Attn: Undergraduates, Hurry! Last Chance to Finish A Degree in College thru ETEEAP by CHED

Updated as of October 25, 2018 (ETEEAP is on-going)

Have you given up your diploma in college? Can you imagine yourself in first day high again? Do you wish to finish your college degree but finds it impossible due to time constraint and soaked at work? This is the answer to the dream you have been planning all these years. You have until Summer 2018 to enroll! I learned about this Memorandum of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) only last July 2017. Read more about CMO 54 Series of 2016 the Revised Policies, Standards and Guidelines for the Implementation of the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) for Undergraduate Programs . It is supported by the Executive Order 330. Download to learn more about EXECUTIVE-ORDER-330.

According to the CHED,

The ETEEAP (Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program) is a comprehensive educational assessment program at the tertiary level that recognizes, accredits and gives equivalencies to knowledge, skills, attitudes and values gained by individuals from relevant work. It is implemented through deputized higher education institutions that shall award the appropriate college degree.

Beneficiaries must be Filipinos who are at least high school graduates. They must have worked for at least five years in the field or industry related to the academic program they are obtaining an equivalency. They must also be able to show proof of proficiency, capability and thorough knowledge in the field applied for equivalency.
While NTSP (Non-Traditional Study Program) is a self-study program wherein the student’s educational background, work experiences, and achievements are evaluated and accredited through a rating system that leads to the completion of an undergraduate and graduate degree.
A self-paced study program wherein modules, independent researches and other instructional materials are laid down by the college and administered by learning facilitators who help enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the students. The final requirement is a paper presentation based on the field of specialization of the student. (Non-Trad info from PUP, which they are offering)
In short, this is for aspiring enrollees who have not finished their degree course and are not holding a professional or managerial position. I learned about this from the POC of PUP.
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These are the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Degree Programs offered nationwide that were AUTHORIZED by the CHED for ETEEAP: (as of October 2017)
Credit to Ms. Geraldine of CHED – ETEEAP (Main Office)
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Baguio Central University (BCU)
Bachelor of Secondary Education; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences
University of the Cordilleras
Bachelor of Laws; BS Crim; BS Education; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of
Sciences; BS Engineering; BS Architecture; BS Com Science; BSBA
University of Baguio (UB)
Bachelor of Arts; BSEd; BEEd; BS Commerce; BS Engineering; BS
Criminology; BS HRM; BS Computer Science
NCR
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
BS in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Philippine Normal University (PNU)
BEEd; BSEd; BS Math Teaching; BS Chem Teaching; BS Physics Teaching;
AB Psych; AB English; BSE in English; Bachelor in Early Childhood
Education
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
Bachelor of Applied Sociology; Bachelor in Bus Ad; AB Public Ad; AB Pol
Sci; AB Mass Com; Bachelor in Cooperatives; BS Office Admin;
Saint Joseph’s College – Quezon City
AB in Community Dev’t; BS Office Admin; BS Business Admin
Technological University of the Philippines (TUP)
Bachelor of Technology; BS Industrial Education; Bachelor of Technician
Teacher Ed; BS Computer Science
Philippine Women’s University (PWU)
BS Hotel & Restaurant Management, AB Communication Arts,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising
AB Social Development, BS Business Administration,
Bachelor of Music Majors in Popular Music, Music Education
and Music Performance
Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila
Bachelor of Arts, BS Psychology, BS Hotel & Restaurant Management,
BS Business Administration, BS International Travel &
Tourism Management, BS Computer Engineering, BS Information
Technology
New Era University
BS in Education, BS Business Administration
San Sebastian College – Recoletos
BS Business Administration, BS Psychology,
