I belonged to an organization that is into helping the community. I have had worries, such as failing my subjects since I gave so much of my time as a volunteer. But at the end of the day, I find fulfillment in what I was doing,” Encinares explained.

He added that he would have had a hard time learning the sign language if he was not dedicated and passionate about it.

For Amil, she has seen the need for the Bajau community to focus on education, especially learning the Cebuano language.

“I decided to share my knowledge with them. Even though there are a lot of challenges being a volunteer teacher, such as getting the cooperation of the Bajau community, these are not reasons for me to stop. I know majority of my students want to learn. I want to impart to them that education is very relevant in our lives,” Amil shared in Cebuano.

Apart from sharing their personal experiences on volunteerism, they also encouraged the public, particularly the youth, to do voluntary work and contribute to community development.

Volunteerism should start in us. Set yourself as an example so that the rest will follow,” Amil advised. (by Hannah Reoma/RAFI intern)

 

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RAFI Triennial Awards calls on entries for blogging contest


RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest Call for Entries

To promote the inspiring stories and work of recognized development workers in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is calling on individuals between 13 and 35 years old based in the Visayas and Mindanao to join the RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest.

The contest highlights the RAFI Triennial Awards and its awardees and finalists. Guided by the theme, “Shaping the big picture of change”, entrants are expected to do background research on the lives and works of RAFI Triennial awardees and finalists nearest their area.

The RAFI Triennial Awards is an awards program of RAFI given every three years to recognize the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic efforts of individuals and institutions in the Visayas and Mindanao in enhancing the quality of life of the communities they serve. It is now on its 5th run with conferment of awards in 2012.

To join the RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest, individuals should register through www.rafi.org.ph. Entrants must have an existing and updated blog for at least six months.

All blog entries must be original and written in English, with a minimum of 1,000 words and maximum of 4,000 words. Entries should not have been entered or won in previous competitions. Writers must at the end of their blogs indicate, “This is an official entry to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards Blogging Contest.”

Include a link to the RAFI website.

The criteria for judging include 50 percent for content (originality and alignment to the theme and research value) and 50 percent for writing style or composition (including technicalities).

A contest participant is allowed a maximum of three blogs that feature different awardees and finalists.

After posting their entries on their blogs, entrants should email

  • application form
  • URL of the blog post
  • and electronic copy of at least one valid ID to ellen.red@rafi.org.ph
  • Entry to the RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest

The blogging contest started last September 30, 2011. Deadline for the submission of blog entries is December 15, 2011.

Entrants must ensure that their blogs are accessible until winners are declared in January 2012.

First prize winner will receive Php 25,000; second prize Php 20,000; and third prize Php 15,000. All entries of winners and finalists will be consolidated and published into a book.

For more information on the RAFI Triennial Awards and to check on the awardee or finalist nearest you, visit www.rafi.org.ph.

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Ateneo de Cebu, RAFI launch Blue Tree Project


RAFI Blue Tree Project

The Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu recently launched its Blue Tree project during an ecological mass and through an unveiling of a marker in the school campus.

The project, initiated in partnership with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), is the school’s “green” investment for the environment’s future. It is designed as a “sustainable urban tree planting and plant care initiative geared towards maintaining urban landscapes’ overall health and appearance”.

The school linked with RAFI’s Generation REdemption and Expansion of Natural resources INitiatives in the Philippines (GREENIN Philippines) Program. A native tree nursery is established in the school campus, which becomes a satellite nursery of the RAFI Native Trees Nursery.

RAFI will provide lectures and demonstrations to the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu community on the proper planting and caring of seeds while local government units will identify suitable locations for tree planting and growing. The student community of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu will fund the project through creative initiatives.

“The Blue Tree Project will showcase the school’s concern for the environment and hopefully catches the interest of the Jesuit community throughout the country as well as the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines member-schools,” Fr. Sigmund de Guzman, S.J., Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Campus Ministry director, said.

His office will link the school with various partners.

Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu President Fr. Manuel Uy, S.J.; Dr. Robert Gallardo of the Department of Education-Mandaue City Division; and GREENIN Philippines Program Coordinator Neil Papas turned over Bitanghol seedlings to the representatives of the different departments of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu community, among them Student Council President Niño Cardenas who represented the student body. The ceremony symbolized the responsibility of individuals to nurture seedlings until they grow and become forests.

For more information on the Blue Tree project, please contact Fr. Sigmund de Guzman at 345-4378. For more details on the GREENIN Philippines Program, please contact Neil Papas at 418-7234 or visit www.rafi.org.ph.

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“Bayani sa Sugbo” Exhibit by RAFI Opens on Friday


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August 26, 2011 (Friday) will mark another milestone for Cebu, as Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and Casa Gorordo Museum Opens its door to the public for the initial viewing and exhibit of “Mga Bayani sa Sugbo: Cebu’s Contributions to Nation-building”.

The exhibit commemorates popular and less known individuals-among them, Pantaleon Villegas, Arcadio Maxilom, Sergio Osmeña, Vicente Rama, and Juan Climaco - who have made significant contributions to Cebu from 1898 to the 1930s. The exhibit, which will run until October 21, is a feature event of the year-long celebration of Cebu City as ASEAN City of Culture.

Both the exhibit and the trivia event are initiated by RAFI in partnership with the Cebu City Government in celebration of the National Heroes Day on August 29 and the Language Month in August.

THE CEREMONIAL OPENING

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, and Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña is expected to grace the event with their presence with Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture & Heritage unit Executive Director Dr. Jocelyn B. Gerra, who will also sit with the honorary guest during the press briefing.

“Triviang Binisaya sa Casa Gorordo: A Benefit Event for the Institutionalization of Cebuano Language in Schools” event will follow

Both the exhibit and the trivia event are initiated by RAFI in partnership with the Cebu City Government in celebration of the National Heroes Day on August 29 and the Language Month in August.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT, Contact:

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)
Tel. No. (63 32) 418 7234 local 520
Mobile No. +63 917 395 9423,
E-mail: Nancy.Cudis@rafi.org.ph

Casa Gorordo Museum
Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City
6000 PHILIPPINES

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