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Farewell and Till We Meet Again, Bimboy

Victor “Bimboy” Penaranda, Vice President of the TS in the Philippines, passed away last September 23, 2017 due to heart failure. Bimboy has been very active in visiting lodges, overseeing work at the headquarters, conducting seminars, lectures and courses, and coordinating conventions for the TS in the Philippines. He has published three books of poetry for which he received national awards. He will greatly be missed by his many friends and co-workers. Till we meet again, brother!

 

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TSP Officers in Conference on Violent Extremism

TSP Trustee Flor Garcia and former TSP Trustee Bebot Rodil participating in the ASEAN forum on formulating action plans for prevention of violent extremism  during the 22-23 Sept 2017 ASEAN Conference on Peace and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia.

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Zen Meditation Session

The TSP Headquarters sponsored a 3-hour Zen Meditation session conducted by Sister Sonia Punzalan, a Catholic nun, with the support of Fr. Efren Borromeo and Jay Batoon. Sr. Sonia, led the practice of Zazen and body movements. She also shared with the audience the basic quality of consciousness being nurtured in Zen — seeing things as they are.

 

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ST Seminar for Librarians in Mindanao

The Davao Council of the Philippine Librarians Association organized a Self-Transformation Seminar August 31 and Sept. 1, 2017 at the University of Mindanao in Davao City. More than 100 librarians from various universities and colleges attended the sessions conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr.

 

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ST Seminar at TSP Headquarters

The regular public Self-Transformation Seminar at the national headquarters was held on August 13, 19 and 20, 2017, conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr. and Jose Victor Penaranda.

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ST Seminar in Cagayan de Oro

The Philippine Librarians Association organized a Self-Transformation Seminar in Cagayan de Oro last July 27-28 conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr.

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Yoga Sessions at TSP

Monthly yoga sessions have been launched at the TSP Headquarters conducted by Dr. Andrew Navarro, a yoga teacher who has trained in India. Please call 741-5740 for schedules of the sessions.

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Self-Transformation Seminars in Finland

The TS in Finland hosted two Self-Transformation Seminars in Kreivila last June 25 to July 5, 2017. The first seminar was for the members of the TS in Finland, and the second one was for TS members of Sweden. Both sessions were conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr.

 

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Spiritual Film Club

A group of young members of the TS in the Philippines has launched the Spiritual Film Club that meets once a month to watch and discuss about films that are theosophically relevant. They have shown “Awake: the Life of Yogananda,” and “Bee Season.” On September 3, the film will be “Zen,” the life of Zen Master Dogen. Call 741-5740 for time schedules.

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Lecture Tour in East and Central Africa

The TS in East and Central Africa invited former TSP President Vic Hao Chin Jr. to conduct a lecture tour in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia last April 14-29, 2017. He was the guest speaker of the Biennial Convention of the section held in Kampala, Uganda, with the theme on “The Art and Science of Happiness from April 14-16. He also conducted also a Self-Transformation Seminar in Kenya for three days.

 

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Laughter Yoga Session

Bro. Billy Tan of Malaysia conducted a lecture and session on Laughter Yoga last March 5, 2017 at the TSP National Headquarters. Bro. Billy has been conducting free lectures on mindfulness and personal effectiveness in the Philippines for the past several years.

 

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Lectures of Ven. Sujatha

Ven. Bhante Sujatha of the United States conducted several lectures and retreats for the Theosophical Society in the Philippines last January, 2017: “The Art of Happiness,” “Healing Through Loving-Kindness Meditation,” and a retreat of “Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation” at the Golden Link College.

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School of the Wisdom 2017

The January session of the School of the Wisdom of the international Theosophical Society was held last January 6-15, 2017, at Adyar, Chennai, India, and was conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr.