AB Mass Communication, AB Political Science
Arellano University
Bachelor in Secondary Education, AB Psychology,
AB Political Science, AB English, AB History,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
St. Jude College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
St. Paul University Manila
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Piano/
Voice/Guitar/Violin/Marimba/Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music
University of Perpetual Help System – DALTA
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and
Restaurant Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Region I
Divine Word College of Laoag (DWCL)
Bachelor of Arts; BS Education; BS Commerce; BS in Civil Eng’g
Don Mariano Marcos Mem. State University (DMMMSU)
BS Agri; Bachelor of Technology; BS Education
Lyceum Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts; BS Commerce
Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU)
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences
Northwestern University
BS Criminology
Pangasinan State University (PSU)
BS Education; BS Agri; Bachelor of Technology; BS Fisheries
Saint Louis College – CSFU
BS Geodetic Eng’g; BS Architecture; BS Civil Eng’g; BS Secretarial Admin
University of Luzon
BS Criminology
University of Northern Philippines (UNP)
BS Criminology; BS Nursing; BS Fine Arts; BS Social Work
University of Pangasinan (UPang)
BS Education; BS Civil Eng’g; BS Commerce; BS Nursing; Bachelor of Arts
Panpacific University North Philippines
Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Elementary Education,
Bachelor of Science in Criminology
Colegio De Dagupan
BS in Information Technology, BS in Computer Science,
Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Elementary Education,
BS in Business Administration
Region II
Cagayan Valley University (formerly CCT)
BS Criminology
Cagayan State University (CSU)
BSEd; BEEd; BS in Industrial Ed; AB Public Admin
Isabela State University (ISU)
BS Education; BS Agriculture
PLT College
BS Criminology
University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao
BS Eng’g; BS Architecture; BS Accountancy; BS Information Technology;
BSEd; BEEd; Bachelor of Arts; BS Commerce
Saint Ferdinand’s College
BS Criminology
Saint Mary’s University
BS Commerce; BEEd; BSEd; BS Geodetic Eng’g; BSIT;
BS in Civil Engineering, AB Journalism,
Saint Paul University – Philippines
Bachelor of Arts; BS Bio; BS Psych; BS Math; BS Eng’g; BS Bus Admin; BS
HRM; BS in Nutrition and Dietetics; BS Information Technology; BS
Office Management
University of La Salette
BS Physical Therapy; BS Nursing; BS Criminology; BS Eng’g; Bachelor of
Arts; BS Computer and Information Science; BS Psych; BS Library
Science; BS Education; BS Accountancy; BS Bus Admin; BS in Office and
Secretarial Administration
Region III
Angeles University Foundation (AUF)
BS Administration; BS Office Administration; BS Criminology
Central Luzon State University (CLSU)
BS Education; BS Agriculture; BS Fisheries; BS Engineering
Holy Angel University
AB Industrial Psych; BSBA in Bus Mgt.; BS Office Admin
Araullo University
BS Criminology
Pampanga Agricultural College
BS Agri Eng’g; BS Agri; BSEd; BEEd
La Consolacion University Philippines(formerly Univ. of Regina Carmeli)
Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Elementary
Education, BS in Business Administration
Region IV-A
Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP)
BS Nursing; BS Education; BS Com Sci; BS Accountancy
Cavite State University (CvSU)
BS Agriculture; BS Business Management; BS Agricultural Engineering;
AB Mass Communication; Bachelor of Elementary Education; Bachelor
of Secondary Education; BS HRM
Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (MSEUF)
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences; BS Education; BS Business
Administration; BS Criminology; Engineering Programs;
BS Hotel & Restaurant Management
University of Batangas
BEEd; BSEd; AB Pol Sci; BS Com Sci; BS Engineering; BS Commerce; AB
Psychology; BS Hotel & Restaurant Management; BS Office Administration
Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BS in Business Administration and
BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management; BS Criminology
BS in Information Technology
Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc.
Liberal Arts Programs
Region IV-B
Holy Trinity University
BS Criminology
Palawan State University
BS in Business Administration and BS in Petroleum Engineering
Region V
Aquinas University
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences; BS Commerce; BS in Business
Administration; BS in Management Education; BS Education
