Asian Wellness & Spa Academy (AWSA)

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AWSA LEARNINGS FROM DOH EXAMS JUNE 2014
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DOH EXAMS & ASIAN WELLNESS & SPA ACADEMY
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AWSA WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
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THE GREAT DEADLINE
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Attention to all non-licensed massage therapists: enrol at any DOH accredited training centre near you. Beat the deadline now and you will be glad you did

JOYS AND PITFALLS OF TRUE TEACHING
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JOYS & PITFALLS OF TRUE TEACHING
(Second Part of a Series)
By Benjamin Eugenio Jr LMT

Free Hotel Accommodation at EDSA, Anyone?.  Even though I received a modest amount from orphanage authorities I always make sure that I use it to reward the most behaved amongst my wards in a given week.  And it delighted many of them most of the time.

Perhaps I did it too far at one time. Because when I have to send off  my sister  Girlie at the Manila’s international airport-  I did so even if I don’t have enough money for my bus fare going home. I made an out-of this world covenant to myself and to the Heavens above, “Lord, I beseech you to touch my sister’s heart.  Tell her to give me money so I can get back home safe and sound. Or else, I would walk home.”

That was a serious joke. I thought I can coerce God that way.

OMG! What am I doing? I was expecting for a miracle. I anxiously listened and waited. Yet there was no sound, no voice, no thunder whatsoever but utter, deafening silence. 

Reality has it that being in Pasay and going home to Marikina simply means miles and miles of walk- in the middle of the night. After all the hugs, kisses and good-byes still there was no money.  

And so I started to walk.  Yes, literally, I walked home albeit reluctantly.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the unforgiving EDSA road, occasionally being drench by rain showers along the way, needless to mention all the road noise, the smoke and dust particles and huge possibility of being hit by scurrying, mindless buses here and there, I got an experience that few would even dare to even think about- sleeping along with street urchins along the city’s toughest thoroughfares.

I had no choice. I have no money. I was tired and cold and hungry- I was all too sleepy to drag my feet even just in a few distance. I lied down with smelly, grime-looking strangers. You could just imagine a puzzling-look from some of them. 

I remember some of my wards saying that the most precious commodity in the streets is –a pair of shoes.

I cannot afford to lose it. I cannot fathom walking home from Santolan to Marikina barefoot. And so  I removed my shoes, tied each other and made a hard pillow out of it- never mind the smell. At least, it may never be grabbed from me!

After a few hours of rest, I continued with my unfinished journey home.  Still sleepy but I need to get up and walk home - this time faster as the dawn is breaking.  Heaven knows how long I walked then suddenly everything turned to instant joy when I had, at last, a glimpse of the orphanage. Yepeee! I’m home! I shouted with glee.

Experience like No Other.  It was a splendid experience indeed. So splendid that one of the children who opened the gate for me asked, “Where have you been Papa Robert?” I just wryly smiled, trying to hide my exhaustion and deprivation, and said, “Son, your papa had just an interesting walk from the airport to Marikina.”

All I got were puzzled look all over. (to be continued)Is teaching a noble profession?

AWSA: JOYS & PITFALLS OF TEACHING
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JOYS & PITFALLS OF TEACHING
(First Part of a Series)
By Benjamin Eugenio Jr LMT

TEACHER2.jpgMy name is a.k.a Robert Fronda. I am a licensed massage therapist or LMT. I am the owner of a DOH (Department of Health) accredited training institution.  I have been in the massage training industry for over a decade.  Here is my story.
Love for Teaching. I started my school with nothing but sheer desire to teach.   Teaching is something that, perhaps, runs the family: my Mommy Mila,  a retired public school teacher, has founded  and pioneered several public schools  in the hinterlands of General Santos during her  lifetime. Her sterling desire to serve can be proven by the numerous awards, recognitions and accolades received from various government and private organizations then.  Countless lives of both Christians and Muslims alike were touched by her simplicity and candidness as a teacher, mentor and advisor-all rolled in one.
My younger sister, Adek Girlie, who is  a licensed optometrist, went overseas to teach in a Muslim country. Being a devoted Christian working with Muslim teachers and pupils was never an easy task.  Unbeknownst to many, she is also a consummate teacher. No wonder, just like mom, she exercised leadership and compassion as a teacher  bringing her  to the attention of her Muslim superiors  which in turn gave her recognition  as an “Outstanding Foreign Teacher.” And she did it in just two years.
 Indeed, these are tough acts to follow.
To some teaching is a lowly profession but for us in the family, who have seen how lives were molded and transformed  from mediocrity and obscurity towards recognition and success, can truly say that teaching is more than just a profession- it a vocation that is  worth trudging on even if it promises little or no material reward at all.
How to Make Parents Mad. Just this moment, I remembered how my parents were infuriated upon learning, years ago, that I resigned from a “promising”, lucrative job (then) as an regular employee of the House of Representatives- giving up all the perks and privileges of being an employee of a powerful government institution in exchange of work in another “House” and that is the House of Refuge- a half-way house for abandoned, abused and neglected children.
I volunteered and worked as a house parent cum in-house teacher.
For five (5) straight years, I have never known home except being with former street children with whom I have been endeared with and who lovingly called me “Papa Robert” in an instance. They have become “my” children and I have become “their” father. It was one of the most precious moments of my life.  By then I say, “Who cares about getting married? Who cares about rearing children from my own lineage and blood?”
I don’t need any of those because these children have become my children.  Ironically, my sacrifices for them resulted to more inexplicable sacrifices. (to be continued)

