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  1. globalhegemon

    Mabuhay!

    Let me be among the first to greet y'all MABUHAY! I'm Rey, a 26-year-old disability advocate working in the business district of the Philippines (Makati). Would love to have some networking because I'm thinking of establishing (or jump-starting) a social network for amputees in our country where social tolerance of discrimination and unequal opportunities against people with disabilities are still unabated. I have a cousin in the countryside who's an amputee due to a vehicular accident since she was a teen, and right now she's doing Ok in the overall, especially with life being one and donning a prosthesis (although it's very obvious with her that she only doffs it when she takes a bath and that's just 30 minutes in 24 hours). Also, I have some friends here who are amps too. Thing is, here in our country, amps here are not a common sight, having an active lifestyle as one is still not yet a thing for them; most still wallow in self-pity because society does not even give a rat's arse on their needs. But I hope hat things will change, especially for the PWD sector in general, and particularly the amputees here. There's no formal organization here in our country (unlike in the US and Europe) where I could volunteer my time just to uplift the spirit of the said people. Hope to have a fruitful stay here in the forums. :)
  2. globalhegemon

    The story of Flory Tacle

    Here is the story of a Filipina bout two years ago who through the help of a religious-based organization was given a second chance/lease of life through her new limbs...this story never made some significant print in Philippine media. And she is really inspiring to the hilt. :) http://www.startribune.com/flory/ Flory Tacle: A Story of Faith and Inspiration Flory Tacle was born without legs. For 19 years, this young Filipina from southern Leyte wobbled on her feet that she was born with, right below her knees. Until her pitiful situation was brought to the attention of some kind people in Minnesota—Mike Peck, President and, with his wife Gina, Co-Founder of a nonprofit organization called Outreach Asia, Inc. Flory is 19 years old and a student at Tomas Oppus College in Leyte, Philippines, where she is currently on a two year computer program. Since birth, she has been in need of medical assistance, and never lost hope that one day, help will come. In March,2004, Mike and Gina Peck of Outreach Asia brought Flory to Minnesota to have surgery performed and obtain prosthetics. Flory Tacle is walking again—on prosthetic legs. Last April, together with her donors and supporters, including some Filipino friends, Flory led a momentous walk around Lake Harriet, followed by TV cameras and media personnel. “I am the happiest person, now that I am finally walking on legs. I can hardly wait to run. I wish I could give enough thanks to all the kind and generous people who have helped me.” Flory in a lovely letter, expressed her profuse thanks to the FMA Seniors who gave some donations to benefit her school library in the Philippines. “The USA Leg prosthetics will allow me to switch from my 2-year program to a 4-year teacher’s degree and fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher,” she said.
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    On being a Prosthetist (CP at that)

    After several years of tinkering about careers, including my college years, I just arrived at this decision (at the turn of the year) where I am already giving some serious thought in becoming a Certified Prosthetist (CP) or one who makes prostheses (and orthoses). Thing of the matter is, I have some concerns: 1. Age should be catching up with me (I'm 26 going 27 on March, and I'm thinking that studying to be a prosthetist/CP is like studying another career in college in which the onset of college is like 17 here in our country and 19 in the US) Do you think it's ok for me at 26 to take up that? (will reflect on some social stigma here in a third World country such as ours) 2. The cost of studying to be one. I bet no institution here in the Philippines is offering a course for CPs. Except for technicians who work on prostheses here, I don't think there's a course for such formal learning on the tricks of the CP trade. 3. In connection with (2), I'm looking at scholarships but I can harldy find one. I have no problems with being away from home, but the cost of living will catch up on me, myself with some limited resources. Insights from prosthetists who are registered members of this forum and simply anyone as well on this subject are highly appreciated. Maraming salamat po! -- rey
  4. globalhegemon

    On being a Prosthetist (CP at that)

    Thanks for boosting my spirit! Next step: looking for which good institution/s that offer that course, and if possible would there be grants or financial aid that would be offered so I could proceed. As much as possible, lemme find good institutions that are near my country.
  5. globalhegemon

    any filipno amputees here?

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pinoyamputees/ The social community/support group where amputees from the Philippines and their family members and friends congregate for some healthy talk, friendship and networking.
  6. globalhegemon

    Mabuhay!

    Thanks for the welcome dumbarton although I've been a member here for quite sometime now -- just that I'm inactive due to too much pressure from work and my own sickness (just recovered from bronchitis). might immerse myself here as well, have posted a new topic in the General Forum. :)
  7. globalhegemon

    Mabuhay!

    From the Philippines and its different languages/dialects: Bicolano - Masaganang Ba-gong Taon! Cebuano - Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig! Ilocano - Naragsak nga Baro nga Tawen! Pampango - Masayang Bayung Banua! Sambal - Masayang Ba-yon Taon! Surigaonon - Sanan bag-on tuig! Tagalog - Manigong Bagong Taon! Waray-Waray - Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig! Hoping that plans for organizing the amps here in the Philippines would become a reality...just some initiative as I have contacts already with some amps, including my own relatives who are amps as well... Hoping for the best of 2006! :)
  8. globalhegemon

    Happy New Year.

