Monday, November 23, 2015

Mystic Beauty of Venus de Milo

 Dr Abe V Rotor 
 Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Himpapawid (School on Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
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Art Exercise: Countless attempts have been made by artists and non-artists all over the world to reconstruct the missing arms of Venus de Milo. Some examples are shown in these photos. 

Which version is closest to the imagined positions of the missing arms? Try your own version. Draw on a piece of paper. As a group exercise, encourage discussion as part of a workshop.

Front and back views of the statue greatly help the artist in reconstructing the arms.

Here are some versions of the reconstructed arms as sourced from the Internet.  Use these as a guide. 


  1. What is the concept of beauty?
  2. Why is Venus de Milo regarded as the "most perfect" sculptural work, as Parthenon of Athen the "most perfect architectural" work?  What is the basis?
  3. Does completeness enhance beauty, as in this the case of Venus de Milo?  Explain. 
  4. What is the relevance of this exercise to you? To Humanities?
  5. Would you rather leave Venus de Milo in her original state without arms? Support your answer. ~
Acknowledgement: Internet

Admiring People - A Self-Analysis

Dedicated to the late Prof Rey Pedroche of St Paul QC, a model professor, media man, and friend.  
Practical Exercise on Admiring People 
"Tell me the people you admire and I'll tell you who you are." 

Dr Abe V Rotor
 Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Himpapawid (School on Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 KHz AM 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

More than the definition given by most dictionaries, there is something deeper when we admire somebody.  It is a way of saying thank you, in silent gratitude.  It is modeling a person whose character has influenced us.  It is bringing back values in deference to ethics and morals, through a person (e.g., Nelson Mandela as an epitome of leadership), or a thing (e.g., Statue of Liberty). Or a significant event like the end of the Cold War. 

Author joins senior faculty members of St Paul University during a retreat at Angels Hill, Tagaytay.  From left, Prof Rey Pedroche, Dr Sel Cabigan, the author, and Dr Manny Martinez.  Admiring people is categorized into four levels, namely: 
    • Admiring is emulating
    • Admiring is sharing,
    • Admiring is natural and spontaneous
    • Admiring is formative (it can be improved)
    ədˈmī(ə)r/ verb = regard (an object, quality, or person) with respect or warm approval. Example: "I admire your courage
    Synonyms:esteem, approve of, respect, think highly of, rate highly, hold in high regard, applaud, praise, commend, acclaim 
    In this exercise we will focus on admiring people. Admiring is perhaps the most positive expression a person can offer.  It may be as simple as a prayer, or candid as a citation. It is emulation; it is inspiration. We live with it everyday the whole of our rational life. When we admire, our thoughts turn positive, our pulse slows down, our face shines a smile that emanates from deep inside. Because admiration comes from the heart and soul. Which is its true proof and measure.

    Here is an exercise you can conduct in your class, among your peers, or in an outreach group in your community.  You can start at home. 


    With a piece of paper, ask your audience to write the names of ten persons (real), whom they most admire. This will take ten minutes.  Conduct the exercise in complete silence. Because it is an individual exercise conferring should be avoided. You may provide a suitable music background, such as Mozart music; it is therapeutic (Mozart Effect). It is conducive to reflection and analysis.  

    Stop reading this article and work on the exercise.

    Can you identify who these persons are? (Answer below) Bonus of one point each.  Add to your score.


    There are five levels to which you classify the people you listed.
    • great men and women, living and dead  - 5
    • successful persons in their respective fields  - 4
    • members of the family, other relatives - 3
    • friends and colleagues - 2 
    • personalities, characters, in the entertainment world - 1 
    Classify each person accordingly and give his or her due score. Get the total. 
    41 - 50   You are intelligent, idealistic, optimistic, success-conscious. Admiring is emulating
    31 - 40   You are also success-conscious, friendly, loving and lovable. Admiring is sharing,  
    21 - 30   You are OK; you belong to the 60 percent in a population. You can get well in life and with people. Admiring is spontaneous  
    20 and below You need to review what you admire in people, and what people admire in you.  Admiring is formative (it can be improved)  
    Among the most admired people of the world are Bill Gates (US, Microsoft Chairman), Vladimir Putin (Russia president), and Sachin Tendulkar (India, Cricket Player) Sample of a survey by YouGov from 14,000 people from 13 nations whom they looked up to most. Time January 10, 2014
    Nelson Mandela (top), Fr James Reuter SJ and Albert Einstein (left and right, respectively)

    Mahatma Gandhi, Man of the Millennium - a self-administered test

    Dr Abe V Rotor

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    My life is my message.
    Mahatma Gandhi - Man of the Millennium

    "Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well."
    Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 - 1948)
    Part 1: True or False

    1. Papu Gandhi – Papu means Pope.
    2. Gandhi, Mahatma – Mahatma implies deep respect on the level of a living god.
    3. His true name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
    4. He was born on November 19, 1917
    5. Indira Gandhi is daughter of Mahatma Gandhi.