Ateneo de Naga University
BSBA in Management; BSBA in Financial Accounting
Bicol College
BS Criminology
Bicol University
BS Fisheries; BS Automotive Technology; BS Nursing; AB Com Arts; BS
Agricultural Technology; BS Computer Science
Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (formerly CSSAC)
BS Agriculture
Universidad de Sta. Isabel
BS Education; Bachelor of Arts; BS Commerce; BS Accountancy; BS
Nursing; BS Physical Therapy; BS Social Work
Naga College Foundation
BS Criminology
Sorsogon State College
Bachelor in Technology; Bachelor in Agricultural Technology; BS in
Agricultural Development; Bachelor of Fishery Education; BS Management
University of Nueva Caceres
BS Commerce; BS Engineering; Bachelor of Education
University of Saint Anthony
BS Criminology; BS Commerce; BS Education
Region VI
La Consolacion College – Bacolod City
Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Science in Commerce; Bachelor of
Science in Hospitality Management
Technological University of the Philippines – Visayas
BS Engineering
University of Iloilo
BS Criminology
University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos
BS Criminology; Bachelor of Secondary Education;
Bachelor of Elementary Education
Region VII
Cebu Doctor’s University
BS Computer Science; BS Biology
Cebu Institute of Technology- University
BS Education; BS Commerce; BS Engineering
Cebu Normal University
BS in Elementary Education; BS in Secondary Education
Silliman University
BS Nursing
Southwestern University
BS Engineering; BS Computer Science; BS Commerce
University of Cebu
BS Criminology; BS in Business Administration; BS Engineering
University of San Jose – Recoletos
BS Education; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences; BS Commerce;
BS Engineering
University of the Visayas
BS Criminology; BS Engineering; BS Commerce
Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Elementary Education
Negros Oriental State University
BS Criminology; AB Mass Communication, BS Business Administration
Region VIII
Leyte Normal University
BS Education
University of Eastern Philippines
BS Nursing; BS Community Development; BS Agriculture; BS Fisheries; BS
Forestry; Bachelor of Sciences; BS Mathematics
Asian Development Foundation College
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Region IX
Universidad de Zamboanga
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Elementary Education; Bachelor of Secondary
Education; BS Commerce; BS Criminology; Bachelor in Agriculture
Technology
Region X
Capitol University
Bachelor of Arts; BS Education; BS Commerce
Cagayan de Oro College
BS Criminology
Mindanao University of Science and Technolology (formerly MPSC)
BS Information Technology; BS Industrial Education; BS Engineering;
Misamis Institute of Technology
BS Marine Transportation; BS Engineering; BS Customs Administration; BS
Accountancy; AB Mass Communication; BS Computer Science; BS
Industrial Education; BS Office Administration; AB English
MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology
BS Education; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences; BS Criminology
Xavier University
BS Engineering; BS Commerce
Liceo De Cagayan University
AB Economics, AB International Studies, AB Mass Communication, AB
Political Science; AB Literature and Performing Arts majors in Dance,
English Literature, Theater; BSBA majors in Financial Management, Human
Resource Development Management, Marketing Management
Region XI
University of Southeastern Philippines
Bachelor in Elementary Education; Bachelor of Technology;
BS in Forestry, Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education majors in:
Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Technology; Bachelor of Industrial
Technology majors in Automotive, Electrical, Civil and
Mechanical Technology
University of the Immaculate Conception
BS Pharmacy; BS in Elementary Education; BS in Secondary Education;
BS Commerce in Marketing
University of Mindanao –Tagum
Bachelor of Science in Criminology
University of Mindanao –Matina Campus
Bachelor of Science in Criminology
Region XII
Holy Trinity College of General Santos City
BS Criminology
Notre Dame of Marbel University
BS in Elementary Education; BS in Secondary Education; BS Commerce
Notre Dame University
BS Education; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Sciences; BS Commerce;
BS Accountancy
Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College
BS Criminology
University of Southern Mindanao
BS Agriculture
CARAGA
Saint Joseph Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Commerce,
Bachelor of Science in Criminology