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National Conference on Theosophical Education, Bhubaneswar, India

The National Conference on Theosophical Education was held on Sept. 23-24, 2016, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, hosted by the TOS Odisha Group. The purpose of the conference was to gather the different schools affiliated with the TS and TOS in India and to explore how to help improve the schools in integrating theosophical principles, upgrading academic standards and making them sustainable. The conference was organized by Dr. Deepa Padhi, 2nd from left in the photo. Towards the right are Vic Hao Chin, Jr., Chief Speaker of the Conference, B. L. Bhattacharya, National Director of TOS in India, Dr. Chittaranjan Sathapathy, Chief Guest and International Vice President of the TS. The guests at the head table are holding the Oriya translation of the booklet written by Vic Hao Chin entitled “Establishing Theosophical Schools.”

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13th Indo-Pacific Conference, Auckland, New Zealand

Group photo of attendees of 13th Indo-Pacific Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, Oct. 14-19, 2016. The new President of the Federation is Gerard Brennan of Australia. The theme of the conference was “The Why of the Theosophical Society.” Tim Boyd, international President of the TS, was the Keynote Speaker. The new Federation Council agreed on a program of activities that will help the weaker sections in the Indo-Pacific area. Two Schools of Theosophy will be held in Malaysia and Indonesia. It was also agreed that the next Indo-Pacific Conference in 2019 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Self-Transformation Seminar in Naarden, Netherlands

The International Theosophical Center in Naarden, Netherlands, sponsored a Self-Transformation Seminar last July, 2016, with Vic Hao Chin Jr. conducting the 5-day course. It was attended by about 40 people from eight countries: Finland, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Netherlands. After the seminar, participants in three countries requested that they be trained to become facilitators of the seminar. Two more seminars were requested for TS members in Finland and Sweden in 2007.

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Dr. Rosel Doval-Santos Speaking before Retired Justices of the Supreme Court

Dr. Roselmo Doval-Santos, President of the TS in the Philippines, speaking before retired justices of the Supreme Court of the Philippines last Feb. 24, 2016 on “Spiritualizing Medicine.” The lecture was arranged by Justice Flery Ruth Romero, former president of the Soliman Raja Lodge of the TS in the Philippines.

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Self-Transformation Seminar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Self-Transformation Seminar conducted last Feb. 20-21, 2016 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong by Vic Hao Chin Jr. A follow-up session is scheduled in June, 2016.

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Victor Penaranda as Guest Speaker of TS in New Zealand

Victor Penaranda, Vice President of the TS in the Philippines, during the annual convention of the TS in New Zealand, where he was invited as the guest speaker last January, 2016.

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2015 Year-End Program

Justice Flery Romero sharing a story during the TSP Yearend Program of the national headquarters last Dec. 20, 2015

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School of the Wisdom, Adyar, Dec. 2015

Participants of the two-week School of the Wisdom in Adyar, Chennai, India, the national headquarters of the TS, on the theme: “Self-Transformation and the Spiritual Life” last December 1-12, 2015, conducted by Vic Hao Chin, Jr., former president of the TS in the Philippines.

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Training of Facilitators for the Self-Transformation Seminar

Participants in the Facilitators’ Training Program for the Self-Transformation Seminar on Nov. 23-24, 2015 in Cebu City

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Bro. Singhal as National Convention Guest Speaker

Bro. Mahendra Singhal, former International Vice President of the Theosophical Society, addressing the TSP national convention in Cebu City last Nov. 20-22, 2015.

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Newly Inducted Members During Convention

Members welcoming the newly inducted members of the Theosophical Society during the National Convention at Cebu City last November 20122, 2015.

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New National Officers

The Board has elected last January 5, 2015, the national officers among the trustees chosen last national convention. The executive officers are: President: Dr. Roselmo Doval-Santos; Vice-President: Victor Penaranda; Treasurer: Rekha L. Nahar; Secretary: Atty. Flor Garcia. The three trustees are Vic Hao Chin Jr., Saturnina (Bebot) Rodil and Charlton Romero. They will serve for two years. The photo at left is their first board meeting, with Bebot Rodil participating through Skype.

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Mindfulness Training at Golden Link College

A mindfulness training session with Golden Link College students conducted by Bro. Phap Kham of the Plum Village Community in Hong Kong.

