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Skills Workshops

Skills Workshops on Leadership, Gender Sensitivity, and Nonviolent Communication was held at Amparo National High School, Amparo, Butuan City on October 9, 2010.

Six student leaders of Pure Love Network from the said school attended the workshop.  Objectives of the workshop are to enhance the leadership skills of the student leaders, to introduce gender sensitivity skills, and to teach the participants a new skill in communicating, connecting, and relating to others.

The activity is part of PLN Leadership & Capability Enhancement Program

The participants are thankful for the new experiences,  learning, and to the sponsors of the workshop.

May we hear from their own words:


Dondon, "Marami pong salamat sa training, marami po akong natutunan. Naibahagi ko din ang kalagayan ko at ng aking pamilya at naparinggan ko din ang buhay ng aking mga kasamahan sa workshop."

Novy, "I am so very happy nga naka attend ko sa workshop, daghan kaayo ko ug nasabtan sa akong kinabu…

Pre-Marital Sex

by Cristylyn Haya, 4th year, Amparo National High School

Bilang isang kabataan at mamayan, nakakita at nakakarinig sa mga pangyayaring kinakasangkutan ng mga kabataan, ang "Premarital Sex"! Paano ba natin ito maiiwassan o mapigilan? Patuloy ang pagdami ng mga gumagawa nito. Paano ba sila napasok dito?

Sa napapansin ko sa anitong uri ng suliranin, napasok sila dahil ang iba ay naghahanap ng makalinga, pansin, makausap o kaya maka-aliw sa panahon ng ikaw ay nag-iisa. Kasi sa panahong ito ang mga magulang ay wala, busy sa trabaho o kaya ay nangingibang bansa. Meron ding iba gumagawa nito dahil gusto nilang mabawasan ang bigat ng problemang dinadala, tulad na ng hindi matanggap ang paghihiwalay ng mga magulang o kaya biglang pagkawala ng isa sa mga mahal sa buhay. Ngunit may paraan pa upang mapigilan ang patuloy na paglaki sa suliraning ito:
Pagkakaroon ng mga programa na nagpapaloob ng mga pag-aaral na nagbibigay liwanag o paliwanag sa mga katanungan ng mga kabataan.Pagkakaroon ng…

Sex Education

Sex education has been one of the hottest talks in the country, thanks be to God for the newly appointed DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, he ordered to stop the implementation of sex education that has been integrated to secondary subjects and even to grade six and five.


Pure Love Network is not against sex education; it is that there are factors to be considered before bringing the subject to the classrooms. First, who influenced the decision of making sex education a subject in school curriculum? If majority of the parents are requesting for it, then DepEd should think about it. Second, who made the module of the subject? The materials to be used for teaching the subject should be made in collaboration with the teachers of morality (church) and other groups representing the sector of the parents and not from a ready-made by aliens who just want to distort the Filipino values and principles. Third, are the teachers ready to teach sex education to the children? Educator should be co…

PURE LOVE NETWORK - BASIC ORIENTATION SEMINAR (PLN-BOS) BATCH 1 - 2010

Pure Love Network – Basic Orientation Seminar (PLN-BOS) is a program educating the young the basic of sexuality and skills of gender sensitivity and nonviolent communication.

The program is design as an invitation to the young people to take responsibility, to take action in response to the overwhelming message of lust and violence.

Overview of the program:

Topic 1: SEXUALITY
Refers to our total masculinity and femininity. It consist of the way we behave, think, and feel. It   includes our belief in God, our moral values. Then comes the physical aspect of sex. All of these make up our sexuality. It involves more than our body. Human sexuality is all the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional traits that make us male and female.

Topic 2: HOMOSEXUALITY
Homosexuality is the state of a person sexually drawn to members of the same sex. Homosexual acts are genital acts performed with persons of the same sex.
It is important to note that:
A person may be a homosexual but not engage in homo…

HOMOSEXUALS: Roles on HIV and AIDS Prevention

What is a Homosexual?

1. Based on “frequency of homosexual activity”?
Someone whose sexual experience has been exclusively with the same sex and with no heterosexual  experience at all.
Classifications: some are “more or less” homosexual, others are “exclusively” homosexual throughout
their  entire history

2. Based on the “dynamics of sexual attraction” or  “sexual orientation”?

Classifications:
Absolute homosexuals – sexually attracted to persons of  same sex onlyAmphigenic homosexuals – those sexually attracted equally to both male and femaleContingent homosexuals – those attracted to their own sex when the opposite sex is not available3. Based on sexual attraction determined largely by circumstances and availability of sexual partners (Pseudo-homosexuality)

Type 1: “Exploratory” homosexuality
Happens during a stage in a person’s psycho-sexual Development “homosexual play” out of sexual curiosity, discovery or exploration.. Is NOT a sign of a homosexual personality

Type 2: “Occasional” ho…

SABAKAN Sexuality Program

The Advocacy Director of Pure Love Network attended a Seminar-Workshop on Sabakan Sexuality Program at Carmelite Retreat House, Malaubang, Ozamis City on April 5 to 25, 2010.

