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2011 New Year's Resolutions

2011 New Year's Resolutions


A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.
Popular goals include resolutions to:Improve health: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smokingImprove finances: get out of debt, save moneyImprove career: get a better jobImprove education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music)Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independentTake a tripQuit smokingVolunteer to help others

Tradition dictates that every 365 days, you should try to kick bad habits and start your life anew. So sit down with a cup of coffee, a paper and a pen, and reflect: What kinds of New Years Resolutions will you make for yourself this January 1st?


1.Be realistic by setting achievable goals. Winning the lottery, for example, is out of your grasp.

2.Describe your resolutions in specific terms. Instead of “I don’t want to be lazy,” opt for “I want to exercise regularly” or “I will cut down on my television watching.”

3.Break down large goals into smaller ones. For instance, commit to losing weight by resolving to join a gym and improve your eating habits.

4.Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change, and make this part of your resolution plan. So you want to quit smoking but you smoked to relax yourself? What other forms of relaxation are available to you?

5. Above all, aim for things that are truly important to you, not what you think you ought to do or what others expect of you.

Top 10 Frequent New Year’s Resolutions

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends -to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with friends for an evening of comaraderie, a simple gathering will do.

2.Fit in Fitness- Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Why not make this the time to start getting in shape .

3.Tame the Bulge- Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Filipinos who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

4.Quit Smoking- If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!

5.Enjoy Life More-Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Filipinos, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you!

6.Quit Drinking- While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking.

7.Get Out of Debt- Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Filipinos who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

8. Learn Something New- Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep.

9. Help Others- A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help.

10. Get Organized- On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.


Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi


The Philippines is known as the “Land of Fiestas,” and at Christmas time,  this is especially true.  Filipinos are proud to proclaim their Christmas celebration to be the longest and merriest in the world.  It begins formally on December 16 with attendance at the first of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses and continues on nonstop until the first Sunday of January, Feast of the Three Kings, the official end of the season.

The Philippines is the only Asian country where Christians predominate. Majority of its people are Roman Catholic.  Christmas, therefore, is an extremely important and revered holiday for most Filipinos.  It is a time for family, for sharing, for giving, and a time for food, fun, and friendship.

To most Filipinos, Christmas is the most anticipated fiesta of the year and is celebrated accordingly.  The splendid climate of this tropical island nation, the abundance and beauty of its flowers, and lovely landscape, its multitude of culinary delights, and above all its warm-hearted people with their true devotion to family and faith all contribute to a holiday celebrated in the true Philippines fiesta tradition.

SIMBANG GABI is one of the longest and most popular among the Filipino traditions in the country. It is when Catholic churches across the nation start to open their doors shortly before the break of dawn to welcome the faithful to the Simbang Gabi mass.Simbang Gabi or Mass at Dawn is a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother. The novena begins December 16 as early as 4 in the morning and culminates with the “Misa de Gallo” on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. In some churches, the panuluyan is reenacted showing the effort of Joseph and Mary to find a suitable birthplace.

Simbang Gabi traces its roots in Mexico when, in 1587, the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Soria, prior of the convent of San Agustin Acolman, to hold Christmas mass outdoors because the Church could not accommodate the huge number of people attending the evening mass.
During the old times, the pre-dawn mass is announced by the ringing of the church bells. In some rural areas, an hour before the start of Simbang Gabi, a brass band plays Christmas music all over the town. It is also believed that parish priests would go far knocking on doors to wake and gather the faithful to attend the misa de gallo. Farmers as well as fishermen wake up early to hear the Gospel before going to their work and ask for the grace of good harvest.

Simbang Gabi has become one of the most popular traditions in the country. But it is not just a tradition that is celebrated because we need to do so. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members but also because it is the time where our faith is intensified. This is the time where we mostly feel the presence of the Lord because it is the spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. It does not matter if one has the stamina to complete the novena or not, what really matters is what is inside the heart. The blessing does not depend on the number of mass attended, but what is important is the disposition of the person who receives the Lord’s blessing.

his behavior, not his attitude

his behavior, not his attitude


What’s an “attitude”?

Just what is an attitude anyway? When you think about it, all an attitude is is a judgment that we make about a person based on what that individual says and does. It’s the label we slap on another person’s behavior when we don’t like that behavior very much. But rather than using judgments and labels, the trick to solving attitude problems is to focus on what you know for sure — the specific things that the person did  or said. You really never know for sure that somebody’s got a bad attitude. What you do know for sure is that two customers complained about being treated rudely.  “But it isn’t just what he said,” you argue, “it’s the way he said it. It’s his tone of voice, and facial expression, and mannerisms and demeanor.” OK, let’s agree that the cause of the tactless behavior really is some deep-seated attitudinal deficiency. What are you going to do about it? Our core attitudes are pretty well fixed by the time we’re three. If you’ve got an employee who’s got a shabby attitude because he was toilet-trained wrong at the age of two — or twelve — there’s not much you can do about that now.  To start, when you feel the need to confront someone who’s in need of an attitude adjustment, never use the word “attitude.” It’s futile. Any person with a genuinely vile attitude has probably had that fact pointed out to him so many times that he’s anesthetized. Raising the attitude issue one more time will undoubtedly be unproductive. Instead, get specific. Is the person egotistical and credit-grabbing? Does she spend too much time socializing? Does he engage in pouting or sulking when he doesn’t get his way? Or is she rude, isurly and inconsiderate? All of these behaviors are different, but all of them are commonly slapped with the “attitude problem” label.