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First International Strategic Planning Meeting

The International President, Tim Boyd, (2nd from right) convened an international Strategic Planning Meeting last January 1-2, 2015, attended by 26 members from various countries. Representing the Philippines was Vic Hao Chin Jr., who presented three papers to the conference. The gathering listed strategic goals under three categories. This was the first time such a planning meeting was held for the past almost 40 years.

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2014 School of the Wisdom in Adyar

Vic Hao Chin, Jr., past President of the TS in the Philippines, conducted the December session of the School of the Wisdom at the International Headquarters of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai India last December 1-12, 2014. More than 40 participants attended coming from Canada, Australia, France, Norway, India, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Myanmar, etc. The theme of the class was “Self-Transformation and Spirituality.”

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Senator Shahani: Speaker in 2014 National Convention

Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani (right) was the guest speaker at the National Convention of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines. She spoke about how the spiritual life in her work as a diplomat and senator of the country. Dr. Roselmo Doval-Santos (left)and she entertained questions after their respective speeches.

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Year-End Party at the Headquarters

A Year-end Party was held last December 14, 2014 as a culminating event of the national headquarters. Songs, dances, magic tricks and games were performed by various members of the TS.

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2014 National Convention

A snapshot of participants of the 2014 National Convention during lunch break. From left, Justice Flerida Ruth Romero, Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani, Vic Hao Chin Jr., Ambassador Preciosa Soliven.

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Self-Transformation Seminar for Iligan City Officers and Staff

The Mayor of Iligan City in Mindanao sponsored a 2-day Self-Transformation and Bridging Leadership Seminar to selected officers and staff of the city government of Iligan, including elected City Councilors, last October 27-28, 2014.

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Luzon Federation Convention 2014

The Luzon Federation Convention of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines was held last June 28, 2014 at the National Headquarters with the theme: “Forming a Nucleus of Universal Brotherhood.” Photo shows the workshop of the conference where different clusters make their respective plans.

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Visayas-Mindanao Federation Convention 2014

The 2014 Visayas-Mindanao Federation of the TS in the Philippines was hosted by the Bacolod Lodge last May 23-24, 2014 at the Quiet Place, Bago City. It’s theme was “Education Inspired by Theosophy.” At left is a presentation being made by Vice President Victor Penaranda.

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White Lotus Day Celebration

A White Lotus Day commemoration was held on May 4, 2014 at the TSP Headquarters in remembrance of the death anniversary of Helena P. Blavatsky, the principal co-founder of the Theosophical Society who passed away on May 8, 1891.

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Gerard Brennan: Guest Lecturer from Australia

A lecture on “The Higher Self” was given by visiting lecturer Gerard Brennan of Australia last April 5, 2014. Gerard is a frequent volunteer teacher in Golden Link College where he teaches English literature.

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Rep. Leni Robredo: Speaker at Golden Link Graduation

Rep. Leni Robredo was the Commencement Speaker of Golden Link College on April 4, 2014. Congresswoman Robredo is one of the leading exemplars of transparency and integrity in public service. There were 14 graduates in the college department.

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Self-Transformation Seminar, March 2014

Participants of the regular Self-Transformation Seminar at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines held for three days, March 2, 8 and 9, 2014. Three of the participants come from France.

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Self-Transformation Seminar, Iligan City, 2014

Self-Transformation Seminar conducted at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology last January 25-26, 2014. Conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr.

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Lecture to Rotary Clubs, Iligan City

A lecture on Self-Transformation was given by Vic Hao Chin Jr. to a joint gathering of several Rotary Clubs in Iligan City, last Jan. 24, 2014, in coordination with the Godea Lodge of the Theosophical Society.

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Self-Transformation Seminar in Indonesia

The TS in Indonesia sponsored a Self-Transformation Seminar in Bandung, Indonesia last January 12-14, 2014. The seminar was open to the public and was conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr.

