We are commanded to forgive others, God is really after our own good. So forgive from the heart and set yourself free.

This is what we shared to the kids last Sunday at the Awesome Kids Ministry service.


Remember, forgiveness is for our benefit. The other person’s behavior may never change. It is up to God, not us, to change others. Our responsibility is to be set free from the pressure and weight of an unforgiving attitude.

We took a bottle of water and some effervescent vitamin tablets.

We encouraged the children to think of someone they need to forgive.
• Someone hit you and pushed you down.
• Someone won’t let you play a game.
• Someone broke something of yours.
• Someone called you an unkind name.
• Someone took what you were playing with and won’t share it.

We talked about how they were hurt. They felt mad.

We encouraged them to ask God to let go of these feelings.

We asked the kids to put a piece of the tablet in the water and the children imagined asking God to help them forgive.

As the bubbles start to come off the tablets, they imagined giving the hurt feelings to God.

The tablets took a while to dissolve, which also illustrated that sometimes it might take a long time to forgive.

The water might also have changed color, which illustrates that it’s not as if the thing that hurt you had never happened, it’s just been changed by God.

For the craft activity, they colored an artwork that reminds them to always be kind and good to others.

I felt God’s embrace every Sunday because of these children.

Their presence affirm God’s abounding graces and mercy.

They taught me more to love and to live life.

A simple activity but has a profound meaning.

It was difficult for me to forgive few years back but I learned to let go.

To more years of serving and loving the children of God!


The Awesome Kids team was inspired today to always obey and respect their parents. They enjoyed a day of prayer, worship, watching inspiring videos and more colors.


On the other hand, the activity reminded me of my teenage years and if I will share a life lesson to a younger version of myself, this I have to say.

Obeying your parents is one of the most difficult things to do as a teenager. This is a time that you want to spread your wings and do things on your own. You want your independence, and you want to prove you can be a responsible adult. Yet there is still a level of needing your parents to guide you through this time, and there is still so much you can learn from them while you’re still a teen.

Obeying Your Parents Leads to Wisdom
There are times when obeying your parents can be really tough.

We all think we know enough to make our own decisions. But do we really? God reminds us that it is a foolish man that does not seek to become more disciplined and wise (Proverbs 1:7-9). The most important people in our lives are our parents.

They can be the greatest guides we have in this life, and they can lead us in the path God has for us…if we let them. For most of us, our parents offer advice and discipline out of love, and we would do well to listen and learn from what they have to say.

Obedience Brings You Closer to God
God is the father of us all. There is a reason why we use a term like father to describe our relationship with Him because just as we are to obey our parents, we are to obey God. If we cannot obey our earthly parents, how are we to obey our Heavenly one? Faithfulness comes out of obedience to God. As we learn to obey, we learn to be wise in making our decisions in life.

As we learn to obey, we learn to open up our eyes and ears to God’s plan for us. Obedience is the first step in living a Christian life. It helps give us strength in our faith and the ability to overcome temptations that can lead us astray.

Obeying is Hard
Yet no one says obeying our parents is easy.
Sometimes it feels like our parents are from a whole other world. Sure, they come from a different generation, and we may not always understand their reasoning. However, we don’t alway understand God, either, but we know that what God does is for our own good. In the case of our parents, it’s that way, too. We need to realize, though, that there will be pitfalls in obeying our parents, and there will be times that obedience becomes so difficult. Yet obedience takes work.

Here are some of my tips for you my younger self that is also applicable to you now;

Listen. One of the easiest ways to learn from your parents is to listen to what they have to say. It’s hard to obey your parents when you don’t actually hear what they’re telling you. You’d be amazed at what you’ll hear when you take the time to absorb what your parents are telling you.

Show respect. There is nothing as frustrating when a parent is talking to their teen as an eye roll. You may not agree with your parents’ decisions, but obeying your parents begins with showing them respect. It’s okay to ask questions or ask for clarification on a rule or something you disagree with, but it’s important to do so in a respectful manner. If you just push and yell and scream, it is unlikely that your parents will actually hear your objections. Disrespect will put a wall between you and your parents immediately.

Have patience. It’s easy to immediately jump on your parents when you disagree with them. It’s also easy to hold a grudge when they’re wrong. However, your parents are human just like you. Obeying your parents means accepting that all they do isn’t perfect. They make mistakes, too, just like you. So, have some patience for the times that they don’t quite do things right, and know that you can learn just as much from their mistakes as your own.

Communicate. Going to be late for curfew? Try calling ahead. Not sure you can get your chores done when they ask? Explain why. Communication is key to having a good relationship with our parents. When you communicate with them about what’s going on in your life, you will find that they will accept that you are becoming a responsible adult. Ask them for advice, talk to them about school … it’s every teen’s desire to be private, and some privacy is understandable, but know that when you don’t communicate it breeds suspicion. A great way to obey your parents is to talk to them about things. It’s amazing how much communication will be a key to you getting along with them, too.


I was a naughty boy in kindergarten.

So, in my primary school, I studied hard and I made it to top 5 of the 1992 graduating class of Sta. Ana Elementary School (SAES) in Manila.

SAES days were the best part of my life.

I discovered my passion in public speaking and love for music.


Young musicians at work! Ang Tinig ng Sta. Ana is the official school paper of our school. I was the only boy at the top of the regular class and a bajo de arco player in our Rondalla group. This photo was taken during one of our performances at Sta. Ana Elementary School (SAES).

