Category Archives: Professionalism

50 years in the drilling business – QED’s Blackley opens up

Professional Driller Alan Blackley of Quest Exploration Drilling (QED) celebrates more than 50 years in the mining business. He shares his professional insights and life lessons with fellow industry practitioners at the Philippine Mining Luncheon over at the Manila Polo Club.

Get a glimpse of his talk in this video clip –

For his full interview about the Philippine Mining Industry, grab a copy of The Philippine Resources Journal (Issue 2 2017) by Maria Paula Tolentino. Make sure to send her a tweet @misstolentino22

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Crowns and Cows

Women who try so hard to earn their place through showing loyalty and working for free… Oftentimes, having to return sexual favors, co-habit or earn a man’s trust before he will actually marry her. Or sometimes, in the work place, to render more hours or wear numerous hats just because she can…

As a woman, one can bring so much to the table: the strength of her feminity, interpersonal skills and eye for detail are just some of what she can contribute, an educated and enterprising woman, more so! The skill set, years of experience and the value of their network is something most women take for granted.

I would have to agree to some some associates who brazenly stated: “Why pay for the cow if I get the milk for free?”

Harsh, yes. But there is truth to that statement.

Women get to be marginalized, their values compromised because they conciously choose to. They let these things happen because inately are desperate for approval, friendship, commitment, loyalty, and yes, the all enduring word…love.

There is this agony to make a significance in her work, the life of her partner, children… so that in the end, she won’t be shelved/discarded/abandoned because her worth and value have been proven, established…

All at a painful price: Her youth, her beauty, her years, her life. She is destined to live her life centered around her partner, her children, her work…because without them, she’s non-existent. Worthless. Invisible.

Notice that there are more and more women who find holding the “Busy badge” as some sort of trophy, or in this case, validation for saying: “I’m such a busy wife/mother/professional/business owner/etc… all of this, is all me. Finally, I am worth while.”

Busy doesn’t necessarily equate to productive nor significant.

“Busy” also begs the question: Where do you find your worth? Do you find your self-worth in the temporary? You can be doing multiple things all at the same time, you can be productive, sure. Hats off to you. But what if all of these are gone? What if you lost your work, heaven forbid, your spouse, children, family? What would you have as a woman? When all of these things gone, does your identity go with it?

Nothing is farther from the truth.

A woman doesn’t have to compromise who she is. She doesn’t have to replace her identity with the identity of her profession or relationships. She doesn’t have to “strive”. A woman was created by our Loving Father to “just be”. His grand design is for her to be the “crown”. Woman is His beauty incarnate. Diamonds need not force its beauty to someone who can’t see it.

The same principle applies to male-female relationships. A good man would be the one to do the pursuing. Allow him to ‘man up’ to the role. Just be. Unfortunately today, that role is reversed at very unhealthy consequences.

He will compromise your values, use you sexually/physically, emotionally/psychologically, (even financially…lucky guy!) and, as an afterthought, would probably marry you because, like a good girl, you’ve “earned it” (and besides, he needs someone who can look after him/his business/his children/his interests, his, his, his, his…etc. long after he’s gone. You’ve done it for free from the beginning, why should he start paying now? Insert cow reference here.)

The woman was his investment. He knows this. She just didn’t get full price for her “investment value”.

Can he be blamed? Not at all. Everything boils down to the woman.

In this world, a woman needs to earn her place, may it be a corporate title, or a place in a relationship. And even if she earned it, she still has to constantly prove she’s worth all that she’s striven for. She isn’t supposed to be pursued. She is commodity. Replaceable. Disposable.

So much for the grand design.

Empowering the Future through Solar Energy

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.

 

Husband & Wife duo, Rod & Lyn, together with their team welcome us into their impressive solar powered home and office. Here the couple pose with solar panels and solar powered golf cart.
Husband and Wife, Rod and Lyn, together with their team welcome us into their impressive solar powered home and office. Here the couple pose with their Power Kariton and solar powered golf cart.
A sample of the solar panels used to light their impressive home.  These babies were currently being charged in their driveway when we took snapshots.
Introducing the Power Kariton. These are the solar panels used to light their impressive home. These babies were currently being charged on their driveway when MissTolentino.com arrived.
A geologist by profession, Rod Tolentino shows off his solar powered golf cart his kids use for small errands (and play) around their community.
A geologist by profession, Honorio “Rod” Tolentino, President of NickelPhil Consultants and LEDS Lighting Systems, Inc. shows off his solar powered golf cart he himself designed. Currently this prototype is being used by his kids for errands (and play) around their community.
The minimalist approach yet well powered home of Rod functions as showcase for clients who are interested in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy.
The minimalist approach yet well powered home of Rod functions as showcase for clients who are interested in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy.
A view of a hallway leading to guest rooms is well lit with solar powered lights. The transition to LED lights has significantly lowered their energy consumption by 30-40%.
A view of a hallway leading to guest rooms is well lit with solar powered lights. The transition to LED lights has significantly lowered their energy consumption by 30-40%.
True to its pursuit, the whole office and house of Rod Tolentino is powered by solar energy.
True to its pursuit, the whole office and house of Rod Tolentino is powered on solar 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.

A Passion for Collaboration: WIEF Shapes Future Business Leaders

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation, through its Young Leaders Network (WYN), in collaboration with the Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN) of the Philippines, organized the WIEF Young Fellows (WYF) 2014, which took place last June 18 – 24  in Manila, Philippines.

