Fun Facts Fans Should Know About Weanne


Disclaimer: The facts were thoughtfully chosen, based on a documented research. The intention of the author is neither to put the person in an unfavorable, funny circumstance nor to inflict shame. This is a fun way to honor a friend on her birthday, and encourage the fans to know her on a personal basis. All emphasis intended.

I’ve been Weanne Myrrh ‘Wea’ Razon Estrada’s fan-turned-friend. I even considered myself a “fans club”, telling her that I’m equivalent to a dozen of fans, especially when it comes to her love life. A cheering squad, its exaggerated counterpart. Haha

Ok, so to tell a short background to justify the first statement, let’s walk down memory lane. During late 90’s, I first heard Wea’s voice through a cassette tape. Yeah, she’s a recording artist at a tender age, together with her older sister, Dianne Claire and some other gifted kids. I’m a fan. I love singing, and I told myself, I’ll meet her/them one day, and perhaps sing with her/them.

So after several years, I finally set foot at AUP, and tsaraaaaaan! I finally met her.

But I lately found out, she focused more on playing the piano and had been the accompanying pianist. She doesn’t render SOLO. No false hope. She just doesn’t sing solo. Unless someone powerful enough to persuade would inspire her to sing, perhaps “I See the Light” (theme song). Haha

But I’m grateful that I’ve got that once-in-a-lifetime rendition with her being my accompanying pianist during the Health Professionals Convention last year. I ain’t a health practitioner though.

*The ‘haha’ is something I got from Wea. There’s a blog post about why she often put that at the last part of her sentence. But this isn’t just about mimicking her. That’s the power of influence! Haha

Soya is way beyond cutie. She's a walking, smart stuffed toy.

Wea’s baby Soya is way beyond cutie. She’s a walking, smart stuffed toy. Soya has her lil’ puppies now. Time flies indeed!

Wonder Woman, Wander Weanne

It would take a blog series to enumerate the fun facts. So I chose the most significant ones, enough for a fan to know to be legit. Haha

She’s all that – gifted, achiever, leader, topnotch, trustworthy, thoughtful, practical, persistent although self-proclaimed “professional procrastinator”. A loving daughter, loving sister, caring friend, extra-caring girlfriend (understatement, unless the description comes from her boyfie).

But aside from being a wonder woman, she likes to wander as a traveler. She’s actually a globetrotter, having conquered countries in Europe, United States of America (where she sojourn for her graduate studies), and some Asian countries. There are more in her bucket list. But when it comes to traveling, she’s not ‘maarte’. She’s a genius girl-next-door with a gorgeous smile. She’s an exceptional lovely person inside-out.

There was one trip from Paseo (Sta. Rosa) to AUP (Adventist University of the Philippines) with her, and I wondered how her mind wandered. The jeepney stopped already in front of AUP gate, we already toned down from being engrossed with our random topics with a whimsical whiplash (we jump from one topic to another, as always, haha) during the travel. She was quiet and was looking afar. I didn’t bother reminding her we’re already in AUP. She was in reverie, I guessed she will continue traveling to Sta. Rosa Heights or visit a friend somewhere near my place. So when the jeepney started moving, about a minute, she realized, she missed it.

“Wea, saan ka pala pupunta?” I asked her.

“Ay ate Lai, AUP na pala! …ayy! Para po manong!” she surprisingly screamed and hurriedly went out with poise. Haha

She flushed, but not-so-red, I know she felt embarrassed.

I forgot if I mentioned to her, after she went out, some of the people in the jeepney said: “Di ba, yon yung Top 1 sa Nursing Board Exam (Nursing Licensure Exam in 2010)? Ayon oh, sya yung nasa tarpaulin!”

That’s how she wondered when we wandered.

Frisson for French

When she opens her mouth, either to host an event or to deliver a speech, she’s a magnet. I don’t wanna be biased as a friend, but many people have attested to that. That’s why she got many fans. Whether covered by television network, or local videographer, her eloquence is evident. God endowed her a gift in speech.

She made her graduation speech soon before her graduation, and left thousands of audience inspired and quite petrified. Spontaneous. Very moving. Okay, okay, she’s capable, after all, she’s an achiever from elementary until college – always on the top. But she’s so down-to-earth. No hint of arrogance, whatsoever.