Sabakan – Ministry to Women and Children’s Concern is a church-based, non-government organization of the Diocese of Pagadian.

It has become a center for the healing of abused women and children and give free legal assistance to indigent clients.

It also becomes a training and resource center for the advocacy, promotion and protection of the human rights of women and children using creative methodology.

Sabakan Sexuality Program (SSP) is three-week training for social workers, teachers, community leaders, and anyone working on women and children. SSP was started on the year 1998 and conducted every year.

The seminar-workshop tackles the following:

I. SEXUALITY & SPIRITUALITY

Sexuality and spirituality play a major role in the force that gives life. When God created man and woman to his image and likeness, sexua…

An Easter Message for the Youth

(Easter Message of Bishop Joel Baylon)

A blessed and happy Easter to you, dearly beloved young people!
Once again, after days of Lenten discipline and mortifying sacrifices, after listening to and meditating on the mystery of Christ’s Suffering, Death and Resurrection, we arrive at the culmination of the greatest feast of the Church—Easter. With minds enlightened and hearts burning like the two disciples at Emmaus, we feel called to journey with the Lord in the jubilation of Easter in order to witness to His Risen Life before our fellow human beings!
“Humanity today expects from Christians a renewed witness to the resurrection of Christ; it needs to encounter him and to know him as true God and true man… [It needs to] rediscover with renewed conviction, faith in Christ dead and risen for us…” says Pope Benedict XVI in his Easter Message.
In our Philippine context, we can read this as a call to involve yourselves—as young people—in the current events that shape our country, as we continue …

TRUE LOVE WAITS

Contributed by Jhing Yusalan, Mindanao State University (It is a very inspiring passage if we truly find the perfect love. Hope everybody could internalize and realize what really matters in LOVE... Just enjoy reading)
Everyone longs to give himself or herself to someone; to have deep full relationship with another, to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But God say's "NO", until you are not satisfied, fulfilled, and contented with being loved by Me alone. I LOVE YOU my child. Until you will discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with Me; exclusive of others desires and longings. I want you to STOP- planning and wishing. Allow Me to bring the person to you. you just keep WATCHING,EXPECTING the greatest things, keep LISTENING and LEARNING the things, I tell you. You just WAIT- that's all.
Don't be anxio…

Boy-Girl Relationship explained at FUHSAI

by Thracy Asube, PLN News Writer

The Pure Love Network are here again in Father Urios High School of Ampayon, Inc. (FUHSAI). The main topic is about "Boy-Girl Relationship."

The forum was opened by a song entitled "Heaven." Then we reviewed the last topic which is all about the recent social issues that generally affects the young. Although some students were not participating the facilitator were able to discuss how serious the issues are.

Upon sharing the topic regarding the boy-girl relationship the students were very attentive and interested. Kuya Bonie shared his experiences of having a girl friend and his learning. Everyone was touched about the story, was inspired and enjoyed. Most of us are  hoping that Pure Love Network will be back here in FUHSAI.

I am inviting those who haven't attended yet the Love Forum to attend for the next sessions. This network change our lives. We are blessed to have them here.

Feedback of students about the forum with the top…

BOY-GIRL RELATIONSHIP: LNHS 2nd LOVE FORUM

by Joanne Adormeo, PLN News Writer

The second Love Forum was held on 6th of February 2009 at Libertad National High  School. Despite that it was only 19 students attended the forum, which was only thirty percent attendance compared to the first Love Forum, the forum went on and ended successfully and romantically.

The love forum was started with a prayer in a way of a worship song entitled "Heaven." Kuya Bonie then let the participant analyzed what's the message of the song. Referring to the first two lines of the song, "You died on the cross, my life you saved at all cost." Some students answered that God saved us because of His great love for us. Kuya Bonie said that the song's central message was that God wants to share heaven with us.

After the short discussions about the opening song, Kuya Bonie introduced himself and his companion, Ate Markeen. He reviewed the topic of the previous love forum for the benefits of the participants who failed to attend t…

Pure Love Network Goes to Father Urios High School of Ampayon, Inc.

by Yzay Mangubat, PLN News Writer

Pure Love Network (PLN) Facilitating Team went to Father Urios High School of Ampayon, Inc. (FUHSAI) at Ampayon, Butuan City to hold the first love forum in their campus last January 30, 2010.

There were 43 Urians participated in the event. It was started with an opening prayer and a song of praise entitled "One Way, Jesus."

