2006 Graduation E-newsletter

Dear Friend,

Whether it's moving up day for your pre-schooler or finishing up your own masteral degree, graduation means growth and change for the better. Even if you've said your farewells to your textbooks a long time ago, we hardly ever stop learning from the university of life.
It all depends on the subjects you choose to take. Do you take up advanced courses in Patience, Compassion and Hope or go to the more popular classes on Money, Popularity and Beauty? What have you been learning lately? What grades do you get at the end of the semester?
Another question we can ask ourselves is if we are bus-riders or jeep-takers. By buses and jeeps, I don't mean what mode of travel we use everyday but rather how we get to where we want to go using life's roads.
A bus-rider is willing to go the distance just to meet other travelers at the designated bus stop rather than the jeep-taker who takes his ride anywhere he pleases (even sometimes in the middle of the road). The bus-rider has to wait for the other riders to fill the bus before he can go his way while the jeep-taker lets other people wait 'til he gets on before they can all finish their journey.
As this season of Lent moves along, may we take a moment to reflect on what 'subjects' we've signed up for and what 'diploma' we're hoping to get at the end of the course. May we each hear "Well done, good and faithful servant" on our graduation day!
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14)
E-Newsletter Editor
In this issue

Celebrating Ideas
Power Up Your Peso
Lent: A Time to Begin
Call Casa
Books for Less: Rebate Madness
New Products from Papemel

Celebrating Ideas
Here are some suggestions for your grad parties and other occasions!
  • Decorate the place with themed placemats out of photocopied report cards or diplomas. Hang rolls of white paper tied with red/maroon ribbon from the ceiling to give that 'finished' look.
  • Must Put Mustache - A variation on "Pin the Donkey"! Blow up a picture of your graduate or favorite teacher. Draw a mustache on a piece of paper. Attach masking tape at the back for sticking. Hang the photo and blindfold each guest to try and put the mustache in the right place!
  • Gift Project: You've graduated! You're out to make your mark on the world! But wait, look back to those who've made it happen! Gift your parents and teachers with a simple letter or token to show your appreciation for giving you the world of opportunities through education. You may also hook up with other grads and give a gift to the community. Plan out the best way to make a difference and start making your mark in a totally unconventional way!

