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Friday, April 18, 2008

On Memories: Something to reply to & share

Allow me to post some questions below. They may make you feel uncomfortable for a while as you read along. If so, I hope you'll find a way to resolve it. Finding a Counselor may help.

If you'd like to reply, email me at and write on the Subject - On Memories: Something to reply to & share

Thanks for participating in this online research. God bless

Are you ready? Here are the questions. Please don't proceed if you're not. Just scroll down and you'll find the questions.

1. Have you been deeply hurt? How many times? By whom?
4. Have thoughts/memories on that/those hurt/s ever come back to you? How often?
6. What thoughts/memories came back? Please describe them freely if possible
7. WHEN did they come back to you? Describe too your personal situation/s or condition/s when they came back
8. What did you do when they came back?

Please state your gender, and age in your reply. Other information you'd like to share please feel free to mention. Whatever data you'll mention shall be kept in strict confidence.

This is part of a personal research on memories.

Thank you. God bless

Thursday, April 17, 2008

In Memoriam of Dr. Gabriel: A Sharing

Having gotten the permission of the writer, I am blogging here the following comments upon reading here the news of Dr. Gabriel's passing away. Here it is:

April 16, 2008
Dear Padre;
I dunno why pero we were conversing since April 11 pa. Kanina while I tried to refresh my computer suddenly nakita ko yung update po ninyo dun sa counseling psychology website and it read: PRB Chair Dr. Rhodelia Gabriel Passed Away. I was floored, hindi po ako makapaniwala.

Remember nasabi ko before na we had chance to work with though indirectly? kasi po I am working with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Central Office. I work specifically with the Office of Programs and Standards po, Director's Office. Sa amin po dumadaan ang mga request for indorsements ng mga activities for evaluation. the latest is that the PGCA will hold an annual convention on May 14-16. kahit na medyo mahal ang fee padre, inapprove ang bossing ko and recommended for indorsment naman sya.Soemhow nalalaman ko kung may activities ang mga organizations.

Anyway, I know Mam Gabriel cuz i had chance to work with her. Many times I had encounter with her, kasi dito po sa CHED we created a Technical Committee for Guidance and Counseling which is under Technical Panel for Teacher Education. I have been a witness to the dedication of this woman. Alam nyo po it really saddens me to know shes gone kasi the last time nakausap namen sya she is in the hospital. Actually I asked her po na kung maari she could lend me some books she used in guidance and counseling since na retired na sya (hand me down ba padre, ganun).Tapos last thing hindi na po sya sumasagot sa call or text namen. I contacted my collegues who work for TP Teacher Ed just this moment and I conveyed the same news and we are all shocked. We contacted Mam Llanes (who is also a member of CHED TCGC) and she confirmned it also.

God bless Mam Gabriel. Sure I/we will miss her.

Thanks for your blog padre.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

PRB Chair Dr. Rhodelia Gabriel Passes Away

While preparing for a major event, just this morning April 15, 2008, I received a text message from PGCA President Dr. Rose Llanes that our Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling Chair Dr. Rhodelia Gabriel has just passed away. Dr. Perlie Polestico sent me a text message from Bernie Gabriel (must be related to Dr. Gabriel) about it too. I called up Dr. Llanes to inquire about her death. She mentioned that Dr. Gabriel's blood condition apparently deteriorated that led to death.

I bet the whole Guidance and Counseling profession now mourns the death of its first Chair. We will surely miss her. I had good times with her in some of the IPCAP meetings where she and Dr. Luz Guzman, one of the three in the PRBGC attended.

Eternal rest grant unto Rhodelia O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. I shall be offering my Mass tomorrow for her. Please pray for her. I heard from Dr. Llanes that the funeral is scheduled on Saturday April 19 in Los Banos, Laguna where she lives. Hope to get more information which I can post here about the matter. Fr. Francisco Bustamante, S.J., current PACERS Board Member texted back and noted: "I'm sad to learn that she has gone HOME ahead to our God. For her journey I'll say a MASS for RESURRECTION..."

P.S. I noticed that the blog I made before this edited one was dated a day earlier. Hence I had to include the date when I got the news because maybe time moves faster in my side here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The NBI Clearance Part III

From the Fingerprinting section, one goes to thte Registration Section, Step 6 Picture #1 below. The man who collected my application form told me to cue in the next step.
Picture #1: Step 6

Here in Step 7, releasing, my O.R. was required. In less than a minute, my NBI Clearance form was printed on official paper. It said there that I had NO RECORD N FILE. Thanks God! This certificate I was given is Valid for one year from date of issue. It printed in there NOT VAID for TRAVEL ABROAD. The other half wrote PERSONAL COPY.
Picture #2: Releasing

Wow! That was in less than an hour! I believe this system of the NBI is systematic albeit not so convenient. Imagine the long cues I would have wasted had I gone earlier. A fellow priest went there in the morning at 7AM, and he finished everything by 930AM. In my case, since I went there in the afternoon, actually I left the seminary a little before 3PM and reached there a quarter past 4PM, and before 5PM I had my clearance released! Thanks NBI.

On my way down, I noticed this sign: Renewal Kiosk (Picture # 3 below). It's on the same floor as Step 1. It is where I will go when I need to get another clearance next time, a year from now, i.e., if I will need one again!