PLN facilitator began the discussion with a question, "Is it right for a 15 or 16 year old to engage in a boy-girl relationship?"

Most of the students agreed with the statement, only a few against it. The participants contributed their ideas and opinions openly during the discussions. After the debate several activities happened followed by the understanding of life stress and a crisis situation and orientation regarding sexuality.

The following was what Urians said about the Love Forum?

Louis Earl, "I was amazed and learn a lot from the discussions."Dave, "Thank you, this program open my eyes to t…

LIBERTAD NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 1st LOVE FORUM

by Markeen A. Tero, PLN News Writer

January 23, 2010 was the first Love Forum held at Libertad National High School, Libertad, Butuan City. Fifty three students attended the event, we would love to acknowledge and thank Mr. Coro, the Principal, Mrs. Flores, the Guidance Councilor, and the Faculty of the school for their support.

The activity was started with a song practice lead by 4th year student Janelyn Contreras, assisted by April Rose Ramirez, after then an opening prayer was made.  Kuya Bonie introduced the facilitating team (volunteers from San Vicente National High School) of the activity and then made a roll call of the participants. The activity was followed by a leveling of expectations. Most of the participants expect that the activity is all about relationships.

The first workshop was a group debate. The proposition was "IS IT OKEY FOR A 15 OR 16 YEAR OLD TO ENGAGE IN A BOY-GIRL RELATIONSHIP?" Eighty percent of the participants did not agree with the statement. …

HOMOSEXUALITY: SIMPLY EXPLAINED

by Yzay Mangubat, PLN News Writer

Pure Love Network explained about homosexuality during the Love Forum with the San Vicente National High School students last January 16, 2010.The event started at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon facilitated by Kuya Bonie assisted by the BOP (Bearers of Purity) members. BOP are the volunteers of PLN.

There were about 25 students attending and actively participating in the event. The event was started with a prayer and then, the participants were divided into four dynamic groups.  Each group discussed with the guide question, "WHEN YOU SEE A HOMOSEXUAL, WHAT COMES FIRST IN YOUR MIND?". After the set time the group reported their discussion to the plenary. As they present their works they  had one view in common and it was about accepting those homosexuals because it was not their fault why they are like that and they cannot blame them.

The group of the homosexual students also expressed their feelings during the forum. They said, even though t…

You

by Shio Ann Chris B. Branzuela of SVNHS

A day came when you courted me
Despite of weaknesses, you pursue to love me
I doubt for your sincerity
But you've proven that someone will love me
Although I'm just simply me

I accepted your love with fear inside
The reason is I'm afraid to be hurt again
But you help me to be gallant enough
To overcome what ever hurting I'll encounter in love

Now I realized that I'm in love
To you the person I doubted once
You're my inspiration to face all the challenges in my life
You consoles me when I'm down
And you gave meaning to my life

Everyday I'm excited to see you
'Coz what am I longing to be with is you
The person that treated me like a Baby Princess
And I'm so grateful for what you do
You've change everything in me
From a negative thinker to a positive minded I could be

This time I'm afraid to loss you
"Coz it's difficult to search someone like you
Having you is a big gift from God
Because you&…

"SAFE SEX" Can Kill You

It only take once to:
get pregnantget venereal diseasedie from AIDSYour Teen Years

Your teen years should be a very special time for you; a time to study and learn; to think about what you would like to do in the future; to develop friendships; and to grow into the kind of person you want to be as an adult. This time has been set aside for you by nature, to be the prime time for your identity formation.

This is an exciting time for you to discover the opposite sex, but without having to deal with the complications of being involved in sexual activity.

Dating can be a lot of fun without sex! Getting into the sexual scene can short-circuit the growth you need to become a mature adult!

What about the pill?

The pill is especially dangerous for you if you are a teenager under 17. It contains a powerful hormone that affects the master gland in your body. That master gland is trying to coordinate your growth process. The pill can prevent your bones from hardening properly; it can make you ster…

FEATURED STORY

I'm Glad I've Waited ( A real life story)
Submitted by Markeen Tero from PNU

When I graduated from high school, one of my relatives gave me a subscription to Campus Life. Your column and one particular story have had a profound effect upon my life. The story was about a young man and a locket. Every time he got into a serious relationship, he gave the girl a beautiful new locket. On his wedding night he gave his bride a locket, but by that time he had given away so many, the locket didn't seem very special anymore. You opened my eyes to the importance of virginity. As I've become an adult, I've seen the unhappiness that premarital sex has caused in a number of my friends.

After a couple of dates with a guy, I would tell him the "locket story," and inform him that I was a virgin and planned to be one until I married. Of course, there were some guys I never heard from again, but that didn't always happen. I discovered there are guys who value virginity. I …