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OFWs in Kuwait: Congratulations Fr. Ben!

April 10, 2014 by admin in Events to remember with 0 Comments

Fr. Ben Barrameda

Fr. Ben Barrameda

Recently, Fr. Ben Barrameda has celebrated his 10th Priestly Ordination Anniversary with Salmiya Church. Many rejoiced with this blessed man and seeing how many OFWs in Kuwait doted him with greetings and surprises after the mass celebration, it cannot be denied that this servant of God is loved so much by his spiritual children.

I have met Fr. Ben personally, and truly, I can say that Christian OFWs in Kuwait like me are blessed to have him around. It is not easy to be in a faraway land where you need to adapt to a different culture. As we, Filipinos, are known for being pious, it is hard to be in a place where you have limitations in expressing your faith. We all know that most of us get our strength from our faith during difficult times, so being in a different spiritual environment is a big challenge.

For this reason, Catholic Filipinos in Kuwait are blessed to have Christian spiritual leaders like Fr. Ben around. Having a spiritual father is a comfort knowing that someone can lead you in faith in times of darkness. This also results to stronger unity for OFWs especially for those who are in the same faith. Meeting each other every Sunday or during church activities makes it easier for these people to cope up with loneliness.

I am one of those who benefit from having a united spiritual family together with my fellow OFWs here in Kuwait. Therefore, in behalf of my kababayan, I would like to extend my congratulations to Fr. Ben. We have nothing but prayers and best wishes for our dearest spiritual father. So:



April 9, 2014 by admin in OFW Reaction with 0 Comments

“Teacher” contains the word “teach”, but being a teacher is not limited to the educating role only. The word “teach” is dominant, but it is predicated with the capacity to plan flawlessly in order to maximize the teaching or learning process.

Differences of Learning Focus

As Psychology explains, each person has a different intellectual focus, area of excellence, or way thinking. This affects the individual’s learning approach in a certain field. This explains why some people may be good in Math, but are not in English or Science. This is also the reason why people could have different points of view regarding one subject.

An individual’s personal/intellectual perception is influenced by the systems of beliefs, culture, and experiences to which the person has been exposed to. These differences spare the world from being monotonic as many thoughts can come up about one topic and more interesting areas are developed.

Learning Disability

However, the problem with these differences is that, sometimes having a different perception or field of interest from the majority can lead to being considered having a learning disability. Just because a person has a separate point of view or has difficulty in comprehending a subject matter that is beyond his or interest, the individual is already considered dull or a slow learner. This becomes a frustration to the person who is struggling to cope up.

When a student is having a hard time catching up in a subject, it could be that the typical teaching or learning method used is not appropriate for the student. Teachers need to understand that each student has a different learning need—and to be considered effective mentors, they have to adjust to this.

Yes, there are children who are suffering from a certain condition of learning disability like dyslexia and dyscalculia. Learning disabilities are disorders that give people a hard time acquiring social and academic skill. However, this does not mean that they are hopeless. They still can learn and cope up with the world’s advancement.

The Role of Effective Teachers

This is the reason why Special Education (SPED) teachers exist. They specialize in dealing with children who have learning disabilities. Meaning, they have been trained to provide education using different strategies—those that are meant to deal with the particular disorder.

People with learning disability are not excluded from reaching their dream. In different career ranges, there are those who were diagnosed with a learning disability who have already been able to set a mark—and this is all because they gone through the training of effective teachers.

What is the strategy of effective SPED teachers? They use the strength of the student in the learning process. Since every person has strong intellectual areas, the teacher looks out for these. They then skillfully juggle these strengths with the weaknesses to help the student succeed.


To show how individuals with learning disabilities are still able to learn with the help of effective teachers, here are illustrations:

1. First teachers at home

Since family is the most basic unit of a community, it is where a person starts to learn. As we grow, we tend to learn basic survival skills like eating, walking, and cleaning ourselves. Who taught us to do these were no other than our parents and other adults who we lived with. Since they were able to pass on these skills to us, it just means that they were able to use good teaching strategies—and they were effective. Learning to talk and understand language as a kid is another proof that our first teachers are effective.

2. Professional teachers

As children come to the right age, they are sent to school where they learn academic skills. The paid education professionals became our teachers at this point. Their role is to impart knowledge by using learning techniques that are mandated by the school curricula. Although there are teachers who are not effective—since they just go to school to be paid—there are those who enjoy their job and they give all effort just to help their all their students according to their intellectual level. Through perseverance and dedication, it has been proven that even the slowest learners can develop certain skills.