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It is best to contact them directly for inquiries. Just like the Angeles University Foundation, it is on the list but the 2 lady personnel I have spoken to over the phone, answered that ETEEAP is not offered at their university. I called their 2 contact numbers for verification of info, I got the same answers. I did not ask further.

These are the questions I have for them in every inquiry I made:

  1. Programs offered (not all are on the list)
  2. Requirements for admission
  3. Enrollment ongoing?
  4. Tuition and other related fees
  5. Active contact number and POC for ETEEAP

Based on my experience, every school has different lists of requirements to be submitted for  ETEEAP admission. Some has a looong list and other lists are possibly you have readily available documents. What I did was search online the schools, get their emails and jot down their contact numbers until I reached the correct department. It requires patience as well.

The Higher Education Institution will require you to take an Assessment and PERSONAL interview. You must consider the proximity of your chosen HEI. Some may instruct the student to perform a demonstration/demo or practical exam on a face to face set up. And lastly, you will visit the university on your graduation day! It will be your choice if you will march towards the stage to receive your diploma. But, why not? You worked hard for it, right? So, the proximity should be considered. Agree?

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Basically, after the assessment, interview and enrollment, the contact numbers of the professors assigned to the specified subjects will be provided. From then, the student and the professor will exchange communication as to the details of sending the modules, schedule of exams, submission of chapter tests, etc. Everything will be online since the thought of you as an employed student is considered. That is what the ETEEAP is all about.

I have inquired to the POC’s of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Angeles University Foundation, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Mariano Marcos State University and Pangasinan State University. Each of them varies with regard to requirements and fees. Some have just been Googled but never contacted yet at this point of writing. I will update if I gather any relevant information. I hope the CHED will extend the time frame allotted for undergraduates to finally finish their studies and get that diploma everyone has dream of.

I am not the perfect person to ask further about ETEEAP, but feel free to send me a personal message or comment down below. I will try to answer as quick and as accurate as possible. If I cannot address your queries, I apologize in advance. I have also just learn about ETEEAP. (Disclaimer)

Update:

I inquired with CHED directly if the ETEEAP has been extended. They replied to visit a link with their details about ETEEAP and other downloadable forms. Please see screenshot below.

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Getting this reply means the ETEEAP program is on-going. So, hurry now and follow the steps to your dreams.

Please spread the word and like my Facebook page for more. 🙂 Good luck students!

 

Know More About the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

I have heard a lot of people telling me about the benefits of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) when they started taking it. I myself is a living testimony of the great benefits of ACV. Personally speaking, as of this writing, I recently started to witness its great benefits. It has been 3 days and the effects to me are, improved digestion including the bowel movement (not loose). And I lost an inch from my tummy’s circumference without any exercise. Great right?

We have to be patient with its smell/odor. It could turn your stomach inside out. While, it has a sour taste. Remember the first time you’ve seen your crush? Hahahaha.. 😊 There is a tingling effect.

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According to Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN, CEO and founder of Savorfull; “Don’t drink it straight, It’s super acidic and could cause harm to your teeth, esophagus, and digestive system.” So, do not attempt to.

Choose the proper ways to drink your daily dosage of your ACV:

1. 150ml of water with 2 teaspoons of ACV

2. 150 ml apple juice/any clear juice with 2 teaspoons of ACV

3. 150ml of water/juice with 2 teaspoons of ACV plus 1 teaspoon of honey

Benefits of Drinking the ACV

  • Apple cider vinegar helps tummy troubles

Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

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  • Apple cider vinegar soothes a sore throat

Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

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  • Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol

A Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the panel.

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  • Apple cider vinegar prevents indigestion

Sip before eating, especially if you know you’re going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later. Try this folk remedy: add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.

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  • Apple cider vinegar clears a stuffy nose

Next time you’re stuffed up from a cold, grab the apple cider vinegar. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.

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  • Apple cider vinegar aids in weight loss

Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Here’s why: The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.

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  • Apple cider vinegar gets rid of dandruff

The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.

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  • Apple cider vinegar clears acne

Apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can act as a natural home remedy for acne and leave skin looking healthier. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.

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  • Apple cider vinegar boosts energy

Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water to boost your energy.

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  • Apple cider vinegar cuts down on nighttime leg cramps

Leg cramps can often be a sign that you’re low in potassium. Since apple cider vinegar is high in it, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey to a glass of warm water and drink to relieve nighttime leg cramps.

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  • Apple cider vinegar banishes bad breath

Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.

