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OHANA PROJECT: BAYANIHAN
My name is Mick Evangelista (known as M since birth) and I am here to offer you change.
Ever since Get Tough Fitness expanded it’s reach and voice to Culion, Palawan Philippines. I am proud to see the effort the town has given to improve self and community. So with that said this one of many Ohana Project initiatives to renew the sites of Culion. This is one of many Ohana Projects. This not only helps quick start a physical change but also helps open your find to fitness being use for the betterment of the community. So fold up your sleeves and rise up. This is my way to give back to the community and to remind people that “FAMILY IS IMPORTANT” and “TEAM WORK IS KEY”. Together we can go far. This is more than fitness, this is a culture. It’s a lifestyle. Your mind will be pushed. The individual will merge with the team. Ohana means family, no one is left behind or forgotten. SO WHO WANT’S TO JOIN US?
Today’s Mission Of The Day is this. We invite anyone and everyone to come join our community today to teach up to clean Culion’s beautiful site. If you want change, you have to be the change you want to see in the world. NO ONE WILL DO IT FOR YOU. DECIDE YOU WANT IT and IT WILL HAPPEN. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
DAY: Sunday March 15, 2015
TIME: 350pm – 16 burpees if you are late
LOCATION: Leonard Wood statue
– bring water (24oz or more) it will get sweaty and hot!!!
– gloves (if available)
– garbage bags
– Use near by trash cans
– Bring one non Get Tough Fitness member (someone who has never done GT before)
30 jumping jacks
20 Good morning
10 Air Squat
20 Flutter kicks
Mission – AMIHAN
Indian Run to the area in photo. During Indian run see if you can encourage others to join in. GOAL at least 2 people.
With full effort from everyone
1 team collects garbage
1 team collects all sea weeds (if sea weeds could be used for fertilizer dump on top of trees).
WATCH ME FIRST
Have you ever wondered what if today I walked instead of using a car, a bus, or a tricycle to go to point A to point B? What if today I didn’t use chemicals that would potentially harm the earth? This will be one of the serious I will covering about “awareness” and eco-friendly things we can do to start making a difference. Does it really matter? Of course it does. Everything we do matters. Your part of an ecosystem that’s constantly changing and evolving. Question is are you adding to a problem or are you helping with a solution? What’s the point on working so hard to obtain luxury, comfort if you or your children cannot enjoy them? What’s the point of being healthy internally when your environment is polluted and filled with cancer causing agents? Not to be a Debby downer but what you do affects everything. Does anything you do now, today really make a difference? Well, it does…..
What is a carbon footprint – definition
A carbon footprint is defined as:
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.
Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame. Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year.
The best way is to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions based on the fuel consumption. In the next step you can add the CO2 emission to your carbon footprint. Below is a table for the most common used fuels:
- For each (UK-) gallon of petrol fuel consumed, 10.4 kg carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted.
- For each (US-) gallon of gasoline fuel consumed, 8.7 kg carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted.
- If your car consumes 7.5 liter diesel per 100 km, then a drive of 300 km distance consumes 3 x 7.5 = 22.5 liter diesel, which adds 22.5 x 2.7 kg = 60.75 kg CO2 to your personal carbon footprint.
||CO2 emitted per unit
|Petrol||1 gallon (UK)||10.4 kg|
||1 liter||2.3 kg|
|Gasoline||1 gallon (USA)||8.7 kg|
|Gasoline||1 liter||2.3 kg|
|Diesel||1 gallon (UK)||12.2 kg|
|Diesel||1 gallon (USA)||9.95 kg|
||1 liter||2.7 kg|
||1 gallon (UK)||13.6 kg|
|Oil (heating)||1 gallon (USA)||11.26 kg|
||1 liter||3 kg|
Each of the following activities add 1 kg of CO2 to your personal carbon footprint:
- Travel by public transportation (train or bus) a distance of 10 to 12 km (6.5 to 7 miles)
- Drive with your car a distance of 6 km or 3.75 miles (assuming 7.3 litres petrol per 100 km or 39 mpg)
- Fly with a plane a distance of 2.2 km or 1.375 miles.
- Operate your computer for 32 hours (60 Watt consumption assumed)
- Production of 5 plastic bags
- Production of 2 plastic bottles
- Production of 1/3 of an American cheeseburger (yes, the production of each cheeseburger emits 3.1 kg of CO2!)
To calculate the above contributions to the carbon footprint, the current UK mix for electricity and trains was taken into account.