Supported by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and Naza World, the WYF 2014 was specially designed to shape future business leaders from all around the world, instilling in them a profound entrepreneurial mind-set and a strong sense of social purpose. The 7-day intensive programme was attended by 24 young leaders from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, Iraq, Russia, the United States of America, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.
Supported by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and Naza World, the WYF 2014 was specially designed to shape future business leaders from all around the world, instilling in them a profound entrepreneurial mind-set and a strong sense of social purpose. The 7-day intensive programme was attended by 24 young leaders from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, Iraq, Russia, the United States of America, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.

Articulating a social purpose at the corporate level, adhering to a set of common principles, and agreeing in a common vision for partnership across sectors can set the stage to create significant benefits for society and returns for companies. The effects of globalization and the internet further influence the value systems of organizations. Cultural values within the same organization vary from person to person and this drives a need for more individualized and intricate management plans. These are values we should all share.

“If we want a better world, we need to inspire the future leaders of the world. There is absolutely no denial on this simple notion; and this is why the WIEF Young Leaders Network was created 8 years ago. It serves as a global platform for young people of different backgrounds to connect and collaborate, be it in business or social programme,” expressed The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation.
“If we want a better world, we need to inspire the future leaders of the world. There is absolutely no denial on this simple notion; and this is why the WIEF Young Leaders Network was created 8 years ago. It serves as a global platform for young people of different backgrounds to connect and collaborate, be it in business or social programme,” expressed The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation.

Ebrahim Patel, Chairman of the WIEF Young Leaders Network, added, “The changing dynamics of the world has challenged the way business is carried out.  New industries and global business giants are emerging on a daily basis. Weighing against this are political changes, economic instability and resource scarcity which has created demands for a new generation skilled with leadership. This is what we are striving for – to provide an avenue where our young people can truly experience the world, gain insightful knowledge and be inspired to be positive change leaders.”

“The WIEF Young Fellows 2014 is indeed exciting. It allows our young leaders to learn about the city of Manila – its business and social landscape. It provides our diverse group the opportunity to interact with global cultures and build strong personal networks. It is imperative that we create such platforms for our young leaders because, aside from equipping them with the skills to create profitable business, we also want to see them benefitting humanity,” added Bai Rohaniza M. Sumndad-Usman, Chairperson of the Young Moro Professional Network.
“The WIEF Young Fellows 2014 is indeed exciting. It allows our young leaders to learn about the city of Manila – its business and social landscape. It provides our diverse group the opportunity to interact with global cultures and build strong personal networks. It is imperative that we create such platforms for our young leaders because, aside from equipping them with the skills to create profitable business, we also want to see them benefitting humanity,” added Bai Rohaniza M. Sumndad-Usman, Chairperson of the Young Moro Professional Network.
A Capoiera session with the WIEF Young Fellows
A Capoiera session with the WIEF Young Fellows
WIEF visits Maharlika School
WIEF visits Maharlika School
Regardless of background, if we are "To promote dialogue and foster cooperation among the Muslim and non-Muslim businessmen in the belief that collaboration is the salient feature of the 21st century international relations, business partnerships can become genuine bridges towards peace and prosperity between the Muslim and non-Muslim world”.
Regardless of background, if we are “To promote dialogue and foster cooperation among the Muslim and non-Muslim businessmen in the belief that collaboration is the salient feature of the 21st century international relations, business partnerships can become genuine bridges towards peace and prosperity between the Muslim and non-Muslim world”.

Celebrating diversity, a passion for collaboration accompanied with a shared goal, lifestyle website MissTolentino.com and commercial enterprise SEM Scribe Publishing House join hands with the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation to take youth leaders (Muslim and Non-Muslim) into the 21st century of international relations.

 

At Home With BenCab

So few people get the privilege of being welcomed in an artist’s home. Artists, with their affinity for solitude and privacy, would seldom, if not let anyone enter their sanctuary.

MissTolentino.com was given this opportunity.

Brilliance coupled with simplicity marks this man of many talents.

Discovering his artistic inclination at the tender age of 7, Benedicto Cabrera aka “BenCab” was greatly influenced by his elder brother, Salvador.

Arriving a little bit before lunch, MissTolentino.com joined this artist as he gave us a tour of his estate and the numerous masterpieces he created.

Join us as we give a glimpse of this laidback artist and Baguio City’s rock star, BenCab.

A personal sanctuary found inside the artist's home.
A personal sanctuary found inside the artist’s home.
A spectacular view of the South China Sea over at BenCab's balcony.
A spectacular view of the South China Sea over at BenCab’s balcony.
CafeSabel inside BenCab Museum
CafeSabel inside BenCab Museum
Sculpture Collections inside BenCab's Museum.
Sculpture Collections inside BenCab’s Museum.
Water Falls near CafeSabel.
I could seriously live here 😉 Water Falls near CafeSabel.
Wondering if he could do my portrait (wishful thinking)… 😉
Ms. Paula Tolentino staring at one of National Artist Ben Cab's paintings.
BenCab’s famous muse, Sabel.
BenCab likes his food fresh. The artist shares a bite from his kitchen table.
National Artist BenCab opens his home to MissTolentino.com, featuring his backyard.
A glimpse of his backyard.
Featuring BenCab's Self-Portrait.
A self-portrait of the artist.
Bulol sculptures inside BenCab Museum.
Bulol sculptures inside the Museum.
Featuring one of BenCab's Erotica Gallery Collections
The Museum’s Erotica Gallery
Potteries and Ceramics inside BenCab's Home.
A collection of ceramic dinnerware can be found in his kitchen.
A glimpse of BenCab's estate.
Now THIS is the life 😉 A sneak peak of the artist’s estate.
With The Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab)
From MissTolentino.com, thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful home. Here with Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Cabrera.