Picture #3: For Renewal

See the sign EXIT - that's another stairs where I went down to the tiangge labyrinth of shops, of course a different way from the one I passed by on my ascent to this and other levels.

Hope this blog has kept your anxieties from debilitating you. It's an exciting trip which one needs to set time for. 3-4PM daily appears to be the most convenient time to go. Ready your money always, and be watchful. I think we Filipinos love to really stick together. I noticed that during the cueing, the guy at my back did not bother with boundaries. Is this a product of riding the LRT where nary a space between persons can be found during rush hours? But that's another blog to make, but not here.

Have a great time then. God bless and take care.

The NBI Clearance Part II

After the Payment Counter, I saw this sign leading to a staircase going up the next floor.
Picture #1: Sign for Steps 2-4

These ladies are on their way down, but I climbed it and another one like it before I came down to take a picture of it. Thanks to the ladies (was one of them a counselor?) who unwittingly posed as they made their way down.

Picture # 2: The Stairs

There was another one sign I saw after Steps 2 - 4. It also led to another stairs one has to ascend. You see the sponsor? Thanks Chow King.

Picture # 3

As one reaches the level for Steps 5 - 6, one sees this sign on the wall: Picture # 4. ne has to go to the right where one will find Step 5 for Fingerprinting.

Picture # 4: Sign upon arriving at Level 5

Picture # 5 below shows the Finger Printing Section. See the tables? There is supposed to be a person assigned to each and one has to cue in for one's turn to have all 5 fingers inked for printing. In every box on the table where one will have one's finger printed, there was a sign which read: "Ink remover P2, only for those who want." I prepared my P2, but ended up using my handkerchief to wipe off the ink on all my fingers, both hands: first my thumb, then each of the fingers, then all four fingers and again the thumb. The same process was done with my left hand. All these finger prints were made on the application form.

Picture # 5: Finger Printing

There are two more steps. Please see next blog. Have a nice day! God bless

The NBI Clearance: For Licensure Purpose

One of the requirements to get the Professional License in Guidance and Counseling is the NBI Clearance. It is an official document which states that the applicant has no legal encumbrances. Good professional Guidance Counselors should not be liable for any misdemenour - or misterdemenour - if you wish. And while I was waiting for my turn in the many cues I had to line up, the thought of taking puctures and having this experience blogged came up. Hence, as I recount below, you will see the pictures. I thought about those who might want to have an orientation to the place, hence the use of this present blog. Enjoy the trip with me.

So, yesterday, April 9, I went to the NBI in the afternoon. In the morning, shortly before lunch, since I was scheduled to get some materials outside, I decided to put all these "outings" in one trip. I called up the NBI and got information that the best time to go is between 3PM-4 every Thursday and Friday. I asked the lady at the telephone if she could help me see if someone else has my name (in which case document release will take time). Believe you me! There were 11 Bernardo Collera in their list. She mentioned 1 from Benguet, 1 from Laguna, and then here in Manila. But when I told her where I was born and my middle name, I was the only one. Thank God.! That meant my doucment would be released immediately.
So I went to the Carriedo NBI Clearance Center. I could have gone to the Quezon City Hall as well, but since my trip was convenient via LRT, I decided to go there instead. The NBI Clearance Center is found not in the Isetann Shopping Center. In fact, in my telephone call to the NBI, I got the impression that the NBI was in one of the floors there. But, the NBI Clearance Center stands in the opposite diagonal side of the Isetann Shopping Center.

From LRT 2, I walked towards the LRT 1 D. Jose Station where I took the train towards Baclaran. I think the Carriedo Station comes right after D. Jose on the way to Central Station. I walked back to Isetann Shopping Center where I asked the guard where the NBI Clearance Center is. He showed me with his hand where it was - AYUN - and there I went where I saw the big sign NBI Clearance Center .

I realized that I was walking through a labyrinth of shopping stalls - a tiangge environment, but complete with signs: NBI This Way. I just followed the signs until I reached the stairs. Was it the 3rd or 4th floor where I saw a big board which showed the flow one has to go to get the clearance? From there, I went forward to the counter to pay the entry fee of P20, and I got a pink slip as proof of payment. Then I saw a cue to the spot where I got the Application Form after I showed my pink slip. This is the spot I am mentioning here. Picture #1:

Picture #1: Get Application Form Spot

Here in Picture #2 below is Step 1: Payment Counter. While cueing up for my turn, I filled in the data required in the form given in Picture #1. I paid P115 only. An Official Receipt was given. There at this payment counter is posted Step 2. I shall be posting the Directions for Steps 2 - 4 in my next blog since this blog entry only allows 5 pics at most. Steps 2-4 are in the next floor.

Picture # 2: Payment Counter

In Picture # 3 below, I had to cue so that the lady there could place a bar code on my application form, sticking the pink slip in there together. She asked for an ID, and I showed my Driver's License. Then off I went to Step 3 which was just in front of Step 2.

Picture # 3: Data Check

At Step 3, Picture # 4 below, there was a lady who typed in (encoding) the data I provided in my application form. She clarified my address if it was right, and after that, off to Step 4.

Picture # 4: Quick Search

Everyone loves this next step. When one's turn comes, just stand in front of the webcam, look at it and then the computer photographer asked for my application form where she stamped something. The O.R. was not needed to be shown.

Please check the next blog for the next steps. I'd like to post it together with the other pics. K? Please don't get the impression that I left the place after this Step. Haha.

God bless.