Friday, September 2, 2016

Teatro Akebono Tour 2016

Teatro Akebono Tour 2016

Teatro Abebono team left for Japan last May 14, 2016 for the Crane Dog Musical Play. It includes 6 Japanese Filipino Children (JFC) age from 11 to 21 years old, accompanied by the DAWN Executive Director Carmelita Nuqui, staff, and a volunteer. The team was welcome in Narita Airport by Nat-chan, Kaoushou and university students. Stayed in Aichi Prefecture and in the morning attended the Holy Catholic Mass in Kozougi Church. 
Teatro Akebono spent 18 days in Japan. They performed in Kyoto University headed by Wako-senshai, Kansai University Yochisda-sensai, Saitama University Imagawa-sensai, Chiba University Tamura-sensai, Kanda University for International Studies (KUIS), Ferris Women University and Yutorito Higashi-Osaka and Aichi prefectures. 

The performances got a good review from the students, professors and other participants. They were touched and teary-eyed not only by the performances but the story itself because it has a personal attachment for the JFC. During the questions and answers portion the audience asked how they cope with their situation, what are the lessons they learned growing up and how they blend with other children. They were surprised because the JFC didn’t abhor or have any ill-feelings towards the father but they long for their presence and the desire to create priceless moment with them. Travelling to Japan provides the benefit of sightseeing and a chance to experience the customs and culture of the counterpart country. The children also had a chance to share the Philippines traditions and cultures. It gives scope to have firsthand knowledge of variegated people inhabiting the world. During the University tour, JFC had the opportunity to mingled with the professors and college students, share experiences and what are the things they look forward to. These activities open doors for friendship and future partnership not only with the children but for the organization.

On the tenth day, we had a courtesy visit to Philippine Embassy in Japan. We were received by Ambassador Manuel Lopez. The JFC had a dance performance. We also visited Peaceboat, they were received by warm welcome from the organizer.
JFC visited Rose Garden too. They were amazed how beautiful the garden was and roses were nurtured and cultivated well. During the stay in Saitama they were also given an opportunity to experience farming. They even had a small portion in Natchang farm name Akebono, each JFC participate in gardening, they planted strawberries, Zucchinis and pumpkins. Farming is a good activity for the children becauseit helps them appreciate the old lifestyle of our ancestors.

The group of Chiho-sensai treats Akebono team to visits the Yokohoma Tower, everyone enjoyed and thankful for the experience. The JFC also went to Osaka Zoo thru the initiative of University students, joined the barbecue party with the professors and another one with the religious leader in Saitama.
DAWN meeting with volunteers took place @ Tetsudo Kosai Kaikan, Tokyo last May 28, 2016 attendees were Executive Director Carmelita Nuqui, Chiho Ogaya, Kazuo Inoue, Natsuyuki Imagawa, Miki Kuroyanagi, Ai Fujiwara, Sumire Usui, Philip Sasaki, Momoka Osakabe, Fumiko Kuramochi, Kyutoku Hisae, Tsuyoshi Imai, Mary Joy Barcelona and Gemma Comiso. The group discussed the status of the organization, possible partnership with other organizations and what to look forward in the future presentations of Teatro Akebono. Over-all the Akebono Tour was a success.

 Personal Reflections as a Volunteer
Traveling is the kind of activity I enjoyed most for it is my opportunity to relax and be detach from my busy schedule even just for a while. Japan is in the top of my bucket lists in country of destination I dream to visits. My planned to see the place was hampered because some of my friends failed to get the visa, I was discouraged to try. I told myself perhaps in my retiring years my bucket list will be fulfilled not knowing 2016 will be my lucky year. When I found out that I was part of the Akebono Team I was so excited, hundred questions stampeded through my mind. I couldn’t even get a good sleep, but I just kept it to myself. I was so excited to see, observe the way people of other cultures and mentality live.

They say, one cannot appreciate the work of art created by master hands unless one visits places and enjoy things. Japan never failed my expectations. It was a trip of a lifetime. Visiting Yokohama Tower, Chiba Park, Yokohama Temple and China Town bring the kid inside me. Having to enjoy the nature, see the entire city, experience their faith and strolled in the biggest China Town in the world is unexplainable. Japanese are well-mannered and discipline, women are extremely shy but once you know them you’ll realize how hospitable and friendly they are. One thing I appreciate in Japan is how they’re ‘’obsessed” with cleanliness. The transportation is very convenient and stress free. No heavy traffic. Shinkansen is the superb experience that I wish my own country has it. There’s just one thing I find it awkward, the “oporo” moment bathing together naked. I am not used to being exposed in such environment.

