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Home Sections MiscellaNEWS MabuhayRadio Re-launches “Smile Campaign” and Search for 12 Most-photogenic Smiling Filipinos
MabuhayRadio Re-launches “Smile Campaign” and Search for 12 Most-photogenic Smiling Filipinos PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 January 2008 12:27


Facebook© Friends of the (AKA Bobby Reyes) and this Website’s Subscribers Are Invited to Help in Selecting Photos for a 2012 Calendar

By nature, Filipinos are happy people. Filipinos can laugh and smile even when life becomes difficult. A sense of humor and a predisposition to smile are some of the good reasons why Filipinos can survive, if not excel in, any given situation, especially in their new foreign locations—Fr. Sean McGrath

T his web site will again push Rev. Fr. Sean McGrath’s call for “Filipinos to keep on smiling.” He was the former parish priest at the St. Columban Filipino Parish Community in the Historic Filipinotown District of Los Angeles, California. He is now retired and he has returned to Ireland.


The St. Columban Filipino Church (Community) is the only Catholic parish in the United States with the adjective “Filipino” as part of its formal name. Its parishioners are mostly Filipino Americans.


The Rev. Father Sean McGrath, S.S.C., called for Filipinos and Filipino Americans “to smile and keep smiling and laughing” in the New Year. He made the call to smile in his homily at the annual Christmas party of the FACLA on Dec. 22, 2007. The FACLA is the acronym of the Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles.


For the past three years, the has campaigned among its readers and friends to support Father Sean’s “Smile Campaign.”


Readers may like to view the "Smile" video of our departed columnist, Atty. Bernard Lehrer, at this URL: Smile - by Atty Bernard Lehrer. The song perhaps justifies why even the poor people in the Philippines still love to smile. For as Bernie Lehrer sings, "Life is still worthwhile if you just smile . . ."


F ather Sean is a good friend of the Philippines, as he has done years of missionary work on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. He says that by nature, Filipinos are happy people. He says that Filipinos can laugh and smile even when life becomes difficult. A sense of humor and a predisposition to smile are some of the good reasons why Filipinos can survive, if not excel in, any given situation, especially in their new foreign locations. More-than 9.0-million Filipinos now work and/or live in more-than 100 countries in the world.


Contest Rules


T he MabuhayRadio now accepts full-color photographs of any smiling Filipino woman, man or even a baby for posting in a “Smile Gallery” in this website. The individual entries (contestants) have the option of sending a short résumé that will be published together with the photo. All entries should be submitted (in JPG format) to The MabuhayRadio will not charge any fee for posting the photo nor will the person in the photograph be paid any honorarium.


The plan is for the formal contest to run from March 2011 to September 2011 for the 2012 calendar that this web site will publish. All photographs in the “Smile Gallery” Entries will automatically be entered in, and judged for, the 2012 calendar contest. Non-winners will automatically be entered for the next (2013) calendar contest.


The proposed calendar may be the first Overseas-Filipino version that carries data about historical events. The calendar will include the chronology of Philippines-United States relations and the Filipino ties with Spain, Mexico, China and other countries that contributed to the making of the Filipino heritage. The calendar and a date-book cum almanac are geared to raise funds to support Overseas-Filipino and Filipino foundations, causes and concerns.


H ere are the tentative contest rules:


·        The columnists, writers and contributors of the will compose the Board of Judges.


·        The members of the Media Breakfast Club of Los Angeles will also designate their representative to the Board of Judges.


·        The ballots of the judges will compose 20% of the vote total.


·        There is no age limit. Contest is open to any contestant of Filipino descent of any sex or sexual preference, creed or color or citizenship.


·        The online public (as represented by the Facebook© Friends of the – as maintained by Bobby Reyes – plus this website’s subscribers) will compose 75% of the vote total.


·        The remaining 5% – that may become perhaps the deciding votes – will be in the hands of contestants.


·        The 12 finalists will then vote among themselves for the month where they will appear in the calendar.


·        A Filipino-American certified-public accountant will be hired to do the vote tabulation.


There will be no entry fee to join the search for the 12 Most-photogenic Filipino contestants. There may be prizes for the 100 semi-finalists and the winners – depending on the support of corporate sponsors.


The 12 winners may be declared Filipino ambassadors of goodwill. Depending on the support of the Philippine tourism industry and the Filipino flag carriers, they may be given opportunities to visit the homeland if they are residing abroad or if they reside in the Philippines, then to visit Los Angeles, California, where the website is based. Certainly the contestants, semi-finalists and the winners will be provided with a copy of the calendar and publications that may carry special supplements about the contest.


More details will be published in this web site as they become finalized. # # #


(As updated on Dec. 23, 2010)



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1 Thursday, 05 August 2010 11:28
Thanks to Douglas Nazareno! :-)
Philip Tangco

The benefits of SMILING!! Smile and enjoy life!!

Subject: The Benefits of Laughter...and Smiling


The Benefits of Laughter:

Young children laugh as much as 400 times a day compared to a large majority of adults who only get 15-20 laughs in.

Whether your preference is giggle, chuckle or guffaw -- here are a
dozen well-being benefits of laughter.

1. Increases antibodies in saliva that combats upper respiratory infections
2. Secretes an enzyme that protects the stomach from forming ulcers
3. Conditions the abdominal muscles
4. Relaxes muscles throughout the body
5. Aids in reducing symptoms of neuralgia and rheumatism
6. Changes perspective
7. Has positive benefits on mental functions
8. Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
9. Helps the body fight infection
10. Releases endorphins which provide natural pain relief
11. Helps move nutrients and oxygen to body tissues
12. Makes you feel good!

-from "Don't Get Mad Get Funny!" Leigh Anne Lasheway © 1996.

Top 10 Reasons to Smile:

By Mark Stibich, Ph.D.

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in .

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stressm
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.

9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is Good!" Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

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