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  • Apple cider vinegar whitens teeth

Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.

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  • Apple cider vinegar fades bruises

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties; dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discoloration.

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  • Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar

One study of people with type 2 diabetes who weren’t taking insulin found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. Another study at the Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key.

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Surely there are tons of other benefits in drinking the ACV. Feel free to share on the comment section. You may also tell us your experience with ACV. We are excited to know more about the ACV.

Credit: www.rd.com/health/wellness/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/

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CHED Urges College Leavers to Finish Studies by 2018

QUEZON CITY – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) called on students who graduated from high school prior to the implementation of the K to 12 program, as well those who have yet to finish their undergraduate degrees, to enroll in college on or before school year 2017-2018 as the country shift to a new educational system.

Through a memorandum dated 13 July 2015, CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan said that the CHED Commission En Banc passed Resolution No. 264, series of 2015 which allows students “who graduated from high school prior to 2016, under the basic education curriculum before K12, and who failed to complete their undergraduate degrees, to enroll and finish their baccalaureate degrees from SYs 2016-2017 to 2017-2018, as a ‘last chance to go to college,’ subject to the policies of their respective higher education institution.”

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In a facebook post, the CHED K to 12 Transition Program clarified that the Lifelong Learner Track aims to give assistance for higher education attainment of students who graduated from high school under the old curriculum before the K to 12 reform was implemented.

“All students who enter or return to college from SY 2018-2019 onwards will be presumed to have graduated from Senior High School. If you have previously taken college courses, the college or university you enroll in may credit them, consistent with the systems and policies of individual schools in terms of crediting,” it read.

CHED also added that they commissioned the Philippine Survey and Research Center, Inc. (PSRC) to conduct a study on the potential students under the Lifelong Learner Track. “The research addresses the longstanding need for a proper study on out of school youth, and how the education sector, particularly higher education, can best respond to their needs,” they said.

Credit: blog.edukasyon.ph/news/ched-urges-college-leavers-to-finish-studies-by-2018/

A Song of Praise (ASOP) 2015: Delighted and Blessed

My husband invited me to watch this magnificent event at Smart Araneta Coliseum last October 13, 2015. We have been an enthusiast of ASOP since year 2012 but we were not able to watch it LIVE. He plays the song at home while we do the chores and while the kids play. It was like praising God while performing our tasks. When he finally had a chance to get a couple of tickets, he grabbed it. The event was hosted by Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda.

Since it was almost dinner, we opted to eat first before we watched the event. Not sure if it was Banchetto, I took some pictures of the food available just outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Have a look!

A Song of Praise Music Festival or ASOP is the first ever song writing competition on Philippine television that aims to bring back to the lives of people what seems to be lost and forgotten – giving thanks and glory to The Creator amidst the rat race, fear and violence humans are faced with nowadays – a mark that most songwriting competitions do not possess. A brainchild of no less than Mr. Public Service himself, Kuya Daniel Razon, ASOP has been a venue not only for professional songwriters but also for aspiring and budding composers who have their own stories to tell through their songs and musical talents showcased year round. (credit: http://www.asoptv.com)

This year’s distinguished judges are: Mr. Mon del Rosario, Ms. Celeste Legaspi, Mr. Jungee Marcelo, Mr. Jet Pangan, Ms. Lachmi Baviera and Mr. C himself; Mr. Ryan Cayabyab. Most of these judges are the pillars of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) whom already made their way worldwide to take pride as Filipino artists. The moment their names were called, I told my husband, “Walang wala ang mga judges, grabe ‘to.” while shaking my head. He agreed.

