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Letting Go

By Yay Padua-Olmedo

Nick Vujicic blew into town recently, drawing SRO crowds where he spoke, with audiences chewing his every word as he testified of God’s amazing grace. Without fail, this handsome and charismatic speaker  just let rivers of tears and conviction flow simultaneously from people who suddenly realized that if this guy without arms and legs can do it, so could they, because they have a God who enables—exceedingly—no matter how insignificant, down and out, or trash-worthy they think their lives have been.

nick-vucijic---downsampledI won’t add anymore to the reams or bytes of e-texts written about Nick.  Most of them have been deeply inspirational and life changing.

I’ve attempted this little message though for every mother currently struggling with feelings of condemnation, inadequacy or guilt that they have brought into this world a baby just like Nick.

Mothers who have come to Jesus have never been disappointed. Ever!

No one could know for sure how a mother’s heart dies when she is told that the baby she just gave birth to has been diagnosed as either missing or having some extra body parts, with a hole in his heart or a dextrocardia (heart turned to the right), blood abnormality, or has Down’s syndrome or any kind of disability.

What sin have I committed that my baby came out this way?

I can’t—I don’t know how to—deal with this.

Is there ever a way out of this? Will my baby ever be a normal child?

How can we cope with this? Financially? As a family?

Guilt. Blaming yourself or looking for someone to blame, even blaming God. Helplessness.  Anger. All these come on you like a heavy ceaseless downpour, blurring everything; and sending you a downward spiral toward depression, even thoughts of, “It’s probably better to just end it all.

And it may take years to extricate oneself out of it.

And what about mothers who have decided to abort or have given their unwanted babies for adoption because they were simply not ready for the responsibility—then find themselves eternally hounded by their seemingly unpardonable sin?

One such mother’s life-altering ordeal eventually led her to Jesus Christ. In the same way that Jesus became the answer to Nick’s helpless situation, this mother found her answer only in Christ. As she started to trust Jesus, she found hope in His promise to heal, to provide and to do exceedingly great on behalf of her baby.

What has happened has happened. We live in a fallen world where all sorts of tragedies occur. There are so many things we can’t explain; and we won’t know the answers until we see God face to face.

But Jesus is the only answer. Let the past just be a memory, something we learn from. As you humble yourself now before God, let Jesus wash away all the guilt and condemnation.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans  8:1-2)

As you walk free from the past, believe too that Jesus will turn everything in your child’s favor. “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Mothers who have come to Jesus have never been disappointed. Ever!

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Worldclass Sorsoganon Educator

A.A.J.A. AWARD FOR DECHAVEZ. Educator and community leader Willie D.
Dechavez (center) shows the recognition award he received from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. With him in photo are State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood (left) and journalist Ron Jacinto. Dechavez will also receive the Everyday Hero award on March 9, 2011 from Verizon and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

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A FATHERS DAY SPECIAL FOR OFWs

What you are about to watch  is the FATHERS role in the family when the Mother works overseas. In this video clip courtesy by MMK/ABS-CBN will show us the continuing exodus of mothers for jobs overseas,  this affects the behavioral development of children they leave behind.

I was so inspired to feature this story  because not  many Dad out there  are ready to take the role as  Mom or even become a good parent in  nurturing their children.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!!!

Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, Touching Heart, Touching Lives,

The 8 Principles of Fun

Guys, I came across an interesting site defining the 8 principles of fun and I hope this 5 minutes video clip will also give you joy, fun and tons of inspiration. Dios Mabalos!

Video Courtesy by: http://www.youtube.com/user/gringoyorgy

We don’t have enough fun in our lives.  Make the 8 irresistible principles of fun part of your life:

  • 1. Stop hiding who you really are.
    • Take the time to figure out what makes up your DNA
  • 2. Start being intensively selfish.
    • Get hungry for the things that are truly important to you
    • Stop wasting time on anything else
  • 3. Stop following the rules
    • Almost every rule is negotiable
  • 4. Start scaring yourself
    • Explore the edges
    • Dip your toes into the unknown
  • 5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously
  • 6. Start getting rid of the crap
    • Get rid of all that clutter
  • 7. Stop being busy
  • 8. Start something
    • There are always reasons to procrastinate just a little longer
    • ENOUGH!
    • Just Start!

