The Canvas of Society by Joey Velasco in is just within our realms — a painter’s transformative journey through the children’s afflictions, desires, and deliverance from their circumstance that can reach across generations and cultures.
The likes of Nene, Itok, Imong, Onse, Buknoy, Michael, Joyce, Tinay, Dudoy, Jun at Roselle & Sudan — 12 characters whose cries no one hears, whose scars are already in their being, whose eyes pierce through, whose minds are innocent yet vulnerable to get tempted by the needs unmet, whose character is subject to ridicule … have you ever asked yourself what you can do for them?
“baka may magawa ka pa!”
The likes of them who have the ardent hope that “They have Jesus” — could be there just within the four corners of the classroom. How could you give life to them? How could you reach out to that one soul who still wants to be complete despite being shattered? — that every single soul, longing for one who could listen and understand, who could give guidance and counsel?
What is your commitment then — to them, who are expecting to be noticed while you actually gaze at them in those corners of your eyes?
How could you help calm the storms that others have been through? What could you do to help others’ life not to be wasted?
How much of yourself could you offer to address the needs of those eyes who need not speak?
How much of your time could you share to embrace the situation of those hearts which cannot feel that they are worthy of another’s love and attention?
I know you could be one’s source of hope. This may be the time that while you are challenged to scrutinize your students’ stories to be of significant help, you may as well WORK ON YOUR OWN STORY! For at the bottom of the line, you can never really share what you don’t have.
Let your story be that one which brings inspiration to other’s hopelessness. What you have at hand might just be those five loaves and two fishes — too little as it may seem, but as long as you give God your “Amen”, no amount of yourself will ever be too small. #sunset
Are you having difficult time right now? Do you feel that you’re carrying a cross at this point in time?
Don’t feel too low Dear Friend, God can transform your difficulties to grace!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenged His disciples to collaborate with His mission by carrying their cross.
In our life, we too are called to carry our cross and to follow Jesus.
That cross which is a symbol of life and of our being saved.
“We will not die forever bec we do not belong to death, we belong to God.” — Fr. Erwin dela Cruz
The call is for us to keep on trusting our God — for if we do, nothing could keep us apart from Him.
Walang pagsubok at paghihirap na hindi natin kayang paglabanan because our weapon is the ressureccion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paying this forward, to you dear friend, as inspired by Fr. Erwin Dela Cruz’s homily during the Mass @ The Feast SM Sta Rosa this morning, July 2, 2017.
“If you can align yourself with what you are passionate in doing, you are creating a change in the world.”
Starting it up @ the University of Makati for the Academic Year 2017-2018, everyone is enjoined to strive for a higher range of vision with this year’s Annual University Conference Theme: “UMAK 2017 and Beyond: Transforming Towards Higher Horizons”
Should anyone ever felt the message and the advocacy of UMak’s President, Professor Tomas B. Lopez Jr., you would end up asking yourself, “What direction should I personally take to make a marked change that would aid transformation and beyond?”
During his Talk, President & CEO of Serbisyo Filipino Inc., Group of Companies/Career Center, Mr. Luis Alberto A. Anastacio II cited the truth that only 40% out of the 1000 applying candidates would pass job interviews. Sadly, most people would be going home with broken souls because they cannot fit themselves in the job that they’re expecting to be in. In a recent study for Career Readiness, The Philippine Talentmap Initiative Comparative Result in April 2017 revealed that:  Problem Sensitivity,  Decision Making,  Planning & Organizing,  Innovation and  Creative Problem Solving are the competencies which we need to address in the NCR area and even in the entire Philippines. University of Makati’s Talentmap Result show that the Top 5 Skills of students are the following:  Multitasking;  English Functional;  Math Functional;  Workplace Ethics and  English Comprehension. Low 5 Skills, however, are:  Creative Problem Solving;  Innovation;  Planning and Organizing;  Decision Making and  Teamwork.
Now, what does such result imply?