    6. Jawaharlal Nehru became the first PM of independent India.
    7. Studied law in Italy and became a lawyer.
    8. He met a prominent social idealist, GB Shaw.
    9. He applied for clerical work in India, was shocked of racial discrimination.
    10. Came from a family with morally rigorous environment that decreed pacifism and the sanctity of living things.

    11. Entered politics in 1919 to protest British sedition laws and politicize the Indian National Congress, advocated no-violence, non-cooperation to achieve independence.
    12. Repressed throughout WWII, he negotiated for an autonomous Indian state.
    13. India gained independence in 1948
    14. Gandhi wrote books which we use today as references.
    15. Last words of Gandhi – Oh, God!

    Part 2: Supply the missing Keywords
    1. He influenced a great leader in South Africa, now a living hero.
    2. This US leader upheld to his death the principle of equality of races based on Gandhi’s teachings.
    3. Racial discrimination has a term used in S Africa.
    4. Gandhi founded and practiced this doctrine.
    5. Other term for mob rule.

    Part 1: 1f, 2t, 3t, 4F(October 2,1869), 5f, 6t, 7F (England) 8t, 9f, 10t, 11t, 12t, 13t,14f, Gandhi did not write books. 15t, last words when he was mortally shot in public by a fanatic assassin.

    Part 2: 1. Nelson Mandela; 2. Martin Luther King; 3. Apartheid; 4. Doctrine of non-violence; 5.Anarchy

    19 - 20 Excellent; 16 - 18 Very Good; 13 - 15 Good; 10 - 12 Passing; below 10, listen to DZRB 718Am, Monday to Friday 8 to 9 o'clock in the evening, Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid. []

    Based on movie, Gandhi, and library and Internet references.

    BBC News Online Survey
    BBC News Online readers put Mahatma Gandhi firmly at number one. Below is your top ten - and some of your comments.
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, India. He led India's movement for independence from British rule and is one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 20th century. He developed a method of direct social action based upon the principles of courage, non-violence and truth. He believed passive resistance and civil disobedience were the most appropriate methods for obtaining political and social goals.
    In 1948 he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic who opposed his tolerance for all creeds and religions.
    Gandhi is honoured by his people as the father of the Indian nation and is called Mahatma, which means Great Soul.

     Mandela, Darwin
      Va Vinci, Einstien
    Martin Luther King, Karl Marx

    Your Top 10 greatest men:

    1. Mahatma Gandhi
    2. Leonardo da Vinci
    3. Jesus Christ
    4. Nelson Mandela
    5. Sir Isaac Newton
    6. Albert Einstein
    7. Martin Luther King
    8. Sir Winston Churchill
    9. Charles Darwin
    10. Karl Marx

    Shalom Club Philippines elects new officers, sets activities in three projects

    Dr Abe V Rotor 
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    • Share a lunch and gifts this Christmas 2015
    • Help the environment (Tulong sa Kalikasan)
    • Provide health aid (Tulong sa kalusugan)
     Shalom Club Philippines, Inc or SCP is a non-government organization of Filipinos who were recipients of Israel MASHAV (Center for International Cooperation) scholarship Programs and other Filipinos who had been to the Holy Land on pilgrimage, study, educational and observation tours.  The voluntary services of the members are their social responsibility to the Filipino people.  

    Seated, Ms Cecilia R Rotor. Ms Cora Antonio (Past President), Miss Zeny Ubaldo, (founder and former chairman BT)   Dr Sonia Sarcia; standing, Dr Abercio V Rotor (trustee), Dr Juanito Batalon (trustee), Dr Jose Arceo Bautista (trustee).  Other others are Mr Jovito Sorguinsin, Mr Jose Umbal, Ms Corazon Matriz and Ms Leila Peralta.    

    President - Mr Proceso Domingo
    Vice President - Ms Leonisa A Artes
    Secretary - Vitaliana U Malamug
    Treasurer Ms Constancia C Dacumos
    Auditor - Ms Jacqueline DL Magpayo
    PRO - Marilyn B Balleza

    Vision: SCP envisions to promote peace thru volunteerism and provides effective voluntary services in sectors where basic services and sustainable human and community development may be realized.

     SCP Board of Trustees 4th Quarter meeting, November 14, 2015, QC

    Mission: The SCP and its members stand committed to provide direct, personal and voluntary services for communities covered by its 27 chapters and 720 members (as of June 30, 2013) in the areas of agriculture, education, environment, health and social services.  

    Ambassadors of Peace Program - SCP's Centerpiece
    1. Tulong sa Kalikasan - Help the Environment 
    This annual project on environment is implemented simultaneously by the participating chapters in their respective cities and provinces on the celebration of United Nations World Environment Day every 5th of June.  

    2. Ngayong Pasko Salo Tayo (Share a Lunch/Gift this Christmas)
    This annual project on giving and sharing of lunch/food wirh the indigent children, elderly and families is implemented simultaneously by the participating chapters on Saturday before December 25.  

    3. Tulong sa Kalusugan (Health Aid)
    This Health Aid project promotes health and social services through advocacy, information on the rights and privileges of children, women and the elderly and conduct of medical services and mission.    
    Sharing a lunch with children in a marginal community, a joint undertaking - Kuya Center, Shalom Club Phils, and the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines. 2014

    Every year SCP conducts activities in line with its three projects:kalikasan (tree planting), share a lunch, and kalusugan.(share a lunch, blood donation, childcare, among others. 

