Breakthrough (Movie Review)

I’m going to share with you my reaction to this movie that I just watched last weekend.  It was just an ordinary afternoon for me, as I was browsing my phone, I found a trailer on YouTube that caught my attention.  The title of the movie is “Breakthrough”.  It is an inspirational movie that was initially released at St. Louis Hospital (USA) dated March 20, 2019 then officially released on US cinemas dated April 17, 2019 (source: en.wikipedia.org).

The movie is based on a true story about a young boy named John Smith that was adopted by Joyce and Brian Smith.  Main scene of this movie was when John and his friends fell on the ice on a frozen lake.  Among the 3 boys that fell on the lake, only John got trapped underwater.  John continues to fight for his life while her parents believed especially her mom that he will recover.  Their faith remained strong together with their pastor (Jason) and friends who prayed for a miracle.

At the first part of the movie, John (Adopted child of Joyce and Brian Smith) is questioning why his biological mom didn’t want him.  His relationship with his parents is awkward as he faces struggles growing up as a teenager.

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The scene where the 3 boys went out to the frozen lake has gotten my attention.  The neighbor warned them to stay out of the lake because it is dangerous.    The boys ignored the man and continued to play around.  Suddenly, my heart jumped when the ice cracked and the boys fell on the water.  The 2 boys managed to go to the surface while John was left unconscious under the water for 15 mins.

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There were 2 rescuers who dived unto the water to do a search for John.  I felt anxious when the rescuers couldn’t find John and almost gave up.  Amazingly, Tommy (rescuer) heard a voice that said, “go back!”  After he heard that voice, he was able to find the body of John and managed to lift him up.

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My eyes were all in tears as the mother was holding the boy’s hand as if it were her real child.  In this scene from the movie, I came to realize that anyone can be a mother to a child who needs love.

One scene that has touched my heart when people all together prayed for the boy.  I can feel the pain of his parents while the boy is struggling after the doctors removed the machine attached to John’s body.

One scene left me in wonder when John’s teacher asked, “Why God chooses to save some and not others?”.  I questioned my existence in an instant.

I was dumbfounded by John’s answer.  He said, “I don’t know….. but a great teacher once told me, ‘Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose’”.  Wow that left me speechless!

God is just waiting for us to let go of our fears and doubts.  I always tell this to my readers several times because we have the tendency to forget.  That’s alright, God loves us despite our shortcomings.  I also learned that love is the greatest force in this world.  If your heart is full of hatred, life can be so tough.

Friends, we can all be a miracle in our own little way.  We don’t need to experience a near death situation.  By simply being kind to the people we encounter is a miracle.  Letting go of the grudge we have kept for so long is a miracle.  Anything that transforms us to be like Jesus is a miracle.

My friends, let me pray for you….

Dear God, thank you for the gift of Life.  Thank you for giving us hope each time we wake up.  Thank you for the breath of life.  We are nothing without you.  Use us to fulfill your will.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.

Cover photo source: foxmovies.com

The ‘Undo’ Button

Among all the commands in any program, the Undo command is my favorite. Why? Because you have the chance to correct your mistake and pretend it didn’t happen.

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When I recall the times when I was using a typewriter, oh my! All my Term Papers were a mess! My paper is always full of corrector fluids (There is no such thing as a corrector tape back then) and I will end up with a grade of C because of all the erasures hahaha.

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Then the electric typewriter came. I was so amazed when I saw it from my classmate. At that time, it was very expensive, so only a few people can afford it. If you have one, you are one of the cool dudes in class because it means you are rich! For the millennials out there, let me share you the wonders of an electric typewriter.

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The difference between manual (refer to image A) and electric typewriter (refer to image B) is that in Electric Typewriter it has black and white ribbon in one set (refer to image B-1) while the manual only has 1 color which is black (refer to image A-1) or sometimes you have the choice to get the black and red ribbon in 1 set (refer to image A-2).

