October 22, 2015 | 0 Comment
Last October 6-7, Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) went to Ilocos Sur for some exhibition games for indoor and beach volleyball. The indoor volleyball exhibition game was held at the Sto.Domingo Gym, pitting the girls of BVR versus the top men and women players of Ilocos Sur. Then, right after the game, the group headed straight to Sived […]read more
October 22, 2015 No Comments
Last October 6-7, Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) went to Ilocos Sur for some exhibition games for indoor and beach volleyball. The indoor volleyball exhibition game was held at the Sto.Domingo Gym, pitting the girls of BVR versus the top men and women players of Ilocos Sur. Then, right after the game, the group headed straight to Sived Beach for a beach volleyball clinic for over a hundred kids and teens. The reception was quite surprising since we conducted the whole event on a weekday. Aside from the large number of participants in the clinic, we had a pretty huge audience watching us as well. Of course, a lot of them came for the highlight of the day, the match between the Ateneo Beach Volleyball Team, composed of Bea Tan and Alyssa Valdez, and the New Zealand National Team, the champions of the recently concluded Fit2Hit Beach Volleyball Tournament, composed of Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley.
The one thing that I appreciated most from the event was our experience of setting up the beach volleyball court on Sived Beach. Sived Beach boasted of a wide and long shore, as well as perfectly smooth gray sand, just the perfect place for a beach volleyball system. Or, for several beach volleyball systems, rather. What’s good about the experience is, aside from the fact that we ourselves put up everything there (net, poles, lines), we also left the whole system so that the locals could play on and on even without our presence. Our plan is to leave a court on beach that we go to. Hopefully, in the future, we could have a regional tour for the competitions we hold. The good news? The Ilocos government is planning to line the Sived Beach up with more beach volleyball courts, and not just that, even the whole of Ilocos. Happy to be spreading the love for beach volleyball through these events!
April 10, 2015 | 0 Comment
After two years of being out of college, I find myself constantly having bouts of missing all the learning I used to have in school. It’s a realization that comes as one enters the adult working life. Yes, there is joy to be found in not being forced to do assignments and finish long boring […]read more
April 10, 2015 No Comments
After two years of being out of college, I find myself constantly having bouts of missing all the learning I used to have in school. It’s a realization that comes as one enters the adult working life.
Yes, there is joy to be found in not being forced to do assignments and finish long boring readings anymore, but when you feel like you’ve been doing and thinking the same things over and over, somehow you find your mind craving for knowledge.
I realized that learning doesn’t stop when school ends.
As a professional, it is up to you now on how you want to be schooled. Will it be through plain experience? Learn as you go along? Or will you be wise enough to research, ask questions, read, and know a little more than experience can teach?
I’m amazed with people who manage to keep themselves knowledgeable about things. However, what’s even more amazing is finding people who have that mindset of being students for life and of life.
In my efforts to satisfy the hunger of my mind, I’ve found several ways to keep myself learning everyday despite a busy and erratic schedule. Here are some of the ways:
1. Read the news
I’ve always believed that it’s the duty of everyone, as rightful citizens, to be updated with what’s happening in society.
Just knowing about the issues of today puts you in a position where you can do something about it. Whether it’s voicing out your opinion or going out of your way to make a stand, each little thing contributes to change.
Ignorance is plain apathy. It is also good to be well-informed about what’s happening to the world because everything, from our work to our personal lives, is interconnected. Whether you like it or not, issues on the Mamasapano clash and the Pork Barrel Scam affect you too.
You might also be able to pick up a thing or two from the opinion, entertainment, and sports sections.
2. Watch television
When I was young, I was trained to watch TV only on weekends. On weekdays, the TV was off-limits for us because we were asked to focus on school work and encouraged to sleep early.
I didn’t really obtain that habit of turning on the television whenever I get home.
I couldn’t care less about pop culture either. I was just immersed in my happy little world. Now, because I’m working in the media industry, I had to force myself to watch TV to be able to know the who’s who and the what’s what. Only now did I get to appreciate the different shows on TV and discover the kind of impact they can make.