Carbon dioxide is a so called greenhouse gas causing global warming . Other greenhouse gases which might be emitted as a result of your activities are e.g. methane and ozone. These greenhouse gases are normally also taken into account for the carbon footprint. They are converted into the amount of CO2 that would cause the same effects on global warming (this is called equivalent CO2 amount).
Few people express their carbon footprint in kg carbon rather than kg carbon dioxide. You can always convert kg carbon dioxide in kg carbon by multiplying with a factor 0.27 (1’000 kg CO2 equals 270 kg carbon). See my comment to the article about personal responsibility for global warming .
The carbon footprint is a very powerful tool to understand the impact of personal behaviour on global warming. Most people are shocked when they see the amount of CO2 their activities create! If you personally want to contribute to stop global warming, the calculation and constant monitoring of your personal carbon footprint is essential.
For registered users, there is a carbon footprint calculator on this website, which allows to store individual activities like, e.g. travelling by car, train, bus or air plane, fuel consumptions, electricity bills and so on (we call the individual contributions “carbon stamps”). You can then see the amount of CO2 created for each individual activity. You can do this either in advance and use it as a help for decisions or afterwards to continually sum up your carbon dioxide emissions. Klick here to see a sample carbon footprint with some activities.
An off-line carbon footprint and primary energy consumption calculator (Excel sheet) is already available in the download section.
There are graphs available on this site for the CO2 emissions per capita by country (average carbon footprint by country). In the medium- and long term, the carbon footprint must be reduced to less than 2’000 kg CO2 per year and per person. This is the maximum allowance for a sustainable living .
The main cause of global warming
Another issue is the non-renewable characteristic of fossil fuels: It took nature millions of years to generate these resources, however we will have used them up within the next decades. Alone the shrinking supply will not make it possible to continue as usual for a longer time.
The main cause of global warming is our treatment of Nature
- Why have warnings about climate change been ignored for more than 20 years?
- Why were ever more scientific evidence demanded to find the coherence of man-made CO2 emissions as cause of global warming? Why wasn’t common sense reason enough to act?
The true cause of global warming is our thoughtless attitude to Nature.
Why can one still today find people who stick their head in the sand and don’t want to understand what’s going on in the earth’s atmosphere?
- Why do most people refuse to change their personal behavior voluntary in order to reduce CO2 emissions caused by their activities?
The answer to all these questions is a rather simple one:
In our technology and scientific minded world, we seem to have forgotten that mankind is only a relatively minor part of Nature. We ignore being part of a larger whole.
We believe to be able to control Nature instead of trying to arrange ourselves with Nature. This haughtiness is the true main cause of global warming. As a matter of fact, some people still believe that technical solutions alone would be sufficient to fight global warming.
Although we are guests on Earth, we behave as if no further visitors would arrive after us. It’s like having a wild party where we destroy beds, the kitchen as well as the living room of a hotel without ever thinking about our future staying in the hotel nor about other guests arriving later.
The lesson from global warming is to base all decisions on deep respect and consideration for Nature.
In addition, our unit of measure is more and more often money only. What has no price tag, seems to have no value to us any more. In doing so we mix up economic growth with general well-being and financial income with personal happiness, respectively.There is a loss of value behind this attitudes. We got blind for the true reason of our incarnation on earth:
We live here to train those traits , which will finally lead to perpetual harmony with ourselves and with our environment as well as to inner calm and peace.
The ultimate global warming solutions is to behave as part of a larger whole
Many people between 20 and 65 years seem to live for the one and only purpose of earning as much money as possible in order to be able to buy as many things as possible. In this light, it is not surprising that discussions about potential solutions to fight global warming concentrate on technical measures instead of a fundamental change of our attitude to life in general and to Nature in particular.
Someone who respects Nature and regards mankind as a part of a larger whole would never dream about using up non-renewable resources in a short time nor would this person contaminate the environment with gigantic amounts of pollution. By contrary, someone who respects Nature and regards mankind as a part of a larger whole would in all decisions carefully evaluate any effects on Nature. The preservation of Nature would be given a very high priority. On this base, it wouldn’t have been possible to deny and ignore global warming for more than 20 years!
It’s your personal decision whether you want to be the cause of global warming
In this context the question is whether global warming and its effects will eventually wake up mankind and spark off a change of paradigm. Will we understand this hint of Nature to follow the true meaning of life or will we continue to let us manipulate by media and advertisement as sheer and willing consumers in the economic cycle? Will we continue to strive for power, prestige and possessions following the concept „the more the better “? Shall economic growth and an ever increasing personal income continue to be the reason for being here, beyond everything else?
These questions can and must be answered by everyone. It is not primarily a decision of politicians or of the government. Everyone has to make a personal decision.