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Too bad I won’t be able to show you our vintage typewriter because we have disposed it ever since the mighty computer and printers were invented.  Luckily, I searched on google some images of this antique machine and I found the exact machine that we’ve had way back in the 80s. (Refer to Image A)

Anyway, what makes this electric typewriter so special? You can be able to correct your mistake! All you have to do is just press the backspace then click the white ribbon switch button then after that, you need to press the letter that you want to erase… then voila! The letter is gone! Amazing right?!  We were so grateful with this machine back in the 80s (Oops now you will know how old I am now hahaha).

There came a lot of versions of this type machine. Maybe I will discuss that on my next coming articles.

If you are curious on how complicated our life was in using this machine you may go to https://m.wikihow.com/Type-on-a-Typewriter.

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So the computer era came. I can fully recall the time when we had our first computer, Oh man! Our monitor and CPU is so heavy, the weight is unbearable! We need a macho man to carry it for us. Funny isn’t it?!

In this machine we have to memorize a lot of codes. There is a code when opening a specific program. That is the beauty of an old machine, they make things complicated for its users (eh?).

Then as years go by, the computer age has developed. Internet has been a life to all of us no exceptions on that. We can’t live without it. I am very happy that I can write my articles for my website through my mobile phone. I used to bring my laptop everywhere I go back then. Whoever invented a smartphone, I thank God that he created you and you have my respect 🙏

What is my point of all these techie stuff?

Did you notice that I just started with the Undo Button then the rest follows?

Most of the people my age or older than me would say, “We wish to bring back the good old days where everything is so simple.” Or “I wish we have an ‘Undo’ button wherein we can erase all the mistakes and wrong choices that we had and just simply correct it”.

If you will ask me, I am happy with the Life that God has given me. With all the decisions that I made for the past 38 years, I never regretted it. I never blamed God that he diagnosed me with a Brain Tumor. I never regretted that I chose to work in a non-profit organization. I never regretted that I chose to work afterwards as a freelance real estate agent and pursue my passion in writing. I never blamed God that I am not as strong as the others whenever I climb mountains.

 

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My friend, if you feel life has turned its back on you, always remember that God never fails to love you. He knows the desires of your heart, all you must do is surrender your life to him. Why?  Because he created you, he knows every detail of you.

Once we do that, we won’t need to press the ‘Undo’ button ever again.

Dear God, I thank you for the Life you have given me.  Send me with the gift of wisdom and knowledge to understand your plan for my life.  Protect my mind from negative thoughts.  Help me to appreciate life as the day goes by.  Give me the courage to rise up whenever I make a mistake.  Never leave nor forsake me O God.  I am nothing without you.  Amen.

 

 

Having a bad day?

How are you, my friend? Are you in pain right now? Did someone just ruin your mood?  Sometimes, things just don’t turn out as expected.

How do you deal with it?

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It can be disappointing when you’ve got a day full of activities and thought out your strategy down to the last detail  — only to encounter roadblocks at every turn.  For example, you’re on your way to your first or second errand when a road accident causes a terrific traffic jam that makes you decide to just make a U-turn and call it a day.  Frustrating, isn’t it?

Let me share a similar scenario….

Just the other day, I was driving inside our village when a fast car came out of nowhere and almost hit me. I wanted to shout and swear at that other driver quite by instinct. But something held me back.  Maybe that was my guardian angel telling me, “Stop and think before you say something nasty.”  After a few deep breaths, I calmed down, continued driving and pretended nothing happened.  And then I reflected, “Will I let that person ruin my good mood?  Is it worth it?”

If a random person shouts at you, “Hello?!  You’re blocking my way!” The easiest thing would be to get back at that person is to shout back, “What did you just say?!  Are you telling me I’m stupid?!” Then you just might go ahead and hit that person until a full-on fight ensues.

Is that really the best thing to do in that situation?

Friends, it is very easy to curse or insult someone when they get on your wrong side.  A friend once taught me a very important lesson regarding this.  He told me that, if placed in the same scenario, I should stop, think and ask:

What would Jesus do?

So, I did that. And you know what happened?  I felt peace.

