During the SFC “Relentless” 25th International Conference, I finally met Bro. Donnie Ray Aquino, a fellow member of PICPA Riyadh Toastmasters Club (PRTC), a passionate communicator, a dedicated brother in SFC and a very talented fellow OFW from Oman.

I never had a chance to mentor him in toastmaster and he was full of wit. His charisma speaks for her gift of gab – a natural charmer.

He was a prominent humoruos speaker.

He joined the famous game shows like Game Ka Na Ba and Pinoy Henyo.

Recently, he joined Tawag ng Tanghalan as one of the contenders from Mindanao. It was an uphill battle but he fought hard. He did not win but the experience taught him to never surrender.


To feel truly confident, you need to really believe you are capable. The best way to get that belief is through using your skills and talents — by learning and practicing. Bro. Donnie did that with love.

I lauded his efforts to showcase his God-given talent whenever the opportunity arised.

Bro. Donnie, thank you for being fearless. Your self-confidence was an inspiration to many.

Win or lose, we are here for you. We are looking forward to your next endeavor. All the best!

Bro. Donnie’s confidence emanates from a place of truth.

Believing in yourself is the fire starter for success of almost any measure. But how do you develop that self-confidence?

According to the Dalai Lama, it’s simple: “Love brings self-confidence. Anger brings fear.”

Self-confidence, he says, comes from generosity, from thinking and caring about others.

If you live your life with a genuine concern for the well-being of others, you will feel better about yourself, and in turn, feel more confident.

This is who Bro. Donnie is.

Full of love and kindness, a true brother and a servant of God.


I met Ate Wendy Samonte after the closing program of SFC International Conference 2018.

She wore a facemask and thanked a group of brothers and sisters in the parking lot.

Bro. Cris Serdenia, a fellow servant leader in SFC Middle East introduced her to me.

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Dear Lord, I come before You today in need of Your healing hand. In You all things are possible. Hold my heart within Yours, and renew my mind, body and soul. I am lost, but I come to You with grace. You gave us life, and You also give us the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me. Guide me towards better health and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me to help me get better. Amen. (Together with Ate Wendy & Bro. Cris.)

Ate Wendy was diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs), a rare type of cancer found in the digestive system, most often in the wall of the stomach.

She undergone surgery in 2016. She has no stomach anymore. Digesting food is a big challenge.

She shared her pains during chemo and CT scan sessions.

I felt her agony because I experienced the same.

Her optimism was a source of inspiration.

She went to the event as a victor and full of gratitude.

The SFC community was a source of hope.

Stories about Ate Wendy gave me a deeper understanding of God’s relentless love.

She was a living witness of God’s faithfulness.

Let us pray continuously for her complete healing.

Amidst her condition Ate Wendy remains steadfast in serving the Lord in whatever way possible, her gratitude prayer:

“Thank you God for being with me, inspiring me and using me to speak Your words to my brothers and sisters. Continue to use me Lord, allow me to see Jesus through the people around me and to experience Your great love.”


One of the big messages from the SFC 25th anniversary “Relentless” international conference was shared by Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ during his homily. “God is not only present in our joys but also in our pains and sorrows.”

I was reminded that the experience of being in the desert is necessary for our spiritual life for it is the place and the time to encounter Christ. Difficult and desolate it may seem, but it is the matter of restoration and discovering ourselves.

Through these desert moments, we will come to realize that we have a God who is relentlessly pursuing us and who is always finding ways to guide us and lead us.

My healing journey was one of my desert moments in life.

It was painful but God’s relentless love pulled me through every day.


“Be grateful for the past. Be joyful in the present. Be hopeful for the future.” Together with Bro Cris Serdenia, a fellow servant leader and Bro. Noli Manuel, SFC International Coordinator

Moreover, Bro. Noli Manuel, SFC International Coordinator bared the directions of the community for the next 25 years.