For those students who have learning deficiencies, and cannot really cope up in a usual learning setting, they have the alternative option to go through SPED. Here, they will be handled by teachers who hold degrees in this kind of education.

3. Informal mentors

Aside from the formal teachers that are responsible for education, there are also those who are imparting knowledge to people through non-academic settings. We have spiritual leaders like priests, counsellors, and pastors. There are also social mentors like fraternity/sorority masters and organization heads. In career development, we have team leaders, business management coaches, and company trainers. These and many more others can influence our learning process and, thus, helping us to develop ourselves in spiritual, social, psychological and other aspects of our personality.

4. Life

Aside from our family, school teachers, and informal trainers, there is another great teacher that is very effective in molding us—and that is no other than LIFE. No reading, grammar, and mathematical skills can measure a person’s value. Even a person with a learning disability has a life outside school, so he or she has more to cope up with in the outside world. With problems, adjustments, and responsibilities that need to be dealt with everyday, an individual is trained to survive.  For this reason, it is no wonder that even those who were not able to go through a formal education were able to live a normal and strong life. This fact is an evidence how life is an effective teacher for everyone.

Surviving learning disability

A person’s worth is not measured by how fast he or she can catch up in a lesson. With persistent determination to finish the race, even if it means being the last to arrive at the finish line, and of course, with the help of dedicated and effective teachers, surely, success is not impossible to achieve for an individual. Thus, parents, professional educators, and all those who want to help someone who is struggling with learning today should put this up as a challenge: THERE ARE NO LEARNING DISABILITIES, ONLY INEFFECTIVE TEACHERS.

The Shining Experience with LightBenders

April 7, 2014 by admin in Events to remember with 0 Comments


LightBenders 3rd Anniversary

“Let there be light so they will see the future.” This is the motto of LightBenders Photography Group in Kuwait. For the past three years that this organization has been upholding it, the members can say for themselves that the mission is running, and it starts within the group. I can say this because I witnessed this myself.

Recently, LightBenders celebrated its third anniversary in Hawthorn Hotel, Hawally. I had the privilege to be a VIP in this celebration, in behalf of Consul General Raul Dado, who was supposed to be the guest speaker. Talking in front of these photographers was overwhelming, and I was really honored. I also got the chance to lead the oath taking of the officers. These are the following: Ramil Sunga as President; Roden Quintinio as Vice President; Sol dela Pena as  Secretary; Jes Reyes as Treasurer; Leo Lagaras as Auditor.

LightBenders is composed of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait who have passion and definitely skills in photography. I have been acquainted with this group for quite some time now, and I saw how dedicated the members are despite their busy schedules. Up to now, the group is encouraging other OFWs who have the same passion to pursue their dream behind the lens.

Now, I want to take this chance to thank the group, especially President Ramil, for the privilege of being part of their special night. I really hope that they will continue to inspire lots of our kabayan here in Kuwait to pursue their passion even if they are far from their comfort zone.

Congratulations LightBenders!

What is the Meaning of Loot Bag?

What is the Meaning of Loot bag?

Sabi ni partner Google, it can be called Party favor, Small gift given at party  as a gesture of thanks.

Ibinibigay ito sa mga Party occasion or event celebration. Pero mostly ang word na loot bag here in our culture it is mostly common term for children parties… I don’t know why instead na as professional bloggers we can’t use some similar terms appropriate for us like Give away, Gifts or souvenir (wink).

Bakit nga ba ito na i-topic ko, someone PM me as a new blogger and asked me Ano po ba ang lootbag na sinasabi about bloggers.

If we will zoom out, I think matagal na din itong issue na ito na nakarating sa mailbox at Fb inbox ko, nag echo na din ito sa ibat-ibang Blogger groups.

As for me naman, IMHO and POV lang naman. Aside from great reason na we attended the event because it’s call of our duty i.e. being a blogger, there is nothing wrong to receive such give away, fun stuff from the event and even attending  from block to block events in one day lang.

Sometimes kasi we really can’t say no to these invitation and to their adorable and unique crafts that’s why some collect.

The experience is somehow like this, I remember when I took my vacation a year ago lang and attended some Blogger events and meet-up, wherein I’m invited from Kuwait pa lang and of course I’m excited and happy to be one and when the time is up you can’t say no to their give away, souvenirs and minsan pa nga the best souvenir pa na makukuha natin  is the experience we’ve joined and met these bloggers na I thought in virtual world lang natin sila makikilala.

Para lang pa-picture ditto picture diyan… kasi we want something to bring even from memories.

Till here my blogger friends, enjoy gifts that are meant to be shared and more loot bags to come.  

To God be all the glory.

The Loot bag

The Loot bag

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