When we see someone going through a difficult time, we usually say “Everything is going to be ok”, or “This, too, shall pass” or even, “What you are going through is nothing compared to what I’ve been through”.  But anyone who is going through depression or pain is not likely to listen to all that or understand what you just said. I can assure you, though, that Jesus is beside us every step of the way.  Our Lord is shaping us to be a better person whenever we make a mistake.  That’s why we should not be afraid to make a mistake.  If we do, let’s have the courage to rise up when we fall.  Focus on how we can improve ourselves.  Never let your happiness depend on another person.  You are wonderful, beautiful, and you are capable.  Always believe that there is a new beginning when the sun rises.

I want to share with you my favorite verse from the Bible …..

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Let me say a prayer for you my friend….

Dear God, bless the person who is reading this right now.  Remove all the pain in their heart.  Bless them with the gift of wisdom and understanding.  Give them hope for a brighter tomorrow.  Embrace them with your love and protect them from the enemy that blinds them from choosing to do good.  In Jesus’s name.  Amen.

It’s a piece of cake!

Have you had a feeling when all you need to have is just a piece of cake?

As some of you may know, my favorite cake is cheesecake! Every time I will have a slice of cheesecake, once it lands my mouth, ooh my! I can hear the angels singing hallelujah and I am lost in space. Now I know the reason why it is perfect for people who are stressed because when you spell it backwards it is D-E-S-S-E-R-T-S. And oh my……. I simply love it! Most especially when you pair it with coffee, I can fly and get lost in the wind hahaha.

Did you notice that there is an idiom expression of “It’s just a piece of cake”? It means something that is easy to accomplish. What am I trying to point out here? Everyday, we are preoccupied with our list of things to do within the day. Most of us have too much on their hands that some of it are getting out of hand.

My friends, life should be handled on what we can only accomplish. If we feel that our health is already at stake, we need to stop and simply take a breathe of fresh air. Life is short to focus on too much work. Life is about spending time with our love ones and being a blessing to others. Yes we need to work for a living but let us not forget that there is a life outside of the four corners of the office.

My friends, life should be lived simple. Allow me to say a prayer for you…

“Dear God, thank you for the gift of today.  Thank you for all the blessings we received right at this moment.  Send the Holy Spirit to the person reading my entry now.  Give them a sense of peace in their hearts that everything is in your hands and we have nothing to worry about.  Allow them also to be a blessing to one another.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

Let us all smile as we face our triumphs because Life is a piece of cake!

Awakening Moments

Moments in our lives that we tend to question God why we exist. Sometimes we are surprised with the day to day task that we face each day. In this time and age, most of our moments are spent on electronic gadgets. We invest our time scrolling our facebook timeline, twitter, instagram, etc. This really saddens me because people seem to forget that there is a life out there. Moments of “Now” are being taken for granted because these moments can make a big impact to what the future brings.

I feel so blessed that I was able to experience to play on the streets, bike around the neighborhood, share toys with playmates, and etc. I will never forget the times that we close the entire street to celebrate Christmas and other special events with our neighbors. Endless laughs and stories to share that my neighbors, friends and love ones have had are the most unforgettable moments that no money can buy.

There are also moments that are very painful. I cherish these moments because I know that God is shaping our character through different challenges. Some people are choosing the easy way out instead of going through the hard process. Life is so sweet when we are able to cross the path of darkness towards eternity.  It is a good feeling that we are never the same person as we were yesterday.

We also have the tendency to jump into the future which sacrifices the moments of the present situation.  By doing so, we get frustrated, stressed and worn out which results into failure.  It is alright to plan things out, but let us not forget that by enjoying the journey, the puzzles can build its own pieces towards our goal.  As what the book of Mathew 6:34 says:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble on its own.”

I have learned that past exists only in our memories. I believe that everyone has the right to change for the better. It is going to be difficult to change if we keep on looking back to our old self. Remember, our past does not define who we are today. It is time to bury all the baggages that is slowing us down towards greatness.

My friend, it is time to forgive yourself. Always remember that God never looks on our faults. He is a loving and forgiving God. It is time to embrace the present moment and live each day with a grateful heart.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of the mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Intuitive soul

Do you have the ability to sense if the person who was introduced to you can do good to your life?  This applies when you choose your friends, business partner, and most especially…. a lifetime partner.

