Career Change

img_20161119_2235014 Months ago me and my wife were planning about our son Zechariah’s 1st bday party and dedication. We were also planning about our vacation and other family events that we were excited about.

4 Months ago, I was in a meeting regarding a big project involving our team, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines that will start early 2017. In that project, trainings and fellowship programs in Korea, Japan and Switzerland were lining up for my career advancement and expertise building.

3 Months ago, my team and the administration were already planning for the expansion of our team and for promotion for all of us in line with this enhancement.

3 Months ago, I was on track in finishing my masters degree and in finishing all short courses that I need for my career.

3 Months ago, my project with DOST is already being planned and a fellowship program in UK in line with this project was also being mentioned to me to further enhance my skills as project leader.

These were all my plans 3-4 months ago but barely 2months ago my son was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare-liver disease ( that will affect his over-all health and lifestyle and will also affect the lives of everyone around my son and that especially includes me and my wife. Now all the plans that I mentioned will have to be put on hold or for some will be written off permanently. I will need to put-on hold my career plans and aspirations. I will need to delay or even delete all of these things for the benefit of my son and my whole family. Honestly, it is tough to delay or delete these things because I’ve been praying, working and dreaming of these for the last 5 years of my stay in my current work. At di ako magpapaka-plastic na aminin pero mahirap iwanan tong mga ito and cliche as it may sound but I believe God has better plans for me and my whole family. I may not see it now but definitely will in the near future.

When I was reflecting about this sudden change in my career, I was reminded by this verse in Luke and in Titus about being a father and a leader of the family;

Luke 11:11-12 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

Titus 1:6 If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[d] and his children are believers[e] and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 

It is my christian duty to be a good father first before anything else and right now for my family, being a good father means putting on hold (or deleting) my career plans to prioritize the needs of my family by being “hands-on” on my son’s fund raising and monitoring of his health. Being a good father means  taking care of my wife and being sure that I will be beside my wife and putting on hold (or deleting) my travel plans for the next years until the time that my son will be normal again and our family’s lifestyle will be normal again. Being a good father means thinking of career changes that will ensure maximum benefit to my family in terms of spiritual, emotional, physical and financial well being. And lastly, being a good father means submitting to God everything and trusting Him in all situations.

Right now it is neither about my career ladder, nor about my legacy in the field but right now it is about leading my family into our battle against biliary atresia. I am not really sure when will our battle end and on how will it end but one thing is for sure and that is God is already ahead of us in this battle (Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.) and that’s already enough reason for us to trust God and be joyful.

This may also be my last post for this personal blog that I am maintaining for the last 7 years as I am planning to delete (or abandon it for now) this to focus on the blog that I am planning to put up for my son Zechariah.

The future may seem uncertain right now for my career and most especially to my family  but I am always comforted by this verse from the Prophet Zechariah.

Zechariah 10:12 – I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will live securely,” declares the LORD.” 

Thank you Lord!

“Living the Life!”: 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Open letter to the Ateneo and Miriam Community re: Traffic in Katipunan

Dear Ateneo and Miriam Community,
cc: DPWH at MMDA

Alam po ninyo at maaring napapansin na din po ng lahat ng Pilipino na dumadaan sa Katipunan na isa po talaga sa dahilan ng matinding trapik duon ay dahil nadin po sa dami ng sasakyan na pumupunta o lumalabas mula sa inyong mga paaralan. Gaya na lamang po nung Lunes na dineklara na walang pasok sa lahat ng antas eh talaga nga namang nagluwag ang trapiko duon. Ito po ay ebidensya na talagang malaking bahagi po ang inyong komunidad sa matinding trapik duon at dahil po doon maari po ba akong humingi ng request?

Hindi ko po hihingilin na maging mahirap kayo at wag ng magsasakyan at maglakad na lamang ang akin lamang pong hihilingin ay baka maari pong maibahagi ninyo ang malawak ninyong lupain para sa pagpapa-widen ng Katipunan? Kung papansinin niyo po na ang bahagi na po kung saan pwedeng i-widen ay isang malaking field lamang po at tlgang maaring ipamahagi para sa ikaluluwag ng Katipunan.