Here are the awesome Grand finalists: (Click the image to download the song)

Dinggin Mo Oh Dios (Click the image to download the song)

Alabok (Click the image to download the song)

Sabik sa'Yo

Sabik sa’Yo (Click the image to download the song)

Walang Hanggan

Walang Hanggan (Click the image to download the song)

Jesus, I Love You

Jesus, I Love You (Click the image to download the song)

Mahal Mo Ako

Mahal Mo Ako (Click the image to download the song)

Kung Pag-ibig Mo'y Ulan

Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan (Click the image to download the song)

Dakila Ka Ama

Dakila Ka Ama (Click the image to download the song)

Ikaw na lang Magdrive ng Buhay Ko

Ikaw na lang Magdrive ng Buhay Ko (Click the image to download the song)

Pahintulutan Mo

Pahintulutan Mo (Click the image to download the song)

Salamat Po Ama

Salamat Po Ama (Click the image to download the song)

Pakamamahalin din Kita

Pakamamahalin din Kita (Click the image to download the song)

The judges had a hard time giving the scores to come up with the deserving winners of this year’s A Song of Praise Music Festival. Mr. Ryan Cayabyab said, “Buong gabi para lang akong nanalangin. I was very inspired tonight.”. But, before the winners were announced, we heard few words from Kuya Daniel Razon; “There is a higher level of composing songs and that is writing songs for the One who gave us everything”. He also encouraged composers, “To all of you: composers, singers, just keep on composing and singing praises to the Lord”. While, Bro. Eli Soriano said that, Singing is the highest and oldest form of praise to God.  “According to the Bible, music is older than the universe itself” (Job 38:4-7). “Ang pinakamakapal na libro sa Biblia ay Psalms. Mahalaga po ang pag-awit sa Dios”. “Praise music to God can strengthen our faith, give us hope”. The Over-all servant of MCGI; Bro. Eli Soriano mentioned (not in order). The most-awaited moment has come.. these are the ASOP 2015 winners (drum roll)….!

Song of the Year – Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan

Congratulations winners! I am sure that more writers and/or composers are inspired to create Praise songs for the next ASOP Music Festival and that include me and my husband. We hope that our song will make it to the next run. To God be the Glory!

Please share the post and hit Like (FB page) if you liked my post. In Jesus name.

photo credit: UNTV Facebook and UNTV Twitter Accounts

music download: http://www.asoptv.com/

Effective Call Center Interview Questions and Answers

Are you a newbie in the BPO industry or experienced, but trembles during the interview? Let me help you by sharing some of the possible Call Center Interview Questions and Answers.

  1. Tell me something about yourself

It looks simple, right? This question will set the mood of your conversation with the interviewer. DO NOT tell the interviewer what is on your Resume. If you do, why don’t you just tell her/him to read it. DO tell the interviewer about your hobbies, and your skills will be tackled along the way. If you tell the interviewer that you are into sports, (depends which one) it will show your competitiveness, being analytic, leadership and others. If you are a couch potato, you can talk about your family. Just add your favorite movies and television series. Just make sure what comes out of your mouth is really interesting.

  1. What is your idea of a call center?

You may say that people take in calls from different parts of the world, providing information needed with excellent customer service. Adaptability is one of the qualities required since people will have changes in schedule, mingle with different kinds of persons and different culture. This question is usually for the newbies in the industry. So, say something about how you perceive the background of the work, whether it is for a Sales Account, Technical Account, or Customer Service Account. DO NOT tremble. No answer is wrong, just speak your mind.

  1. Why did you apply in a call center?

You must have read the job posting to know who/what they are looking for. And that you have the skills required for the post. Tell the interviewer about your job from another industry or your experience in your practicum/OJT. You may have already experienced irate clients (whatever you call them) which required you to be more patient or be a good listener. The skills you have shown your previous job can also be applied in a call center, only with a higher pay and a chance to get promoted. DO NOT say that you want to improve your English communication skills or you need money to help your family or your kid. Tell the interviewer what you can contribute and not otherwise.

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  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Some of the basic “strengths” that is needed in this industry are being patient, flexibility in schedule, has good communication skills, has good problem solving skills, analytical skills, multi-tasking and others. Answer with a very short example or story. The “weakness” part is the one that will surely make your interviewer write on the paper she is holding. Your weakness is, you work too much even beyond the shift. Overtime is something you are waiting for. DO NOT say any negative quality. What you have in mind  must turn into a positive one. If they insist on any other weakness, you can say that you are too friendly that people sometimes misunderstood you. Or it makes you upset to see colleagues who do not value their work. You get that?

