Thursday, October 9, 2008

Viva Andrada - Author of “Survival - Your Guide to Life”, Volunteer at Hands On Manila, and Co-owner of Fashion Art (F*ART)

Author: Jay-R
Category: Mentors, Social Entrepreneur, Volunteer, Women leaders

Viva Andrada, writer and entrepreneur, released her first book “ Light of Dawn” at the age of 17 through the help and encouragement of her former Humanities professor. And with the support of her family and friends, Viva has gone on to pursue a career in the media, starting as a staff writer for MOD magazine and eventually becoming editor of MOD Girl.

Half a decade later, she founded Fashion ART or F*ART with her sister, Happy, in pursuit of their passion for fashion while at the same time uplifting the cause of Filipino fashion designers, artists and musicians by selling their products in their store. The F*ART establishment, a striking two-story building that sticks out like a sore thumb in Kamuning’s drab (as described by Cheekie Albay of, also serves as an art gallery and venue for poets and musicians to showcase their talents.

In December 2007, Viva released “Survival: Your Guide to Life”, a compilation of stories from more than 150 “life guides”—various individuals from all walks and fields of life.

In this Greater Good Philippines interview, Viva walks us through the different facets and stages of her career, from media practitioner to entrepreneur. She also recites a few poems from “Survival” and talks about the importance of social entrepreneurship.

“It’s important because you make the most of life by giving,” she says. “If all you do is receive, it’s not balanced and life would be less fulfilling.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hon. Felix Santos – Barangay Kagawad and Chief of Brgy. Ugong Rescue Team

Author: Jay-R
Category: Government, Volunteer

Hon. Felix Santos is a councilor for Pasig City’s Barangay Ugong. As a “kagawad”, he is in charge of the barangay’s peace and order, disaster management, and rescue operation.

Felix has become a fixture on television with his team’s consistent response to a number of emergencies not only in their immediate proximity but also to far away locations.

In 2004, he and his group became involved in the recovery operations in Manila Bay at the aftermath of the Super Ferry 14 incident, which has killed more than a hundred passengers.

Felix was awarded the Most Outstanding Pasigueno in 2003 for his humanitarian service and selfless involvement in risking his own life in the line of duty.

Listen or read more about Felix Santos and his Ugong Rescue unit, and learn more about what it takes to be of service to others, and what keeps a rescue volunteer on saving lives with selfless regard.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cecill Artates - “Sherpa” at Hands On Manila

Author: Jay-R
Category: Mentors, Volunteer, Women leaders

Cecill Artates joined Hands On Manila five years ago, realizing the need for a change in lifestyle. Needless to say, her involvement changed her life and outlook in life.

Cecill volunteers at Pangarap Shelter, and handles the Scoring Points program for Hands On Manila. In 2005, she was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award for her selfless involvement in changing the lives of young men through education and personal development.

In this interview, she explains HOM’s “sherpa” and why they use the term to refer to volunteer leaders. Cecill talks about her most memorable childhood moments and why it is important for parents to teach their children about the values of volunteering and being socially involved.

Listen and learn more how Cecill finds time between her work as a web content writer and volunteerism.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

  • He could have pulled the trigger on them but he would not be any different from those child criminals who killed his brother. Instead, Ray Salvosa utilized much of his time and resources to change the way society thinks about juvenile delinquents. Ray has been appointed to serve as a member of the Juvenile Justice & Welfare Council which has been tasked to oversee the implementation of the Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare Act (RA9344) of 2006. He has lectured extensively on juvenile justice, child abuse issues, restorative justice and community policing in varous conferences and symposiums in the Philippines as well as in international conferences in Japan, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Scotland and India. In November 2004, he was invited by UNICEF New York to participate in a forum to develop juvenile justice indicators. This, what we could consider passion of his, stemmed from that very traumatic and harrowing experience, which could otherwise have been an issue of vengeance, but instead had become a mission for the greater good. (0)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

LEONORA “NORIE” GARCIA - Executive Director of Hands On Manila

Author: admin
Category: Volunteer, Women leaders

Norie Garcia, executive director of Hands On Manila, holds more than a decade of rural and social development experience, working in remote regions in China and three South Pacific island nations.

Norie poses as a strong voice and staunch advocate of the marginalized rural sector, having realized the under-representation of rural communities in the country.

In this interview, she talks about her sad bid of goodbye to colleagues in China during the onset of SARS, and her experiences as a social worker in the island nation of Vanuatu.

Read more and find out why she chose to serve the community rather than pursue a financially rewarding career, conveying a message of finding purpose and dedicating one’s self to this life-long objective.

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