It is in our very own interest to induce fundamental changes in our attitude and behavior towards Nature: Modesty and humility, admiration and respect for all life on Earth instead of arrogance and haughtiness.
Let’s emphasize it again: Not the others need to change, we must change ourselves. There are no international treaties or additional national laws required to start changing. We can start to change our consciousness immediately. It is really only about our personal behaviour – independent of what others do or don’t do. I am not forcing my ideas nor am I saying I am completely against technology. But just be mindful of the amount of carbon footprint you leave behind. What we do today will affect our children’s tomorrow. It may not affect them next year or 10 years but if you notice the shift in seasons, the drastic changes in temperature, even the massive amounts of bigger/super storms coming out. Think about in 20-30-50years what these things will mean? It affects EVERYTHING not only temperature or climate but it will potentially affect our land, water, food (crops), and way of living. We need power, we need electricity, we need fuel but all these resources that gives us comfort of living comes with a bad trade of. Again, if you can walk for a couple of blocks and waste 10minutes would you do it if you knew this walk would help keep global warming controlled? or slow it down? Lessen up your carbon footprint before we run out of road to walk on. So again, what you do matters. I much rather be part of the solution then add on to the problem. Recycle – clean up – plant more trees!
It’s time for change!
BEAUTIFY AND PRESERVE WHAT YOU HAVE BECAUSE ONCE IT’S GONE THERE WILL BE NO RESET BUTTON.
“God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers.”
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As you guys know my birth place, Culion Palawan was hit by one of the most devastating typhoons in history. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Southern parts of Philippines last Friday and has left millions homeless and searching for refuge. MANILA — Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a huge relief effort Monday as bodies lay in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine.
Police guarded stores to prevent people from taking TVs and treadmills in Tacloban, the worst-hit city.
Philippines officials said that Friday’s typhoon may have killed 10,000 or more people but with the slow pace of recovery the official death toll remained well below that.
A weakened Typhon Haiyan made it way across the border from northern Vietnam into China’s Guanxi province late Monday morning with sustained winds of 75 mph, the equivalent of a Category One hurricane. While the system produced heavy rainfall of up to 12 inches in some areas and strong winds, damage was relatively limited.
The Philippine military confirmed nearly 1,000 dead but broken communications and transportation links meant that no one was able to assess damage in many villages in need of food, water and medical help.
Tacloban resembled a garbage dump from the air and only by a few concrete buildings that remained standing.
“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the city. He spoke on the tarmac at the airport, where two Marine C-130 cargo planes were parked, engines running, unloading supplies.
Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon. It’s one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land and likely the deadliest natural disaster to hit the Philippines. Entire villages were destroyed and cities devastated by huge waves and winds of nearly 150 mph.
Philippine soldiers were distributing food and water in Tacloban, and assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen for the first time. The U.S. military dispatched food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city, the first outside help in what will swell into a major international relief mission.
“This area has been totally ravaged,” said Sebastien Sujobert, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Tacloban. “Many lives were lost, a huge number of people are missing, and basic services such as drinking water and electricity have been cut off,” he said.
A weakened but still powerful Haiyan was churning through the South China Sea and made landfall in northern Vietnam, which evacuated tens of thousands of people.
At the White House, President Obama said he and his wife Michelle said they are “deeply saddened” by the death and damage in the Philippines and said the United States is assisting relief and recovery efforts. He praised the country’s people for “incredible resiliency.”
Philippines suffered another big hit but more so the small island where I grew up. Both my fathers parents settled there along time ago to help with the leprosy colony and my dad help continue this project there. My mothers family also had a home in the inland area and also grew up in this island. Culion is beautiful. The community is very tight knit and everyone looks out for one another. There has been no word on how bad the damages are to my island but neighboring islands show complete devastation by the water line. I am using the Ohana Project (a fundraiser movement to help my mom after she loss her home). Also working now with Johannes Bley (kitesurfer) who now lives in Coron with his efforts to help out all the islands around Coron. Check out his story:
Ohana means family; No one is left behind or forgotten. The city is unreachable and is in a blackout. I want to help start raising funds and use 10% of my daily earnings to save up money to send over to a legit group. My mom has work tirelessly with a lot of the groups in Culion. Rest assured they will get their money. For now we need your prayers for strength for my people. As stated by CNN – Filipinos are resilient, courageous, and tough. We will overcome this. The Filipino spirit is STRONGER than any typhoon. You can start donating money to the paypal address below or purchase some fund relief items. All money will go to the Ohana Project. Remember no one is LEFT BEHIND or FORGOTTEN. STAND STRONG CULION!
