Ang kuwaresma ay panahon na tayo ay inaanyayahan ng ating Panginoon na bumalik at manatili sa kanya ng buoong puso.

“Come back to me, with all of your heart,” our Lord beckons. “We will,” sagot natin, pero handa ba tayo,  our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm, evade, avoid. Our souls not yet perfect. Di pa tayo handa sa pagmamahal ni Lord.

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Ang panahon ng kuwaresma ay isang special opportunity para palaguin ang ating kaugnayan sa ating Panginoon, and to deepem our commitment to a way of life, na ang pundasyon ay an gating bautismo. Sa ating napakaabalang mundo, ang kuwaresma ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon to reflect on our way of life,  to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done wrong and right that we failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.

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Lent is an invitation para lumago, magnilay, manalangin, makaranas ng tuwa at lungkot at maging mapagbigay.

Let us be forgiving.

“Maging kalugodlugod nawa ang mga salita ng aking bibig, at ang pagbubulay ng aking puso sa iyong paningin, Oh Panginoon, na aking malaking bato, at aking manunubos.” – Awit 19:14


“You are the potter, I am the clay
Mold me and make me, This is what I pray
Change my heart oh God, Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God, May I be like You” – Vineyard



Follow up sa previous post ko,  regarding sa kapatid na biktima ng Yolanda.

Instead of kupkupin at patirahin sa kanila, he computed ang magagastos for 1 year na sila ay pakakainin at patitirahin at ito ay pinagawa niya ng tindahan, in one slot sa aming maliit na puwestong pangkomersyal. “Itatayo po namin itong tindahan para po mayroon silang pagkakakitaan. Kahit na sila ay nasa ibang lugar, hindi po sila aasa sa iba at ang kanilang tiwala sa sarili ay di masisira.”

He applied the wisdom of the Chinese proverb: “Give a man to fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.’

He even added, that: “pag napalago niya ito, makakatulong pa siya sa iba (italics mine, to give emphasis)”

That was in December, 2013.

Fast forward to May, 2016 or roughly 2 years and 5 months after we agreed on renting one (1) space.

Now, they occupy two (2) spaces and mabili sa puwesto nila, sometimes even the parking slot for pasyente sa clinic ng wife ko ay naooccupy ng mamimili.

I am happy to hear that one day they are already operating a grocery, even if it means moving out of our spaces.

Live proof ng tamang pagtulong sa kapuwa. He did not give them a fish. He did not teach them how to fish. He gave “live tutorial” on how to fish, eat and help others.

Mendicancy ended and helpings hands extended.

Perseverance. Right Attitude. Hardwork. Trust in God.

Rolled into one.

Rising from Calamity the right way?


“Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted. The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me Your eyes so I can see – Brandon Heath


Tatlumpong  empleyado ng ABC Co. ay umattend ng isang Seminar.

Sa gitna ng discussions, isa isa silang binigyan ng Ping-pong balls ng speaker at pinasulat ang mga pangalan, bago ito ay kinolekta at inilagay sa kalapit na kuwarto ang mga bola ng pingpong. 

Pinapasok ang mga empleyado at inatasan na hanapin ang ping-pong balls na may kani-kanilang pangalan sa loob ng 5 minutes.

Lahat ay nagmamadaling nagmamadaling hinanap ang kani-kanilang pingpong balls. Gapang dito, dakma doon, dapa rito, tulak doon, agaw rito, bangga roon, nagkakatulakan, nagkakatapakan at nagkakagulo pero wala sinumang nakakuha ng kanilang bola in 5 minutes. 


Pagkaraka ay inatasan ng speaker ang lahat na kumuha ng tig-iisang pingpong ball at ibigay kung kanino ang nakapangalan doon. Walang isang minuto ay nakuha ng bawat isa ang kani-kanilang bola ng pingpong.

Ito ang totoong nangyayari sa ating buhay. Lahat tayo ay naghahanap ng kaligayahan sa buhay ng di natin nalalaman kung saan ito hahanapin.. pupulutin, but for the most part, it is a little self-centered. Ang tao kasi by nature ay inuunang isipin ang sarili, base sa ating instinct of self preservation. Iyong nasa survival mode lagi at narereinforce pa ito ng mga kagawian na pagbibigay ng sino ang mataas, malaki, magaling… no. 1.

Ang ating kaligayahan ay nasa kaligayahan ng ibang tao. Bigyan nating ng happiness ang ibang tao at ating matatagpuan ang ating kaligayahan. Ang pag-iimbot at ang paghahangad na mauna, makalamang at makaangat sa iba ang naglalayo sa atin sa tunay na kaligayahan.

