Charm and Chivalry


"HE MUST INCREASE, I MUST DECREASE" "It is a tremendous freedom to get rid of all self-consideration and learn to care about only one thing - the relationship between Christ and ourselves." - Leslie Ludy, Captivating Selflessness ♥ on the way to Taal Volcano's zenith, February 14, 2010

“HE MUST INCREASE, I MUST DECREASE” “It is a tremendous freedom to get rid of all self-consideration and learn to care about only one thing – the relationship between Christ and ourselves.” – Leslie Ludy, Captivating Selflessness ♥ on the way to Taal Volcano’s zenith, February 14, 2010

“30 Poems in 30 Days Challenge” is simply nostalgic!

There were days during my early teens when I let go of the streams of soliloquy, scribbled in any paper I could avail — stationary, scrap paper, and even crumpled ones . For me, writing has been a therapeutic craft since then.

For many, my poetic gift is remarkable. I’ve jotted a lot. Some were published, some were not. Reading them led me back down memory lane.

 

30/30  Charm

On April 1, 2014, one of my super friends got married. It wasn’t a prank though they chose the April Fools Day to mark their vows. With wedding syndrome (I’ve been a wedding person since I was first invited to take part ages ago), I was requested to sing five songs (of which two were duet renditions).

Then I wondered when my grand day would be. I don’t want it to fall on another April Fools Day, I had enough treachery from the past encounters haha! What astonished me the most was the discovery of the Taal Volcano’s real crater! What I’m pointing in the photo is the FAKE one! And oh, for more than a quarter century, I believed that this is the REAL one!

So to start with this challenge (will post two more later to fill the first two days I missed), here’s the entry:  “write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme.”

Chivalry’s Charm

To Thine true and divine love,

She anchors, she longs.

Wonder of wonders

She waits to whom she belongs.

The clock’s hands wave hello so fast.

Until now,

She doesn’t know whom her heart to entrust.

Old fashioned, she values chastity,

Much more, she upholds compassion and charity.

Opted to be won, than have woes of wooing,

She patiently wait the full bloom of her calling.

Exceptional and queer,

Some men of valor

Compromise in masquerade

Lose their great ardor.

Give the men the honor to pursue,

Chivalry ought to embrace our world

Not yet obsolete,

men should be of one accord.

~Curly Wordsmith/Curly Bookworm

© 2014 LAF

Note: Photo credits to RJ Becbec. 

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Of Troubadour and Therapeutic, Creative Craft


Of Troubadour and Therapeutic, Creative Craft

30 Poems in 30 Days

Challenge accepted! What a pensive poet could ask for more? :)

A poem a day will keep poignance away!

 

To participate, check this out: http://www.napowrimo.net/

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PAIN: A Blessing Not Everyone Appreciates


“God wants us to choose to love Him freely, even when that choice involves pain, because we are committed to Him, not to our own good feelings and rewards…Job did not seek the Giver because of His gifts; when all gifts were removed He still sought the Giver.”
~Philip Yancey, Where is God When it Hurts?

Today’s supposed to be Papa Benny’s 59th birthday. He peacefully slept in the Lord without bidding goodbye, in the loving arms of his Beloved, my Mama Belinda. He passed away 2 months and 25 days ago, to be exact.

Remembering my friend’s statement after his burial, “I thought you’ll sulk, …good thing you don’t. Take time to grieve for your sudden loss, you’ve been through a lot!”

Healing Amid Hurting

The dawn of December 1, 2013 was still vivid! The night of  November 31st was full of fun and laughter since we’ve been visited by family friends and lingered until almost midnight. Only to be awakened by a call that chilled my spine and gave me a shock. “Ate, wala na si Papa…”, my brother Franz tearfully uttered.

That devastating news was another nightmare, it petrified me. It didn’t sink in, until I received a call from our family friend neighbor who assisted my mother in our province. If only I could fly and attend to my mother’s dire need of our presence. But how can I? when I felt so helpless, as if my wings were utterly broken. I was torn. Then after several minutes, I was able to bitterly cry.

During the five-day wake, I never cried. Even during the internment, I didn’t shed a tear. The excruciating pain almost benumbed me. Maybe because I’ve been through major heartaches with the quick successions of death of my younger brother BJ (March 2011), and eldest sister Leah (12.12.12), and then my father’s.

I never forced myself to cry, though I was greatly hurt within. Now that the grievances resurfaced, I could cry and I’m grateful for the gift of pain and tears.

“Our sufferings are not for nothing.
NEVER…
The trial of faith is a thing worth much more than gold.”
~Elisabeth Elliot

Family Day Out the day after ate Leah's cremation. (Dec. 12th her death was Franz's birthday, Dec. 15th was JR's birthday). Sort of celebrating despite the great loss.

Family Day Out on Dec. 17th, the day after ate Leah’s cremation. (Dec. 12th her death was Franz’s birthday, Dec. 15th was JR’s birthday). Sort of celebrating despite the great loss.

 

Legacy of Love Lives On

During his last week at the church, he had a special funeral service at our home church, Pinamalayan SDA Church where he also served. I was spontaneous in updating my Facebook timeline for the sake of friends and relatives who weren’t able to come to our province. I thought of blogging about it, but soon lingered.

tough guy at tough times, he's got a tough FAITH!

tough guy at tough times, he’s got a tough FAITH!

Here’s the caption of this old photo which I made my DP (display photo).

I bid my first love, my father, good bye.

He’s the man who introduced me to the Redeemer, Restorer, and Returning King; one who reminded me to make Him the first and last, and best in everything.

The fight of faith of this brave and brilliant man might have come to its end, but its legacy would last in my heart until we meet again on that grand & glorious day.

I would surely miss his baritone voice, his mega-watt smile, his warm embrace, his corny yet entertaining jokes, his intuitive advises, his never-ending tales, and his high hopes for our future.

I can’t thank God’s unconditional love that was channeled through him.

At a very young age of 8, he was an orphan. Lola Indalecia died after giving birth to their youngest sibling who died right after too! At 21, Lolo Blas died too, leaving him with all the responsibilities as the first-born, a quasi- mom and dad to his brother Wency and sister Ercie.

At early 20′s he received his black belt in martial arts, Judo Karate. He won tournaments and even survived fights, defending others and himself.

But when he got to know Jesus as his personal Redeemer and Defender, his outlook in life drastically changed.

Down memory lane, I saw myself begging him to train me (Judo Karate) for self defense. He never did, he even discouraged us to learn. He taught us to have full trust in God instead; advised us never to repay evil for evil, for “vengeance is mine, says the Lord” (favorite verse). For him, that’s the true measure of a man.

He’s a faithful husband to mama, and a friend to us. Despite some flaws and shortcomings as a hubby and a father, he’s still the BEST for us.

Til then Papa Benifredo Geronimo Fronda, Sr.
March 26, 1955 – December 1, 2013

*This photo was taken on December 9, 1978. (He’s 23 yrs.old)

She's an epitome of love, faith, patience & prudence. She's my unsung heroine and wingless angel. She brought me in her womb for 9 months and took care of me since then. Without her, I won't be here. I'm more than blessed having mama Belinda.

She’s an epitome of love, faith, patience & prudence. She’s my unsung heroine and wingless angel. She brought me in her womb for 9 months and took care of me since then.
Without her, I won’t be here. I’m more than blessed having mama Belinda.

Bravery During Bereavement & Beyond
Here’s my musing on the day Papa’s death sank in (Dec.1):
On November 15th, my beloved parents celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary with us beyond the distance.

On Nov. 21st, we celebrated again for mama’s birthday; and on 23rd, for Zola’s birthday.

This month was full of mirth and memories, not knowing that December would come with another cry-clad crucible for our family.

We’re never aware that it would be the last November with Papa.

With all the terrifying trials we’ve met, I’ve learned and unlearned a lot of things in the vicissitudes of life.