    Sunday, November 22, 2015

    LIVING WITH NATURE wins Philippine Blogging Award for Nature and Environment 2015

    Living with Nature 
    wins Best Web Log (Blog) for Nature and Environment

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    Blogs hailed as agents of change, relevance, hope. (See story below)

    Dr Abe V Rotor expresses gratitude to the judges, organizers and audience after receiving the award of Best Blog for Nature and Environment 2015 during the Philippine Blogging Awards night at the SMX Aura, Taguig last November 22, 2015. With him is program's dynamic master of ceremonies, Mr Cris Urbano.  
    Blogs hailed as agents of change, 
    relevance, hope
    By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales

    Whoever said that blogging is only for the young?

    For 75-year-old Abe Rotor, age is not a hindrance to make the most out of the digital media. In fact, at his age, Rotor is currently maintaining three blogs, and has a total of about 5,000 posts since he started blogging in 2008. “I tell you, I enjoy blogging even in the middle of the night, or wake up early in the morning to finish a lesson or two,” he said.

    Rotor, who won the best nature and environment blog in the Bloggys 2015 Awards for, told that blogs should be used as instruments of compassion, interconnectedness and universality.

    “The blog is one avenue you can express many things—you can express your creativity, your thoughts, your feelings, and things we think that the computer may lack like love and compassion. That’s not true. Use the blog and put your feelings there,” Rotor said in an interview during the Philippine Blog Awards Night at SM Aura in Taguig City on Saturday.

    “Have compassion with people. Have your advocacy, just don’t be moralistic. Blog is the modern way of publishing. And you are always right when you blog on the condition that you are truthful and you do your research,” he added.

    Rotor, award-winning author of “The Living With Nature” handbook and a former professor at the University of Santo Tomas, said bloggers should be guided by “universal values” and channel their emotions in telling their stories.

    “You’ll see that the blog creates universality. So you have to be guided by universal values if you want to maintain your blog and appreciate it. You must not only address your blog to Filipinos, to your friends, but to the whole world,” said Rotor, who also served as scientist at the Department of Science and Technology, director of the National Food Authority, and Senate consultant on food and agriculture.

    “You know how to blog, you know how to use social media, but don’t make it as a robot. Make it alive. Make your blog speak—speak of truth, speak of happiness, speak of sorrow. But in the end, it will have to show some kind of hope, a new determination, a new life. Don’t stop your story by being tragic at the end,” he added.


    For e-commerce advocate and Bloggys 2015 judge Janette Toral, blogs are relevant in this day and age because they share additional insights and knowledge that “usually goes beyond what the traditional media would cover.”

    “I think blogs are relevant the moment they add value to their readers. The moment readers get entertained, the more readers get informed and get additional insight, and at the same time they were also able to change the lives of their readers in one way or the other, whether in perspective or in the way they do things, I think that’s when a blog becomes relevant,” Toral told

    “It has to establish a niche and go beyond just publishing a brand story. It’s about how they put themselves in the story, their insight, and how they exert effort to become relevant to their readers. Their story should not be about them but how their story will help their readers make a better decision,” she added.

    Torral said bloggers should see their interest or hobby as an opportunity to foster goodwill and to promote “ideas that will make our country better.”

    “Sometimes bloggers are afraid to do certain things because they saw others doing it already and they don’t want to be accused of copying. At the end of the day we all have our different audience… A blog needs to establish a certain relationship to their readers and the people who believe in them,” she added.

    Meanwhile, investigative journalist Raissa Robles, who won the award for best blog in the society and politics category for, said blogs can be agents of change in the “crossroads” that is the 2016 elections, as she sought the support of her fellow bloggers for a special project.

    “We have to choose wisely and we have to choose well. Freedom is very much alive in this country,” Robles said in a short speech after accepting her award.

    ‘Alive, well, and world-class’

    Highlighting the “talent, passion, and impact” of the entries, editor in chief and judge John Nery shared how the panel had a difficulty in picking the winners because many blogs have world-class quality.

    “The Philippine blogging scene is alive and well,” Nery said in his closing remarks.

    “Precisely because of the quality, I think it’s important to stress that each of the finalist should be considered as a winner, too,” he added.

    Bloggys, a nationwide blogging event, recognized the “most relevant and engaging” blogs owned and written by Filipinos. Bloggers and readers started nominating entries in September.

    Aside from Rotor and Robles, this year’s Bloggys winners include for arts and entertainment, for beauty and fashion, for business and finance, for corporate and brand, for family and relationships, for fiction and literature, for food and dining, for health and fitness, for lifestyle and hobbies, for news and events, for personal diary, for photo blog, for sports and recreation, for technology and Internet, and for travel and places. was also awarded as the best designed blog and the overall Bloggys champion. TVJ

    11:25 PM November 21st, 2015- See more at:
    List of Finalists
    Nature and Environment
    People’s Choice (By public voting):
     Reference: Bloggys 2015