Alam ko pong mahirap gawin ito dahil ang lupa ninyo ay pribadong lupa pero ako po naniniwala na may malasakit po kayo sa publiko kaya alam kong kaya niyo po itong gawin.

Panawagan din po sa DPWH at MMDA na tignan ang aspeto na ito. Hindi po ako eksperto sa TRapiko o isang Engineer pero ito po ay naisip ko lamang sa pag-oobserba at sa palaging pagdaan sa Katipunan.

Kung may pagka-bobo po itong aking suhestiyon ay maari niyo rin po ba akong sabihan at paki-explain bakit bopols ang akung suhestiyon?hehe!

Salamat po!


Mamayan na sawa na sa trapik

PS. Kung kayo po ay naniniwala sa suhestiyon na ito maari lamang pong pakibahagi ito para talagang makarating sa mga kinauukulan.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you!

Remember when I wrote and uttered these a year ago?

“Yung sinabi mo sa text na “meron pa bang makakatanggap sayo ng buo pa?”. Meron Omi si Lord yun at ako yung isa. I want to be that guy na pinagpipray mo na makakatanggap sayo. Alam mo naman na matagal na kitang pinagpipray, matagal ko na itong pinagpipray at alam mo ba,
alam kong ikaw na eh. I really see na ikaw na yng magiging partner ko sa ministry, yung makaksama ko sa kalungkutan at kasiyahan ko at yung magiging kasama ko sa pag-grow kay Lord. I want to be that person that will minister to you and maging channel ng love ni God..

Right now, I am ready Omi. I am ready for that journey with you.
Can you be my Girlfriend? at ako ang maging Boyfriend mo?”

Wew! It’s been a year na! A year full of love and most especially a year full of God’s grace!
It is by God’s grace that you are my girlfriend because I really don’t deserve something as precious as you but because of God loves us (me) so much,
He gave me you and when everytime I look at you I am just reminded of how God really works in my life and of how much God really loves me.

“I thank my God everytime I remember you” – Philippians 1:3

Thank you Lord for giving me more than just a girlfriend but a bestfriend, a prayer partner, a food buddy (hehehe!) and most of all
a very able partner in the ministry. God used you and will continue to use you to teach, rebuke and encourage me especially on my faith and ministry to the Lord.
He used you and will continue to use you to remind me that as a Christian I should always remain grounded in faith and that love should always abound in me.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on LOVE which binds them together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-14

Marami pa akong pwdeng sabihin on how I thank God for your life but I know (God willing!) that our 1st year will just be the start of our lifelong
journey with the Lord.

Happy 1st Anniversary love!

I love you!

gf and bf

“An open challenge”! (Youth Address at the 5th Annual Conference session of QCPACE)

I just would like to share to you the Youth Address that I gave last April 17, 2013 during the 1st day of our 5th Annual Conference session
at the Quezon City Philippines Annual Conference East.

I was encouraged by many to post this and share it to a larger audience  so many (especially members of the UMC) will be challenged and inspired.

Hope you can have the time to read and reflect on it!

Enjoy and God bless!


I. Greetings

Good day to everyone! To our beloved Bishop, Bishop Rudy A. Juan, to our DS Cleto Pera and DS Dan Miranda, to our QCPACE Lay Leader Mrs. Gloria Dimalanta, to our Pastors, our Annual, District and local Leaders and to my fellow UMYF who are here. Greetings!

But, first before I start may I request everyone to rise and give a loud UMYF clap to our Lord for He is good and faithful to us.

II. Intro

It is with great honour and humility to be giving you this Youth Address. It is a great privilege to be giving the 1st ever youth address in our Annual Conference session.

This is not an easy task for a young man like me to be standing in front of all the leaders of this conference
but I am very blessed to be taking the task just like when David was called to be a young king, just like Jeremiah who at a young age was called to be a prophet and also when Timothy was asked by Paul to lead and be an example to the early churches.

III. Message

“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world” is the theme for the next 4 years of our conference. Simple as it may sound but difficult to achieve, after all this is the “Great Commission” of Jesus Christ but this very day the real question to be asked is
“Are we really doing this agenda of making disciples of Christ? Is our Church, the United Methodist Church really focusing on this?”