How would you feel meeting your father after 16 years? I could not fathom why a father could abandon his child for so long. The unforgettable moment happened when I had witnessed the reunion of JFC with their fathers. We travelled to Northern part of Japan, 4 hours trip to Kumamoto from Osaka. The 2nd one happened in Chiba. It was so touching and emotional encountered because it was the first time for the JFC to meet her father. I can see on the child that the longing was intense, and I could see in father eyes the unspoken love for the child. It was 16 years of uncertainty for the child but now her life is complete. The void and apprehension in the split of seconds evaporated. I had also a chance of bonding with her and somehow asked how it was like growing up with up without a father. She told me that her life had a missing piece which she could not understand, there is a void in her heart that only a father could fill. I cried in silence seeing them together, that finally the child dream is now a reality. I realized how blessed I am, for I had experienced a complete family. It was an eye opening for me, that life has full of burdens and struggles but every hardship is a path way to a better life, to become a better person and appreciate the Divine Wisdom. I must admit too, in my younger years I envied my playmates who lived in luxury, and pampered by parents but now I value them more than ever. I also become closer to the JFC and build friendship with them.

Lastly, I considered my Japan trip as a blessing. I will be forever grateful and thankful to DAWN especially to Ma’am Mel because it was a life changing experience, it ignites my desire to serve and embrace the volunteerism I am into. This is the life I chose now, so I promise to do it with all my heart and offer everything to Him.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Show

 8 Tri-Media Broadcasting Network
 new journey continues


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Another door of opportunity for me, another learning and experience to look forward to. Thank you Lord for always giving me a chance to enjoy life.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Gumamela's Lapis at Papel Outreach Program

Spaghetti and fried chicken
 Introduction of the Activity

 The LALC pupils intermission number


 sharing the blessings

the volunteers with Sis. Annie
 distribution of school supplies
3 pads writing paper
2 writing notebook
2 pcs pencils
coloring notebook

5th year of Gumamela's Lapist at Papel Outreach Program was held @ Little Angel Learning Center in Cubao. The program started at 9;00 and ended @ 12noon. It was a great experience bonding with the children. They enjoyed the games, bring me, stop dance, spelling contest, trip to Jerusalem, and others. The volunteers had good time too. 

This initiative will not be possible without the help of my friends from other country, my family and volunteers who really embrace volunteerism in their hearts. This year I was about to cancelled the event because my time was consumed in election campaign but my friends insisted to push through the event.

This is my advocacy, my life. Helping others in the best I could do. I may not have everything but I have a pure heart who speaks goodness and offered community service for the less fortunate ones. Thank you Lord for everything!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Canada Day

I was invited by PMRW for Canada Day Celebration @Acceler8 Coworking, Makati City. It was a night of fun and games and food :) Thankful for Ma'am Mel for choosing me as part of her entourage.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our New President

I encountered President Duterte last year thrice, first the Go Negosyo Forum in Makati, series of talks regarding the migrant issues and during the campaign period in Pandacan. I am blessed because I had a chance to see him in person, to talked to him and I was mesmerized how his brain and logic works.

I hope also this administration will definitely deliver the service Filipinos deserve for especially the sector I am representing the OFWs. One of our major concerns and dilemmas are the government agencies that handle the committee. As a volunteer how i wish there advises and rules are being implemented. We have so many good regulations and projects for OFWs but its not properly implemented. Awareness is not enough. 

Best of luck Mr. President.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Supreme Court

 ALDuBers in Supreme Court
BBM has filed a electoral protest against the COMELEC today and I was there tru the invitation of my friend. Such a nice experience.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ligaw Na Alaala

Ligaw na Alaala

Biglang kinalabit ng lungkot.
Ang diwang naglilimi-limi,
Pinapalingon, ngunit pilit nilalabanan,
Ang dikta ng malumbay na awitin.
May naalala,
May gustong sambitin ang mga labi,
Piping sigaw ang pangalan mo,
Ngunit di pagagapi o kaya'y patatalo.
Tinitingnan sa gilid ng silid, 
Ang iyong obra, 
Ang larawang masaya.
(Ang larawan ay sariling obra, kuha sa bansang Japan)

Once in a Lifetime

 Japanese Dress
 Enjoying the experience

I had countless unforgettable moments during my Japan Trip but having to wore the Kimono dress was one of it. Thank you to Machi-mama for sharing her expertise and articulately dressing me without any hesitation and for free.

