Sunday, May 29, 2016

About Lifelong Learning

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

In the fairly recent white papers released by the Department of Education and Science in Dublin and the Commission of the European Communities, lifelong learning, a concept introduced in Denmark in the early '70s, pertains to the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” These studies also state that lifelong learning, which could be in the form of e-learning in front of your computer or continuing education at a traditional school, “not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.”

I couldn't agree more. I myself advocate for lifelong learning for both personal and professional development. In this fast moving world, things change in a blink of an eye! In class at New York University (NYU), I've learned that years before the rise of the Internet and social media, manufacturing companies such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson marketed their brands to their customers based on the former's own agendas and ideologies. However, with the wide influence and effect of social media, tables are turned. Nowadays, it's the customers on social media that are molding the image of many brands. A single tweet from an angry customer, for instance, could go viral and may hurt the brand's image if handled inefficiently and lacked empathy from the brand owners.

As you go through life, you'll realize that there's so much you still don't understand; such could set a precedent for future or lifelong learning.

NYU nurse educator Laura Garcia, who graces our cover in this issue, exemplifies how lifelong learning is important in someone's personal life and career. “Education makes a difference,” Laura explains. “For many years, researchers, practice leaders, and policymakers have recognized that the quality of education makes a significant difference in the level of proficiency in the nursing practice. Nursing education is also associated with patient safety and quality of care.” Read more on pages 10-12.

In this issue, we'd also like to give a fitting send-off to our beloved Consul General Mario De Leon Jr. who has announced that he will end his tour of duty at the Philippine Consulate General New York (PCGNY) on June 30, 2016. ConGen Mario, we're truly grateful for your commitment and dedication to encouraging various Filipino-American (Fil-Am) organizations in the New York Tri-State to leave their indifferences, stubbornness at the door in order to work more harmoniously together.

Thank you, as well, for your unflagging support to our publishers at Fil-Am Who's Who and to all other Fil-Am media groups.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy Third Anniversary, Fil-Am Who's Who!

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-in-Chief

From small beginnings come great things.

To veer away from the typical tale of murder, political corruption, and celebrity scandal that is commonly found in tabloids, mainstream TV news, and the Internet, the germ of an idea to publish a magazine, Fil-Am Who's Who, that would instead feature refreshingly uplifting and inspiring life stories of Filipino Americans was born three years ago.

Behind that small beginning, which has branched out to other great things, such as the inception of a full-service media company and a two-city tour of renowned fashion designer Renee Salud's “TatakSalud” last year, were the inimitable husband and wife team of Rolan and Myrna Gutierrez, current Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) President Dr. Prospero Lim, and the quintessential fashionista Ollie David.

Kudos to you (Rolan, Myrna, Doc. Pros, and Ollie) for being so positive, hardworking, and consistently persistent, which helped us survive the last three challenging years!

Special thanks should also go to our business partners and avid readers in the Filipino-American communities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Without the former's financial aid and moral support and the latter's good word of mouth about our magazine, we could go no farther.

Remarkably, our family of contributing writers is also growing fast! Over the last three years, we've been honored with article submissions from esteemed writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas, Maricar CP Hampton, Rachel Kelly Davis, Dennis Clemente, and Ria Serrano, among others.

 As Fil-Am Who's Who enters its fourth year, we couldn't be happier.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)

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