With my parents’ inspiration, especially Papa’s, I’ve scrutinized life and learned to focus on a query “how will I maximize the abundant grace provided?”, rather than wallow, asking “how come Lord?, why?”.

I may never fully grasp God’s purpose, yet I’m hopeful of that glorious day I would be able to sit at Jesus’ feet and find the right answers to my wondering.

 Christmas Selfie with photobomber sweetums! Who would have thought that this pic was taken 24 days after my father's death? We have a gracious God, our true source of happiness. *Dec. 25th


Christmas Selfie with photobomber sweetums, Who would have thought that this pic was taken 24 days after my father’s death?
We have a gracious God, our true source of happiness. *Dec. 25th

Miracle, Mirth and Misery

During my recent vacation at home last Oct. 28 – Nov. 10, I’ve witnessed how papa struggled with difficulty of breathing. Almost everyday, he’s got asthma attack; oftentimes, mild, sometimes, severe.

Aside from natural means to help him ease the pain & hardship, he’s been dependent with the use of nebulizer.

I had my worst dilemma when super typhoon Yolanda struck our province, Oriental Mindoro @ signal #4. We’ve got block-out, and we’d been praying for him to be spared of possible severe attack. He had on that Friday night, but God intervened. He wasn’t brought to the hospital.

For him, being confined in the hospital was a nightmare. He told me he doesn’t want if ever he gets really worse.

Actually, he had the worst attack on May this year, and was brought at the ER with only a lil’ chance of survival. He almost died, but praise God he was revived! He no longer has BP and very low respiratory rate, he’s already turned blue-black. Grateful, my bro. Ifo was there to rush him to the nearby hospital.

We’re so shocked that after 6 months of survival (with another confinement on July), he would give up the fight. He told mama that he’s so tired already on the wee hour of December 1. He had a severe attack and when my mother told him he should be brought to the hospital, he told her, “wag mo na ako dalhin, bukas na lang, pagod na ako, yapusin mo na lang ako at haplusan” (don’t bring me there, let’s go there for check-up tomorrow, I’m tired already. Just hug me and apply vapor rub at my back).

My mother developed calmness and constant reliance upon God since my younger brother died in her arms on March 31, 2011 (sudden death due to typhoid encephalitis), few days after Papa’s birthday on March 26th.

So my mama just did what he requested, few moments later, he’s lifeless. However heart-breaking the scenario was, mama said, papa was peaceful as if he’s just deeply sleeping. He was declared expired soon after, due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he didn’t have any vice, but during earlier years, he was exposed to many strong chemicals due to work and our own Nata de Coco business (we used strong chemical which is harmful to health, esp. to the lungs), air pollution in the city where he stayed for many years, etc.

He died at mama’s loving arms. I admire our wonder woman more! God is indeed merciful.

Too ironic, mama and some brethren told me, he was at the wake in our neighborhood and was so lively, cracking jokes to the bereaved family friends earlier that night. Not knowing that it’s the last time he’ll laugh and would be emotionally stressed.

Even us, with my friends who visited at home in Cavite, we were laughing a lot as we bonded that Sat. night, only to receive the horrible news few hours after.

Life is fragile and temporary indeed! Our only surety is God’s will and the Blessed Hope.

 

Hearing My Last Sermon

During my vacation before his death, I was requested to speak in our church on November 1, 2013, focusing on the State of the Dead. I shared our family crucibles, the terror and trauma of death among family members and how we had “Healing Amid Hurting”.
Who would have thought that after exactly one month, December 1, Papa would be in the state of the dead! My mom even sang before I spoke! She sang “Keep Looking Up”. My parents used to sing duet when we were at an early age, and I found them very lovely singing together.
Here’s the second stanza and chorus of the song my mom sang:
So when your faith is sorely tried
And earnest pray’rs have been denied
Whene’er you need a faithful guide
There’s just one thing to do.

Keep looking up, Thy God is still the same today
Keep looking up He will not fail thee
Come what may, keep looking up
The darkest night will roll away
So do not doubt, but keep on looking up.

I actually made a blog in Tumblr, dedicated to my mom’s exquisite faith and bravery. The first entry, “Looking Down is Never an Option” is all about her and Papa’s sudden death. Here’s the link:
http://curlywittywordsmith.tumblr.com/post/70765941446/looking-down-isnt-an-option
Just keep on looking up. There is where God paints a rainbow after the rain!

Just keep on looking up. There is where God paints a rainbow after the rain!

The Last Song
For many people, both related by blood and not, they considered me a very strong person. “I can’t imagine myself if I were on your shoes Lanie, you’re so strong! I admire you! God is with you!” utterance of the former principal of AUP Academy told me. Aside from a strong and supportive family, we’re blessed with awesome family friends and prayer warriors!
Here’s my simple secret:
With Christ, I’M POSSIBLE!
Without Him, IMPOSSIBLE!
Here’s my post on Dec. 6, after the internment of my father.
Since last night during tribute until necrological service this morning, I talked much. I have no choice, since I’d love to and I am expected too! Sharing papa’s epic conversion story was a delight!
But to sing those three songs were offerings of a broken, yet grateful heart.I never thought it would be that rewarding to serve my family, relatives & brethren through music ministry. Coz to sing to my own papa’s funeral was a big, different story. Gone were the days when I rendered songs to other people’s funeral services, and to my sibling’s too. It’s just so special.After all, speaking and singing are the most obvious talents I’ve got from my father, according to my mother and other people.
Here’s the last song I rendered during the necrological service.  (please click the link, This Day if you want to watch the video)
Friendship Lives Beyond the Grave
Papa’s misconstrued as a politician in our place, he’s been known throughout our province having myriad of friends throughout the country and abroad. But he’s just a simple person, rich with friendships. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable and annoyed having many visitors coming almost everyday at home.
On his last night of wake, the number of friends who gave testimonials surpassed the number of family members and relatives who did.
Best Friends Beyond the Grave

Best Friends Beyond the Grave

During the first night, his best friend who came from the U.S., delivered the message. It was a blessing  because we longed to share to our relatives our faith and the HOPE of Jesus’ soon coming. Though it wasn’t a good reunion to gather with, all things work together for good! (Romans 8:28).

“Mahal ko po ang taong ito, sya ay isang tapat at tunay na kaibigan.
Mapagbigay, matulungin, (Para sa kanya, ibibigay pa sa iba),
masayahin…Nanghihinayang po ako!
Pero ito ay niloob ng Diyos na may kadahilanan…”

Tito Jerson Camposano highly regarded papa not because he’s his best friend since early 90′s, but because they’ve understood, accepting each others’ flaws & shortcomings; and help build each others’ faith. A true unconditional friendship indeed!


They’ve been brother-like buddies since he was assigned as our district pastor in early 90′s, according to him. He delivered the message on the state of the dead and the end-times, emphasizing the Blessed Hope of Jesus’ soon return.

I’m super grateful! It seemed a family reunion with a crusade. Most of our relatives aren’t SDAs yet. Our deepest desire is to reach out to them and uphold Jesus, our Wounded Healer.

Thank You Jesus isn't enough. Because You live, we can face tomorrow although we no longer have Papa Benny. You renewed that blessed Hope again and again. *Ate Leah's urn was finally buried with Papa's remains. Six days before ate's death anniversary.

Thank You Jesus isn’t enough.
Because You live, we can face tomorrow although we no longer have Papa Benny. You renewed that blessed Hope again and again.
*Ate Leah’s urn was finally buried with Papa’s remains.
Six days before ate’s death anniversary.

Our loved ones, Papa, ate Leah and BJ (Ben Jathniel), left our presence, but never our hearts. They've gone asleep in the Lord and we long for that blessed resurrection morn. We simply miss them. Yet that doesn't lessen our reason to celebrate God's greatness!

Our loved ones, Papa, ate Leah and BJ, left our presence, but never our hearts.
They’ve gone asleep in the Lord and we long for that blessed resurrection morn.
We simply miss them. Yet that doesn’t lessen our reason to celebrate God’s greatness!