If you’ll ask me… I could say YES.  I always turn my intuitive switch mode ON whenever I meet a person.  Some might say… “Aren’t you being judgmental?” Well… you might be correct but this is not about judging others.  This is about a feeling of belongingness.

What you feel is your intuition.  Not all intuitions are accurate.  For example, if you feel uncomfortable to the person you have just met… there is a warning sign that goes up to our brains that says, “Be careful.”  That is a good sign because it can save you for a possible heartache or any kind of trouble.  This feeling is correct most of the time.  You can develop your intuition by applying it to your daily routine.

Not all people has this ability.  As for myself, my intuitive sense developed when I reached my 30s.  I never went wrong after I developed that sense.  What can I advice?  You can start by mastering all your senses.  You have to be sensitive to the movements of the person in front of you.  You may ask questions about the person’s likes and dislikes, family background or what the person does for a living.  This kind of sense can be a big help on your career especially when you are into sales or leading your own company.

You may attend workshops or read books about this topic as I am not an expert on this.  I only speak through my own experience.  You may also go to my cousin’s website (Her name is Kat John) at www.katjohn.com.au.  Remember, this sense takes a lot of time to develop.  Always practice and be patient with yourself.  Once you finally develop yourself, it can be a great asset to your spiritual health.

 

An open letter to a dedicated nurse

Dearest Nurse Angel,

Hello, how are you?  I hope you’d still remember me.  It has been more than a decade since you took care of me when I was recovering from my sickness.  I wanted to send forth my gratitude to your valuable service.  Thank you for being so patient with me when I am being so difficult.  Thank you for not giving up on me when I cried in pain whenever I am having discomforts.  I am so blessed that God sent His steward through you.  Maybe your parents named you “Angel” because you are truly like one.

I cannot forget the very first time I opened my eyes and saw your Angelic face.  I felt a sense of calmness and peace inside of me.  Thank you for giving me hope to fight for my life.  I have almost given up because I feel like I cannot fulfill God’s promise for me to prosper.  I always wished that he should have taken my life if I am just going to be prohibited to do the things that I love.

Nurse Angel, I hope that God will make a way for you to read my message.  I don’t know where you are right now but I remember back then you were dreaming to work abroad for greener pastures.  I believe by this time and age, you are already living the dream that you have desired many years ago.

Lastly, I want to tell you that if you have the chance to read my message.  I hope that we will find a way to meet.  I want to tell you that I am living the life that I want.  I want to acknowledge your service and give credit to all the good things you have shared in my own being.

Continue to be an inspiration to others because that is what God has called us to do.  I will pray for you and your family.  I will be looking forward for our meet up.

God bless you Nurse Angel!

 

Sincerely,

Mackie

 

 

“A Second Chance” Movie insights

Halos ako’y mahulog sa aking kinauupuan habang pinapanood ko ang bagong pelikula nina John Lloyd Cruz at Bea Alonzo. Mula sa mga hugot lines na kanilang binato sa isa’t isa, lubos kong binibigyan ng pugay ang manunulat at gumawa netong pelikulang ito.

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Hindi ninyo ma aappreciate ang pelikulang ito kapag hindi ninyo napanood ang “One more chance”. Mula sa linyang, “You had me at my best, she had me at my worst”, ito ang linya na lubusang tumatak sa bawat puso ng mga Pinoy na nakakarelate sa kwento nina Popoy at Basha.

Nung natuklasan ko na magkakaroon ng ikalawang yugto na pinamamagatan na “A second chance”, hinanap ko agad sa youtube ang kanilang trailer. Mula pa lamang sa trailer, alam na alam ko na papatok ito sa takilya.

