Wednesday, January 27, 2010

One World One Heart - My First Give-Away!!!

***OWOH Giveaway is CLOSED***

I'm inspired.

Thanks to a mermaid in the attic's blog I found a really neat activity to participate in, and it involves a Give-Away!
One World One Heart

Visit her blog for instructions on how to participate.  But let me tell you what you'll get from me first.

I'm not much of an artist.  I have wonderful friends who are more artistically inclined than I am, but I give it my best shot.

What I want to give away is something that has meaning for me, and will hopefully have meaning for some of you as well.

Every year since 2007, I've participated in the annual Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Walk.  It's a cause that I personally have some stake in (click on this link if you have the energy to learn more about why).

But, I'm not about being victimized.  Instead, I choose to focus more on the strengths of rising above it all (there's that social worker in me again!).

So, I gathered my friends and started a team in 2008.  In 2009, we raised close to $4000 for this wonderful organization!  I was very proud of my team.

Oh, by the way, our team name is the "Maganda Malakas Sirenas" - Beautiful Strong Mermaids.

In Philippine mythology, Maganda was the first woman and Malakas was the first man.  While that has some implications, I think it's important to think that those two qualities are within each of us, as are the masculine and feminine and other dualities.  I feel proud to be able to wear those two monikers on my shirt, and it helps to bring energy and life into an otherwise difficult situation.

One of the fun activities we got to do together was make t-shirts for the walk.  I designed our logo, and we had silk-screening parties.

As the 2010 BARCC Walk is on April 11th, and slowly inching closer, it's time again to register and start thinking about making more t-shirts for new team members.  In honor of the event, I want to give away a t-shirt.
Beautiful Strong

The top row is the Tagalog translation.  The second row is the Baybayin (pre-Spanish colonialism script in the Philippines).  The third row is English.  The mermaid tail is my own design.

The winner will get to choose a shirt color (which I will purchase at American Apparel), and the ink color (I will send you a picture with all the ink colors I have, and we will work on your shirt together).

Okay.  Now for the rules.
1.  Comment on this post.
2.  You must have a blog or give me your email address (as long as there's a way for me to contact you if you win).
3.  In your comment, give me your shirt size and what color shirt you would like.  Feel free to check out the American Apparel store for specific details.
4.  The winner will be randomly chosen (with a random number generator) and announced on Monday, February 15th.

That's it!  Easy peasy.

Good Luck Folks!  I'm excited to share this t-shirt with the world!


  1. oooh ooh ooh! im commenting! see? comment.


    M in purple!


    you may contact me through facebook i think we might be friends, if not i'll friend you!;)

  2. I would love such a t-shirt. Black, XL, gold or silver ink.
    Please visit my blog and enter my giveaway too.
    eyeleeeen at optonline dot com
    (I will be out of the country and away from the internet from 2/14 - 2/20, so if I am fortunate enough to win, please hold the prize for me until I can claim it. Thank you!!)

  3. this is a fantastic idea. you are a strong and inspiring woman. please include me in this draw. it would be an honour to wear this shirt. my friends in Ireland would be so jealous. my blog is

  4. Cecilia, This is a wonderful give away. i admire your commitment to such a valuable cause. We should all be ale to feel beautiful and strong. You are wonderful. Please visit me over at natures whispers. i have a feeling I'd like to kno you much better xx

  5. Great idea to give a prize for a cause too!!

    I'm not sure about the colors...Black? Red? Green? You choose, but I'd need an XL! Thanks and good luck on your fundraiser.

    Stop by my blog if you want to enter to win a little bit of "frou-frou!

    Washington State

  6. Fantastic project. Your courage and strength is inspiring.
    I would be proud to wear this tee.
    I love the Army and Asphalt colors, and a 2XL would be best to fit my "gals" ;)
    Thank you for hopping aboard this magic carpet ride. I hope you get a chance to visit my blog #258 on your journey.
    hugs from ON, Canada

  7. Fabulous idea and way to go sister! We women are strong and your story is a perfect example of that. I wanna a t-shirt!!! (and maybe you'll get my bracelet!) Wow, very cool. visit my blog!

