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!


Dubbed as the Olympics of Campus Journalism, National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) is set to gather the best student-journalists in the country.

The venue this year is Pagadian City, which is the capital of Zamboanga del Sur in Western Mindanano from February 19 to 23, 2018.

The National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) is the highest intellectual competition for journalism in both private and public, elementary and high schools in the Philippines.

It was not an easy feat to hurdle the contest from the division to the regional and ultimately to the national level.


I made it to the headline! Ang Batis is the official school paper of Mariano Marcos Memorial High School and they are so proud of our achievement in NSPC 1995 that they still highlighted the historical win the following school year. Nahalukay sa baul!

Humbly speaking, I was the first champion in radio broadcasting in the history of NSPC.

It was held in the historical city of Malolos, Bulacan in December 14-18, 1995.

Then Department of Education, Culture & Sports (DECS) launched for the first time a new category about broadcasting.

It was a pioneer contest that paved the way for more trailblazing categories.

We prepared for TV newscasting in the regionals but ended in radio news reporting during the nationals.

I was the flag bearer of the National Capital Region (NCR) representing the Division of City Schools – Manila & Mariano Marcos Memorial High School (District 6).

All the winners were announced from other categories first.

Ours was the last.

There were tons of butterflies in my stomach.

I knew, I did well pero mahirap mahopia at siopao asado.

I was going back and forth in the toilet.

I was so nervous.

During our time, the top 10 was announced.

10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd placers, my name was nowhere to be found then 2nd from other region.

Every one was going home already.

Then, 1st place went to NCR (ako kaya?), sampu kaya kaming representative then from Manila (may isang qualifier from Villamor High School – District 5) after a long silence (paexcite pa more ang host!)


My name was called.

I was surprised!

No, very surprised!

I sprinted all the way to the stage and proudly received the trophy on behalf of all the young journalist in the world, the universe rather – este Philippines pa lang pala!

I went back to Manila victoriously and presented the trophy to then Mayor Alfredo Lim.

I also took part in the DECS’ student exchange program to Seoul, South Korea.

The NSPC experience inspired me to take a journalism course in college.

More than winning, NSPC taught me the value of excellence.

Be it big or small, give it your all!

Opportunity knocks once, so grab the bull by its horn.

I did not become a news presenter whether in TV or radio but I have a voice that I can share to the world through this blog.

The passion never stops.

Like Henry Anatole Grunwald said:
“Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”

To all young journalist, keep on writing manalo o matalo, magqualify man o hindi sa NSPC, laban lang!


Twenty years ago, I volunteered for DZRH Operation Tulong and I found my ID while searching for some old files.


Circa 1998 volunteerism with DZRH Operation Tulong.

I was a college student when I was invited by Sister Wilma Du.

She was like a second mother to me in the parish. She was a cathecist and a servant leader in the community.

Because of her, I met a lot of fellow volunteers and had a chance to do live radio report during the wee hours of the morning.

During my stint, I met Tita Dely Magpayo who was recognized as the “First Lady of Philippine Radio” due to her long and outstanding service in the broadcasting industry.

She was well-loved by generations of listeners and advice-seekers who tuned into her radio counselling programs.

DZRH Operation Tulong is still active, the goal of the program was to help fellow Filipinos who are in need of medical or financial assistance.

They uphold the tagline: “Pagbubuklod sa sama-samang paglilingkod, noon, ngayon at sa darating na panahon!”

Why did I volunteer as a young college student in 1998?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them.

1. Gaining New Experiences and Insights

Volunteering allows students to get involved with new things and develop technical, social, and academic skills that couldn’t be learned in a classroom environment. It allows you to experience different environments and situations.

Volunteering brings out new interests, hobbies, and opinions; moreover, volunteering expands students’ horizons.

2. Creating Connections with People

No matter the age, building relationships with people is crucial. Not only does the volunteer work you do as a student show who you are as a person, but it reflects many positive character traits. Volunteering allows you to meet a wide variety of people from all sorts of walks of life.