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Haiyan (Yolanda) Typhoon Relief Operation

The TS in the Philippines and Theosophical Order of Service undertook a large scale relief operations to help the victims of the supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that devastation many towns and cities in Leyte, Samar and Iloilo provinces. Photo at left shows the first shipment of relief goods loaded in many large trucks towards northern Panay island. In the photo are Victor Lo, President of the Iloilo Lodge, and Teresita Peregil. They coordinated the distribution in cooperation with several government agencies. Many theosophists from all over the world sent donations through the TS in the Philippines.

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Tiangge at Headquarters

The TS in the Philippines sponsored a Tiangge or Flea Market in front of its national headquarters, selling books, clothings, gift items, health products, etc. last November 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 2013. The event also sponsored lessons in hatha yoga and taichi. It was organized by Asst. Administrator, Pat Munoz.

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2013 National Convention in Iloilo City

Despite the devastating typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the TS in the Philippines held its national convention on Nov. 15-17, 2013 in Iloilo City with the theme: “The Practice of Theosophy in Daily Life.”

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Indo-Pacific Conference in Bali, Indonesia

The Indo-Pacific Federation of the Theosophical Society held its triennial conference at Bali, Indonesia, last Nov. 1-6, 2013. The Philippine section sent many delegates led by its president Roselmo Doval-Santos. Photo shows Ravi Ravindra (rightmost, front row), one of the main speakers of the convention, seated next to Roselmo and Bebot Rodil of the Godea Lodge.

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Theosophical Conferences in Wheaton

Former TSP President Vic Hao Chin Jr. was invited to speak at the National Gathering of the TS in America as well as the third international TOS Conference in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. Shown in the photo are, from left, Tim Boyd, National President of TS in America (now International President), Mrs. Singhal, Mr. Mahendra Singhal, then acting President of the Theosophical Society international, and Vic.

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2013 Course on Meditation

TSP President Roselmo Doval-Santos conducted a 3-day workshop on Meditation last June 2, 30 and July 7, 2013. It consisted on the cognitive and practical aspect of meditation.

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2013 Vismin Federation Conference

The 2013 Conference of the Visayas-Mindanao Federation of the TS in the Philippines was held at Cagayan de Oro City last May 17-19, 2013 with the theme: “Cultivating Wisdom.” It was hosted by the Godea Lodge of Iligan City.

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Chief Justice Puno Speaker in Golden Link College Graduation

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno (front row, third from left) was the Speaker of the Commencement Exercises of Golden Link College on April 19, 2013. There were twelve graduates in the college department in addition to graduates in high school, elementary and preschool.

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Self-Transformation Seminar at Krotona, Ojai, California

A Self-Transformation Seminar was conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr. at Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California last January, 2013. It was followed by a training workshop for facilitators of the ST Seminar consisting of members of the TS in America, who later conducted the seminar in various places such as Ojai and North Carolina.

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2012 Year End Gathering

Music and dancing during the Year-End Program of the TS headquarters on Dec. 9, 2014, led by TSP President Rosel Doval-Santos and his wife, Tess (in green).

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2012 National Convention, Quezon City

The 2012 National Convention was held at the national headquarters of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines. During the convention a new set of Board members were elected, and Dr. Roselmo Doval-Santos and Victor Penaranda were re-elected as President and Vice President respectively. Photo at left is the convention dinner where Victor Lo (in red striped shirt) is regaling the group with his jokes.

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Self-Transformation Seminar, Oct. 2012

A Self-Transformation Seminar for the general public was held at the TSP headquarters in October, 2012. It was conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr. and Victor Penaranda (in the photo).

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Self-Transformation Seminar for Army Trainees, August, 2012

The TS continues to conduct the Self-Transformation Seminar for the military on the themes of inner and outer peace, leadership, service, meditation, self-mastery, values integration, etc. The latest is one for trainees in Tanza, Cavite, handled by Victor and Jo Penaranda, assisted by Marilyn Ranola. Previous seminars were given to the Philippine Military Academy and to field combatants in Mindanao.

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Visayas-Mindanao Federation Conference, May, 2012

The 2012 Vismin Federation conference was held in Cebu City and hosted by Cebu Lodge and Satsang Study Group.