Please send paypal to: “email@example.com”
Please put on note section “OPERATION LIFT CULION”
* send as a personal gift to family/friends so all proceeds can go to Ohana Project and we dont get charged by Paypal fees.
Also you can donate to the same email above and follow the same rules.
Here is a direct way to transfer money:
BPi Sucat Branch
ac. # 1539-1476-64
Guillermo Capa Marquez, Jr.
(please just use my BPI account
then mention their name specifically so we can acknowledge their donations
c|o Guillermo Capa Marquez BPI account no. 1539 1476 64)
For more details:
ANY PHIL-AM groups who wants to help with the efforts please contact me.
My sister just got a hold of me and she said my dad is ok! He is leading the hospital team to help the injured and homeless. Culion is in bad condition and now they are facing another tropical storm. A lot of people are homeless and have been hungry for 3 days now. My father has can foods and dried fish as his back up to help feed a whole town. Other towns are making their way to my island for help. Medicine is low as well as food. My dad’s farm has food and vegetables and they are trying to get there but there are flooding issues and some areas have to be covered by foot. It’s literally miles and miles of land. I will post pics of the farm. The main concern now is transporting can foods and clothing to all the people. A lot of people are creating private donation sites to help the island directly. If you want to help me please send money to one of my links in my blog. Unicef and Red Cross are only helping the hardest hit area and other islands and towns are going to be the last resort. We also found out that the communication towers are down and the process of fixing it will take air transport, land and then ship so it may take a few months. Another sad info is that the power won’t be back up in my island until 2014 possibly in January. This is if other things goes according to plan. The biggest concern are people starving and sick. Now with more tropical storms with dangerous rain and lightning people have to find shelter. Many are homeless. There are hardly any shelters left. Please pray for my dad to continue his task to help with recovery. You got this Paul Evangelista and Culionners! We were born strong. Forged through toughness and resilience.
as of 10:00 am nov. 15, 2013
no. of families affected-4259
no. of individuals affected-17,817
house partially damage-2,215
no of families inside the evacuation center-995
no. families outside the evacuation center/ temporary shelter to relatives or friends-1,119
Here are updated photos of Culion:
This past weekend represented Philippines and Palawan and my island Culion to bring awareness to our cause and fundraiser. I ran in the Spartan Sprint in Fenway park in Boston. Please help me by passing on this link or just talking about it.
Any help is help and my island and people need the support.
First delivery of food/goods arrive to Culion this week. Also, first transfer of money to buy more goods are on it’s way. Thank to you all who donated (cash/paypal). We appreciate it. The people are happy but there are more issues now with not enough supplies. So please keep giving to uplift their spirits.
STAND STRONG CULION!
Today I ran in Brooklyn New York during a 20degree day with 30mph winds by the water. I held the Philippine flag up high despite the winds. It was cold and for 13miles I endured. It was 2hrs of high winds and cold water hitting me. The weather was cold and miserable. I can only imagine what the people in Philippines are going through. Whatever you are feeling just remember it can always be worst. Do not take things for granted in life. Thank you to all the people who cheered me on. It was a humbling race for awareness. STAND STRONG PHILIPPINES.
More of your money in action. More money is on it’s way through people donating from Get Tough Fitness. As promised all donations will be matched. Please help me LIFT my island up!
Thank you Uncle Totz for taking control of the situation and resources. God Bless
ZF CRASH 003 “LIFT CULION” event was a great success. We had 12 people who showed up and collected $350 total. It was a brutal 4hr+ event with a quick history lesson on Culion and some missions. The people participating were regular hard working men and women branching from police officers to house wife. They all formed one team to accomplish mission after mission. Each one purposeful to achieve the ZF 4 elements: Survive, Unite, Communicate, and Kill. As promised all money raised will go towards the OHANA PROJECT. My father has requested for help to rebuild the town and some buildings so some of the earnings will go towards these projects. The island right now is self-sufficient and getting some help. Thank you Jubei for his wonderful pictures. Please visit his webpage if you want to hire him for any photo projects or events.
Photographed by Jubei Raziel
New updates – the volunteers are pouring in and more of your donations into action. School supplies, food, clothing are getting distributed. My father is doing missions to go to town to town to help even more people. I included photos of the supply distribution as well as damages to my farm in Philippines. Once again thank you for all the help.
Photos of my father and others giving back to the rural locations in Culion. Helping them get back up. LIFT CULION is in full effect!
Our beloved Dr. Paul Evangelista has left us. We will miss him and will not let his legacy die. Thank you for your efforts to help your island and the surrounding islands. Your vision to help Culion become an eco friendly and booming community will not die with you. The many who loved you still remain and I will help remind them to always LIVE the LIFE they LOVE. They will remember you and I will help uncover the rubles left in Cabulihan and help renew it’s beauty.
