Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Declaration

Japz Cadelina's personal declaration

is "forgiven".

November 17, 2012. Taguig City. Mercato Centrale had declared its new location at 30th Street in 9th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City. Oxfam and Dakila also declared that day its advocacy for eating Brown Rice and for supporting the local farmers who grow it. Many bazaar concessionaires and customers also declared their support for these 2 coinciding events and among them is the Japz Cadelina. But his is a declaration of another kind.

Japz Cadelina is the owner of the Declaration Shirts. He created its concept for his thesis during his college days in the College of Saint Benilde. He took Multimedia Arts. After graduation, he joined a real estate company as a Graphic Artist. On his 6th month, when he’s about to be regularized, he declared his resignation.

He was already doing bazaars back then and was doing pretty well in it. Now he’s focusing full time in his business and also taking freelance jobs on the side.

Declaration Shirts is unique in its kind. One thing that attracted me to it is its simplicity. All shirts are in black and white only. The fonts used for the statements are uniform in style. The words imprinted in front of the shirts describe the different emotions a Christian feels on his or her faith. There’s “inspired”, “happy”, “changed” and “blessed”. I got “forgiven”. There was a certain kind of feeling that went with that word when I saw it. Japz said that it was also his personal declaration. He was wearing it that day.

Shirts may be bought along with this sleek box  for only

PhP10.00 each. It's a perfect gift for  Christmas!

Being a son of a pastor at their local Christian church, Japz may have taken his inspiration from his dad. He openly shared to me that when his dad died a couple of years ago, his uncle took over and now he’s also a member of their music ministry as a drummer.

It’s amazing how Japz was able to do these things. At an early age, he already has an up and coming business which even celebrities like Enchong Dee, John Prats and Jericho Rosales support. Then again, I really don’t wonder why whenever I think of this verse from the Bible.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13

INVITATION: Let us support Japz’s Declaration Shirt! It’s a perfect gift for yourself and for your loved ones this coming Christmas. For more information, please check out Declaration’s Facebook Page at Or you may contact them directly at 0917-5279-768 or

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Why should Filipinos go back to eating Brown Rice?

Bayang Barrios and Noel Cabangon entertaining
the crowd with their  enthralling voices and artisty.
I had the privilege to be invited as one of the bloggers to attend the Brown Rice Lunch and Launch at Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City last November 17. I am very thankful to Oxfam and Dakila for inviting me. I had a great time listening to inspiring people who enumerated the many benefits of eating Brown Rice- not only for one’s health but also for one’s community and the environment. I also had a great time listening to great music- rendered by none other than Kitchie Nadal, Bayang Barrios and Noel Cabangon who were ambassadors of the campaign.

 I never gave much thought about eating Brown Rice until I heard the spokespersons talk about it during the event. We were used to eating the regular white rice and I never thought that there can really be a long list of substantial reasons why I should shift to Brown Rice.

Mang Nestor Quijano from Negros Oriental
showing me the Brown Rice.
 It was said that Brown Rice is simply the “unpolished rice”. And the regular white rice that we know is the “polished rice” which actually underwent two major mechanical post-harvest milling processes. The term “two major mechanical post-harvest milling processes” is equivalent to saying more nutrients being stripped off from the rice, more energy consumption and more expenses for the farmers.

 This is what the campaign is trying to resolve. Oxfam and Dakila wants to bring the people back to eating what our ancestors used to eat- the Brown Rice. It’s healthy. It’s good for the family and the community. It’s good for the environment. It’s good for the farmers. It’s good for the country. It’s really the good food. 

Thanks again to Oxfam and Dakila for allowing me to take part in this wonderful initiative. To know more about Brown Rice, please visit their website or Facebook Page.