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First Batch of College Graduates of Golden Link College, March, 2012

On its tenth anniversary, Golden Link College held its first college graduation with six students finishing their bachelor’s degrees in Education. Guest speaker was Justice Flerida Ruth P. Romero, who exhorted the graduates to practice discrimination, self-control, service and self-sacrifice in their daily life.

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Seminar on Inner Peace at Philippine Military Academy, Feb. 23, 2012

A half-day seminar to the graduating class (about 190 of them) of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio was conducted by Vic Hao Chin, in collaboration with Balay Mindanao. The subject was Inner Peace, which covered self-awareness, meditation, processing and moral integrity.

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TS Opens Vegetarian Restaurant, Feb. 22, 2012

The TS in the Philippines national headquarters has just opened a new vegetarian restaurant called “Meals and Books.” It offers a full meal at P65.00 (US$1.50). The restaurant is run by Claire Villanueva as a consessionaire. It had its soft opening last Feb. 22, 2012. It opens from 10:00am to 8:00pm everyday (except Monday) at 1 Iba St., Quezon City.

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Medical Assistance to Victims of Typhoon Sendong, Dec. 27, 2011

Organized by Godea Lodge of the Theosophical Society in Iligan City, one of the two worst hit city during the last typhoon that claimed more than a thousand lives. The TS in the Philippines and Godea Lodge raised more than P300,000 and the funds are now used for food, blankets, medicines and other needs for evacuees of both Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Our partner in Cagayan de Oro is Balay Mindanaw Foundation.

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Golden Link Gift Distribution, Dec. 21, 2011

Students and faculty members of the Golden Link College visit the poorest families in northern Caloocan City and sang songs, distributed groceries and gave educational toys to children.

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Yearend Gathering, TSP National Headquarters, Dec. 18, 2011

Shiri Villanueva emceeing the yearend get-together. The party even had magic performances by members.

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Yearend Gathering, TSP National Headquarters, Dec., 18, 2011

Jeanne Torrefranca partners with Dr. Andrew Navarro to demonstrate yoga postures

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TSP Fund-raising Group, Nov. 18, 2011

To prepare for the future fund needs of the work of the TS, the TSP President, Rosel Doval-Santos (center in dark t-shirt) has organized a group to study approaches in raising funds for the various projects planned by the section.

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2011 National Convention, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Nov. 18-20, 2011

Theme is “Treading the Path of Hastened Unfoldment.” The convention started with a half-day retreat.

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2011 National Convention, Bohol, Nov. 20, 2011

Here is a visit to the famed Chocolate Hills in Bohol after the National Convention of the TS in the Philippines last

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Bohol Site of Golden Link College Campus, Nov. 20, 2011

Here is the group of members who visited the future site of the Golden Link College campus in Cortes, Bohol. The site is 1.1 hectares and is walking distance from the main road.

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Talk at Dr. Putong National High School, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Nov. 15, 2011

A talk to about 700 graduating students on the importance of character in preparing for one’s adult life.

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Seminar on Leadership and Self-Transformation, Nov. 17, 2011

A seminar for the provincial-wide Bohol Administrative Officers Organization, including all government offices and state colleges and universities.

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Book Donation to Public Schools and Universities, Aug. – Nov., 2011

The Theosophical Order of Service and Golden Link College have been donating books to various public schools which have scanty collections of books in their libraries. So far about 10 schools and a university have been the recipient of donations. The photo at the left is during the donation to the University of Caloocan City.

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Israel Self-Transformation Seminar, Aug. 17-19, 2011

A three-day seminar conducted in Tel Aviv under the auspices of the TS in Israel. Seated at the center to the left of Vic Hao Chin is Abraham Oron, head of the TS in Israel.

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Spain Self-Transformation Seminar, Aug. 22-27, 2011

Conducted during the Summer School of the TS in Spain near Barcelona. The seminar was attended by TS members from all over Spain.

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Regular Newspaper Column on Theosophy

For several years now, the Bohol Lodge have a regular column on theosophy in one of the leading weekly newspapers in Bohol. An example of one of the articles is found in the photo on the left.