FREE ROOM ACCOMMODATION FOR BLIND FROM ASIAN WELLNESS & SPA ACADEMY
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Consistent with its commitment to cater to the marginalized sector of the society particularly the blind, the Asian Wellness and Spa Academy (AWSA), offers free room/bedspace accommodation for the visually-impaired massage practitioners in Manila and nearby provinces starting February 14, 2014.

Said persons may be billeted at the latest dormitory facility of AWSA located at  No. 25 Chronicle St,  West Triangle Homes 2, Quezon City.  A special room designed for ease and comfort of said therapists is being prepared by Benjie Eugenio, Jr, LMT, the

Founding President of AWSA. Mr.  Eugenio, who helped pioneer massage licensure training for the blind, reveals that a screening process is in place for those who would intend to join the special program. “Only applicants who show keen determination to succeed no matter what the odds are shall be accommodated,” he says.

Since it began its program for the visually-impaired sometime in 2010, AWSA formerly known as the Handspring Institute of Massage and Shiatsu (HIMAS) has been producing scores of blind massage exams passers and even topnotchers.

AWSA OFFERS FREE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE BLINDTo make this possible, AWSA initiated the translation of the DOH massage therapy manual from English to Filipino. Eugenio himself made an audio recording of said material much to the relief and joy of the blind in many parts of the country.

ASIAN WELLNESS & SPA ACADEMY LAUNCHES ITS FIRST MASSAGE BOOK & VIDEO COLLECTION
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COMPLETE REFERENCE MANUAL FOR DOH MASSAGE LICENSURE EXAMINATIONSThe former Handspring Institute of Massage and Shiatsu (HIMAS) now better known as the Asian Wellness and Spa Academy (AWSA) just had the soft launching of its, first-ever, English-Filipino translated DOH Massage Therapy Licensure Examinations Manual based on the original material released by the Department of Health in 2011.
AWSA’s President and Founder, Benjamin Eugenio, LMT, says that the AWSA institution aims to produce more quality massage training materials in print, video and audio format to enable more prospective massage licensure examinees have access to quality yet affordable materials.
As of this writing, the available book material that is up for circulation is the Complete Reference Manual for the DOH Massage Therapy Licensure Examinations (English-Filipino Version 1.0). The compiler and editor, Mr Eugenio, himself, sought the help of some members of the Translation International (TI) in the aforesaid translation work. Any buyer of the book shall also receive its free DVD version in PDF format.

By far, the following are the massage video training materials that were produced by AWSA for use by students and non-students alike, are as follows:

1. Complete Step-by-Step DOH Massage Procedure
2. DOH Massage Procedure (Prone Position)
3. DOH Massage Procedure (Supine Position)
4. Life (Massage) Coaching Video 2013 (Free)
5. DOH Licensure Written Exams (Free)
6. What students say about AWSA (Free)

Its initial success can be seen at the numerous queries and purchases it had during the past few hours of launching via the social media. For more orders, visit AWSA at its newest location at No. 55, Road 3, Project 6, Quezon City, Philippines or call cell phone number 0915 275 2972.

REVISED VIDEO FOOTAGE ON DOH MASSAGE EXAMS DEC 2013 FEATURING HIMAS
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A VIDEO FOOTAGE ON DOH MASSAGE EXAMS DEC 2013 FEATURING HIMAS
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