In a world where excess is a way of life, love for the environment and the minimalist lifestyle is a dying breed. But Honorio “Rod” Tolentino, President of NickelPhil Consultants and LEDS Lighting Systems, Inc. stays optimistic.
A licensed geologist by profession, who also happens to be a strong advocate of responsible mining, decided to think of a way where he can harness energy from a source that is not harmful to the environment. Seeing the destructive side of mining, he decided to take advantage of this free energy provided by the sun.
One of his inventions, a mobile streetlight (humorously called their Power Kariton) runs on solar energy, has already won an award in Singapore. He firmly believes that through renewable energy, we can help our environment avoid deterioration.
“Solar energy is the simplest form of renewable energy. It has the lowest need for maintenance, and it can be easily operated. All you need is a nice spot to catch the sun’s rays and you are ready to go.”- Rod Tolentino
One of the good things about going solar is that it can provide anyone with a reliable source of energy. From a corporate perspective, for example, having solar energy as your power source can also provide backup whenever there’s brownout. In other words, Meralco won’t cripple your business (or even your household) due to its loss of power supply.
Solar energy can also be stored in batteries for future use. When it comes to its disadvantages, Rod can’t see anything aside from the battery’s disposal. But even the batteries are recyclable.
Join MissTolentino.com as we take a closer look at this ingenious way of harnessing energy.
The official story and interview with Rod and his journey towards energy sustainability will come out in the August-October issue of the Philippine Resources Journal.
Blood transfusion is a life-saving measure, and millions of lives around the world have been saved each year because of access to safe blood transfusion. In many developing countries however, people still die due to inadequate supply of safe blood and blood products.
This has particular impact on women as a consequence of pregnancy-related complications like hemorrhage viz-a-viz the scarce supply of safe blood. To complicate the issue, the testing process may either be non-existent or sporadic and the storage method inadequate. The result is a national blood supply that contributes to the alarming rise in disease related to blood transfusion.
Every day, an estimated 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality. That’s why the focus of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is; “ Give blood for those who give life “. The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries to prevent maternal deaths.
MissTolentino.com was privileged to be part of this campaign.
Hosted by Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center, in partnership with Unilab, PTV4, Kredin Events Engineer, WCU, Terumo, BMAY and Air Gurus this event is also in partnership with Pasig Catholic College Alumni Association (HS Batch 1972).
Join us as we appreciate why each and everyone of us should be part of this advocacy:
This year’s World Blood Donor Day Campaign,held at Fisher Mall, Quezon City, was hosted by Miss World 2013 2nd Princess, Zahra Bianca Saldua.
One of the strong advocates of this momentous event was Col. Joel Torregoza. At the age of 66, the Col. has already donated 185 times. He started donating blood at the age of 19. Col. Torregoza’s passion for this advocacy was all thanks to an encounter with a 7 year old boy who happened to have hemophilia. Col. Torregoza was so moved by the boy that he committed himself to donating blood regularly. It also ignited a hidden passion for writing. Here, the Col. shares with MissTolentino.com readers a piece of one of his many works:
“ I could feel numbness, my hands, my feet are weak. My arms are feeble, my back pains, my body trembling and aches; My perspiration is cold; there is shortness in my breath, I am a bit nervous for I can sense death lurking in my bed.
Now I surrender to God and accept whatever He dictates, Whom I pity are my parents who don’t want to see me dead; It’s them who inspired me to struggle day-by-day to live, I can do no less but wholeheartedly accept whatever is my fate! I wish I could live for another day. Stroll the beach, breathe some fresh air, and sip a cup of tea; I just wish to console my parents for thinking so much of me, I gladly accept whatever comes to me, for God is my destiny.
Several times in my life I experienced smaller deaths, Many instances the shadow of death haunts me in my sleep; I thank God, there are still people, who would give blood for free, Dugong Pinoy and Blood Galloners whom I owe every bit in me!
I wish I could live for another day. A day which is much longer than months of April and May, Every second that passed is counted, leaving no void to see, Refuse to close my eyes, afraid that life will fade away. “
“I wish I could live another day” – Col. Torregoza
He also stated that donating blood is a heart issue: All we need is to have love for others. Being a blood donor is such a noble thing to do. The donor does not know to whom his/her blood will be given and the donee does not know where the blood came from.
WHO encourages all countries and national and international partners working on blood transfusion and maternal health to develop an activity plan to highlight the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products in the prevention of maternal deaths. In line with this, the Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging the public to voluntarily donate blood to improve the quality and boost the supply of blood and blood products for emergencies through the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center. Its vision? Safe blood for all.
To the organizers particularly Bianca, Louie and Gian thank you for having MissTolentino.com become part of this event.