“The very trials that test our faith most severely and make it seem that God has forsaken us, are designed to lead us nearer to Christ, that we may lay all our burdens at his feet, and receive the peace he will give us in exchange.
When you surrender yourself entirely to God, you fall all broken upon Jesus, you will be rewarded by a victory, the joy of which you have never realized.

As you review the past with a clear vision, you will see that at the very time when life seemed to you only a perplexity and a burden Jesus Himself was near you, seeking to lead you into the light.

Your Father was by your side, bending over you with unutterable love, afflicting you for your good, as the Refiner purifies the precious ore.”
~EGW, Gospel Workers p.372-373

 

“The TRIUMPH of Christian FAITH is
to SUFFER, and be STRONG;
to SUBMIT, and thus CONQUER;
to BE KILLED all day long, and yet to LIVE;
to BEAR the CROSS, and thus WIN the CROWN of IMMORTAL GLORY.”
~EGW, Sketches from the Life of Paul, p. 300

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.” Job 13:15  *with Lolo Urbano Castillo, an evangelist whom God used to channel bring Papa in the faith and helped build our home church, Pinamalayan SDA Church taken in early 90's. I'll post his conversion story later on.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.” Job 13:15
*with Lolo Urbano Castillo, an evangelist whom God used to channel bring Papa in the faith and helped build our home church, Pinamalayan SDA Church taken in early 90′s. I’ll post his conversion story later on.

 

My father’s epitaph:

Benifredo G. Fronda, Sr.

March 26, 1955 – Dec. 1, 2013

“For to me, to live is Christ 
and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

This is a blog tribute for my father. I longed to blog about him, but today is the right time. I pray that as you read this affirmation of God’s faithfulness in our family’s life, may you be strengthened in whatever storms you’re going through.

And if you’re plagued with pain, remember, the Wounded Healer is ever near!

© 2014 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Zola, and Google Image. Video credit to Zola and You Tube. This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?


CurlyLAF:

Aside from the fondness of the picturesque photo of the unknown beyond, I was struck by the title — only to find something I like dearly than Orion, M42, etc and stargazing!

You must be kidding! From the vast universe, then to a dog’s melodious music? I’m definitely a dog lover, but yeah, I’m just curious of what you’ve heard.

After all, loquacious though I be, I’m often longing for solitary places, and yeah deafening solitude. I gotta SULK! haha!

Originally posted on the Art of Practice:

Our two dogs are of varying intelligence and thus responsiveness to our commands. One “off” moves the smart gal from my lap, while the oh-so-lovable-but-slow canine continues to warm my thighs until dumped to the ground.

Their barking has become annoying:  yapYAPyapYAP until the source of  inspiration either disappears from view (other dogs out for a walk, meandering cat, saucy squirrel) or has been thoroughly sniffed (friends who come to the door). Our lovely neighbors, cyclists who pedal up and down the Virginia mountains for dozens of miles, suggested using their “dazzer” to control the barking.

The Dazzer emits an unpleasant sound, audible only in the doggie range. One zap and the smart dog understood and now ceases barking promptly when told, “no bark.” The other dog continues to bark despite the command — and will do so until the Dazzer is used. Which of course is unfair to the…

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A Celebration of Irish Women Poets


CurlyLAF:

Poet by inspiration, I was delighted to feast on the Irish poems :D It’s not everyday that I bump into this kind of blog. Thanks for this awesome post! Kudos for being Freshly Pressed! :D

Originally posted on Poethead:

Rebecca O’Connor

Domestic Bliss

 
I place a jug of lavender on the table
to mask the smell of mould from under the fridge
 
while you draw nails to hammer with your fist.
Then I draw a hammer , and watch
 
as you try to lift it from the page.
by day it’s Mr Men, Mad Men, by night,
 
your father and I wishing we could be so bold.
you have no such wants, though sometimes I wonder
 
as you try to peer into Jack and Jill’s well
or climb the tiny ladder of your toy farm
to mend the roof of your miniature barn.
 

-  Rebecca O’Connor

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Rebecca O’Connor edits The Moth Magazine and organises the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. She worked as a commissioning editor of literary fiction at Telegram Books in London before returning to Ireland with her family in 2008…

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Ready, Set, STOP!


I’ve always wanted to be back on track, to be consistent in running; joining fun run and pro run.

What’s with running? You might wonder.

For me, it’s more of the feeling of freedom, a package of endurance, agility and strength’s tests. Actually, it’s more of character building. Behind every successful run is a huge dose of discipline, determination and diligence. That’s pretty rewarding!

Birthday Blast

Having missed joining fun run and pro run last year and the earlier years, I’ve done other outdoor adventures to compensate my frustration. But those were so few, I longed for more!

Unknowingly, my younger sister Zola, an accomplished half-marathoner, registered me in an 8-K fun run early this year. She surprised me few days before the run, January 26th. I was bound to a four-day event, 7th Asia-Pacific Conference for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, held on January 21-24, 2014, at Philippine International Convention Center.

I felt so fulfilled having my dream answered, to volunteer in whatever program or outreach with a good cause on my birthday. Instead of paying P 14,000 in an international conference I was invited to take part, I was accepted as a volunteer. So, it was like hitting two birds in one stone!

Tired but happy serving as one of the registrars for the registration. I encountered roughly 1,000 people, delegates and participants from countries all over Asia-Pacific Region and beyond.

Tired but happy serving as one of the registrars for the registration. I met roughly 1,000 people, delegates and participants from countries all over Asia-Pacific region and beyond. (There’s a blog post about the 7th APCSRHR)

Though tired for the four-day event, spent on travels (I commuted twice going back and forth Silang, Cavite-Pasay City) and various services done in the conference (usherette, monitor for satellite presentations, assistant to the speaker, assisted a reporter during a coverage), I was excited to run!

I also lacked sleep and having no enough vim. But my delight, being given such unexpected gift, surpassed my body’s condition.

Unexpected! sandwiched by too 'beauty and brains', Ms. Monique Wilson, the world-renown Broadway artist, and Ms. Myrel de Castro, one of the organizers.

Unexpected! Sandwiched by too ‘beauty and brains’, Ms. Monique Wilson, the world-renown Broadway artist, and Ms. Myrel de Castro, one of the organizers.

Run for Your Life, Run!

Imagine yourself being one of a thousand runners, or more than that, having one aim: to reach the finish line, in the shortest time possible. It’s like the battle of the fittest, and the race of the fastest.

Meanwhile in a fun run, you have all the time, no pressure (unless you wanna beat your time limit). As long as you finish the race, you’re a winner.

Having that in mind, I just wanted to enjoy and have fun! It’s a bonding with my sister and my friends. After all, it’s just 8 kilometers!

One of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump flashed back, when Forrest started to run for years, only to find out he has no specific reasons why did he run.

Epiphanies on Track

While on track, I was talking to Therese, a dear friend. Since my sister Zola was fast, we’re left. Instead of focusing, we talked, and talked; we even stopped once in awhile.

But I was aware, while running, I thought of the three P’s to keep in mind:

  • Pacing – it should be constant, once you stop, you’ll have a hard time starting again. Avoid distractions, or else, plan destruction follows.
  • Patience – the vital key, not only during training (for a race, pro run), but while on track.
  • Perseverance – keep your mind to your goal — reach the finish line.

These are actually not new. But these three P’s are running after me, again and again. It followed me as far as Oriental Mindoro, my province. Well, sometimes, you ought to do crazy and corny stuff to keep your sanity!

Coming here in our province made me realize that I needed to slow down, find solitude, and sulk (healthy sulking), if needed. I’ve been in a rat-race and have always been anxious to finish an ample amount of to-do-list, while my body silently scream for proper and longer rest.