Watching television is like eating at a buffet. You try to look at all the viands, taste those that look interesting, and have a mouthful of those you really like. Sometimes we watch television for entertainment, sometimes we watch it to learn something new, and sometimes we watch it to find the information we need.
Even with the onset of the digital world, I still think that television is a relevant medium for us to learn and become well-informed and well-rounded people.
3. Attend talks and seminars
I have always appreciated attending talks and seminars. I feel like they give much more practical information and life experience-based advice.
There are numerous talks and seminars available today, whether on personality development, leadership, financial management, entrepreneurship, technology, and even for very personal matters like health, career discernment, spiritual direction, and marriage counseling.
What’s important is to determine your own needs, then search for where these talks are offered.
Obtaining food for your soul is as important as nourishing your brain. Everyone needs that constant replenish in a world where everything just happens so fast.
4. Take a class
It’s never too late to learn anything, be it a foreign language, a sport, an instrument, a subject or a skill. Whatever it is that you feel will make you more confident as a person and as a professional, go for it!
If it’s something that is completely unrelated to your job but will ignite the fire in you, why not?
If you’ve thought about it a dozen times but still haven’t gone for it, then maybe it’s time to put yourself out there. Sometimes it’s good to disturb your routine.
5. Pick up a book
Nowadays, reading a book has become an arduous task for most.
Everything has become so accessible and convenient, thanks to social media. You can read news online without having to deal with pesky advertisements on the newspaper. Plus, it doesn’t take too much time at all since most articles are summarized.
So what’s the point of reading from a book?
Studies say that aside from providing entertainment and increasing knowledge, reading books leads to improved memory, attention span, vocabulary, literacy, and analytical thinking skills.
Reading books also has health benefits. It can help reduce stress, prevent Alzheimer’s disease through mental stimulation, and bring peace and tranquility.
Aside from all of these, isn’t it just refreshing to see the world through a different set of eyes? When was the last time you got lost in a book? Can’t remember? Good thing our books don’t get lost in the data rubble.
These are 5 easy tasks we can adopt to make learning a habit. If you open your mind to the knowledge that comes to you, who knows what you’ll discover and what you’ll become? After all, our thoughts become our words, our words become our actions, our actions become habits, and our habits become our character.
As Brian Tracey said, “Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”
Enjoy learning your way through life!
January 18, 2015 | 0 Comment
The Pope wasn’t what I expected. He has always amazed me ever since he became Pope. I was happy, first and foremost, that he was a Jesuit. Having undergone a Jesuit and Ignatian formation in Ateneo, I knew that the Jesuits had a different take on the Catholic faith. They preached a faith that was […]read more
January 18, 2015 No Comments
The Pope wasn’t what I expected.
He has always amazed me ever since he became Pope. I was happy, first and foremost, that he was a Jesuit. Having undergone a Jesuit and Ignatian formation in Ateneo, I knew that the Jesuits had a different take on the Catholic faith. They preached a faith that was more relatable, more grounded and more rational. It was a faith that was not centered on the Catholic traditions, but rather on the purpose of these traditions, which was Christ. I’ve always told people that if I hadn’t gone through prayer sessions with the Jesuits through my org, Ateneo Christian Life Community, my faith wouldn’t have been this deep. This was why I was so excited to have a Jesuit Pope.
I knew he would make a difference on the Church’s message, and he did, right from the very start up until now. He has invited all of us to reexamine our faiths and what role it is playing exactly in our lives today. Is it a faith that is limited to the four corners of the Church? Is it a faith that is just shown in our works for the poor? Or is it a faith so strong that it resonates in the way we speak, act and live?
I admit I was a bit apprehensive on the Pope’s visit because of the media highlighting him like a “celebrity.” Doubters have been saying that it isn’t right for us to glorify him as if he was the center of his visit to the Philippines, and not Jesus. Being a celebrity-crazy country, I was afraid that his visit would just be a fanfare and nothing else. I was also afraid that those who choose to shape faith according to their own needs would take advantage of his apparent leniency with several issues. I was afraid that the media would broadcast messages that weren’t true to what he wanted to say. I guess these are the dangers of a popular and well-liked Pope.