At ito ang kabuluhan ng human life.


“This world is gonna pull through. Don’t give up. You’ve got a reason to live. Can’t forget. We only get what we give. ” – The Radicals


I received a list of motivational items in an email from my Boss before New Year, but what caught my attention was the last piece on the list, “Lead Without a Title”.

I guess it was taken out of the inspiring book of Robin Sharma, and I can feel my Boss’ intention in sharing it to us.

It is a big dogma for some people that to lead means to have a title. And to have a title means to have power, the power to command, make orders and be engulfed in some egoistic whims and caprices. Nowhere was leadership in the context of this zone of attitude.

Ang isa pang nagiging resulta ay ang pagiging arrogant ng mga tao na me titulo, gusto sila ang laging masusunod at sila ang tama. For every failure that he gets, or the organization he supposed to leads fall into, he blame others.

Madalas ko na naoobserbahan na iyan, gagawa ng isang kautusan and isang me katungkulan, pag me nakipagtalo, galit nag alit, tapos ipapasunod ang gusto niya without listening to others’ side.

Pag nagfail, blame dito, blame doon. Tanggal dito, tanggal doon. And proclaim, lahat sila mali. Ako ang tama. How many times have I experienced that, kahit sa mga dati kong organization. People want to hold title, not to lead, but to have power… to command, but not to take responsibilities.. to get credit, but not accountable for errors. Very political.

A Leader is not a Boss whose assistance to his subordinates is only to tell them they are not doing right, but how can he support to do things right.

And it starts by showing RESPECT. This is the cornerstone of being a Leader.

Leading without a title is a great neutralizer to those incompetent, unprofessional, disrespectful and power hungry title holders. The former speaks of inspiration, while the latter talks of desperation.

“Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.” – Robin Sharma


“Sometimes it’s hard to just keep going. But faith is moving without knowing. Can I trust what I can’t see?. To reach my destiny
I want to take control but I know better.” – Fireflight


I went to Riyadh last week for some meetings and clear outs sa issues sa ilan naming customers. Pero bago iyon, pumunta muna ako sa isang Oil Drill Site sa Khurais to verify some information, specifications at mga sukat sukat sa dinidesign naming Pump Change Unit sa paglilinis ng drill pipes and casing.

Dumating ako sa Riyadh ng gabi na and booked a room sa Hotel sa me Batha, ang Divisoria ng Riyadh. I was expecting na ang ilang friends kong Engineers sa Riyadh Refinery will join me for dinner, kaya lang nagfield daw sila at pagod na pagod. Mag-isa akong pumasok sa isang Pinoy Restaurant at nabungaran ko kaagad ang weakness ko… gintaang langka.

Tuwing weekends lang ako nagkakanin at mga ilang kutsara lang, pero dahil sa langka at bangus ay muntik ko na maubos ang isang serving ng kanin (mind you ang pantakal ay mangkok).  I strolled in the area, bought some anik anik, nag tea and called it a night. Kinabukasan, parang bloated pakiramdam ko. I checked out at 7:30 AM, kasi dere-deretso mga meetings ko from 9 AM to 4 PM. Pagdaan ko sa isang Pinoy Restaurant, nakita ko ang almusal ay pinoy na pinoy. I decided to take Tocilog. Full again ako.

Before my first meeting, sumasakit na ang tiyan ko. At naiihi ako. Ganun din sa mga sumunod na meetings.  Ang sama na ng pakiramdam ko. Ang sakit ng tyan, matigas, humihilab at ihi ng ihi. I was contemplating on staying at magpabukas na, but I thought paano kung me mangyari sa akin? I was 435 kms from Khobar.

I decided na mag-inut inot pag-uwi. Habang daan, di ko alam kung ano ang gagawin. I have to drive home, I have to do it. I stopped at a gas station – 325 kms to go pa, filled up, peed, called my son na antabayanan ako and prayed. I told God, “napakasakit God, parang di ko kaya, please grant me clear vision inspite of the pain, a steady hand on the wheel, inspite of the spasm, and a cool mind to decide on the road inspite of the frequent pee.”

I arrived home still in pain, nakatulog agad ako. The pain remained, so I went to the Hospital for check up and treatment.

I was subjected to KUB, Abdominal XRay and Ultrasound (2x).


The doctor gave me a double dose of Dolculax. The following morning I’m fine. I was able to job and played 3 games of good -all -win basketball in the afternoon.