The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. The word "kimono", which actually means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"), has come to denote these full-length robes. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also sometimes used. Kimono is always used in important festival or formal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing. Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a sash called an obi which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear  and split-toe sock. (from

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trips Abroad

 Chai Kai Shek Memorial

 2016 is my travel year!

1. Taiwan
2. Hongkong
3. Macau
4. Japan

I am so blessed for all the chances they've given me to see the other side of the world. 

A Decade of Friendship

#ProOFW #OFWadvocates #teamOFW

Kenjie, the founding Chairman of PEBA. He is an OFW in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I admire him for being calm despite the adversities we face in Social Media. His untiring effort in reaching out for OFWs tru his blog, his dedication to his family and his faithfulness to his wife is behind compare. 

Hannah, the Secretary General of OFW Family Party-List. We became friends in unexpected ways, in time I am badly needed someone to talked to. I am one of the pioneer member of the OFW Family CLub in Taiwan way back 2004. We bonded well. Our friendship were tested by many tribulations and uncertainties but we remain loyal to each other.

Now a days, its a challenge to find a true individual who will stick to your side thru thick and thin but I am lucky enough I have them both on my side. Come what may I know they have my back. It is safe to say they will never tolerate me if they think my path and conviction is in jeopardize.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Yohokama Temple @Japan

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

I pray that everyone will have a peace of mind and contentment for a better world. Now a days, what you'll read in newspapers, heard in a radio and see on TV are not the promised of heaven. Killings, famine and natural destruction is rampant.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sleeping Japanese Way

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –

Chillin' @ The Park (Chiba, Japan)

“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skillfully marketed before it will actually shift people's perceptions and behavior.”

Japan Kanda University of International Studies

 Toyone Village
 Dream catcher. They say I should uttered a wish. Three wishes.....

 Thank you Lord for everything! You are an amazing God.

Dreams do come true. I am so lucky for given the opportunity to join the Teatro Akebono Musical Play 2016 in Japan. We went to different Universities and prefecture in Japan.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

One Fine day

 Ang dami kong fear dati, paggising ko pa lang ramdam na ang pag-aalala ngunit mula ng isuko ko ang lahat sa Kanya naging matiwasay ang aking buhaoy. Mas nakakatulong din ako sa community ngayon at mas natutunan ko na rin pahalagahan ang aking pagkatao.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Valentines Day

Every woman dream of finding a right person for her. Just like anybody else I long for someone who will complete my being. I am blessed to find a man who will love me for being who I am.

(The picture itself captured how happy I am)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bandila Interview

 with Ms. Apples Jalandoni of ABS-CBN

 Venue: POEA, Ortigas

I was in the news for the Senate has approved the proposed law of Sen. Recto re Php150,000 for tax exemption of OFWs from Php 10, 000. Our group and the entire OFW community welcome the development and happy to know that after the grilling battle in the Congress and Senate finally they came to their senses. We are just hoping Pres. Noynoy will approve the law.

Sikhay Products

The Development Action for Women Network (DAWN) is a non-government development organization created on February 6, 1996 to assist Filipino women migrants in Japan and their Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC) in the promotion and protection of their human rights and welfare

It has three major programs:
1. Social Services
2. Alternative Livelihood
3. Research and Advocacy


A society where women and men share equal opportunities for a just and humane living, creating empowered and self-reliant families in communities where each one cares for one another in the spirit of peace based on justice; and where migration is an option that is respected and protected.
To live hope with the Filipino people, especially with the returning distressed migrant women and JFC, through programs and services that enable them and their families to regain and strengthen their sense of dignity and self-worth and reclaim their wholeness.
To generate strong public support for the promotion of issues, rights and concerns of Filipino migrants and their families, as well as possible alternatives to their families, as well as possible alternatives to their situation.


Ensure the immediate reintegration of returning distressed migrant women with their families and the larger Philippine society.
Create alternative livelihood opportunities for returning migrant women as an option to migration.
Generate a strong public opinion against all forms of abuse, violence and discrimination inflicted on migrant women and children.
Build a wide network of support for distressed Filipino migrant women and their families.
DAWN has an aggressive advocacy and networking program to ensure public awareness of the plight of women migrant workers and Japanese Filipino Children (JFC); and generate support for their cause. It plays host to around 300 visitors per year as a result of its advocacy and networking efforts. 

Development Action for Women Network (DAWN)
Unit 3, 3/F BCC
1253 J. Bocobo-P. Faura St. 
Ermita 1000, Manila