This also help me evaluate my efforts in the past few weeks. What I’ve been too absorbed with, what I was eager to accomplish. I’ve got many appointments, here and there. Some friendly requests, volunteer writing projects and extra writing job. Well, I had sense of fulfillment and fun (especially volunteer blogging/writing), I also had some regrets. I thought of this, having the musings, “there’s power in second thought”, and “it’s ok to say NO!”. After all, I’m no Wonder Woman!

Feasting on these books helped me a lot! I should have spent more time feeding on His Word.

Feasting on these books helped me a lot! I should have spent more time feeding on His Word.

Taking the risks worth taking is worth it!

Taking the risks worth taking, is worth it!

With regards to spiritual race, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:

The Need for Self-Discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 

26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 

27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Grateful for the grace, I finished the fun run with a flash! haha! (my thigh started to ache, I looked like leaning to Errand).

Grateful for the grace, I finished the fun run with a flash! haha! (my thigh started to ache, I looked like leaning to Errand).

extended birthday celebration with Therese and Zola

extended birthday celebration with Therese and Zola

“We are able to persevere only because God works within us, within our free wills. And because God is at work in us, we are certain to persevere. The decrees of God concerning election are immutable. They do not change, because He does not change. All whom He justifies He glorifies. None of the elect has ever been lost.” ~R.C Sproul

"Trustful dependence on Jesus makes victory not only possible, but certain." ~ Signs of the Times, Jan. 3, 1906

“Trustful dependence on Jesus makes victory not only possible, but certain.” ~ Signs of the Times, Jan. 3, 1906

I’ve always wanted to be back on track, to be consistent in running; joining fun run and pro run.

But more to that, I’ve always wanted to just be on the TRACK OF LIFE. Through God’s grace, I wanna have the CROWN OF LIFE, waiting for me at the finish line.

© 2014 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Errand (fun run), and Google Image. Video credit to You Tube. This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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AmBAG Glows at Good Morning Club


People all over the world, gaze with wonder at the world-renowned Amazing Race. Huge numbers of watchers from all walks of life follow the journey with thrill for the task and trial, the participating partners travail.

Meanwhile, in the world of Game Changers and Change Makers, a different amazing race is about to end, and many supporters and cheerers all over the world (literally), and in the world of entertainment industry is anticipating who would prevail!

I am referring to the Friendly Challenge between best buddies: ‘Chief ThorMentor’ Doc Anton Mari Lim and ‘SuperMentoree’ Josh Mahinay, and their support groups, Team Doc Anton and Team Josh. The Race-to-100 Sales’ days are numbered! Yes! Barely 3 days more!

In case you missed the blog updates, or you’ve just seen this entry, here are the links to earlier posts. These include the AmBAG Campaign blurb, until the last update. (Click the titles to read the posts).

From supt boy to a supportive BAG943 giver. Josh shows the kind of plastic bag he used at school when he was a kid. (photo credit: Christine Babao)

From supot boy to a supportive bag giver. Josh shows the kind of plastic bag he used at school when he was a kid. (photo credit: Christine Babao)

From Supot to School Bag. @joshmahinay , prime mover & founder of @bag943 . As a child he would walk 10kms to school, carrying all his books & school things in a plastic bag exactly like the one he is holding on to now. When he returned to his remote hometown in Zamboanga Sibugay , he saw a kid carrying the same supot . It was a sign from God that he had to do something about it. This is his way of giving back. He has been a recipient of people’s generosity , saving him fr a life of poverty. Let us be part of this culture of generosity.

#BeaGiver. Order your bags now via @bag943 . God bless you! ~Christine Bersola-Babao

Gracing Good Morning Club

Early today, AmBAG was again featured! After Josh Mahinay’s guesting in DZMM TeleRadyo with hosts Julius Babao and Nina Corpuz, he got another invitation to grace at TV5’s Good Morning Club. All of these were done through Ms. Christine Babao’s initiative. She has become the BIG SISTER to BAG943, especially to Josh and Team Josh. She’s shown sincere and superb support that resulted to the sprinting spree of Team Josh, catching up with fast-paced Team Doc Anton.

The highlight of the interview was about Josh’s childhood days, when he’s got the famous nickname, “supot/plastic boy” among his classmates. He used a sando plastic bag (red striped) to carry his school supplies and books; he used to ask for at a “tindahan” (mini store). He used to walk 10km a day going to school, with high hopes of acquiring education that would equip him to reach his dreams.

But his life drastically changed when a distant relative gave him a backpack. That’s the first decent bag he had, which made him feel he belong to the class! It boosted his aspirations in chasing his dreams, and in changing his life. The rest was a humbling history of his quest in the Western World and of his return to his beloved country to pursue greener pastures.

From a simple tweet which Ms. Christine read, she not only purchased backpacks, not only back-up the interview at DZMM TeleRadyo yesterday, but also invited Josh for an interview at her morning show early today. What a superb supporter!

From a simple tweet which Ms. Christine read, she not only purchased backpacks, not only back-up the interview at DZMM TeleRadyo yesterday, but also invited Josh for an interview at her morning show for tomorrow. What a superb supporter! *With the splendid BAG943 ladies: Charisma, Ayette and Sheena. (photo credit: Christine Babao)

Ms. Christine's compassionate support with Ms. Gelli de Belen-Rivera, her co-host and friend.

Ms. Christine’s compassionate support with Ms. Gelli de Belen-Rivera, her co-host and friend.

Gorgeous and gracious Ms. Grace Lee joined Team Josh! :D

Gorgeous and gracious Ms. Grace Lee joined TeamJosh! :D

Ms. Marley in her dashing pose with the bloody red backpack

Ms. Marley in her dashing pose with the bloody red backpack. Team Josh

Ms. Sheryl Cosim supports Team Josh! :D

Ms. Sheryl Cosim supports Team Josh! :D

 

Beauteous Bag of Dreams

Once a “supot boy”, Josh has been a “supportive bag giver” through the Bag of Dreams Project, which involves other generous people, to pay forward the generosity, goodness and compassion he received throughout his journey.

Now that BAG943’s AmBAG Campaign continues, he was able to rally more people to leave footprints of faith and fervent support to this advocacy. He’s blessed tremendously with same passionate people, and most importantly, a partner he teasingly calls “TorMENTOR”. Doc Anton Mari Lim is known for his volunteerism, patriotism and socialism. He’s the veterinary doctor who helped Kabang, the Aspin hero who save the lives of kids from death, though severely wounded. He’s also recognized for his medical missions with Tzu Chi Foundation and Yellow Boat of Hope and Yellow School of Hope Foundation.  They’re indeed a thrilling tandem of champions for children and for humanity; channels of God’s love and blessings.

Thrilled Tandem: seems like Doc Anton is pointing to the finish line

Thrilled Tandem: seems like Doc Anton is pointing to the finish line

UPDATE ON #amBAG RACE TO 100 FRIENDLY CHALLENGE between Josh Mahinay and Anton Mari Lim: “I would really love it if TeamJosh and TeamDocAnton cross the finish line together as TeamHumanity! Because if we cross the line together it means 200 kids of our YELLOW BOAT OF HOPE ADOPT-A-FISHERMAN recipients will get a brand new bag to inspire them to go back to school. To hope and dream again! Thanks for your hard work and support. LET’S SELL MORE BAGS TeamJosh and TeamDocAnton” ~Doc Anton

update

This was the update on Monday. The final count will be revealed on Thursday. :)

Latest Update from BAG943′s Ms. Mayette

Official Count as of Today 12 Mar ’14/15:12:

Team Doc Anton: 91

Team Josh: 79

The real winner of the #amBAG FRIENDLY CHALLENGE between me and Josh Mahinay: the kids of YELLOW BOAT OF HOPE ADOPT-A-FISHERMAN recipients in Tacloban, Samar! ~Doc Anton

The real winners of the #amBAG FRIENDLY CHALLENGE between me and Josh Mahinay: the kids of YELLOW BOAT OF HOPE ADOPT-A-FISHERMAN recipients in Tacloban, Samar! ~Doc Anton

Sprinting with the Stars

While Team Josh enjoys the blessings channeled through the numerous supporters, especially the Babao couple, Team Doc Anton cast the creative craft through Ms. Apple Pia Peji, a lovely loyalist of the team. Since she’s working in ABS-CBN, she was able to rally the AmBAG campaign among Umagang Kay Ganda Anchors. TeamJosh got Kapatid stars, TeamDocAnton got Kapamilya stars. Now, I wonder if there would be Kapuso stars who would join the AmBAG campaign.