  1. Why do you want to work in our company?

I suggest you to research a bit about the company you are applying for. If you are lazy to do such, you can say that you need a stable company to work for a long period. Maybe you can also say that they have morning shift. You want a normal life or close to it even if you work in a call center. You heard from a friend that the employees are satisfied with how the management run the company/account. In short, all those positive aspects of the company you are applying for. You may not compare them from your previous company. It is like having bad mouth. Leave that and look forward.

  1. What has been your greatest achievement?

Fresh graduate: Your college diploma (please include stories of any hardship and success)

Newbie/Job shifter: Your awards/recognition from previous jobs (please include stories of any hardship and success)

Experienced: Your awards/recognition from previous jobs (please include stories of any hardship and success)

You have to mention at least one. If none, you can say what you have learned from your personal/community/corporate experiences.

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  1. Why did you leave your previous job/company?

DO NOT say anything bad about your previous company. Just like those being arrested, “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” You can say about the workload, or more time was spent unproductively. Express that you learned from those experiences and move forward from any mishaps. Respect.

  1. Any issue with your previous supervisor? How did you handle it?

Again, respect. Although you wanted to strangle the Avaya’s cord to your previous supervisor’s neck, just keep it. The answer is NO. You  make sure that disagreements are handled at once, towards an adaptable solution.

  1. How do you handle pressure (environment/caller/superior)?

It is important that you know your priorities. First things first. Urgent projects/tasks are work on primarily. Make a calendar, use a planner or a diary to get organized. Express apology if any mistake is committed. Hear them out and start from there. Make sure both of you are towards one goal – solution.

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  1. How do you manage “change”?

Just so you know, the call center industry has “changes” once in a while. It is more on unexpected time. DO NOT include it on your issue list. It is given, you should know what you are trying to get into. May it be changes in schedule, change of team members or team supervisor, change of target /goals, etc. Besides, the CONSTANT thing in this life is CHANGE. Expect more changes in the call center industry. Give examples of specific issues/problems you faced and how you handled them in the past. Mostly, what you have learned from that situation. Demonstrate a positive attitude in dealing with change. 

  1. How do you keep yourself focused in achieving your goal?
  • Feel good to look good to do good
  • Live a healthy lifestyle
  • Keep in mind the benefits you can earn
  • Motivate others to stimulate a positive environment
  • Know our targets and break them down one by one to ensure success
  1. What to do when asked to do a role play?

Please make sure before you start the dialogue, know the guidelines and the goal of the conversation. Be confident and be precise with every information coming out of your mouth. DO ask questions if necessary.

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 DO’s and DON’Ts During the Interview

  • Dress nicely
  • Come in on-time
  • DO NOT speak in Tagalog, no matter what
  • Talk slowly if you have to watch your accent and grammar
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Sit upright, DO NOT slouch
  • Be confident and authentic
  • Own your answers by using the word “I”
  • Acknowledge mistakes (if any) and correct yourself (It is a plus point)
  • Ask questions to show that you are really into the job
  • Smile (even if you are having a bad day)

Do’s Before the Interview

  • Sleep early
  • Read English magazines/books
  • Watch English movies/series
  • Listen to English radio stations
  • Ask someone to converse in English with you
  • If no one is available, speak English to yourself as a practice
  • Record your practice conversation (if possible) so you can listen to yourself and know where to improve

After reading the tips above, you are now ready to face the interviewer with confidence. Do not forget to maintain eye contact. Above all, BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.

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Healing Takes Time

Healing according to Wikipedia, ” Healing (literally meaning to make whole) is the process of the restoration of health to an unbalanced, diseased or damaged organism. Healing may be physical or physiological and not without the mutual reception of these two dimensions of human health. With respect to physical damage or disease suffered by an organism, healing involves the repair of living tissue, organs and   system as a whole and resumption of normal functioning. It is the process by which the cells in the body regenerate and repair to reduce the size of a damaged or necrotic area and replace it with new living tissue. The replacement can happen in two ways: by regeneration in which the necrotic cells are replaced by new cells that form similar tissue as was originally there; or by repair in which injured tissue is replaced with scar tissue.”