On a side note, I would like to share my personal story. I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior during my 1st summer camp at Goodsam UMC at the age of 13 then I started to serve the Church through the youth ministry since 14 years old. Starting with the DVCS ministry and then started to join practices of the worship team then years after I was elected to the local office at the age of 17 when we transferred to Puno United Methodist Church then eventually moved up to the district office at the age of 21 and now in the annual office. Through those 10 years of youth ministry (even though that was short- compared to most of you here) I experienced and was exposed to a lot of things (good or bad) in the church.

Now back to my question:

Are we really making disciples?
Some may agree with me, others may not but please bear with me as I answer them from the point of view of a UMYF.

Yes and No.

Yes – because we have lots programs and activities that “seem” to have that agenda.

No – because we focus too much on executing these programs and activities that we are becoming too technical about it while we forget on what God really wants us to do. WE are becoming too “Program-Centered” forgetting the essence of the program itself. This may not be true to some, but in the UMYF we usually experience this.

Yes and No

Yes – because we are very active in serving the Church. We attend all the meetings, present in all activities, elected in many positions (President na, Worship leader pa, Tambourine dancer pa at usher pa!Ikaw na!hehe!)

No -because yet we are active in serving the Church, our souls suffer. Do most of us still have that time devoted to God? When we go outside the church, do people know that we are Christians or Methodists because of what we do? Or do people only know that we are Christians when we start saying it because our lives alone don’t reflect it?

James 1:22 says “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only”

Or even inside the Church are we a good reflection of a disciple of Christ? Are we on good terms with our members, pastors? Does John 13:35 which says “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Reflect in us?

How can we make disciples if we ourselves are not disciples yet? How can we be disciples if “THE DISCIPLER which is JESUS does not reflect in our lives? 1 John 2:6 says “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”

These are one of the many main issues in our young people or maybe even as a whole Church today.

Young leaders who are not only engaged on wordly things but also on immoral things and yet proclaim and preach that they are Christian Leaders.
Young leaders who don’t really have a deep understanding of the word of God and who don’t know the true essence of being a disciple.
Now, how can we make disciples if our leaders themselves are not “Disciples of Christ”?!
1 Timothy 4:12 challenges us “that we should set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct and in faith”

I myself was once that leader who was engaged on wordly things because I was not really rooted on the true essence of the faith.

We focus too much on the “other important things” yet ignoring the “most important thing”

On example would be this:
We exert too much effort on celebrative and festive activities but have we exerted that same effort on more essential activities like building discipleship programs, bible studies, cell groups, mentorship programs?

Are we really making enough efforts to make DISCIPLES?

Yes – because we have programs like Christmas Institutes, Summer Camps, Revival gatherings etc.

No – because events are not enough. Mentoring and discipleship should back-it-up. Able mentors and Disciplers
should be there to attend to these things.

I myself is a product of our CI and Summer Camps, this is where I really met Christ and accepted Him as Lord and Savior
but through the mentoring of our pastors and my parents and through extensive bible studies and through the accountability that I got from my cell groups did I get to know what a true disciple of Christ should be.

But now the other question is Do we have able mentors and disciplers?

Yes – we have lots of great pastors, deaconesses, lay leaders who can really mentor and disciple

BUT Do we empower them enough? Do we really SUPPORT them?


Forgive me if I have to tell this story.

Maybe this story is from a wrong point of view, but what am I going to tell is actually a true story;

There’s this young lady who really wants to go into a full-time ministry in the UMC, but sadly there are factors that distracts her not to go

1. Her parents don’t quite approved of her going into full-time because they are afraid that their daughter
might be “kawawain” ng council. Those financial obligations might not be fully given by the Church and other concerns

2. She herself is afraid that she will experience “the rough politics” of the church.

I know some of you might agree or disagree, others may argue that her calling might not be true that she doesn’t trust the Lord but again the fact is these type of scenarios happen in our church today because the question still lies “Are we really empowering the Church workers and Leaders especially our workers??”