Bernadette

BERNADRTTE SEMBRANO, GEORGE CARIÑO AND TONYING SUPPORTS #amBAG TeamDocAnton (photo by Apple Pia Peji)

Winnie

WINNIE CORDERO SUPPORTS #amBAG TeamDocAnton

Ariel

The one and only ARIEL URETA – UMAGANG KAY GANDA #amBAG TeamDocAnton

George

UMAGANG KAY GANDA George Cariño OF MGB #amBAG TeamDocAnton

Tonying

UMAGANG KAY GANDA TONYING OF MGB #amBAG TeamDocAnton

Meanwhile, the FilAm Star wordsmith, Sir Federico had his own share of promotion. I appreciate his great support!

HEAR YE! I may be the oldest endorser/model of Bag943 from the Bay Area, but I feel rejuvenated knowing that one school kid (maybe as old as my grandson Daniel here) from Samar/Leyte will have a free bag exactly as I proudly own now. Mag #amBagna tayo sa friendly race of Team Josh and Team DocAnton so that more struggling school children from the Philippines will muster hope and inspiration to realize their dreams and visions because of your kindness and generosity. ~Federico Espiritu

Federico

Ever supportive with his cute grandson Daniel

See my open BAG943? My bag needs to be filled up with your kindness and generosity so that #amBag movement can provide free bag with school supplies to school kids in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged areas in the Visayas who are pursuing their dreams and visions of success if you purchase one. Read my Dual Voice column at FilAm Star this week titled ‘Ambag of Kindness’ at http://www.filamstar.net and Be A Giver yourself. ~Federico Espiritu

See my open BAG943? My bag needs to be filled up with your kindness and generosity so that #amBag movement can provide free bag with school supplies to school kids in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged areas in the Visayas who are pursuing their dreams and visions of success if you purchase one. Read my Dual Voice column at FilAm Star this week titled 'Ambag of Kindness' at www.filamstar.net and Be A Giver yourself.

Open BAG943 to be filled up with kindness and generosity for #amBag movement #teamDocAnton

Maricris

The Boracay Masculados flexing their muscles, how could Ms. Maricris say no to purchasing 2 sets of bags? :D #teamDocAnton

kiddo

In teaching the culture of generosity, there are no age limits! You are never too young to receive or give love. Thank you Merlyn Pingkian-Tagalogon Corsame for supporting #amBAG RACE TO 100 CHALLENGE TeamDocAnton!

appreciation

appreciation

Judy

To the AWESOMEST supporter of #amBAG TeamDocAnton aunt Judy Vorfeld!!! Thank you for the support!

aimee


Thank you Aimee Wee Sabido and cute daughter Lindy for supporting #amBAG TeamDocAnton

evangeline

Our latest #amBAG giver and TeamDocAnton supporter Evangeline Hawkins – always ready to jump on the opportunity to help our country! Salamat Vangie!

TeamDocAnton growing list if #amBAG superstar supporters! Meet Maricris Wee

TeamDocAnton growing list if #amBAG superstar supporters! Meet Maricris Wee

 Thank you a Mark Bin Dinangalen for your support to TeamDocAnton


Thank you a Mark Bin Dinangalen for your support to TeamDocAnton

Approved Edsel! Thanks for the support to TeamDocAnton

Approved Edsel! Thanks for the support to TeamDocAnton

Thank you to auntie Melissa Villa of Project Pearls who is always a reliable partner for Tzu Chi, Yellow Boat of Hope, Team KABANG, and now Bag943 #amBAG campaign TeamDocAnton supporter. I will never forget her driving for hours just to visit me and KABANG at Davis CA. Thank you for being the BAG943 SHOP site first customer! I'm not surprised because we ONE HEART! YEP we will stay CRAZY always! Thanks Caffeine loaded auntie Melissa

Thank you to auntie Melissa Villa of Project Pearls who is always a reliable partner for Tzu Chi, Yellow Boat of Hope, Team KABANG, and now Bag943 #amBAG campaign TeamDocAnton supporter. I will never forget her driving for hours just to visit me and KABANG at Davis CA. Thank you for being the BAG943 SHOP site first customer! I’m not surprised because we ONE HEART! YEP we will stay CRAZY always! Thanks Caffeine loaded auntie Melissa ~Doc Anton

YELLOW BOAT OF HOPE AMBASSAFOR SUPERR Von Borilla of VANCOUVER's FAITHFUL support BAG943 #amBAG TeamDocAnton! Thanks for the online purchase! ~Doc Anton

YELLOW BOAT OF HOPE AMBASSAFOR SUPER Von Borilla of VANCOUVER’s FAITHFUL support BAG943 #amBAG TeamDocAnton! Thanks for the online purchase! ~Doc Anton

Thank you NYC Chair Leon Briones for supporting #amBAG TeamDocAnton! You too can BE A GIVER!

Thank you NYC Chair Leon Briones for supporting #amBAG TeamDocAnton! You too can BE A GIVER!

Pacing with Patience, Pressing with Perseverance

The Amazing Race is known for the survival of the fittest, great strategist; known for strength, endurance and agility. On the other hand, The Friendly Challenge: Race-to-100 Sales is known for the same qualities and more so, known for rallying awesome people of the same kind.

The twist and cherry on top, it is known for the spirit of ‘BAYANIHAN’; for each team helps each other to reach the mark together. Fun, and full of fans, this remarkable and amazing race would be another legacy of God’s grace and guidance. Everyone involved and each of those who resolved to help the Yolanda kids is part of this historic episode.

He's now the cheer leader of Team Josh, Doc Anton himself :D

He’s now the cheer leader of Team Josh, Doc Anton himself :D

He who received much gives much. He who gave much receives much more!

Kindness is never wasted. But an opportunity to help that you let go is definitely wasted!

Instead of munching popcorn, relaxed while watching the Amazing Race: Friendly Challenge, you should ask yourself, “ano AmBAG ko?!” or “Naka-amBAG nab a ako?”

The crisis in central visayas is not yet over. With survivor kids living with whatever typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left them, let's let them know that it is okay to dream again.

The crisis in central visayas is not yet over. With survivor kids living with whatever typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left them, let’s let them know that it is okay to dream again.

Follow this thread and pick TEAM JOSH to support :

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152571999708776&set=a.10150414843208776.465182.524173775&type=1&theater&notif_t=like

Dare to make a difference!

Visit our website! You’re welcome to join our team, TeamJOSH! :)

BAG943 Founder and BAG943 Ambassador! what a dazzling tandem! :D Go TeamJosh! :)

BAG943 Founder and BAG943 Ambassador! what a dazzling tandem! :D Go TeamJosh! :)

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Note: Photos credit to Ms. Christine Babao, Ms. Apple Pia Peji, Josh Mahinay and Dr. Anton Mari Lim. Videos credit to You Tube and BAG943. This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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AmBAG Dazzles at DZMM TeleRadyo


On Saturday night, I posted AmBAG Shines at the FilAm Star. It’s an update about AmBAG’s Friendly Challenge, and how the simple ‘kulitan’ made an impact to the netizens. It even created a big wave and reached the Bay Area.

Surprisingly, an article featuring the AmBAG campaign, “Dual Voice: Ambag of Kindness”  by Sir Federico Espiritu was published in FilAm Star. Aside from featuring it, he also purchased a BAG943 backpack, promoted it, in support of Team Doc Anton. It’s overwhelming how this endeavor caught the attention of the Fil-Am community in the US.

