March 2010

Visita Iglesia at CBCP Online

by Anna Katharina on March 30, 2010

in Amen,Family,Traditions

One of the traditions during Holy Week among Filipino Catholics is  “Visita Iglesia”. It is the Filipino way of visiting 7 churches on Holy Thursday as a sign of respect to the savior of mankind. In each church, we kneel down and pray at least 2  of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

An alternative way for those people who really cannot visit churches for some valid reason is Visita Iglesia at However the site seems to be having problems as I browse it.

Seven famous churches in the country are included in the site: the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church and Santo Nino de Tondo Parish in Tondo, Manila; Manila Cathedral Basilica and San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila; Nuestra Senora de Remedios in Malate, Manila;Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila;  and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine in Paranaque

As you visit these churches online, the 14 Stations of the Cross with the corresponding prayer are included. I was browsing the net for the 14 stations and prayers, but it seems all the available copies on the net are the old ones.

We have visited the Laguna Churches in 2008 , it is still the best Visita Iglesia we had as a family. By Thursday off we go again for our yearly Visita Iglesia.

For our families and friends who are far away , join us in our yearly Visita Iglesia via the net;

Visit :

St. John the Baptist Church (Calamba, Laguna)

Diocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua (Pila, Laguna)

Immaculate Conception Parish (Sta. Cruz, Laguna)

Church of Bartholomew (Nagcarlan, Laguna)

St. John the Baptist Parish (Liliw, Laguna)

St. Gregory the Great Parish (Majayjay, Laguna)

Parokya ng Santa Maria Magdalena (Magdalena, Laguna)

I have been a voter in Caloocan City for the past 25 years.  I am at the voting precinct at 7 am, to avoid the rush and the heat of the sun since voting time is summer time. On May 2010 I will vote with 2 of my kids as first time voters. I must admit we have different choices in the presidentiable race; I let them speak their own mind.

I always vote with what my heart and conscience tell me. I do look at their credentials and track record. For sure promises are made to be broken. When you are already at the position, a lot of things have to be taken into consideration when decision time comes.

Here in the local elections in Caloocan City, the Asistio family has always been candidates for mayor. The incumbent mayor Recom Echiverri has one more term to go, before maybe he bequeaths the position to his son RJ Echiverri who is at present a councilor and president of the Natonal Liga ng mga Barangay.

Baby Asistio, the former congressman of District 2 for 12 years is challenging Mayor Recom Echiverri. He claimed that high taxes in Caloocan City drove businesses away and that nothing spectacular in terms of infrastructure has happened.  We have been paying property taxes in Caloocan and I must admit it has tripled during the time of the incumbent mayor. I live near the Monumento area; nothing has really changed except that there are no more sidewalk vendors in front of MCU hospital. There is the construction of the LRT Loop but that is not the project of the local government. Garbage is collected Monday, Wednesday and Friday in our area Morning Breeze Subdivision and this is the barangay of the incumbent mayor, I don’t know what is the situation in other areas of the city.

I hope the next mayor would really make Caloocan City a clean place specially the Monumento area. Can you not drive the sidewalk vendors away near the LRT station? Really the Grand Central area is in chaos between 6 to 8 pm. So many people are at this area as they alight the LRT trains.

A basic need that I want our next mayor to fulfill is a clean  and orderly Monumento area, which is the showcase of Caloocan City. Please candidates don’t hold your “miting de avance “ in the place. That can cause monstrous traffic!

May 10,2010, Election Day, Morning Breeze Elemetary School. Barangay 84

It took me two hours to cast my vote, its worth the wait. The “PCOS machine count” gave me a good feeling that I have done something for my country today. People were so enthusiastic to vote. It was orderly inside the classroom. I felt the election officers and teachers were at ease. Only 10 voters were allowed inside the classroom. Its so easy to fill up the ballot, the design was easy to read.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of the Sacred Heart Parish was a big help in the conduct of the elections. Kudos to their organizers and officials!

The Community Development Program and in cooperation with the Research and Publications Department of Arellano University System conducted a Community Organizing Participatory Action Research (COPAR) Enhancement Seminar for its nursing faculty members of Pasay and Pasig branch from March 16-19,2010.

The Arellano University COPAR Enhancement Workshop aimed to equip its present nursing faculty members with additional knowledge and skills in community organizing and research. It was a four-day seminar with Day 3 allotted to actual visit of the Arellano University adopted community in San Miguel, Bulacan.

Kabaihang Barangay .. Partner NGO

Founder of KB, Ms Emma S. Sta Ana

Actual application of participatory action research tools were performed by the Arellano University nursing faculty participants such as transactional walk diagram, focus group discussion and key informants interview.

AU Faculty at San Miguel Bulacan

Dr Editha L Padama , Director of the Research and Publications Department of Arellano University was the main speaker about research. Ms Andreline Ansula, as officer In charge of Community Development Program talked about the COPAR Process. Facilitators of the COPAR Enhancement Program were Mr Eliezer Manga, Mr Eduardo Azuelo and Ms Hyacinth Merioles. Continue Reading »

Nursing Case presentation and PowerPoint Tips

by Anna Katharina on March 14, 2010

in Nurse Quad,School

Grades of nursing students during nursing case presentation can be improved if audiovisuals are selected appropriately and are use effectively.   PowerPoint presentation can greatly enhance learning inside the classroom if done properly. Gone are the days when we use, Manila paper and marking pens to make audiovisuals for our presentation.

Here are some tips that my students can use in making PowerPoint presentations.

  • Font size should be 24 to 30. Arial is preferred. Use a single type of font for most of the presentation. For impact, underline or make the font bold.
  • For bullet points, use the 6 x 6 Rule.  One thought per line with no more than 6 words per line and no more than 6 lines per slide. No more than 6-8 words per line.
  • Capitalize titles, 35 to 45-font size
  • Do not use light colored text, black and blue are very readable. Avoid dark backgrounds
  • Always have a dry run of what you are to present. Have your peripherals ready, wireless mouse and extension cord is a must.
  • Check the spelling and grammar of your text.
  • Give a brief overview of the topic at the start.  Then present the information.  At the end, review important points.

There is always a room for improvement. Its knowledge ,attitude and skills in nursing