We will continue to take care of the island and nurture the people. God Bless you dad. I will miss you, until we meet again.
Also for more relief. We are selling these moral patches for $10.00. All proceeds goes towards OHANA PROJECT. You can stitch on your hat/bag anything you want. Remind people you support the victims or should I say STRONG SURVIVORS of Typhoon Haiyan
My dad’s name is Dr Paul Evangelista. Please google it, my family to see who he is so you can see what is he doing there to save his island. He grew up in Culion and he will not let his Ohana suffer alone.
GOD BLESS CULION AND THE PHILIPPINES!
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SHIRTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE
Ohana means Family, no one is forgotten or left behind.
Mom went through a tragic event and lost her home and all her personal belonging. She was given two days to evict her home. We had to search for a temporary location. She has one month to remove all her stuff out of the house. She is responsible for all the damages to the home. She has nothing left but some pictures and bags of clothes. We been going through the whole house and been throwing so many bags of clothing, breaking apart furniture that we held on ever since we came to America, and crying over damaged photos. It hurts me to see her suffer. I am going to do whatever it takes to lift my mom, by any means necessary. Every week I will be selling some stuff to raise the money either on my facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mickelgtfitevangelista), my instagram (@get_tough_fitness) or on Craigslist. If you guys can follow my instagram #OhanaProject #OhanaProjectSales you will see all the items for sale. Please help me raise money to help my mom.
My mother is a hardworking person who raised me and my sister on her own. She gives so much to other people, to churches, schools, and communities in the Philippines. She would give you the food off her plate, clothes off her back, and money out of her pocket. She never asked for anything except love and respect. She never even took money from me when she needed it. Now she has no choice and I am helping her. I love her beyond words and I will not stop until we hit this goal.
OHANA GET TOUGH FITNESS 5k/10k
August 17 – GT will be hosting it’s 2nd Virtual Run. Please join me in raising money for my mom. Anyone who wants to do the run with us and would like a medal please register here: http://usroadrunning.com/index.php?club_id=1573
In the referral code section please put in: 4115
It’s only $16.00 (with all fees). It’s for a worthy cause.
Since this is a virtual run you do not have to be in NYC to join us. You can register and you can do it any day or time during the month of August.
Register today and sign up. Please do not forget to input the referral code. INVITE ANYONE AND EVERYONE! Please remind them to register for the medal or for the free run.
This will be a huge event for me. I am not even thinking twice, I only have time to react. So act now and help me run for a worthy cause!
So to raise the level of BOOM. I am running from the park where the race starts and towards my moms house with a vest with 40# of plates and I am going to my moms house to pick up (5) bricks 40# from my old house to honor my family. Each brick represents a family member. One for my wife, my son, my mom, my missing sister, and father. Regardless of the situation I love them and will carry them on my back. Will run/walk/crawl with these back to the park and I will do a burpee 5K without my ruck to honor the dogs that were in the house who suffered. I am not here to show off or to prove a point. I am here to honor my family and the hardship they facing. I am willing to do what it takes to help them. I love them too much to let them fall. I did not asked to be born in this family but I must preserve what is left.
Please help me raise funds for this race. Sign up for the free version or sign up for a medal for $16.00. I am also selling shirts for $20.00 for this race to raise more funds for this project.
I don’t know the route yet but I will be checking in when I can. I starting my run at 2am. Hopefully I return to the park within 4hrs and start my burpees at 6am and hoping to finish in 2.5hrs or so. I havent ran or trained but I will do my best.
So be at the park by 630am to show your support and cheer me on.
Race was a success. I did my run in 6.5hrs total. It was an emotional ending but the pain was all worth it and helped me grow in the process. I love my family and will not allow them to suffer.
See images below:
STAND STRONG SHIRTS ARE HERE!
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This weekend I will honor my mom during two of my exciting races. One will be during the BONEFROG CHALLENGE in Boston which is a Navy Seal event. I will be running Elite Wave to honor my mom with my Ruck. I am scared but I know I will finish regardless of my time.
The second event I am doing is one of my favorite race which is in PA is the Rock and Roll Marathon: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/philadelphia
This event is in the heart of Philly. I am very excited and nervous due to my hip strain and two torn meniscus. I am happy to be part of the Rock and Roll racing group. Wish me to “NEVER QUIT” not LUCK.
OHANA means Family. No one is left behind or forgotten. #LIFT #STANDSTRONG
Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Please follow my facebook for events as well as fundraiser items.
I am here to LIFT her up. She belongs to be back on top!