Our students may be able to exhibit basic communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening; they may also be capable of setting priorities in the present time with such an ease; — yet, they have mild to moderate level of difficulty in executing higher-order thinking skills that are involved in challenging the status quo since they tend to be reserved in all, if not most of their dealings that require divergent thinking.
Mr. President & CEO of Serbisyo Filipino Inc. highlighted the following Implications of such Talentmap result:
- the need to develop higher-order thinking and socio-emotional/affective skills of the students;
- the need for evidence-based career development services and programs to develop the knowledge, skills, and values of the programs to develop the knowledge, skills, and values of the students that are required by the world of work;
- the need for curriculum review/mapping and/or curriculum integration to highlight foundational workplace competencies; and
- the need to capacitate the faculty in teaching and contextualizing workplace competencies in their lessons and learning activities.
Unfortunately, we are quite far from the reality of what is ideal and expected.
There is a workforce skills gap!
We should find what that GAP is.
Perspectives and possibilities … what is it that we should really find?
If we are in the business of educating people because our greatest asset in the workforce is these people, should we not be bothered to help our students in finding their worth as they strive to mobilize and progress to the battlefield?
Something should be done to bridge the academe and the industry. So, what direction should we take then, to fill in such GAP?
While pondering intently and taking into account by heart the advocacy of President Tomas B. Lopez Jr and his unique mind, I personally came up with some directions based on the inputs of Mr. Anastacio II in his talk, and on my own contemplations. Whether you’re a UMak educator or not and you happen to bump into this article, I intend to share these thoughts with you here, hoping that in one way or another, we may find it very significant to create a passage en route for higher horizons:
ASSESS! We should go back to the basics of looking into what’s within every being — first and foremost that of our OWN. We can humbly strive to do SELF-ASSESSMENT for us to be reminded of our BIG WHY — not just to earn a living but to serve the deep purpose of our existence as an EDUCATOR.
WORK ON YOUR OWN COMPETENCIES. We can never give what we don’t have. The 21st Century Skills Framework that should be fulfilled in our students should prominently be the same competencies that we should strive to work up for ourselves. We need to reorient ourselves and to learn how to think outside of the box.
DECIDE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF YOUR STUDENTS. Once you have empowered yourself with such competencies, the next BIG THING is to make way that those Values and Ethics should be embedded in the curriculum. Planning and Assessments on how we are going to include measures to improve these skills in our curriculum are, by all means, A MUST!
DEVELOP CAREER PATHWAYS that are based on assessments so as to address the Talentmap Results. Collaborate with the academe –- so that by the time they leave our custody, they already have the Employability Skills that would equip them elsewhere as they work for their career development.
EMPOWER YOUR STUDENTS. Train them to be SELF-DIRECTED in developing HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS aside from the help and assistance that they get from their mentors. Help them identify the basics of leadership so that they could be more ARTICULATE and confident in presenting themselves in the industry. Encourage them to DREAM BIG and become persistent in executing their plans for their own growth.
BE A CAREER ADVOCATE. Preparation for Professional route should have started in Kindergarten. Yet, not many of our students were guided accordingly that’s why most of them don’t really clearly know their passion; they cannot identify what they truly love doing. In our own special ways, we could intently point them to their “true north” by providing them with significant activities that would define their goals and opportunities. This Career Development Framework could be of great help:
If only we could exert utmost effort for these sense of purpose, we would eventually realize that what would bridge the academe and the industry is actually our personal commitment not only to fulfill our purpose as an educator but to give the most we could to help people FIND THEIR WORTH.
If only we would strive to undertake alterations and modifications in the delivery in our educational system, we could positively respond to the challenge given to us by Executive Vice President Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega:
“We should know where we are in making our students complete at the end of the semester of his stay in UMak.”
We could also take action towards the mandate to us by Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Elexzur C. Ramos:
“We’ve got to love what we are doing because it’s our purpose. A man has responsibility; not merely power!”