Power Up Your Peso
Stretching our budget is a challenge not only fitted to new grads but to everyone, specially during these times:
  • It's very important to make a list of all your monthly expenses so you can make an accurate budget plan. When you get your first (or following) paycheck, the first thing you should do is allot a tenth to your local church or faith community (as it says in the bible). Allot another tenth to savings. Work on the succeeding budget for all your other needs. This may seem like an odd piece of advice but it is very important. It is founded on God's promise that if you "seek first God's kingdom, all the rest will follow".
  • Recognize needs from wants. Play the waiting game. If you still want to purchase the item you're eyeing after 45 days, then go ahead. Chances are you might find something better and more suited to your budget.
  • Lessen your meals outside the home. Fix up your own healthy meals and take these to work/school. If you don't have the luxury of time, opt for healthy easy-to-prepare sandwiches made of wholewheat bread, veggies and cold cuts with fruit and yoghurt. Bring your own water with you (and drink up often, it's good for you) instead of buying drinks.
  • Walk or bike instead of taking public transport and develop a healthier lifestyle. Avoid passing major highways so you won't breathe in the fumes.
  • Cut down on unnecessary expenditures like clothing and shoes. Try going to thrift shops and going vintage if you just can't resist the urge!
  • Canvass before purchasing items to see where you can get the best buy. The extra effort is way worth it when it comes to saving money!
  • Be slow to throw things away. Find uses for discardables, and also grow in your creativity. Practice re-using items so you don't have to buy again. Repair things rather than buy new items.
Lent: A Time to Begin
Lent is the Old English word for "spring", a time when all of nature begins to show signs of life again after the harsh cold of winter. In our spiritual life, it is a chance to begin anew in our friendship with God and purge ourselves of excesses to have more room in our lives for Him.
Reflections: Click here for a simple daily Lenten reflection from Upper Room ministries. If you want to have a group study, here's a link to a free guide. We also recommend St. Alphonsus Liguori's Lenten Meditations (book).
Join a Men's Lenten Recollection - March 17, 24 and 31(Fri): This event is specially for single men who are looking to fulfill God's direction and purpose for their lives during this season. Makati Stock Exchange Bldg. Sponsored by the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Covenant Community (LNP) Central-D Sector. Look for Yrreg. Free admission.
Join the Pathways prayer meetings every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Starts 7:30 pm at Camp Crame multi-purpose hall. All ages are welcome. Free admission. Call Peggy 412-6487 / 374-2442 for inquiries. Sponsored by LNP.
Papemelroti Lenten Project: We are collecting plates, pots and pans, glasses and other kitchen items for the He Cares Village in Montalban for the 60 families starting homes there. Deadline for your donations can be brought to any Papemelroti outlet before Easter 2006. Please label your donations "HE CARES VILLAGE". If you want more information or wish to volunteer for He Cares Foundation, click here.
To join a retreat, click here and contact the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (Phil). Spiritual Pastoral Center, Seminary Road, Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Loyola Heights, 1108 Quezon City Fax: 426-4250 E-mail: cisphil@gmail.com Website: jesuits.ph/cis
Celebrate! See The Easter Journey, A Free Concert, March 18, 8PM, EDSA Shrine Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications invites you to The Easter Journey, a free concert featuring HANGAD. This will be held at the Mary, Queen of Peace Shrine (EDSA Shrine, Robinsons Galleria) at EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue on Saturday, 18 March 2006 at 8:00 pm, immediately following the 7:00 pm anticipated mass. For inquiries, please call the Jesuit Music Ministry office at 426-1023 or the JesCom office at 426-5971 to 72 or visit Hangad's website at www.hangad.com.
Begin to put information to good use, learn how to help our country by attending Haribon Foundation's March Forum: "What's behind repeated disasters?" : March 22 Why are flash floods and landslides recurring? 22 March 2006, Wednesday, 5:30 PM onwards, Meralco Mini-theater, Ortigas, Pasig City. This forum is free and open to all. We request you to confirm your attendance. For inquiries or registrations, please contact: Ms. Lui Hugo 4333476 loc.18 or 9207430 /advocacy@haribon.org.ph website: www.haribon.org.ph
Call Casa
Now you can call our Casa Susana branch in Madrigal Ave., near Alabang Town Center to check on your favorite items in stock. Their new number is 8093829!

Books for Less: Rebate Madness!
Starting March 15, purchase P800 worth of books and magazines and get a P150 DISCOUNT COUPON to use on your next minimum purchase of P800! For more information on this promo, visit your nearest Books for Less branch!
It's easy to find the book you need at Books for Less! Just e-mail bookrequest@booksforless.ph or contact the TEXT Hotline at 630-9999 (no format needed). For other BFL inquiries, please e-mail info@booksforless.ph or call 371-4539 for details. For branches and other information visit their updated website at www.booksforless.ph

New Products from Papemelroti
  • Lots of Graduate Gifts! Picture frames, photo frames, award plaques, paperweights, keychains, magnets, figurines and more! Teacher products are also in stock at the shops!
  • #7006 New Designs of Small Colored Notebooks only P24 / $0.70 each.
  • #15 New Themes! Paper Pack - #15- Healing Promises, a wonderful gift to those who need comfort in their ailing times. P39.75 / $1.14.
  • Silver wire picture frames with beads P69 / $1.98
  • New Designs #7130 Stationery Pads on white re-used paper sheets -4 I'm not perfect, -5 This is the beginning, and -6 I've learned. Only P15 / $0.43 each
  • #131-60-1 Decorative Plate with decoupaged designs - Filipiniana, Kitchen Prayer, Friendship. Only P190 / $5.43 (limited offer only). Plate stands are available in black metal wire P89 / $2.55 each.
  • #9099-12 and -13 Small Square Pad Refills for your matching padholder items or simply as a small notepad on its own. P24.75 / $0.70 each.
  • #7133-156 and -157 New Kraft Paper Bags in matching blue patchwork quilt designs! Each comes with "You are Special" tags P14 / $0.40 and P16 / $0.50 respectively.
  • More items at the shops!!!
*Please take note of the Item Codes if you wish to inquire about these items at our shops!

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