Summary of the eight principles of fun:

  • 1 & 2: Get Focused
  • 3 & 4: Be Creative
  • 5 & 6: Use Your Wisdom
  • 7 & 8: Take Action

References: http://zemalf.posterous.com/the-eight-irresistible-principles-of-fun-27

Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Touching Heart, Touching Lives

Sorsogon-Retiree sponsors PDI learning center

By Ephraim Aguilar, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

SORSOGON CITY—In a village named after its natural springs, her generosity gushes forth for poor children thirsty for learning.

Browsing through the pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rosalia Laganzo-Enerio, a recently retired government worker, found a way to help some 300 pupils of cash-strapped Bucalbucalan Elementary School.

She set aside part of her retirement money to sponsor a daily supply of newspapers and to put up an Inquirer Learning Corner (ILC) on the campus west of this city.

Having grown up in the same coastal village, the 66-year-old donor said it had long pained her to see the school still lacking books and updated resource materials, particularly those which could improve the students’ communication skills in English.

“By putting up a learning corner here in Bucalbucalan, the students will be provided with updated news and information. It will develop in them the good habit of reading,” Enerio said during Wednesday’s signing of a memorandum of agreement among her, the school and the Inquirer on Wednesday.

She said the majority of students here grew up without enjoying reading materials at home, items considered a luxury for their parents who eked out a living mostly as fishermen.

Education is close to Enerio’s heart. Before working for the National Manpower and Youth Council in 1975 and the National Housing Authority main office in 1981, she taught at Bucalbucalan Elementary School from 1968 to 1975.

Sensing the deterioration of the country’s educationsystem, Enerio left teaching and found employment elsewhere in the bureaucracy.

The search for better pay also drove her to switch jobs. Public school teachers at the time were paid a measly P212 a month, she recalled.

But even after quitting teaching, Enerio continued to support various projects on education. She volunteered, for example, for the Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, a group that promotes literacy through the art of storytelling.

Every graduation season, Enerio would also donate medals to different schools in Sorsogon City.

But soon she realized that she had to give something that would leave a lasting impact on the students.

Enerio came across the Inquirer’s Learning section and read about the ILC program, wherein public schools can get free subscriptions to the Inquirer courtesy of reader-sponsors. The newspapers are to be kept in a school corner called “Inqspot” for easy access.

First non-politician donor

The ILC program is aimed at creating a place in public schools where teachers and students can read the paper and discuss the day’s news or issues.

Enerio said she had been an avid reader of the Inquirer since its founding during the martial law years, when the Marcos regime dismissed the fledgling but stinging newspaper as part of the so-called “mosquito press.”

Inquirer senior product manager Roselle Fortes-Leung said Enerio had the distinction of being the first ILC donor who is not a politician.

The ILC in Bucalbucalan is also the first to open in southern Luzon, Leung added.

Three ILCs have been set up earlier in Quezon City and Zambales province, all sponsored by politicians.

In honor of parents

“This is my way of giving back to the community and to this school in honor of my parents,” said Enerio, daughter of Feliza Aquende and Restituto Laganzo.

She said her parents, who were not able to finish their studies because of poverty, always reminded her and her siblings about the value of education, saying it’s the only priceless legacy they could give them.

School principal Antonio Jintalan gratefully acknowledged Enerio’s contribution: “We’re amazed that someone from this village is able to help this school.”

Jintalan said the ILC would go a long way in helping develop the children’s love for reading and their awareness of current events.

Mere P5,500 budget

Jintalan noted that the school, which operates on a measly budget of P5,500 for maintenance and other operational expenses, could only afford to set up a small library with books that were rarely updated.

A pity, Jintalan said, since “80 percent of our learning still comes from reading.”