  8. I would be honored to wear that shirt! In fact I would like one just like yours in a medium! Stay strong and thanks for the chance!

  9. Wow ,that is so sweet and your tshirts are so nice and such a great meaning. I am happy that i got a chance to stop by your blog, i am looking forward to visiting again;)
    Thank you!!


  10. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway I would love to win the beautiful shirt and would proudly wear it :)

  11. Great giveaway! I love shirts that are black and writing of any color. I like my shirts big - xl. Please enter my name! Pop over to my blog (#92 on the magic carpet) for a chance to win, too! :)

  12. I think you are amazing for doing the walk and I think you are such a sweetie for not only this giveaway, but for bringing this information about the walk and the organisation to the rest of the world. I would be absolutely honored to have a shirt like that and would wear it proudly. I just want to give you a big hug for doing what you do! You are a big inspiration for me. If I win I would love the same colors and design as you are wearing in the photo (size L). Thank you for this amazing giveaway! count me in, xo mendy

  13. what an absolutely magandang giveaway!!!!!!

    hugs from a fellow Filipino!



  14. Hi Cecilia! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments! Your giveaway is just fabulous!!!

  15. Hey there sister mermaid, good to see you joining in! A brilliant idea for a giveaway, I'd be proud to wear it. I WAS thinking purple, or a nice bluish-green, but on reflection...I really like the colour combination you're wearing, in an M please! :)

  16. What a fun giveaway..totally cool idea, would love to be entered.

  17. I love the opportunity this contest gives me to discover new blogs like yours! Wonderful prize! I am an XL and the green color you are wearing is perfect.


  18. Please enter me in your draw! Also pop over to my blog, have a browse around and enter my give away. I’m number 303 on the magic carpet :)

  19. Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!
    OWOH #473

  20. hello there! what a heartfelt prize - please enter me into the giveaway
    feel free to fly on over to my blog here and i hope you enjoy your magic carpet ride :)

  21. How wonderful! I hope I win!
    Greetings from Ohio, USA
    OWOH #322

  22. Great idea for a giveaway! I'd love to enter and support your team!!

  23. Very cool! I love the shirt you have on! :)

  24. It's wonderful to see a strong beautiful woman. Please count me in and fly over to my carpet for a chance to win something too!

    474. The Muse Factory

  25. Greetings for Coarsegold, CA...thank you for being part of this event and furthering awareness of crimes against women...It is a cause close to my heart too. The world needs to stand up and say NO to violence!
    I would be proud to wear a shirt that might open dialog. Size large...color black, lettering white.
    Please come by and sign on for my little friendship
    hug, hug
    hug, hug

  26. blog celebration & great giveaway, count me!

  27. I'm an advocate of crimes against women and children, as well as hate crimes. You are a very brave young lady. I'm so proud of what you are doing and would proudly wear your Tee-shirt.

    OWOH #79

  28. Very stunning banner photo.
    I’d love to be entered in your drawing. Stop by my blogs to be entered in mine.


  29. Really nice giveaway!
    Please enter me in the draw and don’t forget to enter mine.

  30. Inspiring! I'd be honored to win!
    Thank you for a lovely stop on my magic carpet ride!
    Outrageous joy,
    Kathy over at Everyday Bliss
    #111 on the blog tour

  31. What a wonderful giveaway you're offering! I'd love to enter and you can enter on my blog as well. #227 on the magic carpet.

  32. What a heart felt post and beautiful shirt.
    Thank you for being part of OWOH, Celilia!
    Your are a nice mermaid!

  33. How wonderful! I wear a large and love the color you are modeling! Please enter my name and visit me soon, too! ♥ Your banner is beautiful, too !