Since she loves to travel, she also loves foreign language. But you should excuse her French. Last year, she finally sojourned in Paris. Dreams do come true! She finally saw the epic Eiffel Tower and gallivant at the heart thump-thumping, Love Lock Bridge. Only to realize and confess afterwards that she got confused of La Dolce Vita as French, when in fact, it’s Italian. And that’s her blog’s name. Haha

imageedit_5_3789440810Read about it: http://weannewashere.tumblr.com/post/83312050617/paris-day-1-excuse-my-french

Attempted Arson

She’s harmless as it may appear. Yeah, she is. But you shouldn’t mess up with her. The lawn near the College of Nursing was on fire before her graduation; she’s one of the responsible ones (she’s the graduating president and college president of her batch). It happened during a very significant activity. The fire from the bonfire set ablaze and they had a hard time to tame it. It was unintentional and an accident, no one ever imagined it would happen.

Burn AUP? Nah! The sub-headline was just an exaggeration. I can’t imagine her being tarantacious, lacking grace and poise to act on that crime, when farewell party turned into firewell frenzy (*firewell is borrowed term from her friend)

But really, you shouldn’t mess up with Wea! Haha

Farewell with Fire Frenzy

Farewell with Fire Frenzy

*photo courtesy of Dana Conopio

Of Beauty and Bullying

Wea confuses people whether she’s Chinese or Korean. She hides her eyes when she smiles, but she’s plain Filipino, from mixed ancestors.

Who would imagine Sandara Park would rise in stardom here in our country? She had a humbling beginning prior to her discovery in local showbiz. Who would have thought, she’ll be more famous as how she is now, as a singer (2NE1) and actress in Korea?

Being misconstrued as her friend when she posted a fangirling shot with Sandara during a movie shoot in AUP, and post it in social media, she had a foretaste of bullying. There was a girl who commented nasty things about her looks compared to Sandara’s. It’s been a laughing stock, even sometimes when close friends would make fun of her. She’s not taking it personally though.

Read about it and look at their pic and the cyberbullying (Wea, don’t sue me for this, haha): http://weannewashere.tumblr.com/search/Sandara+Park

Bullying. Stereotyping. Exploitation. These are some of the negative and ill doings she hope to evade or help eradicate, with her campaign on upholding the human rights and advocacy to help the plight of Filipino nurses here and abroad. The ripple effect was beyond measure.

Can you also see her bright future? Insert Ser! ahem. haha

Can you also see her bright future? Insert Ser! ahem. haha

She’s known for goodwill.

She has a humungous heart.

She has some funny moments which manifested her vulnerability.

She’s not perfect. But imperfectly perfect in her ways.

 Do you have some funny facts about her which I might have missed knowing? Feel free to leave a comment. Haha

*I hope and pray that God will continue to make her channel of his goodness and blessings; may more lives be forever touched.

Dear Wea,

I’m just behind your back. I’m keeping track of your blog, LOL. Keep sharing how wonderful the God we serve is! Stay loving and blooming. I’m cheering for you and your academic and love life milestones. Alam mo yan! Thanks for the bongga friendship!

For the efforts, especially praying for my future special someone, much gratitude and gaiety! Haha.

Melodious Birthday! :D

P.S.

You’re missed to the moon and back.

Your funny fan, friend, and sisterfromanothermother,

Te Lai.

PARIS

“Someday, God willing, madadagdagan ang locks dito with you and someone’s name hihi. Thanks for all your love and sweetness to me te, someday a lucky guy will experience that same love and sweetness from you for himself too. mwah ” ~ Weanne 1.15.14 (surprise souvenir)

“However rare true love is, true friendship is rarer”. ~M.M. *The solo pic is one of my favorite shots coz unknowingly, I’d be beheaded in for the photo booth during the camporee (thought I’d be a model Master Guide, Haha).

© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Weanne and Arj Almocera, otherwise stated. Our duet pics in the collage are mine (at least may duet sa picture).

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Bygones


It takes an idea with motivation to keep blogging overflow.

If you’ve noticed, I skipped more than a week of blogging. I consider myself a prodigal blogger, although I told myself, I will be consistent especially this month. With the theme, GROWTH, I still considered myself a bit ‘bonsai’.

“Let bygones be bygones.”