With about 350 enrollees, the school has been relying heavily on private sponsors for its improvements, he said.

Enerio may no longer be able to go back to her first love—teaching—but she nevertheless vowed to continue her advocacy and community work for education.

The retiree called on other private citizens to do their share for the benefit of today’s youth and future generations.


Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100607-274287/Retiree-sponsors-PDI-learning-center

Filed under: Community Service Group, Concerned Sorsoganon, Education, Encouragement, Inspiration, Natatanging Sorsoganon, Sorsogon News Updates, Touching Heart, Touching Lives, We will make you SHINE!, What's Happening Here?,

B E L I E V E I N Y O U R S E L F!

This is an inspirational video clip that remind us about the importance of believing in ourselves. I would like to share it with you hoping that this will enlighten your day.  I would like to thank Ms. Laura Burns for sharing such great article. GOD SPEED!

B E L I E V E   I N   Y O U R S E L F!

Sometimes people coming into your life
and you know right away that they were
meant to be there…

To serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson
and help figure out who you are..or who you want to become

You never know who these people may be,
but when you lock eyes with them,
you know that at every moment
they will affect your life
in some profound way.

You realize that without
overcoming those
obstacles you would
never have realized
your potential, your strength,
you will power or your heart

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck.
illness, enjury, love, last moment of true greatness
and sheer stupidity all occurs to test the limit of your soul.

Without these small tests
life would be like a smoothly paved,
straight flat road to nowhere
safe and comportable but dull and otherly pointless

THE PEOPLE YOU MEET AFFECT YOUR LIFE.
The successes and downfalls
that you experience can create who you are.
and the bad experience can be learned from
in fact they’re probably the most emotional and
the most important one.

If someone hurts you,
betrays you or breaks your heart,
FORGIVE THEM….
Because they have help you learned to about trust
and the important of being concious.

If someone loves you, love them back,
unconditionally, Not only because they love you
because they are teaching you to love
and to open your heart and eyes to little things

Make everyday count…
Appreciate every moment and take from it everything
that you possibly can,
for you may never be able to experience it again
talk to the people you never talk to before
and actually listen, like yourself falling in love
break free and set your sight high.

Tell yourself you are a great individual
and believe in yourself,
for if you don’t believe in yourself,
no one else will believe in you.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

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Police Officer 3 Judith Daria-Olbes-Sorsogon police officer named to TOPWP 2009

  by Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon Province (1 February) — Police Officer 3 Judith Daria-Olbes, non-commissioned officer of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (SPPO) was named among the 8th Search of the Ten Outstanding Police Women of the Year (TOPWP) 2009.

Olbes is the first lady law enforcer in this province feted with said recognition receiving the TOPWP Kabalikat Awards trophy.

She also received cash prize from ZONTA Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation, gift certificate from the Arms Corporation Philippines (ARMSCOR) and the Outstanding Achievement Medal from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PSSupt. Heriberto Olitoquit, police provincial director here, stated that among hundreds of nominees from the police commissioned and non-commissioned officers across the country, 28 were chosen finalists and wherefore named the deserving ten outstanding police women of the country.

“Olbes indeed deserves the recognition considering her dedication and exemplary work significantly contributing to the cause of peace and order in the local community,” related Olitoquit.

It can be recalled that Olbes was part of the successful implementation of PNP programs bridging the gap between the police and the community, including the Expanded Community Orienting Polishing System (ECOPS) that focused on the promotion of public’s health; “Kampo ng Bayan sa Lawasnon” showcasing sports development, as well as the maintenance of heightened security at the Sorsogon Baywalk.

Likewise, Olbes initiated the “Malusog na Bata, Malusog na Bansa” program targeting children in the remote barangays to be their feeding program recepients, the “Konting Tulong ni Mama at Aleng Pulis” where they chipped-in certain amount from their own pocket and used this to realize the “Kaarawang Handog ni Mama at Aleng Pulis” and the distribution of slippers, food and school supplies to children.