  34. What a great cause! I'd love to sport one of your t-shirts.
    sz L
    color, charcoal or black

  35. Lovely,lovely! I would love to be entered to win your wonderful gift!

    Please stop by and enter my give away as well! I'm number 290

  36. I don't need a prize, but I do need to tell you how how fantastic you are, and thank you for sharing your story-- not just with us, but more closely. (Yes, I followed the link.) For various reasons of my own, I wish more people had your courage.
    Glad you joined the Ride- you're well worth meeting! And I hope the year ahead is a great one for you.
    OWOH Ticket Holder #21

  37. WOW! What a cool giveaway! :-) I wear a size S and like the color "slate" :-D Would loooove to win :-D

  38. Love the shirt and the blog!!! Thanks for a chance to win such a wonderful prize!! XL for me in White!! White goes with everything!!! LOL

  39. So pretty and a great statement! Please enter m!
    Please stop by and ride my magic carpet too!

  40. Your story is so very heartfelt and you are most certainly a very strong person. Please enter my name into your fabulous drawing for a chance to win.

    Also, I would love for you to stop by my blog to enter my giveaway - #548.

  41. Kwel shirt! I would love any color but blue in a size XL. And if you have time, stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

    Magic Carpet #460
    Southern Illinois
    prpldy@comcast dot net

  42. G'day Cecilia
    What a beautiful giveaway...
    please include me...
    And thanks for flying over to My Place... OOroo... Bethel

  43. Love the design! Please count me in, any blue in medium :)

  44. Hello please count me in on your giveaway. Love your smile.

    #350 on the magic carpet ride

  45. Hi Cecilia, what a lovely idea and post you have. I love the T-shirt. I'd love to win. I absolutely love your gifts. Please take time to visit my blog, too, for a chance to win my book, 16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood. I'm working on getting all the country flags. I promise to revisit your's too.


  46. *•: -:¦:-**•: -:¦:-**•: -:¦:-*

    How Marvelous!

    Please count me in!


    Gina Luna

    *•: -:¦:-**•: -:¦:-**•: -:¦:-*

  47. Your shirt design is lovely -- and so is the story behind it (I went to the postings). I too believe in rising above it -- because I have lived that way myself...
    Please enter my name into your draw -- thank you!!
    ~martha (#180)

  48. Hi,
    I would love one of your cool T-shirts. Much love to you on your journey of truth. I know this story is still much too common and many of us have not had the chance to confront the issue. You have such a positive attitude and are doing this out of love for the children in your family!
    Please stop by my blog # 585.

  49. Hi! I like the t shirt, but more than that, I appreciate you, your strength and courage. God bless you and this may be a platitude you won't appreciate, but forgiveness can be more for yourself than for the person you forgive. I'm Filipino, and I love it that a fellow filipino is joining owoh! patsy.paterno at Do come by my blog if you like!

  50. Nice to meet you and visit your blog! Love this giveaway! I am having so much fun looking at all the wonderful blogs. I don't have a blog, due to arthritis I cannot type much at all but I enjoy surfing the net. Thank you for a chance to win.

  51. *´*•.¸ ★•*´*•Superb!•*´*•★¸.•*´*•

    Please count me in!


    Rich Witch

    Please visit me for a chance to win a Most Magical Prize at:

    *´*•.¸ ★ ¸.•*´*•*´*•.¸ ★ ¸.•*´*•

  52. What a wonderful blog!You are a strong woman! Please sign me up for your marvelous drawing (black 2XL) and then come visit me...I am participating in OWOH too...number 333 on the Magic Carpet! I am off to read more on your blog and I am looking forward to it!

  53. What a wonderful giveaway! Please enter me in it. It's great to support great causes like this. I have health issues myself and know how important it is not to feel alone. Keep strong!
    Thank you and have a lovely day!

    marilavado (at)

  54. Please add my name to the hat :o)

  55. What a fantastic giveaway, I'd love to win it! I’m also participating in One World One Heart. Please come by my blog and leave a comment to have a chance to win what I'm giving away.

  56. Hi,
    I have so enjoyed meeting you and seeing your blog.Thanks for entering my name for a chance to win your fantastic prize...
    Hope on the Magic Carpet and come over to my blog for a chance to win my beaded bracelet. I am #362 on the list.
    This is such a fun time....
    Thanks again

  57. Thank you so much for participatng in this year's event - making it for sure a global happening.
    I would be honored to enter your tshirt giveaway(xl).
    Also I'd like to say how sorry I am about the passing of your grandmother.
    Lisa Swifka

  58. I enjoyed looking at your blog. Your giveaway is wonderful. Please add my name to the hat.

    Regina :>

  59. hi, i am a filipina too! pls enter me in your draw. i'm a medium and the raspberry tshirt looks nice.