Even with all these fears, I vocally expressed my utter excitement for what was to come.
I didn’t expect to feel this way but right from the moment he peeped through the window of his plane upon landing, I felt a tingling sensation come over my whole body. Tumaas ang balahibo ko. He smiled and suddenly everybody cheered. When he came down from his plane, I was a bit puzzled as to why he didn’t seem as happy. Later on, I found out that it was because he was a bit scared for his safety. (Remember Ninoy Aquino’s assassination?) Funny, I’d think a man of faith wouldn’t worry about such things, but that was the first point when he showed us he was human. Human enough to get scared but still entrust his fate upon God’s hands.
I knew the Pope requested for a very simple vehicle but I didn’t expect it would be that open. I was afraid for his life and that somebody might shoot him from afar: our beloved Pope dying here in the Philippines, the head of the Church, the hope of the people, being shot right here in a Catholic country, and our hearts getting crushed. Yes, to be honest, I was picturing the worst thing that could happen on my mind. That was why I wasn’t complaining when the cellular networks cut off our signal to ensure his safety and the public’s. Even with all of these threats, the Pope was there waving to everybody, left and right, stopping for the children. I was amazed with his energy. Does he get tired? The answer to this question he told Cardinal Tagle, “To be honest, I’m a little tired”. Second time the Pope showed us he was human. He does get tired, but he continues on to reach out to those who just need a little hope in their lives.
Second day was his first mass with the priests and meeting with the families. I was surprised that he started his homily by asking, “Do you love me?”, the crowd responds, “Yes”, and the Pope responds, “Thank you very much”. Everyone laughs! What a great sense of humor. I didn’t expect that the Pope’s demeanor could be so light and funny. His smile was so cute and it felt so genuine. His ways were so simple but they went straight to the heart. He was just being real. In all of his homilies and meetings, he injects a little humor here and there. Third time the Pope showed us he is human. He isn’t afraid to make a fool of himself through his jokes. Real humility.
Third day was his trip to Tacloban. A storm was coming and everybody was scared for his safety. He continues on because he knows that the people of Tacloban are the ones who need him most. He hears out the stories of the Taclobanons, and admits that he has no words for them. He tells us that his visit to the Philippines is really for him and that he is learning a lot. Fourth time the Pope showed us he is human. He is humble enough to admit that he does not know everything and that sometimes he can offer no words, just prayers.
Fourth day was his meeting with the youth in UST. I was so moved by the sharing of the street kids. The little girl asks, “Why does God allow these things to happen?” She breaks off in tears. It is a question not even the Pope can answer. Instead, he talks about crying and how weeping can help us understand the true condition of the poor. He says we should not be afraid to cry because certain realities can only be seen through eyes cleansed with tears. He asks us to learn from the wisdom of the poor, to admit that we are poor ourselves and to be humble enough to beg for our own inadequacies. Fifth time the Pope showed us he is human. He is not afraid to cry and show weakness.
I guess this is why the visit of Pope Francis will be one that Catholics in the Philippines won’t ever forget. I expected a Pope that would be all about preaching but instead, he was there to listen before speaking. In fact, several times he ditches his speeches to talk from the heart. Others may say, of course he acts human because he is human. Yes, that is true, but how easy it is to be human when you are given so much attention, power, and praise? Instead of showing us a Pope that knows everything, he shows us a Pope that is humble and sincere. Someone who gets scared, gets tired, laughs at himself, feels inadequate at times, and cries. He is a Pope that the people can identify with and can see the person of Jesus in. His aura is so light and welcoming. If we are already feeling this way with the Pope, what more with Jesus?
Doubters may say we are treating the Pope like a celebrity, but maybe in a celebrity-crazy country, Pope Francis’ persona is just what we need as our first step back into our faith. The challenge ultimately lies with us: Will we see past Francis and go towards Jesus? After all, the Pope will be leaving us, but Jesus will always be in our midst.
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