If only we can align ourselves with what we are passionate about, only then, could we create a change in the world — when we could bring ourselves beyond the limits of higher horizons. #trendingprofgailmontero
God’s promise will be fulfilled in you soon! It may not be just as you expect but just keep on doing the right thing & trust God’s way.
#abruptthoughts #abruptthoughtsbygailmontero #Godsprompting #trustGodsway
“Sometimes you just want things that are not essential for the moment. Look w/in & realize that what you actually need is some time with yourself — for you to understand that what’s essential is invisible to the eyes.”
#abruptthoughts #abruptthoughtsbygailmontero #whatsessentialisinvisibletotheeye #artsignaturebyRGandMom
You’ve been pained? … You felt small? Once, twice, so many times? and Somebody caused it?
BOUNCE! Be harder than you never thought you would be!
The person who caused you the pain could be the ground you fall in. But the harder you are, You will just bounce and never will stay where somebody made you feel down.
Strive to IMAGINE …
Paint a beautiful picture of you, overcoming that “feeling small”. No one could really bring you down if you wouldn’t allow yourself to feel so low!
Plan how to produce the dream that God has placed in your heart and trust that God’s anointing would eventually heal the pain of being belittled. Imagine your dream becoming a reality!
Claim that 2017 will be your BEST YEAR EVER!
#payitforward from #feastsmstarosa #thankyouBroDreus #gratefulgail #bestyearever
Yong dating “IKAW”… ikaw pa din yan! SPACE … mas pinili mo lang kasing mapuno ang space mo ng pagiging malungkot kaya no more space for your old self.
Source: What “used to be YOU”
You are like a pencil, you are like being sharpened each time — which means, it’s also normal if nahihirapan ka! But each time you “keep on” despite difficulties without complaining more often, and without becoming bitter of your situation, notice that you are becoming better!
Yet, ONLY IF YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD IN GOD’s HANDS! — which means you have to ALLOW GOD TO DIRECT YOUR STEPS.
Kapag kasi di mo nakikita ang INSPIRASYON sa ginagawa at mga dapat mong gawin, that is a clear indication na kahit ang DIREKSYON na dapat mong tahakin ay di mo din totoong nakikita kasi sarili mong pagka-akala ang pilit mong sinusunod — without you realizing na ikaw mismo ang nagpapahirap sa sarili mo dahil sa sistema na hindi akma sa REAL WORLD na dapat mong harapin sa totoong buhay.
Tamang oras ng pagtulog, tamang budget ng oras na walang “on the sides” na paningit, totoong disiplina na kahit walang nakatingin ay ginagawa mo kung ano ang magpapatapos sa gawain mo, organized na environment na malaki ang effect sa pagiging organized ng thoughts & dispositions mo — ito sana ang akma sa totoong buhay at ganito dapat ang ginagawa mo if you are allowing yourself to be held in God’s hands!
Sa totoong buhay kasi, hindi ka magtatrabaho na ikaw lang ang tao sa mundo kaya di mo dapat gawing excuse na kaya sa gabi ka hindi natutulog ay dahil di ka makapag isip kapag maraming tao. For the truth is, you are actually secluding yourself from listening to God’s DIRECTIONS if you keep on defending your excuses & not DO THE RIGHT THING.
Buhay Estudyante: you are like a pencil, you become better everytime you are being sharpened kasi “what’s inside of you” which is your “led” cooperates than break. If “what’s inside of you” is grateful of what you have, you will choose “to listen w/your heart”. If you don’t break, then you will become a successful pencil, doing your purpose because you allowed God to be REALLY IN CONTROL — and that is thru your parents who may never know everything about “what you don’t tell ” — but who are just there, striving to guide you to the direction that you should take.
If afterall things are always difficult for you despite that you have most of what you need than what you still expect to have, maybe you should then strive to look around using your heart that there are persons who do not even have a little of what you do not appreciate. Maybe some do not even get reminders & guidance from their parents — thing that you choose not to consider more often — even if they are already to striving for their life for your sake.