With today’s prompt: “What has been the easiest part of blogging?” I realized that procrastination has been hindering me to meet my goal – to blog daily, or as often as I can. The easiest part of blogging is when you let your idea overflow and be spontaneous. It’s good to have a theme, when you are supplied with prompts to have a directive. Joining a community of blogger like BlogHer is also an inspiration. You don’t only grow as a professional blogger, but you’ll be acquainted with awesome ones. Your blog also grow with your influence.

Earth Day Enthusiasm

While the world celebrates environmental awareness and Earth Day, I’ve got a thrill to till my blog’s soil. There’s a lot of potentials and resources to use in order to grow. Although it’s been true that it’s easier to be said than done, blogging isn’t a burden. It only seem to be a burden when you suppress your capacity to spill your thoughts. Yeah, technical challenges arise like poor internet connection, low signal, etc. But those should block you.

I have missed posting numerous entries, some which have been withering in the garden of my mind. I have regretted that I have allowed dilly-dallying, and it shackled me. It’ never late though. It’s like how we preserve Mother Earth. Awareness isn’t enough. There should be a progressive plan and action to do how to conserve resources and to maintain cleanliness and goodness of nature. It’s for everyone’s benefit.

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir

Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir

It takes an idea with motivation to keep blogging overflow.

Stagnation of mind is detrimental to mental health. Blogging is a nice way of filling your thoughts with courage and concern, and letting your ideas overflow. It’s not only for personal benefit, but for the benefit of readers in the blogosphere.

Behind any kind of confidence is conditioning and behind any inspiration is hard work. ~ Skeets Touhy

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© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Google Images (1st & 3rd photos). 

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Mr. Pitch Perfect’s Musical Memento


Serendipitous.

That’s the best adjective to describe how I met Richard “Ian” Jacinto. I didn’t have any hint of his exceptional talent or fame when I first met him in the first week of February, 2015. I just thought he’s a model (which made him think I’m flattering him, haha!) Since he’s of good looks and height, and he has the American accent, it made me think he’s a balikbayan (expat) who’s venturing a modeling career.

Gracing a remarkable event at PGA Porsche Center.

Gracing a remarkable event at PGA Porsche Center.

I wouldn’t give the details of our first encounter, but thanks to his warmth and humility, the travel went fine having a good conversation along. I’ll feature him one day in my column, and I’m glad he’s accommodating. It’s a good thing to know a talented person, Mr. Pitch Perfect, as how is known for. But it’s better to be friends with a very promising artist who’s so humble and nice. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, he have kept the Filipino values, and I appreciate his parents for that. Being musically gifted, he preferred to establish his career here in our country and even took his music degree in University of the Philippines.

Saxophonist | Composer |Arranger

Saxophonist | Composer |Arranger

The first cover I watched among his numerous covers was Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, which has almost 155K views.

I just saw today his recent cover of “Love Me Like You Do” [Fifty Shades of Grey].

Get to know him more and watch more of his covers and T.V. appearances:
Facebook: Ian Jacinto
Twitter: RichardIanJ
Instagram: RichardIanJ
YouTube: rikirjjacinto

Aside from having corporate shows, he also accepts invitation to play at weddings, debut parties and other events, at a very reasonable rate. :D

© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Ian Jacinto. Videos credit to YouTube. 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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Graceful GROWTH


Daily Growth with NaBloPoMo

Daily Growth with NaBloPoMo

Since I bounce back from blog sulking for the nth time, I hope that this will be a fresh start, especially blogging in my BlogHer account. I had selective amnesia for about three years. Good thing I sought solution on my blogging problem.

I also joined WordPress’ “A Post A Day Challenge”, bracing myself with courage to conquer my procrastination. I checked out the daily prompts, and I prefer to focus on theme GROW for the month of April.

I noticed it late, so my official entry for the NaBloPoMo Challenge starts today, Day 10:

What support are you grateful you had as a child to help you grow?

Spiritual Support

Growing with a poverty-stricken family, I was quite deprived of both material and financial luxury. Glancing back my childhood days, I learned how to be contented and I’m grateful of how my parents thought us practical lessons.

Nothing compares to spiritual nourishment, my parents channeled to us from the Divine Vine. The Great Provider endowed us loving and caring parents who focused more on securing our eternal salvation, than showering us material possession.

There was a cute song which we often sing during  morning and evening worship. I taught this to some of my students in Vacation Bible Schools and Branch Sabbath Schools.

Read your Bible, pray everyday, pray everyday, pray everyday.

Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you grow, grow, grow.

