What could possibly fall over your head?
Perhaps, one of the most successful events in human history was when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. Consisting of thirty articles, it is an international expression of the need to protect the rights of men and women, and an affirmation that human rights are innate and never lost. After more than fifty years, we still hear a lot of human rights violation from across the globe. We might not even know it but we either violate someone else’s rights or our own rights have been violated by others.It is on this note that we organized the Human Rights Caravan. Now on its second year, Humanista, as we call it, is a local initiative to inform and empower others, making them proactive in the issues concerning human rights. Here are the highlights of our events.
The Caravan part of Humanista was done every Saturday of the month of November. Here are the highlights.
November 16, 2013 – wasn’t able to join this one because I was in Manila.
November 23, 2013 – the biggest crowd we ever had! close to 500 participants!
November 30, 2013 – Bonifacio Day. We decided to focus on the rights of the child.
The For a Series was a five-day event featuring one specific right per day.
Let us remember that Human Rights are innate and can never be taken away from us. It is of equal value as our very self, and as of paramount importance as our dignity.
Photo Credits: Bolen Osial, Ana Rose Esmilla, Joco Rosal (tarps)
The year is about to end, 2014 is just around the corner. So tonight, I decided to blog about the TEN things I wanna do next year. I don’t have full control of what’s gonna happen, but a good plan will nonetheless keep me on track =)
1. TRAVEL ON FOOT FOR A WEEK (probably TWO)
I’ve been travelling for five years now. I think it’s time I try it by just walking from home to who-knows-where. I’ve watched how they do it on TV and I’m inclined (inspired even) to do it myself. I’ll probably bring a backpack of clean clothes, some cash (not too much), a water canister, a phone and a camera. I plan to do it by summer of 2014 so I won’t be missing work. A travel/ walking buddy is a plus, perhaps. To prepare, I think I’ll be needing a good pair of shoes and a small tent. Thinking of asking for these as Christmas presents.
2. SPONSOR A KID TO PRESCHOOL
I think one of the most important events in the life of a child is preschool education. Having experienced full kindergarten and prep classes, I think it gradually changes the way a kid socialize and develops a good sense of self. For 2014, I’d like to find that kiddo who is to step into kinder and try to buy him or her some school stuff and pay his/her school fees. I know it wouldn’t cost too much (and I’m really praying it won’t be hehe)
3. ADD TWENTY SIX BOOKS TO MY BOOKSHELF
Few people know that I don’t read books which aren’t mine. I just don’t feel like reading borrowed books because I don’t like returning them hehe. I develop a certain bond, more of a possessive stance, when I get hold of a book. So a piece of advice, don’t let me borrow yours. If you do, I’ll consider it a present =) Anyways, for 2014, I’d like to have 26 new good reads, 26 because I’m turning 26 next year. hehe I have twelve full months to collect. =)
4. DOUBLE MY SAVINGS
This year’s financial setting is a bit rough. Been overspending and shooting over my budget. In the first place, I don’t keep track of my spending religiously. So sometimes I just wonder where my money went. Of course I list down debts because I don’t like unfinished business. =) For the coming year, I’d like to raise my 20% compulsory savings to 35%. That means I have to cut unnecessary spending like spending too much on fast food (huhu) and who knows what else.
5. ADD A NEW COLLECTION: CACTUS
I had a collection of cactus when I was in grade school. My mom would bring me a new kind every Saturday when she got home from the market. I don’t exactly remember where they are now but I still can recognize the pots from like 15 years ago scattered across our lawn. What is good about collecting cactus is they don’t need so much attention. They wouldn’t need a lot of water. You just have to trim them perhaps once a month to maintain whatever shape they were when you bought them. I’ll buy my first one on January 2, 2014. =)
6. WRITE A BOOK. TOUGH!
It has always been my dream to write one. I don’t write really well and the way I use words seem not to be what publishers want on the pages of their new bestsellers. But writing a book is like a climax of the climax, the orgasm of the orgasm (hehe). It will entail a lot of time, a lot of patience (knowing that I’m impatient), and a great spring of inspiration. I hope I accomplish this. Hmmm, I’m starting to feel the weight of this plan…strike out?
7. VISIT TWENTY SIX CHURCHES
Churches are structures of faith, culture and history. It’s both a house of worship and a witness to a thousand splendid suns. The reason why I wanted to do this is because I have never tried Visita Iglesia during Holy Week, ever in my entire life. But this plan spans the entire 2014 so I’ll keep this in mind when I get the chance to travel around next year!
I’d like to do this in 2014. It’s probably not what you’re thinking. hehe I’ll leave it to your creative minds to figure this out. =)))))
9. BE A PREPPER
Yeah, it sounds weird but I’d like to start filling up the family’s arsenals in case disaster strikes. On second thought, it’s never weird because my province is a good prepper. Disaster does not discriminate. The only thing we can do is be prepared. So what will I do? I’ll make sure we have good flashlights and batteries, candles and matches/ lighters and a complete first – aid kit, because we never keep one that’s really stored in one place. That’s for a start. I’ll keep expanding when I have the funds.
10. BUY A NEW CAR.
Who does not want a new car? It’s gonna be the biggest thing I’d save up for next year so allow me a little early start. =) I’ll start saving tomorrow, ok?
So there, it’s gonna be tough.