Mirthful Morning

Meanwhile, Team Josh remarkably made a sprint to catch up with the fast-paced Team Doc Anton. Moreover, Josh Mahinay’s interview yesterday (6:00am-7am) at “MAGANDANG MORNING with Julius Babao and Niña Corpuz”, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 garnered a surprising response from the social media and listeners. This interview was done through the superb support and initiative of Team Josh’s major supporters, the celebrity couple, Christine and Julius Babao. Kindly read Trending for Tacloban Kids for more details.

Overjoyed sharing the joy of BAG943's journey in helping impoverished children be empowered in reaching their dreams.

Overjoyed sharing the joy of BAG943′s journey in helping impoverished children to be empowered in reaching their dreams.

You are never TOO POOR to GIVE, never TOO ORDINARY to DO GREAT things. ~Josh Mahinay

“You are never TOO POOR to GIVE, never TOO ORDINARY to DO GREAT things.”

Jubilant Julius Babao facilitates the interview with co-host Ms. Niña Corpuz

Jubilant Julius Babao facilitates the interview with co-host Ms. Niña Corpuz

Nostalgic and euphoric experience for Josh.

Nostalgic and euphoric experience for Josh.

United colors of BAG943. Quality backpacks promoted by generous Magandang Morning hosts and Ms. Mayette Alita

United colors of BAG943. Quality backpacks promoted by generous Magandang Morning hosts, with Ms. Mayette Alita.

certified Team Josh

certified Team Josh

Ms. Christine is not just an a new angel to Josh, she's more of a big sister.  "Josh, You are a blessing to so many. We will support you all the way!" she assured.

Ms. Christine is not just an a new angel to Josh, she’s more of a big sister.
“Josh, You are a blessing to so many. We will support you all the way!” she assured.

Humility Before Honor

On February 28, I posted An Encounter with a Bayaning Pilipino. It’s a feature about Dr. Anton Mari Lim, the recent recipient of Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. BAYANING PILIPINO award. It’s a story of how a lowly volunteer was recognized for his compassion and generosity. It also tells about the God’s providential workings, how he was able to connect with Josh through a Rappler article and work closely with Josh and BAG943.

Here’s his heartfelt response:

“Thank you Lailanie Antonio Fronda and Josh Mahinay for this nice blog. I almost did not recognize myself in the blog. I am just a volunteer trying to make the world a little brighter for the kids wherever I am! You guys give meaning to the word AFFIRMATION and I thank God for the honor of having crossed path and now work together in His name! Thank you…the honor is definitely mine! See you in the trenches!!!”

It's more than an encounter with Dr. Anton Lim, a modern Bayaning Pilipino

It’s more than just a mere encounter with Dr. Anton. To him, it is a divine appointment how we met as well.

Unsung Hero Next Door

“Heroes are people who decide to make extraordinary things out of their ordinary lives.

Some of them willingly offer their lives so that others may live with dignity, and free as a people.

Some of them, still live to fight the many challenges of today. But many of them are heroes undiscovered and undeveloped.”

~ Dr. Anton Mari H. Lim (acceptance speech excerpt)

The ripple effect of the Rappler article written by BAG943′s founder & prime mover,“Leaving Los Angeles to Pursue Greener Pastures” is immeasurable. Who would have thought how far the ripples of his pebble of influence could reach?

This is the same article shared by Ms. Christine Babao in her Twitter and Facebook accounts, in awe of how God used Josh to be a blessing to many people. Through this, she also channel the inspiring story of BAG943. Josh is indeed an unsung hero for the impoverished kids and other people whom BAG943 has touched.

Ripple Effect through Rappler

It’s barely seven months ago (Aug.9, 2013) when it was published, and I’ve got to read it. Exactly one month ago (Feb.9) when Josh invited me in Life Church Makati (5th Floor, Holiday Inn & Suites, Glorietta 1) for their re-launch and for a meeting/interview. I could never have imagined the difference that my creative craft made. I can’t thank God’s providential workings enough for this, and how he channeled this blessing of writing ministry to others.

“Lanie, just want you to know that you are very effective in what you do. Please keep that fire burning inside you. I personally declare, you are the official creative writer of BAG943.

Doc Anton and I were talking about you today, how blessed BAG943 is to have you, and how efficient you are as a supporter blogger.”

I am humbled and privileged to be part of this advocacy and for this affirmation. I remembered that day, seven months ago how I got acquainted with Josh. I have no idea that by responding to the call to volunteer would give this outcome. I’ve been able to connect with great people with same passion!

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Curly Bookworm and BAG943′s Servant Leader believe in the power of trust and affirmation.

Curly Bookworm and BAG943′s Servant Leader believe in the power of trust and affirmation.

With my visit at Life Church Makati, I’ve got acquainted and befriended awesome people, mentors, friends and BAG943 staff and volunteers who served as the wind beneath Josh’s wings.

“I’m actually really amazed that we’ve known you through a different connection — through Josh. It’s normally through a common AUP friend. You’ll definitely be a great contribution to Josh’ organization. He’s a great guy with a big vision.” ~Arnold Gamboa

LC Makati Lead Pastor, Arnold and wife Joyce is a family to Josh

LC Makati Lead Pastor, Arnold and wife Joyce is a family to Josh

Joyful in service

Joyful in service.

Ever supportive Pastor Bill Wilson, Metro World Founder, and Pastor Prudy Mopera in a recent event with BAG943

Ever supportive Pastor Bill Wilson, Metro World Child Founder, and Pastor Prudy Mopera in a recent Metro World Child event with BAG943

“I’ll do it with that compliment or without…I’m honored always to be with your great movement!”

Pastor Prudy responded when Josh complimented with his willingness to represent BAG943 in the said event.

“Speechless in a close encounter and chat with the founder of the biggest Sunday School in the world (Metro World Child), BILL WILSON! He was abandoned by his alcoholic mother on a street corner of New York. He was stabbed, thrown out of a building, threatened, had malaria, dengue, shot on the face, had his jaw broken. But because someone cared for him as an abandoned child, his passion for children all over the world is very contagious!!! He got me sponsor a Filipino child to school.” ~ Ptr. Prudy Mopera

Kids, residents of Himlayan Cemetery in Parañaque City, who received their BAG943 backpack during one of the Sidewalk weekly activity of Metro World Child.  Josh, thanks for asking me to represent you!

Kids, residents of Himlayan Cemetery in Parañaque City, who received their BAG943 backpack during one of the Sidewalk weekly activity of Metro World Child.
Josh, thanks for asking me to represent you!

BAG943 is going to New York. Thanks to Metro World for this opportunity! They are carrying our products in their store in New York and online. ~Josh

BAG943 is going to New York. Thanks to Metro World for this opportunity!
They are carrying our products in their store in New York and online. ~Josh

Journey with Bag of Dreams

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

From the day I read the article, I followed the journey of BAG943. This is the remarkable recognition this social enterprise received.

Malacañang Palace, Kalayaan Hall – Sheena, on behalf of BAG943, accepts a certificate of recognition from the Edsa People Power Commission, being admitted to the ‘network of changers’ and ‘nation builders’ in the Philippines.

We would like to offer this to all our supporters, customer-givers, and to the kids whom we committed to serve and dedicated our lives and service to. (photo and caption by Josh Mahinay)

 At BAG943, we do not only lead. We help ordinary people grow to be future leaders. "Actually a conforming fact that as young as this generation is, we can already make a change." Sheena Camille Gepilano


At BAG943, we do not only lead. We help ordinary people grow to be future leaders.
“Actually a conforming fact that as young as this generation is, we can already make a change.” Sheena Camille Gepilano

BAG943 is blessed having very dedicated, determined and supportive mentors, staff and volunteer’s team.

One of the country’s top-ranked speakers and trainers for leadership programs and other soft skills, he is a Master Trainer and Accredited Facilitator for Servant Leadership, Leading Without the Title, Power to Persuade, Moving into Management among others.

