The red tap stand is like an oasis in a desert – a source of refreshment for most villagers that are benefitting from the Agos ram pump. Most villages installed with an Agos ram pump are dotted with the red tap stand where they can draw clean water without having to travel directly to the source.

Coca-Cola Agos Program brings water to 16 communities with hydraulic ram pump

The Philippines is known for its water resource – seas that are abundant with fish and other marine ecosystems, rivers and lakes that host freshwater flora and fauna, and springs that are considered to be one of the cleanest. However, there are communities that still do not have access to water. For generations, upland communities have lived lives that required them to wake up early to draw water from distant sources; a life where children would spend more time drawing water for household use than …

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Colgate enables future Filipino leaders through scholarships

Growing up in Negros Occidental with six siblings to a homemaker mother and car mechanic father, Maria Jona Develos-Godoy dreamt of becoming a neurosurgeon one day. She relocated to Manila and was able to study at Centro Escolar University’s College of Dentistry to become another kind of doctor—a dentist. She was then a grantee of a six-year scholarship from Colgate. In fact, she holds the distinction of being Colgate’s first scholar in the country. Since graduating in 1986, Godoy has certainly come a long way. …

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Gen. Bato dela Rosa, awarded Gusi Peace Prize

The 21st Chief of Philippine National Police (PNP) and Director-General Ronald Marapon Dela Rosa aka ‘General Bato’ was honored with the prestigious 2016 Gusi Peace Prize International Laureate last Wednesday, November 23, at the Philippine International Convention Center. General Bato is the lone Filipino awardee in this year’s Gusi Peace Prize Laureates. Other Laureates this year include, Dr. Kingsley Faulker (USA), Atty. Amor Masovic (India), Dr. Jiang Baoguo (Japan), Dr. Phillip Fiddler (Egypt), Hon. Kmamahiya Lal Ganju (iran), Hon. Daisaku Ikeda (Romania), Hon. Ahmed Kashadah (Sudan), …

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‘I am Pogay’ Grand Winner braves the HIV Test

“Syempre, tuwang-tuwa ako (I was elated),” shared 2016 Mister Gay World Philippines (MGWP) John F. Raspado when he got the result of his first HIV screening years back –a sigh of relief from all his qualms after braving such a test. Since then, this gentleman from Baguio City has encouraged people within his circle to take the HIV test in ruling out all their doubts and even misconceptions about the disease. Taking a bolder step as a modern gay guy, Raspado is the lead ambassador …

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ART WITH A HEART.  Art can save lives and this has been proven by the Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) as it launches its annual charity art sale on November 11-13, 2016 at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5 in Makati City. Now going on its ninth year, Alay Sining is run under the auspices of the Gift of Life International which arranges funding for the treatment of children with congenital heart ailments. It has brought aid to over 18,000 children of indigent families in 71 emerging countries. Alay Sining is a noteworthy example of partnership between the artists who have supported the drive, and RCMW that has successfully benefited children and help them lead normal lives. Among the artists whose works will be on exhibit and sale in this year’s Alay Sining 9 are Abel Agubang, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Glenn Kagandahan, Kenneth Cobonpue, Jojit Nagamos, Jaime Nepomuceno and other leading and up-and-coming artists. Two of Alay Sining’s beneficiares, Maranathalie Balitaon and Rogin de Pedro (2nd and 3rd from left), grace the art exhibit sale launch with Alay Sining president Paolo Delgado, RCMW past president Lou del Rosario,  and participating artists Nepomuceno and Sam Penaso.

Rotary Club of Makati West holds yearly art sale and charity drive for kids with congenital heart ailments

The Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) is again holding its annual Alay Sining, an exhibit and sale of the works of the country’s leading and up-and-coming artists to benefit the treatment of indigent children afflicted with congenital heart disease (CHD). Estimates report that about 5.5 million children all over the world are stricken with CHD, with about 94 percent of them coming from families who can least afford the appropriate medical regimen. Children diagnosed with CHD suffer from weakness, high susceptibility to pneumonia and …

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