While Spiritual Healing according to http://1stholistic.com, “Spirituality involves the recognition and acceptance of a God beyond our own intelligence and with whom we can have a relationship. This God can provide an experience of inspiration, joy, security, peace of mind, and guidance that goes beyond what is possible in the absence of the conviction that such a power exists.”

May it be physical healing or spiritual healing, both can relieve the mind and body.

Many times in our lives, people and/or one particular person hurt us. People inflicted pain to us which we thought will never heal or will never be forgotten and forgiven. We suffered,  felt degraded, humiliated, condemned and all the melancholy feeling you can ever have. Some takes days, weeks, months, years or never to recover. We keep in our hearts the agony that only us recognize.

People left us for no reason, for a simple reason and most of the time we were clueless of their reasons why they disappeared. People treated us the opposite way we wished to. Many questions left unanswered. Why do they have to hurt us? Why can’t they stay and just be happy with you? Why it has to be you? What have I done wrong? When will this end?

The situation is comparable to this song by the famous band from the 60’s; The Beatles says,

“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away | Now it looks as though they’re here to stay | Oh, I believe in yesterday | Suddenly I’m not half the man I used to be | There’s a shadow hanging over me | Oh, yesterday came suddenly | Why she had to go I don’t know, she wouldn’t say | I said something wrong | Now I long for yesterday | Yesterday love was such an easy game to play | Now I need a place to hide away | Oh, I believe in yesterday | Why’d she have to go? | I don’t know, she wouldn’t say | I said something wrong | Now I long for yesterday | Yesterday love was such an easy game to play | Now I need a place to hide away | Oh, I believe in yesterday”

It can be viewed here. It’s a live performance in Munich, Germany.

One fine day arrived. One good thing or best thing happened. Or someone came in to your life and wiped away all the tears, the pain and the madness, everything disappeared. It could also be a life changing event, incident or accident that occurred. Everything vanished as if the pain never existed. You feel the lightness in your heart. It feels you are a different person now, renewed. Everything is considered as a PAST now. You feel you are ready to face all the hurt and the people who caused you pain. Healing it is.

Then you finally sense the freedom. How victorious it is. I will quote another song, this time by Deniece Williams,

Now that we have gotten through | One more fall I can just admit I’ve got it all | Cause I do | Cause I’ve got you | We’ve crossed these battle lines to many times | It passes through the heart | But it never leaves a mark | Cause Your love just keeps on healing me | No matter how I bruise | If I just trust You | Your love just keeps on healing me | One more clue | One more chance that wasn’t there before | In your arms no pain can harm the way I’m feeling | Lord I know that Your love is healing | I’ve kicked around those lines in my head | But I’ve never listened to the words that You said | See where its lead | Well I know I have it now | Cause You showed me how | And all I had to do Was just to keep my eyes on You | Cause Your love just keeps on healing me| No matter how I bruise | If I just trust You | Your love just keeps on healing me | One more clue | One more chance that wasn’t there before | In your arms no pain can harm the way I’m feeling | Lord I know that Your love is healing
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Cause Your love just keeps on healing me | No matter how I bruise | If I just trust You | Your love just keeps on healing me | One more clue | One more chance that wasn’t there before | In your arms no pain can harm the way I’m feeling | Lord I know that Your love is healing

It can be viewed here.

Your love just keeps on healing me. I felt like a withered flower; dried and unhealthy. Scars will remain while Healing takes time. I am ready. I will always face the world with a smile. I have gathered my strength and picked up the pieces of the broken me. Eventually, I will be whole again. I can finally leave the past behind, forgive, forget and move on with faith that the Lord will never forsaken nor leave me. I am like a fresh flower who just bloomed; full of color and life. Just in time, ready to love and trust again.

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Here are some Bible verses about Healing:

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Mark 5:34
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

The Serenity Prayer

 

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Note: The serenity prayer is not actually in the Bible, but rather was originally written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930s or 1940s.

 

The TRUTH shall set you FREE!

John 8

King James Version (KJV)

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.