Olbes who is currently the SPPO’s Family Juvenile and Gender and Development PNCO is an active officer of Sorsogon Women’s Network and Development (SWND) and Visayan Forum Foundation respectively working on women and children’s welfare.

In an interview, Olbes, though didn’t expect she can really make it to the top, extends her utmost gratitude to the past provincial chiefs of SPPO including PSSupt Joel Regondola, PSSupt Henry Rañola and to PSSupt Heriberto Olitoquit, the present PD. “I am also grateful to PSupt Edgardo Ardales, Deputy Prov’l Director PSupt Elmer Ferreras and to the Non-Uniformed Personnel as well as the Police Non-Commissioned and Commissioned officers of SPPO,” she added.

Other awardees are: PSupt Lailene Amparo – Marilao Police Station, Bulacan Provincial Office (PO), Police Regional Office(PRO) 3; PCI Delia Ingalla – Taguig City PO, Southern Police District, NCRPO; PSI Lerma Tirana – Regional Police Community Relations Division, NCRPO; SPO1 Marifel Cortez – Butuan City PO, PRO 13; PO3 Zorayda Aripin – Zamboanga City PO, PRO 9; PO3 Ruth Poserio – Sta. Barbara Police Station, Pangasinan PRO, Police Regional Office 1; PO3 Lilybeth Pascual – WCPD PNCO-Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (PPO), PRO 5; PO2 Famela Suba – Cabiao Police Station, Nueva Ecija PPO, PRO 3; PO2 Rina Salaya – Maasin Municipal Police Station, Iloilo PPO, PRO 6.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself conferred the award to the Ten Outstanding Police Women of the Philippines, Jan. 13, at Rizal Hall in Malacañang.

These awardees that make up this year’s TOPWP were chosen for the honor by the ZONTA Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation and the Philippine National Police. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon-Kapusong Totoo School supplies given to poor students

GMA truly touching peoples lives! Kapusong Totoo donated school supplies to poor student here.  As such, We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all the efforts GMA put into the realization of this project. Once again, thank you very much for your generous support and Merry X-MAS & Happy New year to all the staff of Kapusong Totoo..MABUHAY PO KAYONG LAHAT!! Dios mabalos!!

Filed under: Education, Encouragement, Get Involved, Inspiration, People who inspired Us, Public Service, Touching Heart, Touching Lives, Youth Community Service Groups

KC CONCEPCION: SHARING TIME WITH NEEDY KIDS

[KC Concepcion collaborates with Swatch in a new project]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 19, 2009 (STAR) As KC Concepcion was growing up, she had no idea what poverty meant. She was not aware that there were children who were lucky to have a meal a day. Or that, when they did eat, their meal consisted of only rice.

Now, KC is aware of the poverty and hunger that prevails in our society. KC, in her heart, promised to help them. “Maski, ang makakain lang sila,” she vowed to herself. And she knew she was in a position to be able to help by asking help from other friends.

That’s why KC feels grateful to her Tita Virgie Ramos, the lady behind the Swatch brand in the Philippines. The collaboration between KC and Ramos gave birth to the project KC Cares. SWATCH Shares.

KC Cares. SWATCH Shares celebrates the 20th year of SWATCH in the country.

According to KC, it only costs P10 to feed a hungry child for a day.

The year 2010 means 20 successful years of SWATCH in the Philippines and 10 is a nutritious meal for a hungry child.

Each SWATCH watch bought from the Fall/Winter 2009 Collection will feed a child for an entire month.

KC says, “People always ask me what’s more important for me. My humanitarian work or my life in fashion, movies, music or TV, and I always say – why choose one if they can all work together, hand in hand? I am thankful to Tita Virgie and SWATCH for being real troopers in helping us fight child hunger in our country. Every six seconds a child dies of hunger, but with the help of SWATCH, each second is a chance for us to feed and save a child.”

Experience an early Christmas by giving yourself and your loved ones a SWATCH watch. It’s time to enjoy your Swiss made SWATCH and share your good fortune with the needy kids.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2009 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved

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