  60. What a fantastic giveaway! Please enter me into your drawing. I hope I win! :]

  61. Thanks for the chance to win, its lovely. Trianna from Victoria Canada.

  62. Hi dear!!! I like your idea! It’s very Awesome! I wish to ALL who will participate in this wondefull give-away, Big Good Luck! Yohooooo! ;)

  63. what a great idea

    please count me in

    my magic carpet number is # 397

  64. Cecilia, thank you for what you do to help women in crisis. I didn't realize reading about your work would touch me to the point of tears, but my daughter has recently had a 'crisis' of her own, and I can only pray that she will be as courageous as you have been. She remains 'beautiful and strong', though it seems at times a mother's words and encouragement don't carry as much weight as words from others. Should I win your lovely and powerful t-shirt, I'll give it to her.
    Though time's caught me up this year, and I haven't been able to put together a giveaway (last year was so much fun, with my cats choosing the winner!), you are more than welcome to pop by my blog for a glimpse of my creative life, the cats, and, of course, my lovely baby. cheers.

  65. I would be honored to wear this and I love the one you have on. Please count me in.
    When you get some time please fly by my blog, I am OWOH #907.
    Thank you for participating in OWOH.
    It is very very nice to meet you.

  66. This is really great! I don't know if I'd want it for myself, or for another mermaid I know...

  67. I knew there were angels on earth and I just came across her blog. shirt...the mermaid tale...your an inspiration to us all. God bless and keep up the good work. I would be honored to wear and share this with the world.

    Please be sure to check out my giveaway with this OWOH event at #475

    Bright blessings from Las Vegas, NV

  68. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win

  69. I could be a member of your team as well, but I refuse to dwell on it and I have a wonderful life now! Blessings to you!

  70. Charming and a beautiful blog with a stunning treasure!
    My first year with OWOH and I love visiting all the amazing blogs! I am flying on my magic carpet ,visiting from Connecticut.
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
    I am blog #937

  71. M in asphalt for me I think! Nice design!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  72. Wonderful message in those shirts! ^-^ Please enter me and feel free to hop over to my blog and enter mine too, if you haven't already!

  73. I would love to be included in your drawing.

  74. Hello Cecilia from Victoria,Australia
    I think your walk is wonderful and to raise so much money is great.
    I would like a purple t-shirt in size 3XL I think.With gold writing.
    Please enter me into the draw.
    Thanks Lynda

  75. Wonderful shirt! Would wear it with pride if I were to win as it is a cause dear to me and very pretty too.
    I'm also in the event #420 found at if you want to drop in and say hi.

  76. -just read some of your story-wow-did you happen to see oprah this mon-it was on this very subject and they have the entire show +another hr of interviesw she did with people who did this~worth watching~

  77. great giveaway - please count me in =)

    in case i'm lucky enough to be chosen... my size is probably large (women 16?) and any color would be fine but i prefer brights or pastels =)

    if you have time, i hope you can stop by my blog too!

    OWOH #866

  78. what a great thing it is you do! God bless you :)

    I would proudly wear your shirt!

    Please toss my name in the hat!

    I am NEW to blogging ( but not to art.

    Come visit me #1089

    Greetings from the New Jersey Shore, USA

  79. I love your T-shirt and the idea of your team. Good for you to chose not to be a victim. If I were to win this shirt it would be XL, in Purple or Teal. Please enter me in your give away and stop by my blog #651 on the carpet ride.

  80. Please count me in for this tee shirt for this very good purpose.

  81. Your giveaway is heavenly! Please enter me in your giveaway, and don't forget to fly my way (#922)!

    Heavenly Humor

  82. I love the t shirts and the message in this one. I'm size M, I would love to win a black t-shirt =D.
    You're so generous and a strong woman.
    Hugs from Mexico!!