With your written list of the unacceptable physical and verbal behaviors that you’ve observed, and the list of times and dates that they’ve occurred, and your summary of the good business reasons why an immediate correction must be made, you’re fully prepared and ready to talk. Having this written list will enormously boost your self-confidence in raising the issue. Find a private place to talk. Discuss the situation with  the individual and explain that his behavior — remember: his behavior, not his attitude — is causing a problem.

Conflict can occur at many levels within an organisation, team or between two individuals. How does conflict initially arise? Normally, conflict occurs because there is a divergence in views or opinions on what has happened, the facts, where you are going, the aims, goals and aspirations, how you get there, what methods and measures you take to complete a course of action and ethics i.e. the values or boundaries that exist for your or the group’s behaviour i.e. what is acceptable or unacceptable practice. In many situations conflict occurs as a result of subconscious behaviour and often the individuals concerned are unaware of how they actually reached the point where they are at loggerheads with others. Often we assume that it must be the other person who has the problem and that we don’t do anything ourselves to cause the conflict. However, before you accuse another person of having the attitude problem ask yourself if any of these apply to you – do you:
Always believe that you are right and only your opinion matters;
Tough it out and refuse to give way on any issue;
Threaten others in order to get your own way;
Instantly react in a situation, never count to ten first before responding;
Talk in a sarcastic or cynical way to others;
Undermine others so that their position is weakened;
Don’t hold anything back, say anything that comes into your head;
Explode in anger when you think that others let you down.
Praise the positive, before discussing the negative in any situation;
Resist the need to use anger when you feel you are losing control;
Orchestrate how you argue a point so that it appears to be a win-win result for everyone;
Base your approach to others on how you wish to be treated yourself – with respect;
Listen to others and then explain clearly and calmly why you disagree with them;
Empathise with others and understand why their approach is different to yours and determine how you are going to reach consensus;
Manage communication effectively.


Obra Negosyo Eskwela (O.N.E)

Obra Negosyo Eskwela (O.N.E)

It has always been the advocacy of the Chamber to promote entrepreneurship especially among the younger generation whom we see as the future business capitalists of the country.

This year, as innovation to the third My Business Idol, MCCI collaborated with the Provincial Government of Cebu and the Commission on Higher Education Region 7 for the project, “OBRA NEGOSYO ESKWELA” where the ten participating Business Administration and Management schools of the My Business Idol will be linked with LGU-nominated country-side entrepreneurs to provide technical assistance and mentorship for the implementation of the business plans.


Obra-Negosyo-Eskwela Countryside Enterprise Business Upliftment (ONE CEBU): A Collaboration of the Province of Cebu MSME Council-Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Participating Universities and Colleges.
What is this program about?

The ONE CEBU is a collaboration of Province of Cebu MSME Council (PC
MSMEC), the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and some
participating Cebu-based Universities and Colleges offering business and
management courses. The overarching goal of the program is the development
of Province of Cebu countryside micro and small enterprises.
What are the objectives of this program?

The partnership is primarily aimed at partnering selected existing country-side
micro and small enterprises of the Province of Cebu with students from the
different participating Cebu-based Universities and Colleges offering business
and management courses in order for the entrepreneurs to be assisted by the
students in planning and organizing the enterprises’ operations and processes,
marketing and financial concerns, among others.
What is the significance of this program?

The Philippine government promotes entrepreneurship as embodied in RA 9501,
otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(MSMEs). In its declaration of policy, the law articulates that the “State shall
recognize the specific needs of the MSMEs and shall undertake to promote
entrepreneurship, support entrepreneurs, encourage the establishments of
MSMEs and ensure their continuing viability and growth and thereby attain
countryside industrialization . . . “
The discipline of entrepreneurship as a subject or a degree is offered by
universities and colleges offering business and management courses. Most of
these courses complement the classroom learning method with the “practicum”
or the “on-the-job” experience which allow students the opportunities to be
immersed and to observe real world business operations.
Encouraging country-side entrepreneurship is one of the major thrusts of the
current administration of the Province of Cebu. Similarly, the Mandaue Chamber
of Commerce and Industry has one of its corporate social responsibility projects
extensding assistance to micro and small entrepreneurs.
The partnerships between the various participating universities and the selected
countryside entrepreneurs are seen to be benefit all parties since the students
will be exposed to, and allowed to act as consultants to the partner-entrepreneurs
and in the process learn from the interaction with the entrepreneurs. Likewise
the entrepreneurs enjoy the assistance of the students, and indirectly the
assistance from the students’ mentors and faculty.
The schools-enterprise partnerships shall likewise profit from the technical
assistance and support from the Province of Cebu MSME Council and the
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, these organizations being the
project administrators.
Who administers the program?

The PC MSMEC and MCCI serve as program administrators, providing directions
and advice when needed, monitoring and documenting the progress of the
partnerships, and acting as conduit for any forms of assistance (financial or
otherwise) from the Province of Cebu and/or Mandaue Chamber of Commerce
and Industry and other donors.
The PC MSMEC has a working committee who takes charge of the project
operations such as preparing the program of activities, selecting the
entrepreneurs, partnering these entrepreneurs with the participating schools,
providing the needed logistical and technical support from the PC MSMEC,
ensuring the on-time operations of the activities and the delivery of the expected
outputs and documentation.
obra negosyo eskwela (O.N.E)

obra negosyo eskwela (O.N.E)


obra negosyo  MOA signing

obra negosyo MOA signing

Mandaue Chamber  Mentors

Mandaue Chamber Mentors