  1. Moderate ang anumang masasarap sa buhay.
  2. God gives us challenges we need to surpass. Lets face them squarely.
  3. We should not just rely on praying to God. We must act.

God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son.

“Don’t give up. It’s just the weight of the world. When your heart’s heavy. I…I will lift it for you
Don’t give up. Because you want to be heard. If silence keeps you. I…I will break it for you.” – Josh Groban


Water purification involves several process/stages.

Sediment Filtration where particles like dirt, sand, grit, slime are being taken off by special filters.

Next is the removal of various metallic elements through a process known as ion exchange then water  moves into  over-sized granular activated carbon beds. Carbon filtration (also known as charcoal filtration), which utilizes a process known as adsorption, is a particularly effective technique for chlorine removal. Pesticides, herbicides, and other organic contaminants (especially volatile organics) are also removed at this stage.

Then water passes through Ultraviolet light for disinfecting process and the 1 micron filter after which high pressure is used to force water across a membrane while impurities are left behind. This process is called Reverse Osmosis.  The final stage is ozonation, a very powerful disinfecting process and is capable of oxidizing a very broad range of contaminants.

Our mind is like a water purification process. It takes whatever comes in and purifies it so that it’s ready to go out. It refines. Whatever junk the mind allows in will eventually find its way out and reflected in our behavior and attitudes.

Ang banal na kasulatan ay may sinasabi tungkol sa mga filters ng ating isipan na makakatulong sa ating kaligtasan.  In Philippians 4:8   “Finally whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about those things.”

It advises us to use the filters of our mind, the very basic function of our brains, to THINK:
First He advises  us whatever is T-rue;
Then, whatever is H-onorable or noble and right;
Whatever is I-nnocent or pure;
Whatever is N-ecessary or lovely, winsome, pleasing
And whatever is K-ind which is admirable.

God asks us to think of the best in anything we do. Because that is the key para tayo ay maligtas sa kapahamakan.

Ang ating isipan ay isa sa mga kayamanan na inihandog ng Panginoon sa atin. Dapat natin itong pagyamanin at palaging i-filter ang masamang kaisipan. Bilang anak ng Diyos, dapat tayong mag-isip na kaagapay ang espiritu ng Panginoon. The way we protect our mind is the way how we THINK.

Tayo ay nagiging tayo base sa ating pag-iisip.

“As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7


“Jesus, You are the way . You are the way and I will follow,. You are the way, the only way and I will follow. Whatever is true. Whatever is right. Whatever is pure. Whatever is light. Lead me in the way everlasting. Don’t ever stop.” – Chris Tomlin





I parked my car and walked towards a building in Aramco for a meeting. I notice a laborer (Indian nationality ) sleeping at the side of parking walkway and a pack of porrota and dal (flat bread and cooked split mongo or lentil) beside him. Siguro kako nagpapahinga iyong laborer bago maglunch. E bakit sa semento samantalang sa tabi ng parking ay damuhan at may ilang maliliit na puno.

After my meeting, I decided to buy 2 strawberry filled dough and water at kako ay kainin ko na lang sa kotse papunta naman sa next meeting ko. Pagdating ko sa parking, nakita ko iyong laborer na itinapon ang pagkain niya.

Tinanong ko: “Why did you throw your food?”

“Already no good. It’s my food left yesterday, ” he answered.

“So you don’t have food anymore and it is very hot (48 degrees) no water also? Why are you sleeping here when you can sleep in the grass near that tree (pointing to a small tree).” I asked.

“Sir, it’s very hot there. Also hot air comes, now too much air, very hot air. Here because of these cars, no air coming. Better rest here, ” he muttered.

A gush of PITY engulfed me. Ako at mga kasama ko sa office, ang mga office workers all around here are enjoying the comfort of air conditioned room, while this guy, who’s receiving a meager salary, and helps us enjoy a clean surrounding, well – trimmed lawn, healthy plants is here nagtitiis sa init makapahinga ng konti.

Immediately, I took out the bread and water I bought and gave it to him.

I didn’t know that we were being watched by 2 saudi employees of Aramco about to board their car. They approached us and each of them gave the laborer 10 riyals and water.  I felt I was used by God that time to show this man, the laborer that concern for others knows no races, nor position, nor color of skin.  Because all men are brothers.

Another man passed by and saw what we were doing.  Kababayan nung laborer.

Dumaan lang siya.

Walang paki.

Perfect na sana title ng article ko.


“Because all men are brothers wherever men may be. One Union shall unite us forever proud and free. No tyrant shall defeat us, no nation strike us down. All men who toil shall greet us the whole wide world around.” – Peter, Paul and Mary