He said, “We’ve always been asking ourselves how much more can we give. I think we should now ask, how much we’re willing to lose.”

A more inclusive and a loving but not compromising community will be the main thrust in the future.

Aside from accompanying young and unmarried singles, SFC will also embrace and evangelize: young widow and widower, young single parents, young people with same sex attraction (SSA); and young divorce, annulled and separated singles.

The announcement came as a surprise to many but God is not asking us to be ready. He is expecting us to be obedient.

The journey will never be easy in the coming years but we are hopeful for the future that lies ahead of us because God’s love is relentless!



Powerful messages of hope, spirit-filled talks and empowering presence of servant leaders who chose to serve God with a grateful heart – made the “Relentless” 25th SFC International Conference (ICON) one of the most inspired Catholic events of young adults and professionals from all over the world.

My first ICON empowered me to live more with a rekindled heart for God.

My meaningful relationships through the years with my brothers and sisters in the community will be for a lifetime.

Special shout to Bro. Rommel Orpiada, a fellow Chapter Head and a Mission Volunteer for making my first ICON experience possible. Thank you so much for being God’s instrument of blessing.

I joined the International Mission delegates from the Middle East and also met SFC members fron Sabah, Malaysia and also provincial representatives from Leyte, Davao and Zamboanga Del Norte.

During the sessions, we prayed for each other and meditated on God’s word.


Catholic beliefs and doctrines have their roots in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who founded the Catholic Church nearly 2,000 years ago shared during our workshop about the foundation of our faith at National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati City.

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In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Dear Lord, see me through these hard times. In these troubling times, I am filled with unspeakable fears. I reach out my hand to you now, And ask you to walk besides me. I cannot carry all my burdens, But I know you can, and will. Please walk beside me. Please guide me. Please help me hold on strong, Through the trials and storms. Help me hold on to my faith, In even the darkest hour. Stay with me Lord, And show me Your way. In your love and Holy Spirit I abide. Amen. A night of prayer and meditation during the conference.



More than 7000 SFC members all over the world trooped to Globe Circuit Makati and celebrated the CFC – Singles for Christ (SFC)’s 25th anniversary “Relentless” international conference.

Thank you Lord! I witnessed this historic event right before my eyes.

More than the big stage, bright lights and spectacular video/audio features – I was inspired by the community’s effort to look back to its history and trailblaze to another 25 years full of optimism and clinging on God’s faithfulness.


SFC Fearless Team beaming with hope.

A heart that overflows with God’s love- felt and shared by everyone through the years.

Here are some important event snippets that pierced my hearts from SFC Global official facebook page.

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During the opening mass, SFC members were reminded that controlling what comes in our mouth is as important as what comes out from it. We are encouraged to consider fasting of what goes out of our mouth and to remember the following: To fast from foul language, to keep judgment from spilling out of our mouths, to try to control verbal negatives, and to let the world know about Jesus. By fasting, we give God space in our lives.

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If we are to remember things our journey as Singles for Christ, remember the following things: First, remember that God loves you. Second, remember Jesus Christ. Third, remember repentance. Fourth, remember the power of the Holy Spirit that is made available for all of us. Lastly, remember that God has sent us tools (community, prayer, sacraments).

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Recognized as the “Most Honest Tricycle Driver” in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Manuel Loma is a member of Singles for Christ in 1997. He shares how he has continued to do good things in his own field while living out the Christian life that he learned in SFC. He continues to help people, being honest with them, especially to his passengers in his daily living without any cost.


I never attended a Singles for Christ (SFC) International Conference (ICON) until today.

Ironies of all irony, I am not single anymore.

Few years back, I thought this was not possible.

But, God’s graces and mercy overflows.

I praise and thank God for another lease in life.

SFC is God’s gift to us. It is a meaningful gift to be shared to others.

I will be sharing some ICON photos and learnings in the blog.

Thank you for joining me in this journey. To another 25 years ahead of God’s mission!

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