  83. Your giveaway is terrific! I would love a chance to win. Please add my name to your drawing! Thanks for participating in the OWOH event. I wear a medium and my favorite color is Teal.

    visionquest2020 (at) msn (dot) com

  84. What a great giveaway. I would love to have a shirt.

  85. wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance! please visit me at 772 when you get the chance.

  86. this is ** T-riffic ** thanks for the
    opportunity.. .. t c

  87. My heart is deeply touched by your giveaway. Please sign me up! I would wear your tee with pride. I would love something in olive green or army but am flexible. 3x preferably. And please check out my blog for more OWOH action!
    Rita #934

  88. I would love to win! Please enter me in your giveaway, thanks! Amanda

    ps - just *in case* - I like PINK shirts, and probably would need a Large, if I happen to be that lucky winner!! :)

    Please visit me at #1031, *thank you!*

  89. from a fellow Filipina!!! would love to win your tshirt! Please enter me in your drawing and drop by my blog too for my ATC giveaway!!! youch17(at)yahoo(dot)com

  90. Greetings & Salutations,
    Enchanting T-Shirt OWOH Giveaway!
    Lovely Work, Blog & Wonderful Cause.

    For a little Glitter & Magic fly by my blog
    #242 On The List @:

    Cosmic Blessings´¨)
    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Lyndy Ward

  91. So nice to meet you and visit your blog. Please add me to the drawing for your giveaway. I'd love for you to come visit me when you have the time!

  92. Hi from England! I'd love to be included in your giveaway, I would be proud to wear that t-shirt, thank you.

    If you haven't already, please visit my blog at #711 on the magic carpet to win a designer Cath Kidston bag, handmade by me!

  93. It's nice to meet you! Thank you for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway! I wear a 2x I think as I'm sure the sizes run small. I would love a brown or dark grey color. Don't forget to visit all 3 of my blogs as I am giving away something at all of them!
    giddygreetings at yahoo dot com

  94. Great t-shirt design! I would love it on a white size small shirt. Enjoy your magic carpet ride. #276

  95. Love your blog and give away. Good luck in all the drawings. stop by

  96. Neat giveaway and I love your title! :)

  97. I like the shirt you are wearing, I wouldn't change a thing, well done you!...good work, and thx for visiting my site...june

  98. Mabuhay kababayan! You rock girl and that shirt does too! :)

    Christina from Manila, Philippines here! Nice to meet you!

    I hope you can also drop by #615!


  99. How pretty. I would love to be entered into you drawing. So glad OWOH brought me to your blog. :-)


  100. I would be honored to wear a shirt like that, count me in please.

    My OWOH giveaway is for one of my fine art photographs - stop by and see what strikes your fancy.

  101. What a lovely idea - I would love a chance to win please. Thank you for your generosity. Come see me at #1050.

  102. It's a great idea. I hope I'm not too late. I would love a chance to win.
    Sophie in Montreal

  103. How unique!

    Please enter me for the lovely OHOW giveaway! I would love to win!
    Thanks for letting me visit!
    Stop by to visit me sometime.....

  104. What a fabulous way to celebrate life and focus on the positives instead of the negatives of are such a powerful positive force. What a wonderful giveaway. Please include us in your drawing and stop by our spot for your chance to win. ~elisha~

    White and hot pink or purple...whichever is easiest 1x

  105. Please enter me in this awesome giveaway!


  106. What a lovely shirt, please do me the kindness of adding my name to the drawing. ~mary helen

  107. What a cool idea. I love personalized gifts. I love what you do and that you devote your time to helping others. I am running out of time so I have to post and run but will be back! Please enter me in your giveaway. I am no. 26 on the Magic Carpet Ride.

  108. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Hello from Coronado.

  109. How Generous of you ! I'd love to be entered ♥
    I think L or xl in black. I'd have to double check their sizes if I won though !

    Missy ~ Winnipeg , Canada
    seksi_missy at hotmail dot com

  110. This shirt would have personal meaning to me also.

    What a great cause.
    If I won, purple would be my color of ink with an olive material.

    Thank you for the awareness you are bringing to this.

    Diane #893 Turn Left at the Pigs


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