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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Efren Peñaflorida Jr.

October 12th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Name: Efren Peñaflorida Jr.

Hails from: Cavite City, The Philippines

Occupation: Student, Founder of the Dynamic Teen Company organization, source of the pushcart classroom in Cavite City

Known for: Building a new path.

CNN has highlighted the 28-year old Pinoy, who grew up in the slums of Cavite City, amongst their Top 10 Heroes of 2009. Peñaflorida, like many of his peers, grew up terrorized by gang violence in his community that included offenses of vandalism and rape.

In high school, he made a decision–he was going to create a different option. With three friends, Peñaflorida created a club called the Dynamic Teen Company, aspiring to “cater youth awareness projects, talent and self development activities, and community services.” Living near the dump site of his city, he eagerly developed feeding projects for the small children sent to scavenge for leftovers and rotten food there. Years of development (building awareness, training themselves as educators, staging activities and concerts) eventually led the group to become a self-sustaining education organization, and they soon obtained a pedicab to create a traveling vehicle for their educating missions.

Ten years after the launch of DTC, Peñaflorida travels weekly with the pedicab–which has been outfitted as a foldout classroom, around the city to lead classes for children 2 to 14. He is armed with armed with a team of trained teen volunteers. They also run a hygeine clinic where kids can bathe and learn to care for their teeth.

CNN adds:

“Since 1997, an estimated 10,000 members have helped teach more than 1,500 children living in the slums. The organization supports its efforts by making and selling crafts and collecting items to recycle.”

It’s a lot of work, with slow-moving impact and very little fanfare. Yet somebody wants to do it: Efren Peñaflorida and his team of friends. What’s a little work when you’re creating real change?

So what else does Peñaflorida want? More carts. And, in case you’ve forgotten, the winner of the CNN Heroes Contest will receive $100,000! Help a brother out by voting for Efren now.

[CNN Heroes: Vote for Efren Peñaflorida]
[Dynamic Teen Company - Official Site]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Asobi Seksu

June 3rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Asobi Seksu (which draws its name from a Japanese term for “casual sex”), an NYC-based duo perhaps best known for their loyal conviction to the genre of shoegaze, have stepped up their game. The band’s latest release, Hush, does quite the opposite of what its moniker declares–twelve tracks of newly-emboldened layers that aren’t nearly so modest or lingering as previous albums (How apropos, then, that the first track on the LP should be entitled, “Layers.”)


It’s almost as if we’ve witnessed the maturation of a pretty young woman: We met her at 20, pretty and promising, the wistful and baggage-free version of everyone we already loved and admired. And now she’s turned 30–with the same gentle soul, starry-eyed spirit and tissue-light temperament. But she’s real now; she is her own person and far more confident, edgier, and weightier–and somehow, now so much more alluring.

Listen here. Buy here.

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Getting Pantsy

February 17th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Hunh. Do you think Lady Gaga watched our vlog?

The recession is over!

Cuz somebody seems to suddenly be wearing… PANTS! SUCCESS!

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