And you grow, grow, grow. And you grow, grow, grow.

Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you grow, grow grow.

The message of the song has grown in my heart, even until now that I’m a young adult. The Holy Spirit showered me with inspiration to take God’s Word as a living food, which I need most for spiritual survival. Prayer, as the breath of the soul has been like oxygen.

On December 2013, the pillar of our family, my father, passed away. He left the best legacy for me and my siblings. The spiritual support would stay, although he took his deep slumber already.

Savoring Success

There are no parents who wouldn’t be happy to see their children succeed in life. Almost all parents care most for their family’s welfare, especially the kids’ future. But many miss the point of helping them savor their success, and for many of them don’t see the value, and don’t value the importance of spiritual security.

God’s grace is free. Why not accept and make use of this gift to grow into the person God wants us to be? I often ask this question myself, since I tend to abuse His gift when I choose to stagnate myself.

Here are some wonderful quotes I’ve read from my devotional this morning:

Growth in grace will not lead you to be proud, self-confident, and boastful, but will make you more conscious of your own nothingness, of your entire dependence upon the Lord. He who is growing in grace will be ever reaching heavenward, obtaining clear views of the fullness of the provisions of the gospel.  My Life Today, p.109

The Christian’s life is not a modification or improvement of the old, but a transformation of nature. There is a death to self and sin, and a new life altogether. This change can be brought about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. DA 172.

I would be forever grateful, not only to my parents, but for the many spiritual people who contributed to my growth. In many aspects of my life, I am constantly growing everyday. Thanks to my family, friends and even acquaintances who made this life’s journey worth progressing.

Singing my heart out loud, "I WIll Stand as a Witness of Christ" as an appeal song. A ministry collaboration with Sandra Seifert, on her advocacy for health and modesty.

Singing my heart out loud, “I Will Stand as a Witness of Christ” as an appeal song. A ministry collaboration with Sandra Seifert, Miss Earth-Air 2009, on her advocacy for health and modesty.

How about you? What support are you grateful you had as a child to help you grow?

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Promise Neither to Make or Break a Promise


Promises were ropes of sands for me, then.

They were made with thrilling anticipation. Failed expectations led to failed relationships, broken friendships.

Promises were ropes of sands for me, then.

I made them. I broke them. Either intentionally or unintentionally, breaking a promise leaves consequences of various kinds. Oftentimes, negative outcome abounds.

Evaluating and re-evaluating my personal relationship with God, especially today, made me realize that I made a lot of promises. Whether small and petty promises, they’re not supposed to be made just to be messed up; like the cliche, “Promises are not made to be broken.” But it’s really a big deal to break a promise or covenant with the Lord. I have shortcomings everyday.

Not so Petty Promises

I made a short list amidst the mundane things that I could make promises with myself.

  • Daily Devotional – consistent quality time with the Lord despite super hectic schedule.
  • Regular Running – whether there’s race or not, I should run at least thrice a week.
  • Season of Spiritual Refreshing – not just pause or pose for prayer, but fervent prayer.
  • Connect or communicate with loved ones.
  • Small time spent on social media.
  • Blog at least four times a week. Blog everyday if possible. Make it happen.
  • Don’t gossip or talk cheap.
  • Don’t lie.

I can list down more, but I guess it isn’t necessary. My point is to emphasize, that whether spiritual or not, I should shun making promises. I should have the goals set, and achieve them through God’s grace.

The work of transformation from unholiness to holiness is a continuous one. Day by day God labors for man’s ‪‎sanctification‬, and man is to cooperate with Him, putting forth persevering efforts in the cultivation‬ of right habits‬. He is to add grace to grace; and as he thus works on the plan of addition, God‬ works for him on the plan of multiplication.” ~ Ellen G. White, My Life Today, p.106

Pinky Promise

This morning, I browsed a blog which surprised me! There’s a community of Christians who are making commitment with the Lord for chastity and purity of heart! Check it out: http://www.pinkypromisemovement.com/

It's not about petty promises, but fervent promise with the ONE who never fails with His promises.

It’s not about petty promises, but fervent promise with the ONE who never fails with His promises.

In our modern and media-manipulated world today, it’s still rare to find men and women who opt to commit themselves to God in this area. Most often, they are stereotyped as weirdos and wannabes. But who knows the motive of the heart? Who is just to judge?