These are just some of the scenarios that we have.
How about the scenario of a Pastor vs. The church? Or a Pastor vs. another Pastor? Or the Church member vs. the other Church member? Or the young people going over to another church because of disillusionments in the Church?

Again John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Again apologies if I have to point at these sad scenarios, but again these are just some real-life scenarios that I am just enumerating to everyone that others may find normal but for the young people in our Church, these are scenarios na “nagpapatisod po sa aming kabataan”

Paul reminded us in 1Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. “

Our Church has just been revived but I believe that doesn’t stop there. As a Church what we also need is TRANSFORMATION.

TRANSFORMATION in how we think, TRANSFORMATION in how we speak, TRANSFORMATION in how we act

Romans 12:2 says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Our Church has a perfect will from God if we only transform!

If we are to make disciples to transform our world, I guess that transformation should start within the church. Within the Leadership of the Church and that means from the Bishop down to the Youth Leaders.

Our forefather John Wesley once said that:

“Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.”

Do we really have that faith that John Wesley describes?

I guess this is the challenge for most of us here, “A life that reflects of a transformed faith”.  

As I said earlier, we in the youth ministry experience this same challenge over and over again.
Leaders who don’t live like a transformed Christian resulting to divisions in the fellowship, members who seek other churches because of disillusionments in the Church? How many times has this happened? A lot of times actually but how are we dealing with this? Do we really aim to transform or do we have other aims?

We in the UMYF can only do so much, because I believe we as a whole Church should attend to all these problems as one BODY.

Before I end I would like to share this quote from John Wesley, which I know some of you know:

“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.”

From this quote, I believe John Wesley’s message here is, it is better that we don’t exist rather than exist yet we exist not by the doctrines and disciplines set by the Bible and not by the Holy Spirit that empowers us to be LOVING, to be JOYFUL, to be PEACEFUL, to be PATIENT, to be KIND and GOOD, and to be FAITFUL
(Galatians 5:22)

But at the very end of this address the question still remains, are we really

I hope and pray that the answer is YES, so we can go out and transform the world!
To God be the Glory!

2012 in review: Ace the blogger! :))

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Why Manny Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez…

Why Manny Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez is the same question that is being debated upon by Filipinos today. Mga “haka-haka” kung bakit natalo si Pacman are surely everywhere.
From classrooms to offices to street corners and to Facebook posts and tweets

Below are just some of the points raise why Manny lost:

1. Manny was careless. He should have been patient. “Nanggiigil daw kasi siya maxado”

2. Manny lacked training. Compared to Marquez’s 5 months, Manny only trained 3 months

3. Marquez used steroids. There were rumors even before the fight that Marquez used steroids

to bulk up and one evidence of it is his strength and conditioning trainer’s reputation. Angel Heredia

admitted before that he provided steroids for other athletes like Marion Jones.

4. Manny lacked focus. Because he is a congressman, tv host, bible study leader and a singer he

can’t seem to have that same focus in boxing as before.

5. Manny became a Born-again Christian. He lost because he didn’t wear the usual rosary he wears around his neck before the fight. He lost because he didn’t do the “sign of the cross”

These are just some of the most common reasons why Manny Pacquiao lost, they maybe right or wrong but I think the real question right now is

“What is God’s message in all of this?”

Surely, God doesn’t mean to hurt Manny Pacquaio and all the Filipino people because as stated in
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Also, God doesn’t want to show that He is playing “favorites”.

Romans 2:11 “For there is no partiality with God”
Psalm 145:9 “The Lord is good to all he has compassion on all He has made”

It is quite unfair to blame it on Pastors and the new church of Pacman for his lost.

Just look at the Apostle Paul.

Paul was actually a “successful man” before he met Christ. He was very powerful and influential that I think that at that time many people think he is blessed by God but when He met Christ everything changed. He actually was less powerful and was suffering from persecutions and illnesses (2 Corinthians 11:25 “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea”). One can easily blame his shift from being a Jew to being a Christian as a cause of his suffering but Paul didn’t blame anyone, he even Praised God for it because for Paul a changed life is more important than fame and power.

Romans 5:3 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

and I believe just as Paul, the important thing for Pacman right now is a changed-life.