3. A Sense of Accomplishment

Volunteering isn’t one of the most plush, easy, or glamorous of jobs, but it is one of the most beneficial and uplifting. While no monetary compensation is received, many will tell you that their work and experiences gained as a volunteer were worth way more than any money they could have gotten from another line of work.

Think of it like this: volunteering is done on a person’s own accord. It’s taking some time out of your day and helping others. Volunteer work makes us feel good. It builds self-confidence and lifts up the spirits.

Choose a community that you want to support and volunteer now!


Last Saturday, our LG group were ‘adulting’ in Blue Wave near SM Moa.


Childhood snacks that we love. ‘Kwek-kwek’ & dynamite LG prayer meeting.

Adulting is one of millennials favorite new words, which means the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult.

Special thanks to Bro. Fred Pagala for sharing ‘kwek-kwek’ (deep-fried quail eggs covered with orange-colored batter) and dynamite (green chili stuffed with cheese on lumpia wrapper).

These are some classic street foods or snacks from your childhood that you surely love.

My list also includes:

Ice Candy
Like most kids, you probably crawled your neighborhood during summers looking for a neighbor who sold these frozen treats. Sure, you could make the things yourself—it’s just powdered juice mixture poured into slender plastic bags—but the hunt was part of the fun of eating ice candy. Nowadays, ice candy has “leveled up,” with buko pandan and fruit salad variants now being sold.

Hotdog on a Stick
Hotdogs with marshmallows were the highlight of every birthday party. Because that’s just how Filipinos throw a kids party. Whether at your shindig or at a friend’s, hotdogs on a stick were always the first handa to run out. There’s just something about the juiciness of the hotdog and the sweetness of the marshmallow that makes this childhood fave so unforgettable.

Pinoy Style Spaghetti
Foreigners will probably gasp when they see Pinoys dump an entire bottle of banana ketchup and heaping cups of sugar into their spaghetti sauce, but that’s just how we like this dish. It’s always a treat when your mom makes this on your birthday or on weekends. And when adulting gets you down, a heaping bowl of Pinoy-style spaghetti never fails to lift your spirits.

What’s not to love about binatog? The combination of sweet corn kernels, shredded coconut, sugar, and melted margarine offers an explosion of goodness in your mouth—which is why you were always running out the door when you hear the vendor’s signature bell ringing.

Times may change, but our taste buds will never forget the iconic tastes of our childhood. Luckily, many of your favorite snacks are still available, allowing you to rediscover what made you fall in love with them in the first place.


This is flu, cough and cold season, and many people are now sick. Even if you’ve gone to the doctor and are taking medicine, there are many things you can and should do to help yourself recover faster and feel better. Here are 13 ways to ease your symptoms and get well quicker.

You can’t cure colds or the flu, but you can relieve the cough and sore throat that sometimes comes with them.

Use cough drops or hard candy. Menthol and certain herbal cough drops can slightly numb and soothe your sore throat. But sucking on plain hard candy may work just as well.

Try a teaspoon of honey. This traditional remedy for sore throat may help soothe coughs, too. Try adding a spoonful to your tea, but don’t give honey to kids under 1 year old.

Drink up. Sipping on drinks will keep your throat moist and comfortable. When your throat doesn’t hurt, you may not cough. Just about any drink is OK except alcohol or caffeinated drinks. Those can dry you out. Also avoid orange juice and other citrus drinks if they bother your throat.

Heat up that drink. Sip some warm tea or chicken soup to heat up your airways. Not only will it hydrate you, but the warmth helps break up mucus and makes it easier to cough up.

Use cough medicine. Sometimes you need to cough to get out nasty mucus. But other times you need to calm your cough, like when you want to sleep. Over-the-counter cough medicine can help. Expectorants help you cough up mucus. Cough suppressants reduce your urge to cough. If you’re not sure which kind you need, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Use a decongestant. These over-the-counter meds can help clear your stuffy nose. If post-nasal drip is irritating your throat and making you cough, decongestants may help both your throat and cough. Be careful: While cold and cough medicines are fine for adults and older kids, they are not safe for children under age 4.