I don’t judge people who’ve given away their virginity or people who chose different path in life. I don’t wanna brag about my covenant for purity, but physical purity isn’t enough. It should be deep, purity of heart can only be achieved through the merits of the RIGHTEOUS ONE.

So, after browsing the blog, I read again and again the manifesto:

A promise to honor God with your body and your life. To refuse to give your body to anyone that hasn’t paid the price for you called marriage. It’s a promise to stay pure before God in EVERY single way. It’s a promise that says, I won’t test the boundaries in my relationship to see how far I can push it sexually–but instead–I want God to have my heart.
 
It’s a promise to God that you will honor your marriage covenant. It’s saying that I promise not to step outside of my marriage, cheat on my spouse and that I’ll work through every issue.
I really appreciate the noble cause of Heather Lindsey, who created the blog and initiated the community to help each other through motivation. But I haven’t joined yet. I actually made my own pinky promise to God several years ago. And that’s what I want to keep, together with the other promises I listed. I shouldn’t consider them promises, for I didn’t make them just to break them.
"Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Ps. 37:4

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps. 37:4

"What you've become while waiting is more important than what you're waiting for." ~Nicole Parker

“What you’ve become while waiting is more important than what you’re waiting for.” ~Nicole Parker

What are the promises you made that you’ve broken? Are there areas in your life or habits that are needed to be changed, not only modified? Let’s discuss about them, and perhaps pray for them, if that is called for.
Here are my favorite songs. I used to sing “I Promise” at weddings. I will sing “Promise Me Forever” is a friend’s wedding soon. Actually, they are my waiting and promise songs.
© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Rockin’ Photographers www.rockinphotographers.com. 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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Why I Write.


CurlyLAF:

Bouncing back from blog sulking, it’s refreshing to bump on your post.

Honest. Motivating. Inspiring.

Then, I pause and ponder, “WHY I WRITE?”
Why did I stop?

The longer I linger in dilly-dallying, the shorter my chance to keep the words rolling.

It’s about time! :)

Originally posted on Beradadisini:

I write because sometimes it’s just too complicated to tell everything to anyone. I write because in my darkest days, I do not even feel like seeing anyone–let alone talking to them. I write because I think people won’t understand. I write because I don’t think I can fully trust anyone. I write because I think people won’t be so nice or approving. I write because I think people would try too hard to be nice and approving.

Journaling

PHOTO BY CLARADEVI HANDRIATMADJA.

I write because in my teenage years, I learned that my knuckles would hurt if I punch the wall. That instead of getting sympathy, my parents would simply scold me for breaking things or throwing my stuff away. That to swear and curse from the top of my lungs, I needed to go to a jungle or a mountain so nobody would hear me, but I couldn’t travel that far. That…

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Dual Citizenship


While many Filipinos would take all the chances to chase dual citizenship, many of them would shun by all means the looks of being senior citizen. For some Filipinos who are forever stuck in our country, they aren’t aware that they could also have dual citizenship when they turn 60 years old.

For men, there had been a famous maxim, “Life begins at forty”. If that’s literal, my late father had lived only 18 years. He’s still young if he’s still alive today. But he already rested in the Lord the other year, and he missed his dual citizenship today.

With nostalgia, I ran down memory lane and reminisce the wonderful moments with Papa Benny. His life has been full of lots of twists and turns as a growing teenager and more of those on his 20’s until he found and married Mama Linda. Life wasn’t a bed of roses, and yet, they had a fulfilling one that surpassed thorns and thistles.

I remember him cuddling us and laughing with us during family time. He’s a good storyteller. If you also find me as a good one, I got it from him (haha). Me and my siblings would memorize verses during family worship, and sing our hearts out. More children added to the family, and that meant more demands and needs, especially financially. He’s been a man of adventures, so from being a literature evangelist, he ventured out other trades and businesses, which demanded a lot of travel and sojourn to far and different places. Without his physical presence for many months, we’ve learned to be more independent and responsible children. My mom stood firm and fervent in faith, and strengthen the family, when the pillar isn’t there. My brother, at his young age helped out as well, and we’ve learned how to be more unified and dedicated to help each other til we grew, and until our parents grew old as well.

