If the heavy rain continued pouring as predicted, it is possible that what happened in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro could also happen in Isabel. If that happens (God forbid), is our town ready enough to face the challenge? Are we ready ourselves? A lot of infrastructures and expensive establishments would be demolished. Are we all ready to put back those pieces together and stand up again? Many people would die. Are we ready to accept that some of those cold bodies recovered could be our friends or relatives? It is unpleasant and beyond morbid to think of it but that is the worst thing that could happen to us. Unlike in realities shows in TV, no one has the immunity in terms of calamity. We need to be ready for it! On how, I still do not know! I don’t think I’m ready myself.
I got unpleasant chills when I saw the pictures of some familiar places in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines being wrecked by the tropical storm Sendong. I saw them posted in Facebook. As of this writing, 180 people died and almost 400 people are missing in Iligan. According to the military spokesperson of the region, only 75 dead bodies were recovered in Cagayan de Oro City. 125 people are still missing. That was very horrible!
They say first times are not always the best times. For us Pillars® toastmasters, first times are only the start for the best of times. Being new toastmasters, we’ve got lots of first time experiences worth sharing. We’ve gone to new places we’ve never expected to visit before. We’ve learned lots of lessons from great people. We’ve met new faces from other places both members and non-members of the club. And more than that, we’ve experienced for the first time how it is to feel our intestines drawn towards our throats.
Despite the crisis we are facing today, there are important things we should not compromise on. One of which is to relax through a summer escapade. This helps us stay optimistic even during tough times.
Last May 9, the EI staff went to Canigao Island for the annual summer getaway. Attendance included Senior Manager CAZamora, two of the Section Managers JSSalgado and MCPiñon and nine of the Area Managers namely CRQuinte, TSBernal, JSCentino, JVChavez, VMAcasio, EPSVergara, FEVios, JTAligno, and CBAmolib. Also among with them were their families. At 9 in the morning, we arrived in the island where sun-bleached bristles of sand await us. The tempting scenery that welcomed our eyes banished our dizziness from the almost 5-hour winding road and the 15-minnute pump boat travel. We had some stopovers in Ormoc and in Bato Public Market to refuel, buy some food, camping and other supplies for the over night stay in the island.
A joint event of chartering of Pillars Toastmasters Club and the installation of officers of Pillars and Ormoc Percolators Clubs with the theme “Dare: Dare to Speak, Dare to Lead” was held at 7:00 PM on September 20, 2009 at the PASAR guesthouse lobby.
The event was preceded with the officers training conducted by the Toastmasters International Philippines officials headed by the District 75 Governor Noli Espina. As the justice league puzzle game that was solved through the inter-group support, the training left a lesson of teamwork and cooperation.
One morning when I opened my Triond account, one of the latest published articles on the dashboard was about an announcement of Steve Jobs’ death. I frowned at it and ignored. There are many other similar false announcements circling in the internet, that’s why. Just like other dead celebrities scam in the web, I thought...