I was part of the Rondalla group in elementary. I was a bass player (bajo de arco) because of my big built.

We played during fiesta, special programs (recognition, etc.) at school and joined division-wide music workshop.

Mrs. Josefina Nolasco was our Rondalla adviser. She was a committed teacher who paved the way for younger children to appreciate music.

How do you engage children to love music?

1. Remember that every child has musical aptitude from birth. I don’t know what my mother did when I was young. Children are inherently musical. Very young children can internalize and respond to musical stimuli before they can speak or read. They can also produce sounds and music through a very important natural instrument—their voice. The voice is the ideal basis for early musical expression, so go ahead and invite children to sing out strong!

2. Introduce children to music as soon as possible, preferably before birth. The period between the ages of zero and three is critical for brain development and growth. Research tells us that musical experiences occurring in this window of time can cultivate general brain development, increase musical aptitude, and facilitate bonding. Everyone has the capacity to learn music from birth if their potential is properly nurtured, so engaging with music at a young age is essential to establishing the proper foundation for later development.

3. Engage in musical play activities. Early musical experiences should be informal in nature and occur within a supportive context. Musical play and conversation are critical to increasing musical aptitude, and young children can learn many skills and build relationships through play.
Present ideas and concepts in activities that come naturally to children. Singing, dancing, and vocalizing are enjoyable, natural interactive activities, and they strengthen relationships and encourage children to musically converse with each other and their parents.

4. Don’t set stringent expectations for performance. Establish an environment where children feel free to be themselves and take risks. You’ll be amazed at the development that occurs when children learn through play and are not pushed to be perfect. Don’t set stringent expectations for your own performance, either, which brings us to the next tip.

5. Sing with your child. You may have been told that your natural singing voice is not good enough, but don’t let that stop you from singing, as children treasure their parents’ voices above all others. When you sing with your child, you create positive, engaging musical experiences that build confidence and self-expression, in addition to encouraging your child to experiment with his or her voice. When children reach the age of 2, many parents switch from singing to reading, but it is best to do both and continue fostering a shared love of music, as well as a willingness to be creative and take risks.

6. Create musically enriched environments. Offering children early exposure to high-quality musical stimuli will encourage and enhance their development. One way to use environmental music is to set up musical cues to provide reminders and structure. For instance, slow, soft, and simple classical music could signal a transition from an energetic activity to a quiet activity requiring focus, while upbeat music could facilitate the opposite transition. In general, we recommend that you engage your children with live music, but you can also use recorded music to effectively guide transitions.

7. Use community resources to provide the best possible musical models like the Rondalla. This lays the foundation required to make children more open to different musical experiences as they grow up.


I volunteered for the Awesome Kids Ministry – a funspirational, educational activity and religious teaching haven for kids at The Feast in PICC.

I felt younger with God’s little angel.

Last Sunday, the kids learned about God’s overflowing love.

We prepared an art and craft activity with a heart, literally.

I was assigned to the 5- year old and below group. They were like cherubims from heaven.

I am not yet a parent.

But, soon in God’s perfect time.

So, as a parent, how do we help kids understand God?


Bringing more kids to Christ! Little angels are all ears to God’s teaching about His love and an isip bata on his new ID photo, maisingit lang 😉

Remember the words of Jesus: “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Luke 18:17). Here, as in so many other areas of the spiritual life, Jesus turns our human expectations inside-out and upside-down. The point, of course, is that knowing God is not a matter of mastering difficult theological concepts or immersing yourself in esoteric mystical experiences. It’s all about childlike trust.

You can help your children understand God, then, by nurturing their inborn sense of wonder. You can also encourage their confidence by reminding them that they have an unseen Heavenly Father Who watches over and cares for them.

Take them outside on a clear evening, have them look up at the millions of stars in the sky, and ask them, “How do you think all of those stars got there?” As opportunities arise – for example, when they’re scared by a thunderstorm or unable to sleep because of worries about monsters under the bed – talk to them about what it means to snuggle up in bed as if they were resting in His lap. Help them find their security in His strong love. They’ll know exactly what you mean. This kind of thing comes natural to them.

That’s just a beginning, of course.

Scripture tells us that we’re all born with an innate sense of God’s reality and an inkling of what it is He wants from us (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Acts 17:26-28; Romans 1:19, 20). But the Bible also makes it plain that we cannot know God clearly and accurately apart from the self-revelation He’s given us in Jesus Christ. “No one has seen God at any time,” writes John. “The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18).

And Jesus Himself says, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Everything we need to know and are capable of understanding about God is summed up in His incarnate Son (Colossians 1:15-20).

So if you want your kids to understand God, introduce them to Jesus. Start by getting yourself a good Children’s Bible – one with lots of colorful pictures. Focus on the Family offers a number of resources of this kind, including The Illustrated Children’s Bible and The Story for Children. Read them stories from the Gospels.

Open up the Scriptures and tell your kids how Christ changed the water into wine, healed the man born blind, and touched and cleansed the leper. Or how He multiplied the loaves and fishes, walked on the water, and took the little children on His knee.

If you do this, your children won’t simply grow in terms of their knowledge of God – they’ll also learn to love Him as never before. In the process, you may find your own spiritual life expanding at a rate you never imagined.

God loves children and so are you!

Let us be brave to face another day!

He is always there to guide us.