Breathe in steam. If a raw, dry throat is making you cough, moisture may help. Try breathing in steam from a hot shower. Or use a humidifier or vaporizer in your room while you sleep. The steam can keep your nose and throat from being too dry and get rid of that back-of-the-throat tickle. The moisture can also ease your breathing and loosen mucus, helping you cough it up.

Avoid dirty air. You know smoke isn’t good for you, but it’s especially bad when you’re sick. It can really irritate your cough. Don’t smoke, and stay away from others who are smoking.

Rest. If you want to get rid of your cold and cough, you need to take it easy. Your body needs energy to fight off the virus. Push yourself too hard and it will just exhaust you and stress you out. That can make your cold, cough, and sore throat hang around longer.

Gargle with salt water. Does this traditional remedy really work? Studies haven’t shown that it does, but lots of people swear by it. See if it helps you. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle. Do it several times a day.

Eat a frozen treat. Want to cool down a flaming sore throat? Numb the pain with Popsicles, sorbet, or ice cream, or suck on ice chips.

Use an over-the-counter painkiller. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help with sore throat pain. Aspirin is fine for adults, but it could be dangerous to children under age 18.

Try a throat spray or lozenge. Some have a drug that helps soothe and numb the throat. They can give you temporary sore throat relief. Just don’t let children use them unless a doctor says it’s safe.

Source: webmd.com

Flu bug

Tips to combat the flu bug. (Photo credits to the owner.)


Ututin ka ba?
(Are you passing wind more than the usual?)

As a cancer conqueror, passing wind is like a nuclear atomic bomb that rips off the nostrils of your neighbors?

More often than not, they have a life of their own.

Is it good or bad?

On average people pass wind about 15 to 25 times a day. But sometimes illness, what you eat, and stress can increase the amount of wind you pass.


Gone with the wind? How’s your gas today? (Photo credits to the owner.)

What passing wind is?
Passing wind (intestinal gas) is called flatus or flatulence and is normal for everyone. It is not usually a serious problem or a sign that your cancer is getting worse. But it can be embarrassing, worrying and uncomfortable.

Causes of flatulence
Sometimes cancer or its treatment causes too much gas in the digestive system, making you pass wind more often than usual. Several things can make flatulence worse. These include:

  • eating certain high fibre foods
  • swallowing too much air
  • drinking gassy drinks, including beer
  • smoking
  • lactose intolerance
  • not being able to absorb fat from the intestine

Tips to reduce wind
It isn’t possible to stop flatulence altogether but some things can help to control it.

Try some of the following:

  • avoiding foods that make it worse, such as cabbage, corn, brussel sprouts, onions, beans and cauliflower
  • eating slowly and chewing your food for longer – to reduce the amount of air you swallow and help to break food down
  • activated charcoal tablets or powders – these can also absorb smell
  • eating ginger – this is said to help digestion
  • drinking peppermint tea

You might also find it better to eat 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 large ones. Smaller meals are easier to digest and may produce less wind.

Some medicines can help to reduce wind. Speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about which one may be best for you.

Some processed foods contain ingredients that can cause wind: for example, sweeteners or preservatives.

You can help to reduce wind by cutting out:

  • any foods that contain artificial sweeteners
  • sugar free sweets and chewing gum
  • fizzy drinks

Talk to your specialist nurse or doctor if the wind continues. They may be able to prescribe medicines to help. They can also refer you to a dietitian who will be able to recommend other changes you can make to your diet.

Source: cancerresearchuk.org


Brothers and Sisters in Christ, l would like to ask for your prayers for more strength and courage for our family.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of my aunties who both succumbed to cancer: Jenni Borja, died few days before Christmas 2017 and Celia Borja – Carino who just died today, 13 January 2018 at 8pm. They are my father’s sisters.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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