God didn’t promised that we will be always “winning” nor we will be problem-free! (read on Job’s life!)

That is not the message of God. His message is:

-To thank and Praise Him for everything
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

-To trust Him all the time
Romans 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose”

– To follow His will at all cause
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Manny Pacquiao lost because God has a great purpose for it.
A purpose that is greater than anything and a purpose that will truly bless not only Manny but also us Filipinos.

I know it’s hard to digest the defeat of Manny Pacquiao after all he is our “hero” but now is not the time to point-fingers or speculate on things but rather this is the time to just trust and love God and to show that Love to others (especially to our hero Manny who really needs it right now).

Hebrews 13:13
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”


‘Bhe, baka may purpose si Lord na maghinto ka na sa boxing tsaka mag-focus na tayo sa Kanya. Mag-serve na lang tayo sa Kanya.’ – Jinkee Pacquiao


To God be the Glory.

God bless! 

Praise God for my parents! (My ANC TV guesting.hehehe!)

Please allow me to share this short clip from ABS-CBN News Channel’s Bantay-Bata segment about my  “short story” on how  Parents have a great effect on the life of a child.

Special thanks to Ms. Judy Marie Santiago (a friend, a blockmate in UP Manila and a fellow blogger) for asking me to share something about my Life and how God used my parents in helping me become “a good, kind-hearted and a model youth (according yan kay Judy!hehehe!)”

I was reminded by this verse and hopefully as you watch this video you will be reminded of this verse as well:

“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise. – Ephesians 6:2

All Glory to God!🙂

PS. Matagal na tlga ito, pero ngayon lang ako nag-karoon ng lakas ng loob para i-share sa marami!hahaha. :))

Ms. Ate AMALAYER is our neighbour

Ms. AMALAYER is now gaining an unexpected popularity but popularity in a not so good way.

Being the STAR of a 1 min video of a “pa-conyo girl” shouting and being rude to a Lady Guard is not something to be proud of or something that we don’t want to be caught with a video.

Honestly at first I was kinda laughing and was thinking “Wow IBA ATTITUDE ni ATE”

The “AMALAYER” thing and the “pa-conyo” style that the “ate” did was sure funny, but when people started to bash her, make fun of her in twitter and in FB was something that bothered me…

Now I started to look at it deeply…

What if the girl in the video,

1. is your friend? Will you tweet a funny joke about Ms. AMALAYER?

2. is your sister or your cousin or your daughter? Will you post something

in Facebook that bashes on how she is gramatically incorrect?

3. is YOU?…
Late ka na pag-pasok sa school or Work tpos pinahiya ka pa ng isang Lady Guard in front of many people, then sa sobrang pagka-badtrip mo eh pinahiya mo din si Lady Guard lumaban ka, yun nga lang kinuhanan ka ng video at ngayon hiyang-hiya ka sa sarili mo dahil pinag-pipiyestahan ka ng sambayanan… This may not be the real story behind Ms. AMALAYER pero what if ganyan nga?

It may sound that I am defending Ms. Amalayer, but actually I am not because I agree that what she did was wrong,was kinda funny, but this post is to remind everyone (including myself) that “hey aren’t we like her in some point of our lives? Except that we weren’t caught in a video? It is easy to say that if we were Ms. AMALAYER we would not do the same thing, but hey my friend you’ll never know!”

We all have weaknesses and can have some bad moments so….

We should be careful on how to treat and judge others.

Matthew 7:1-5 says:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

A 1 min video can’t tell the whole story..

A 1 min video can’t tell so much about her character..

John 8:1-7

“But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

This blog post is not meant to “condemn” people who posted bad tweets and status messages in FB about Ms. AMALAYER but just a reminder that

We should be more UNDERSTANDING and RESPONSIBLE on what we say against our neighbour.

That We should not JUDGE by what we see but we should think of the story more deeply with an OPEN HEART and MIND.

That We should not just go with the flow and be in the loop but rather be CAREFUL and CRITICAL on what the real issue is.

Jesus said that the greatest commandment is “Love the Lord with all your heart,mind,soul and strength” and second is “Love your NEIGHBOR as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39)

I think YES.

God bless!🙂