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.”

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.

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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