Boris Joaquin’s fun moments with the kids. He is one of the country’s top-ranked speakers and trainers for leadership programs and other soft skills, he is a Master Trainer and Accredited Facilitator for Servant Leadership, Leading Without the Title, Power to Persuade, Moving into Management among others. ~ http://borisjoaquin.com

Overjoyed at the site during a bag drive.

Overjoyed at the site during a SUN LIFE FINANCIAL CEDAR NBO-SPONSORED Bag Drive

Josh's voice coach and friend, Jonathan Badon (world-class artist) supports BAG943. This Prince of Pop Opera is known not only for his musical gift, but also for his gift of generosity.

Josh’s voice coach and friend, Jonathan Badon (world-class artist) supports BAG943. This “Prince of Pop Opera” is known not only for his musical gift, but also for his gift of generosity.

His Bidding is Enabling

I read another awesome article from Rappler, published on January 12, 2014. It was written by Sir Ezra Ferraz, a expert business columnist of Executive Edge. In an interview on “How businesses can best give back in 2014″, Josh emphasized his insight on a good campaign.

“For me, a good campaign and networking are equally important. If your campaign is weak, you will not likely get support, even from your closest networks. On the other hand, meeting the right people to accelerate and sustain a strong campaign is critical. Your networks are your catalyst for success.”

In his recent introspection, he said:

“It is not only about God sending you these people, it is about you intentionally choosing to have the right people to influence your life.

Speaking from personal experience, there were moments when I had to cut my self off from people who were hindering me to be what God really wanted me to become.

By doing so, it gives lots of rooms for people who’ll help you and journey with you towards your rightful destination or place.”

Here’s an excerpt from Sir Ezra’s article. Prior to this blog entry, I was able to connect with him through Facebook. I appreciate his quick and kind response.

Rappler business columnist Ezra Ferraz graduated from UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California, where he taught writing for 3 years. He now consults full-time for educational companies in the United States. He brings you Philippine business leaders, their insights, and their secrets via Executive Edge.

Rappler business columnist Ezra Ferraz graduated from UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California, where he taught writing for 3 years. He now consults full-time for educational companies in the United States. He brings you Philippine business leaders, their insights, and their secrets via Executive Edge.

Build trust through transparency

One way to create a great campaign is to earn the good faith of your network through complete transparency. Mahinay put it simply: “People support you inasmuch as they trust you. It is important that you commit to deliver your brand’s promise. You don’t make promises that you are not hundred-percent sure that you can deliver. A system that will show transparency must also be in place.”

Mahinay goes to great lengths to accomplish this in BAG943. “After every bag drive, we send a thank you note and an email update to each of our customers, along with a picture and biographical information of the beneficiary school child. The bag of each child also carries a tag that has the name of the customer-giver. This not only gives assurance, but it also allows the customer-giver and the beneficiary child to share a special bond and connection.” ~Ezra Ferraz, “How businesses can best give back in 2014″

“You can’t change the world but certainly, you can change “a world”. The people I met during my journey changed mine. Now, it’s time to change someone else’s.” ~Josh Mahinay (A Gift Set in Motion: The Story of BAG943)

The crisis in central visayas is not yet over. With survivor kids living with whatever typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left them, let's let them know that it is okay to dream again.

The crisis in central visayas is not yet over. With survivor kids living with whatever typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left them, let’s let them know that it is okay to dream again.

Would you also dare change someone’s world?

The bag you wear can make a difference!

Ano amBAG mo?

 

Worth reading:

http://www.rappler.com/business/170-features/47766-executive-edge-how-businesses-can-best-give-back-in-2014

http://positivelypinoy.com/a-gift-set-in-motion-the-story-of-bag-943/

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/36006-los-angeles-greener-pastures

 

Worth watching:

 

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Note: Photos credit to Josh Mahinay, Dr. Anton Mari Lim, Arnold Gamboa & Prudy Mopera. Rappler article credits to Ezra Ferraz (used with permission). Videos credit to You Tube and BAG943. This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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AmBAG Shines at the FilAm Star


“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” 

John Bunyan

Several weeks have passed since  the Friendly Challenge started between the BAG943 Founder and Prime Mover, Josh Mahinay, and Doc Anton Mari Lim, Co-Founder of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation and Major Supporter of BAG943.

In case you haven’t got any idea about it, please take time to read Trending for Tacloban Kids first. You’ll fully grasp the goal of this attempt, much more a fun challenge which started from a mere “kulitan” between the two.

Ripple Reaches the Western Shores

Have you ever thrown a pebble on a lake or on the sea?

Were you able to see the ripples it created? Have you estimated how far  the ripples have reached?

Surprisingly, an article featuring the AmBAG campaign, particularly the friendly challenge was published in FilAm Star. It’s overwhelming how this endeavor catches the attention of FilAm community in the US.

Click on the link and scroll down to page (A4) to read the article written by Sir Federico Espiritu.

http://www.filamstar.net/images/stories/pdf/263.pdf

Thank you FilAm Star for this very nice feature about #amBAG campaign. ~Josh Mahinay

Thank you FilAm Star for this very nice feature about #amBAG campaign. ~Josh Mahinay

Game Changers at their best, Josh & Doc Anton give new meaning to a typical "crab mentality" among Filipinos. :)

Game Changers at their best, Josh & Doc Anton give new meaning to a typical “crab mentality” among Filipinos. :)

I’m humbled to get connected also to Sir Federico who respond right away to my request when I added him in Facebook. He told me how he was able to connect with the two when I shared this blog, informing that I featured his article. I also appreciated his wonderful craft.

Josh and Doc Anton, amBag ang BAG943 are great stories to tell for our Kababayans, and to support, Lailanie.

I came to know first Doc Anton when I wrote about Kabang and then he led me to Josh. All tiles fell into the right places as arranged by the Lord and now you’re picking up “Dual Voice”. Great providential handiwork.

The Thrilling Tandem

No matter what would be the outcome of this friendly challenge, Josh and Doc Anton would always be a great and thrilling tandem for the cause of impoverished people. Their priority is to serve God, and to make their territory more sunshiny, radiating the sunlight from the Sun of Righteousness. :)

For the passed few days, the race to 100 sales made a big difference among the lives of many people in diverse walks of life.

A FRIENDLY CHALLENGE-turned-into friends, families, public figures and celebrities coming together to support either #teamJosh Josh Mahinay or #teamDocAnton Anton Mari H. Lim to win the 100-sales challenge before March 15, 2014 #amBAG bag drive in Samar.

In the end, it is going to be the Yolanda affected school children who will be real winners.

Friendly Challenge is more of fun and a call to generosity.  #teamJosh + #teamDocAnton = #teamJesus For they are His volunteers, seeing Jesus in every child with an eye of faith.

Friendly Challenge is more of fun and a call to generosity.
#teamJosh + #teamDocAnton = #teamJesus
For they are His volunteers, seeing Jesus in every child with an eye of faith.

Follow this thread and pick a team to support :

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152571999708776&set=a.10150414843208776.465182.524173775&type=1&theater&notif_t=like

As an outcome, more and more sales rose to this statistics:

*Fast-Paced Team Doc Anton: 38 (March 6th), 63 (March 7th)

*Teams Josh’s Sprinting Spree: 25 (March 6th), 50 (March 7th)

This morning, I was notified about the surprising news. Yesterday morning, #teamJosh had 25 sales still. But this testimonial shows how God works in mysterious ways. What a leap of faith! :)

#teamJosh thank God! Last night I closed a deal (25 sales) so we are catching up. Few more sales and we can close the gap. ~Josh

Contagious Compassion

Compassion is indeed contagious! I am amazed how  people converge despite the distances, even beyond the borders of our country. Love knows no economic and political status, cultural differences and personality uniqueness! Love could unite in spite of diversity.

