Happiness isn’t my strongest suit. However, I have always believed that contentment is the philosophy behind happiness. Yes, that’s found in my Facebook info page, and yes that may qualify as an answer to Ms. Universe. But I guess, that’s not the point of this post, hehe :P
So maybe this what qualifies me to this boot camp – not being happy (lol!) Okay, kidding aside, the very first Happiness Boot Camp by the PJ Lhuiller company is held at Nature Spa Village at Tagaytay City for two things – introduce the Search for the Happiest Pinoy and make happy bloggers in the long run (okay, that’s lame, sorry :P)
Started in 2009, the Happiest Pinoy rekindled Filipino values of optimism, hope, and resilience in times of strife, bringing inspiring stories and outstanding citizens… So really, it isn’t just about smiling a lot, or not minding problems. It’s how a Filipino face the problems (’cause really who has no problems, eh?) with a happy disposition and outlook in life. We have been given the privilege to be in the same room with the Happiest Pinoy 2009 and I’ve been really inspired with his life and stories.
Activities also ensued to make happy bodies and minds! We are treated to a cooking demo, well technically no cooking happened because all of the food we sampled were no-cook dishes.
A biometric health scan was also available for all to try. I skipped that part though. All the participants in the boot camp, finally, enjoyed an hour of full body massage courtesy of Nurture Spa Village! It has been a year (YES, BELIEVE IT OR NOT) since I indulged in a full body massage and I can say that Nurture Spa’s one of the nicest I had.
Happiest Pinoy runner-up and breastfeeding advocate Nona Castillo talked about starting a revolution in your own happy self. First towards yourself, and then towards the people around you and finally towards the environment. I really love the passion that I see from her and was really inspired.
And the man of the night, Mr. Winston Maxino, Happiest Pinoy 2009 title holder, who despite his problems and debilitating ailments (this degenerative disease that I keep on forgetting.Shame on the nurse, I know) managed to be happy and inspire others in the long run. We have a lot in common though – being asthmatic and not very good in a lot of things. But we’re different in one big thing – he still manages to be happy despite all these. He’s really a role model to look up to.
Cebuana Lhuiller General Manager Jonathan Batangan, who is a happy person himself, also gave a workshop on being contented with life and what you have. I love that he’s being described by many of his employees as a modern-day monk and has lived an inspiring life as well! Learned a lot from the workshop, and I wish I can pull off being happy someday too.
NOW, for the fun part. If you know somebody of abounding happiness in life, nominate them to be the next Happiest Pinoy! Here’s what you need to do:
I. Nomination to the Search
1. Any Filipino 10 years old and above, with good moral character.
2. Any Filipino of legal age, group or organization registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may nominate.
3. Nominations are accepted from October 21, 2011 to July 31, 2012.
II. Submission of Nominees
1. Secure on-line nomination forms and upload entries to http://www.happiest-pinoy.com.
2. Send accomplished forms to Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) Head Office, 821 A. Spring corner J.P. Rizal Streets, Makati City.
III. Criteria for Judging
1. A constantly cheerful face and optimistic outlook.
2. Proven ability to rise above life’s challenges.
3. Positive impact in the lives of others.
IV. Selection Process
1. A Screening Committee composed of PJ Lhuillier Group Officers/Managers will shortlist nominees from all Regions in the country.
2. The entries of Top 20 Semi-Finalists will be forwarded to the Board of Judges who will select and interview the Top 10 Finalists.
3. The names of Top 10 Finalists will be announced in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and BusinessMirror until the “Happiest Pinoy” is named by the Board of Judges.
V. Contest Prizes – All cash prizes are tax-free
1. “Happiest Pinoy” Winner- P 250,000.00 + Trophy
2. Nine (9) Runners-Up : P 25,000.00 each + Trophy
VI. Board of Judges (in alphabetical order)
1. Ms Carmencita T. Abella, President/CEO, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF)
2. Bro. Armin A. Luistro FSC, Secretary, Department of Education (DepEd)
3. Mr Jose Miguel G. Jimenez, Chief Administrative Officer, PJLI Group of Companies (PJLI)
4. Mr Winston A. Maxino, 2010 Happiest Pinoy, General Manager, Green Earth Power and Energy Corporation
5. Mr Efren G. Peñaflorida, Jr., 2009 CNN Hero of the Year, Founder, Dynamic Teen Company
6. Dr Leticia Ramos-Shahani, President, Brahma Kumaris Foundation Philippines, former Senator/Ambassador
7. Ms Mel C. Tiangco, Chief Operating Officer, GMA 7 Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
8. Dr Bernardo M. Villegas, Senior Vice President, University of the Asia and the Pacific (UA&P)
9. Mr Miguel F. Zubiri, Governor, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), former Senator
VII. Announcement of Winners
The Top 10 Finalists will be presented to the media and “Happiest Pinoy” will be announced during a gala dinner in September 25, 2012 at Shangri-la Makati. The decision of the Board of the Judges is final and unappealable.
For more details, you may browse http://www.happiest-pinoy.com.
Stay happy guys!