    Better late than never... From the Philippines and its different languages/dialects: Bicolano - Masaganang Ba-gong Taon! Cebuano - Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig! Ilocano - Naragsak nga Baro nga Tawen! Pampango - Masayang Bayung Banua! Sambal - Masayang Ba-yon Taon! Surigaonon - Sanan bag-on tuig! Tagalog - Manigong Bagong Taon! Waray-Waray - Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig! ************ As for how I spent my new year...I spent it in sick bay, as I have some sort of bronchitis. But I hope I get back on track as I have yet to make an appearance at my workplace for this 2006! HAPPY 2006 Y'ALL!!! :) Cheers! :)
  9. Also wishing there's one here in the Philippines, where they'll bond together...
  10. globalhegemon

    Mabuhay!

    Thank y'all! Been a long time since I last posted here. Too much preoccupied with work demands since our company is still in its early stages, but despite this I still have the amputees' interests on top of my mind if I get back to the disability movement (assuming I ain't busy). Since I'm here, lemme greet you the best of the Christmas season and lots of success in the coming year! :)
  11. globalhegemon

    Mabuhay!

    To Ally, Mike, Cat, Marie, and Patti, Thanks for the welcome! I'll also make myself visible as well in the forums especially the discussions here.
  12. globalhegemon

    From the Philippines...

    Just one of the few stories about amputee accomplishments in this side of the world. ---------------- Amputee gets second chance at life SOMETIMES accidents come into anyone’s life as a blessing in disguise. At least this is how Arnold Balais, a 34-year-old, below-the-knee amputee, believes so when he met an untimely mishap several years back that virtually changed his life forever. A once happy-go-lucky gentleman, Arnold suffered a sudden twist of fate that cost him one leg during a basketball game back in his hometown in Iloilo. While others see his handicap as a dead end, for Arnold moved to Cebu and realized there was so much for him to explore. Despite his amputated leg, his hopes and dreams have never faltered. He continued to live his life the way people with normal legs do. Sports became his closest ally. He then started his training on a new passion — power lifting— at Baseline Sports and Recreation Center, and later earned a rare chance to represent the country abroad through the Malaysian Paralympiad. Gradually, Arnold felt that this was going to be the beginning of a dream that he has been waiting for. Event after event, the indomitable Arnold Balais never got home empty-handed. In all of the championships that he had entered into since his first crack at the international sports circle, he never fails to bring home medals and other special citations that eventually made him one of the best Paralympian the country has ever had. Exploring other fields, he has also rigidly trained himself into another grueling sports, which is swimming, and even garnered another chance of donning the country’s colors in an event in Korea and the recently-concluded ASEAN Paragames in Vietnam, where he added another feather to his already-full cap. Because of his relentless drive to help other differently-abled persons like him and his exemplary feats here and abroad, the Cebu City Government has rightfully recognized Arnold as one of its outstanding individuals in the year 2002. Not only that he has also collected numerous citations from the Sportswriters Association of Cebu-SMC All Cebu Sports Award, and was once recognized by the elite Philippine Sportswriters Association as the 2002 Paralympian of the Year. In addition to this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 7 has considered him an outstanding PWD (Person with Disability) in the field of sports in this year’s celebration of the National Disability Month. He took the limelight when he crossed the Hilutungan Channel during a fund-raising project by a non-government organization (NGO) which was dubbed ‘‘Swim for a Limb’’ in 2001. So far, he remains the only one-legged athlete to have done such a remarkable exploit. Presently the interim president of the Philippine Association for Differently-Abled Persons (PHILSPADA) in Region VII, Arnold is busy gearing himself up for next year’s 3rd ASEAN Paragames, which will be hosted by the country in December. He has openly encouraged other individuals with the same predicament as his to come out of their shells and make a difference in the community. In fact, from time to time, he organizes several seminars and sports competition intended for handicapped people. Carving ones name in the national, or even in the international sports arena is by no means an easy feat for any athlete, much more for a disabled one. But because of hope, sheer determination and prayer, everything is perfectly falling into Arnold’s life the way he dreams it to be. His accident may have cost him a leg, but the prize that came thereafter was far more precious than anything the world could offer. http://thefreeman.com/community/index.php?...040914&id=22141
  13. globalhegemon

    Mabuhay!

    Thanks for the welcome! Will do find a lot of info to be able to at least put the foundation in organizing amputees. I hope it won't be a disservice if I being an "abled" one is the one doing the legwork in slowly raising issues specific to amputees in our country...just because I think our leaders are not really doing a good job in addressing such issues. <_< </end of semi-political rant here>
  14. globalhegemon

    Where Y'all from

    From Manila, Philippines. Hope to get to know the people in this forum. :)
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