If you want to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone but with a “meaningful twist”, here are 2 V-day gigs you might want to consider.
1) February 14 is International Book Giving Day
Share your love for reading to the children of Hapilan Daycare Center. Help the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) build a mini-library for the students who are also children of scavengers in Barangay 105, Happyland in Tondo, Manila. The book drive is a year-long activity and will start this Friday, a day ahead of the International Book Giving Day.
I have seen how the children enjoyed the storytelling session we organized last October, with Teacher Dyali Justo, who shared the story of Kas, the main character of Ang Barumbadong Bus. Since then, the children would always ask their teachers to start or end their class with a storytelling session. But sadly the daycare’s book collection is very limited.
If you have pre-loved children’s story books that you want to share to the children of Hapilan, do tell me in the comment section below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We could also schedule a meet up, daytrip to the daycare center or you can ship the book/s to our office. Here is our address :
Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development :
1081 Pedro Gil Street, Room 251 Ramagi Building, Paco, Manila.
One Filipino children book will surely help in building our mini-library that will be enjoyed by the future students of Hapilan Daycare Center.
Ngayon pa lang, maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo!
“One billion rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.” –
I remember dancing my heart out in February 14, 2013 at the streets of Timog, Quezon City together with thousands of women from different sectors of society. Wearing our One Billion Rising red shirts while dancing in the street proved to be a lot of fun and an effective way to raise awareness and move to end all forms of violence against women.
This year, the organizers led by Monique Wilson, director of the New Voice Company and GABRIELA are inviting everyone to rise for REVOLUTION. Women are now demanding CHANGES. The Filipino women’s situation has worsened. According to the Center for Women’s Resources, 1 woman or child is raped every 53 minutes. Women also suffer economic injustice in the form of low wages, unemployment and underemployment.
In the current survey that IOHSAD is doing among women workers in the electronic sector, reproductive health issues in the pre-natal, perinatal and post-natal stages are being identified. Based on our initial discussions with our survey enumerators, who are also women workers in electronic companies, they work for 12 hours and are required to stand the whole time. Toilet facilities are also not accessible to the workers. They have to walk 145 steps to reach the nearest toilet and are even required to log out and be inspected by a duty guard before they can proceed. Maiihi ka na lang talaga bago makarating sa CR!
There are so many reasons to rise up and show our collective rage against this unjust system. Tara na! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with furious street dancing for change.
To know more about the One Billion Rising Campaign in the Philippines, please visit their Facebook page here.