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

You are never TOO POOR to GIVE, never TOO ORDINARY to DO GREAT things. ~Josh Mahinay

Would you dare to live compassionately today?

An invitation from Josh:

I got invited to guest tomorrow at 6:00am-7am, “MAGANDANG MORNING with Julius Babao and Niña Corpuz”, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.
If you are a morning person and would like to join our conversation about BAG943 and #amBAG which will have its first project installment on March 15, 2014, tune in

Link for audio streaming here:

http://dzmm.abs-cbnnews.com/page/audiostreaming.html

It is simultaneously airing on cable channels. For cable channel assignments in your areas, click here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DZMM_TeleRadyo

Gracias Ms. Christine Babao for working this out for BAG94!

*More updates will be posted tomorrow. Keep posted! :)

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Affirmation of God’s Faithfulness


This morning, upon reading a Facebook message from Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso, I wasn’t able to hold my tears. With mixed emotions, I praised God for both good news and sad news. I cried because I was so blessed and touched of how God works in mysterious ways.

This experience is nostalgic, I reminisce the times I and my family was in the same predicament, a life and death situation of my late ate Leah. I remembered how brethren from far and near, friends and family, and even strangers were able to unite to support not only through fervent prayers and encouragements, but in various ways (especially financial support).

This post is another way of helping Ma’am Lalaine in her endeavors to help her dear friend. She’s always there encouraging, and her trust with my love for service made me more inspired to do what I can to help others. Prior to her invitation, I was with her and the rest of medical missionaries at Heritage Center, 28th Floor, Raffles Tower at Ortigas, Pasig City. It’s a Health Professionals Sabbath Convocation dubbed as “Called and Revived for Mission: Medical Missionary Work”. This event was organized by the Health Ministries Department of North Philippine Union Conference where Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso serves as the Health Ministries Director.

Called and revived Medical Missionaries for the Master Physician

Called and revived Medical Missionaries for the Master Physician (some attendees left earlier, photo credit: Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso)

It was an inspiring fellowship attended by health professionals and graced by the topnotch SDAs of the recent PLE and other top notchers in the earlier years — MedTech Exam, NLE. Inspiring testimonies were given too! It’s a musical Sabbath as well, I am humbled and blessed to have given a part to render “I will Stand as a Witness of Christ”, with Weanne Myrrh Estrada (Top 1 of NLE 2010) in keyboard accompaniment. *I have a blog entry for this convocation. Keep posted!

Wordsmith with a Mission

Aside from being in a family crucible who dealt with three severe health cases with three family members (younger brother, eldest sister and father), and three successive deaths in three consecutive years (March 2011, December 2012, December 2013), I also experienced being a medical missionary in the field in my late teens. With this, I am grateful of the Wounded Healer’s ministry channeled in amazing ways. Involving in this endeavor is a way to pay it forward to others in need.

Last night, around past 10:00 PM, I was in a hurry finishing some blogs. But when Ma’am Lalaine sent me a message, I paid attention with an impression that my help is needed. She requested me to write a letter of request for a helicopter, while she deals with other arrangements and other concerns related to Ma’am Gladdens Zamora Azuprado’s critical medical condition.

I was quite shocked and I pity the patient for the unimaginable condition she is going through. I requested Ma’am Lalaine to pray for me, because I don’t know what to say, she gave me the details. With prayerful thoughts, this letter was done in a few minutes. I felt the urgency due to the emergency. To God be the glory for the thoughts impressed!

Please read the letter’s content to know the case of the patient. They need more support, especially in prayers.

May heaven’s riches blessings pour upon you and abound!

We beseech your good office to allow us to use one of your helicopters to transport a very critical patient. Gladdens Zamora Azuprado, the 40-year old patient, is a high school teacher on health subject at Naga View Adventist College. She suffered from a severe headache and profuse vomiting early Monday morning. She was rushed to Naga City Doctors Hospital.

The doctors discovered that one of her blood vessels ruptured in the brain, but they can’t locate where particularly the hemorrhage occurred. With this, the blood spread all over her brain which causes excruciating pain. This life-threatening condition prompted the doctors to do the medical procedures needed, but their facilities are not sufficient. The doctors mandated an urgent transfer to Manila, where state-of-the-art hospitals and medical centers could facilitate the dire need of the patient.

However, her critical case doesn’t allow her to be transported by land. She will have a hard time dealing with long and rough travel. She can’t be transferred via commercial plane either, because the abrupt flight and pressure on air might cause further rupture of her brain vessels. On the other hand, with a helicopter, her transfer would be well managed and would be less hazardous.

We hope and pray that you’ll give an attention to this request. Your kind consideration for the critical patient’s case is much appreciated! We look forward to receiving your apt response.

Alfanoso family, working closely in the furtherance of God's work.

Alfanoso family, working closely in the furtherance of God’s work.

Wonderful Wounded Healer

According to Ma’am Lalaine, she sent the letter right away to the respective personnel that gave a positive response to help. Her update this morning made me cry with gratitude, although I am sad at the same time, knowing that the patient’s case got more severe.

Because of your letter, we were able to facilitate two choppers to airlift the patient. The Philippine Air Force, the Philippine Navy in Sangley Point. Ang problem ngayon hindi pwede e-airlift ang patient kasi very critical kaya stand by ngayon ang mga choppers–isn’t God amazing? It’s a mission impossible but you know what, I never doubted God.

My son thought that I was just joking that I need a helicopter last night. He showed me his toy chopper (big one for big boys), sabi ko hindi yan anak, tunay na helicopter that will transport your ate Gladz.

Sabi ng son ko, that’s a mission impossible mommy. Pero after the hardwork, and people working together to request for a helicopter, the lord provided us! Not only ONE helicopter, but TWO! WOW! I cannot contain my happiness for the answered prayer. I just would like to share to you my happiness.

Thanks so much po sa help. I also had an experience with my mom when she was hospitalized. Then, ang dami rin tao naghelp and it’s overwhelming. Kaya nga po parang pay it forward and nangyari.

Sabi nga po ng husband ko, gusto na niya mag give up pero kapag nakikita niya ang mga tao sa palibot niya, at kahit na yung hindi niya kilala gumagawa para matulungan sila, that keeps him going.

I’m glad about the answered prayer! Very unsuspecting…unassuming…nakaka suspense!

I don’t know how to react, but PRAISE the LORD! I am nothing, but I am grateful! I never knew that even a very simple way of responding to a call to help would be a means of hastening the process, and God blessed and answered our prayers! Isn’t our Wounded Healer wonderful?

The patient, Ma'am Gladdens Zamora Azuprado with her loving family, Jun (Abraham), her hubby and son.

The patient, Ma’am Gladdens Zamora Azuprado with her loving family, Jun (Abraham), her hubby and son.

His Helping Hands

On behalf of the family and support group of Ma’am Gladdens,  Dr. Lalaine Alfanoso acknowledges her heartfelt gratitude to the following persons who kindheartedly extended help

  • Promise Joy De Castro
  • Rose Olarte Orbita
  • Rico Ricamata
  • The pilot in Sangley Point (I will withhold his name upon request)
  • The Headquarters of the Philippine Navy
  • Philippine Air Force (National) and Region V
  • My top 1, Daniel Alfanoso III (Dr. Lalaine’s hubby)
  • the people who fervently pray and encourage
As of this morning, the patient’s airlift transfer was suspended due to her worsened situation. She’s more critical and the doctors advised her to stay.
She will undergo CT Angiogram today.
Kindly keep her and her medical support group in your prayers. I initiated to blog this in support of Ma’am Gladdens. I may not fully understand how horrible her condition is, and how her family and friends are going through, but I empathize because I’d been in a similar situation before. May this inspire the family more. Kindly hold on to your faith. Jesus is ever near. Remember,  someone praying for you!
Nothing amazes me more than seeing a miracle happen. A miracle is simply an affirmation of God’s faithfulness!
Blog post about my sister Leah

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