Rhea Doligon is in her early 30s but she doesn’t look like it. The secret to her youthful looks could be because of positive outlook in life. “I find joy in the little things,” she says. On weekends, you could find her sitting contentedly on the warm grounds of Quezon City Memorial Circle, admiring the blue skies and observing families enjoying each other’s company over a simple picnic or groups of friends frolicking around, engaging in playful banter.
Hi! Im JB Tan, one of the co-founders and currently a volunteer & the Executive Director of iVolunteer Philippines. I am a graduate of Computer Science and have full time day job as a Project Management Professional in a multinational company.
When asked what I do during my spare time.. I answer “I volunteer!”.. I used to be shy about it as it is always followed by a tough question on why I “waste” time in volunteering and it is not always easy to get people understand. Overtime I realized these tough questions are a channel of advocating and inspiring individuals to participate in my cause. Today I am energized with such doubt as it confirms that iVolunteer Philippines has a place where we are really needed.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
This year’s Social Media Day #ChangePH made us believe that anything is possible, that #ChangePH is not a far-off reality for as long as we unite—as a community, united by one cause—to shape the nation for the better. Inspired by this year’s theme and focus on communities, we at iVolunteer Philippines participated in the event not just with our booth, but with both our hearts and minds shouting a resounding YES to the aspiration behind #ChangePH.
Gawad Kalinga (GK) is well-known for building houses and creating sustainable communities, all toward transforming the lives of our less privileged countrymen. This kind of transformation is contagious and is GK’s best kept secret–the volunteer’s self transformation.
UP Diliman, Quezon City – Last June 6, the staff and officers of iVolunteer Philippines held its annual summer team building activity at Balay Kalinaw in UP Diliman. The event focused on getting to know each of the members (particularly the newer ones) with sessions on understanding one’s MBTI profile and how each individual can uniquely contribute to the organization. Continue reading “Building a Stronger Team”
On my third day at the Batangas Bayani Challenge, I found myself grouped with six new faces. They told me that they were students from Batangas State University (and in my head, I immediately dubbed them the “BSU Crew” because that sounds so badass).
I remember them telling me that they were actually in the middle of their finals and were feverishly working on a 400-question paper. They’d be with us volunteering from morning to mid-afternoon and then after that, they’d skip the Kalinga nights so that they could work on their paper. I asked them how that was going and they gave me that same smile I remember giving people who’d ask me how my thesis was going because I don’t really know what to answer… 😛 Continue reading “Students with Huge Hearts”
“This is not a feel-good experience. This is a reminder and commitment to DO better.”
― Marc Sebastian, Gawad Kalinga
Five days later and I’m home. I’m sunburnt, I have an early day tomorrow since it’s back to work, and my dog seems to have decided to punish me for abandoning him (he keeps cuddling against my sister instead of me and it’s making me jealous).
But I’m happy and unsatisfied. I’m happy because this was proof and a reminder that where I’m at right now and the work we do in iVolunteer is an amazing purpose and vehicle for a stronger, united Philippines. I’m unsatisfied because I left feeling like five days wasn’t enough; I wanted to do more within the community. Continue reading “Do Good and Do More”
“Tales from the iVolunteer Team” is an ongoing series of personal stories from the team that runs the Philippines’ first volunteerism portal. Today’s post comes from Bel Padlan, the current Executive Director of iVolunteer Philippines. Of Theories and Dreams: My iVolunteer Story by Bel Padlan I have a theory to which I will probably dedicate … Continue reading Tales from the iVolunteer Team: The Rebirth of iVolunteer Philippines
“Tales from the iVolunteer Team” is an ongoing series of personal stories from the team that runs the Philippines’ first volunteerism portal. Today’s post comes from Carlo Angelo Gonzales, our social media guru in the iVolunteer Marketing team. A laptop, a smartphone and an Internet connection. These are things that I think are essential for … Continue reading Tales from the iVolunteer Team: Social Media Volunteer Guy at Your Service!
“Tales from the iVolunteer Team” is an ongoing series of personal stories from the team that runs the Philippines’ first volunteerism portal. Today’s post comes from Mana Domingo, our Director for Internals and Organization Development. Nowadays, I eat, drink, sleep, and have fantastical dreams about iVolunteer Philippines. I am, what you can say, a fanatic. … Continue reading Tales from the iVolunteer Team: Our Mother Hen Shares Her Thoughts