Throughout the most crucial years, with the most unfathomable crucibles we’ve encountered, God has been gracious and faithful to His promises. We’re indebted to God’s sustaining grace. We’re almost broken, but He put the shattered pieces together. We’re emotionally draining, but God’s love sustained and kept us holding on. We’re physically deteriorating, but God restored us, tho’ two among precious branches fell off, with half of the family tree trunk went six feet under already. The spiritual root, grounded in faith kept us standing still. The fiercest storm of life has passed by, we found shelter and peace in the bosom of the Loving Creator and Giver of Life.

On January 4th, our family reached another memorable milestone. My younger sister got married, and it could have been more meaningful and wonderful if three among our loved ones were still alive and have shared the joy of celebrating their marriage. I’m simply grateful for the new family that my sister Zola Fiorella got — Becbec family. I’m also proud of my wonder mom who’ve been strong and so loving. I remember our late father teasing Zola and I that we should be married soon and give them grandchildren. But he wasn’t able to witness her wedding. And even mine in the future, if that’s God’s will for me is.

Look alike but aren't twins. We've victimized a lot with confusion who's who, but that's never intentional. :) Stage sister ever for each other.

Look alike but aren’t twins. We’ve victimized a lot with confusion who’s who, but that’s never intentional. :) Stage sister ever for each other.

To honor our late Papa Benny on his supposed-to-be 60th birthday today, I'm posting the highlight, our WonderWoman and SpiderMan.

To honor our late Papa Benny on his supposed-to-be 60th birthday today, I’m posting the highlight, our WonderWoman and SpiderMan.

"The sweetest type of heaven is a home where the Lord abides." ~ Ellen G. White

“The sweetest type of heaven is a home where the Lord abides.” ~ Ellen G. White

Starting 2015 with family togetherness and thanksgiving for blessings. :)

Starting 2015 with family togetherness and thanksgiving for blessings. :)

Celebrating life on 12-12-14, birthday of Franz. That's the same day of our late sister's death: 12-12-12. Life moves on.

Celebrating life on 12-12-14, birthday of Franz. That’s the same day of our late sister’s death: 12-12-12. Life moves on.

Family Day Out the day after ate Leah's cremation. Sort of celebrating despite the great loss.

Family Day Out the day after ate Leah’s cremation. Post b-day for JR three years ago (his b-day is on Dec.15th). Sort of celebrating despite the great loss.

As what I’ve heard and read again and again, you can never choose a family, or parents, but you can choose to accept them and love them unconditionally. God has a purpose for allowing things to happen. My birthday tribute for Papa last year was entitled,

PAIN: A Blessing Not Everyone Appreciates (click the title or the link below to read)

https://curlybookworm.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/pain-a-blessing-not-everyone-appreciates/

Our father has been gone for almost two years now, but his loving memory and special place in our hearts would remain. He might not enjoy the privileges of being a senior citizen starting today, but the citizenship in heaven in God’s appointed time is the best security he could have, and our family could have. I long for the great resurrection morning when I shall see and hug him again.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21, NIV

© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Rockin’ Photographers www.rockinphotographers.com and Franz Fronda. 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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PYC 2014: Experience


The faith-strengthening, four years have been gone with the wind. Time really flies! It’s been almost four years since the last time Philippine Youth for Christ was held at AUP campus.

For the two consecutive years, 2009 & 2010, there had been a lot of exquisite experiences gained through this meaningful event. I was personally blessed beyond compare!

The music and messages during PYC, especially on 2010’s EMPOWERED were remarkable and unforgettable! I’m privileged having been given a part to render special music, be in the choir, to share the joy of music ministry with the music committee. Hence, the theme song, sang by the choir and the congregation sets ablaze my desire to serve the soon-coming King, every time I hear it.

Do you still memorize it by heart, or at least know any part of the lyrics and its melody?

"We are empowered by the Spirit of God..." the ember is set ablaze every time the song plays in the mind. A remarkable music of my soul.

“We are empowered by the Spirit of God…”
The ember is set ablaze every time the song plays in the mind. A remarkable music of my soul.

For sure, for those who’ve experienced the PYC 2009 and PYC 2010 have memorable experiences to share.

Were you there? Were you blessed? What did you do with your experience?

Were you there?
Were you blessed?
What did you do with your experience?

How about making new memories, being part of PYC 2014: EXPERIENCE? More likely, most of you have been praying for a meaningful memoir to carry on and to share in 2015. Here’s a very meaningful experience that would revive, revitalize and refresh the spirit.

Channels of blessings and messages

Channels of blessings and messages.

It’s not yet late to register, if you haven’t secured a slot yet. Hurry! It’s only 11 days before the big day!

Registration update, three days ago.

Registration update, three days ago.

For more queries, visit the FB page of PYC, and contact the registration committee through the numbers included in the poster:

Philippine Youth for Christ “Experience” 2014

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-Youth-for-Christ-Experience-2014/860049960692655

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Irony of Life


"Life has to end," she said. "Love doesn't."

“Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”

During my late father’s wake and after the burial, I felt again heaven’s comfort. I just cried big time after learning that my papa suddenly rested in peace in my mama’s loving arms, and when we informed that to my younger siblings.

A close friend was kinda worried coz I seemed chill even I’ve got a sudden loss. I never cried all throughout even during his internment and after. I guess, my tear ducts were just drained after profound losses. I had chosen to surrender the turbulence within and were granted peace.

“Take time to grieve”, he said. “Breakdown if you need to…cry and let go of the pain…then stand and go on with life…”. It’s one of the most comforting advices, knowing how true that it’s essential part of life. After all, tears are a language which Jesus understands.
For no one understands like Jesus! He’s a friend beyond compare.

Here’s my sister Zola’s gift to my mom, I appreciate it so much. I also spend time contemplatively reading the therapeutic messages and testimonials of others who’ve gone the same predicament.
Then, it dawned on me, I will be more vulnerable today, remembering Papa Benny’s 1st death anniversary, and 11 days later, my late sister Leah’s 2nd.

Learning the healthy way to grieve. :)

Learning the healthy way to grieve. :)

There’s Joy in the Morning

I love brisk walking as much as I love running. It’s very interesting how this tree arrested my attention from afar.
Ironically, the tree seemed dying, having been bald of its leaves of verdure. Yet, some of its flowers bloom gracefully. What a prolific illustration of the season of life!
As long as we’re rooted and grounded in Jesus, our Loving Gardener, we’ll still bloom amid the storm of life. We can defy the withering due to crazy weather as well!

Almost bald of its leaves of verdure, yet its flowers bloom gracefully. What an irony!

Almost bald of its leaves of verdure, yet its flowers bloom gracefully. What an irony!

© 2014 LAF

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The Love of a Mother and Her 3 Year-old Daughter, who Were Attacked With Acid by Their Husband/Father


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Haunting and horrible! Yet, I can see the beauty of the mother radiating despite her ruined face and deep pain inside. It’s ironic that I can see the vibrant smile of Rana. She’s an angelic creature!

These portraits speak a million words. Reality of an abusive, ill-passion driven husband. Does he have a heart? Yeah, maybe already petrified one. This is a post of miracles! The unconditional love of the mother, the innocence of the child, the grievous and hideous consequence of SIN, and God’s presence and intervention.

“Where is God when it hurts?” This question reverberated again.

He’s there.

“Bear one another’s burdens, the Bible says. It is a lesson about pain that we all can agree on. Some of us will not see pain as a gift; some will always accuse God of being unfair for allowing it. But, the fact is, pain and suffering are here among us, and we need to respond in some way. The response Jesus gave was to bear the burdens of those he touched. To live in the world as his body, his emotional incarnation, we must follow his example. The image of the body accurately portrays how God is working in the world. Sometimes he does enter in, occasionally by performing miracles, and often by giving supernatural strength to those in need. But mainly he relies on us, his agents, to do his work in the world.We are asked to live out the life of Christ in the world, not just to refer back to it or describe it.We announce his message, work for justice, pray for mercy . . . and suffer with the sufferers.”
Philip Yancey, Where Is God When It Hurts?

 

If I were much hurt with this documentary post, how much more her family, their true family? My prayers ascend for them and the fund raising campaign, much more for justice!

I commend Ebraim for his exceptional shots and expertise! I support your cause!

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour (3) are a mother and daughter living in Bam, southern Iran.

They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir.

Somayeh Mehri (29) with her daughter Rana Afghanipour Somayeh Mehri (29) and her daughter Rana Afghanipour (3) give each other a kiss. Since their disfigurement in an acid attack, they say, others don’t like to kiss them.

Somayeh had frequently been beaten and locked up by her husband, and finally found the courage to ask for a divorce. Amir warned her that if she persisted in her attempts to leave him, she would not live out life with the face she had.

One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh’s and Rana’s faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes.

Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour

Somayeh’s father sold his land in order to raise money to pay…

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