Bakit ba sobrang affected ang mga manonood dito sa pelikulang ito? Unang una sa lahat, di hamak na napakagaling ang pagganap nina John Lloyd Cruz at Bea Alonzo sa likod ng mga karakter na si Popoy at Basha. Pangalawa, ipinakita dito ang realidad ng isang kwentong pagibig ng mag asawa. Hindi lang puros kilig at saya ang inilahad kundi ipinakita ang lahat ng poot at sakit sa buhay may asawa na nagbukas sa aking isipan na walang “Forever” kung hindi sisikapin ng dalawang tao na ipaglaban ang kanilang pagmamahalan. Sa panahon ngayon, usong uso ang hiwalayan. Magkaroon lamang ng konting hindi pagkakaunawaan ay hahantong na agad sa decision na hiwalayan. Base sa aking analysis, hindi man ako psychologist pero may kanya kanyang pagpapasya ang tao. Ang decision na mahalin ang isang tao ay mahirap gawin ngunit sa gabay ng Panginoon ay hindi ito impossible. Kaya maganda talaga na ilagay sa sentro ng bawat relasyon ng mag asawa ang ating mahal na Hesukristo upang pagtibayin ito kahit anu mang sakuna ang dumaan.

Ang pag aasawa ay hindi madali. Hindi ko pa man nararanasan ay nakita ko ito sa samahan ng aking magulang. Madaming pagsubok ang kanilang hinarap at hanggang sa huli ay lubos na ipinaglaban nila ang isa’t isa hanggang sa tuluyang yumaong ang aking ama. Sabi ng aking ina, “Sulit ang lahat ng hirap at sakit dahil kayong mga anak ko ang aking pinanghuhugutan ng lakas kaya hindi ako bumibitaw sa samahan namin ng ama ninyo.” Ang masasabi ko lang ay … Wow! Isa kang dakilang ina at asawa.

Ito ang aking top 6 na hugot lines na nagustuhan ko sa pelikulang ito:

“Gusto na kitang iwan ngayon Poy. Gustong gusto ko na. Pero hindi ko gagawin kasi nangako ako na kahit ang hirap hirap mong mahalin, mamahalin kita. Kahit na nasasaktan ako, susubukan ko pa. Kasi nangako ako. I promised to love you even if it hurts and to love you more when it hurts.”

Mula sa linyang ito, dito ko nakita ang tibay ng pagmamahalan ng isang mag asawa. Sabi ng aming pari sa parokya namin sa tuwing nagbibigay siya ng sermon sa mga kinakasal, “Love is not a feeling, it is a decision”. Sa totoo lang, kung ang pag ibig ay ibabase lamang natin mula sa ating mga emosyon, masasabi natin na walang katotohanan na may “Forever” na magaganap. Ngayon ko naintindihan at nalaman na makikita mo kung gaano katagal ang samahan ng isang mag asawa base sa mga kilos at galaw nila. Kapag ang mag asawa ay sobrang sweet sa isa’t isa, bagong kasal o wala pang isang buwan ang kanilang samahan. Kapag sila ay magkatabi lamang at diring diri ang babae kapag mahalikan ng kanilang esposo, ibig sabihin ay ilang dekada na sila magkasama. Kaya sa tuwing ako ay nakakadalo sa isang annibersaryo ng isang mag asawa na ilang dekada ang pinagsamahan, ako ay natutuwa dahil nagkakaroon ako ng pag asa na nag eexist pa talaga ang “True love”.

“Bash wala na ang dating Popoy na pinakasalan mo. This is me at my worst. Kaya mo paba akong mahalin ng ganito?”

Dito ko na realize na hindi dapat maging basehan ang pagmamahal base sa kanilang strengths lamang. Kapag nakapamili na tayo ng taong mamahalin natin panghabang buhay dapat bukas sa ating kalooban na tanggapin sila ng buong buo despite sa kanilang mga kahinaan. Di naman natin malalaman ang buong pagkatao ng isang tao kapag hindi natin siya makasama sa iisang bubong. Dito papasok ang pagpapasya ng isang tao kung willing pang tanggapin at bigyan ng pangalawang pagkakataon sa kabila ng mga pagkakamali na nagawa man ng kanilang kabiyak.

“Kung nahihirapan kang pagkatiwalaan siya, pagkatiwalaan mo muna ang pagmamahal mo sa kanya.”

Ito ang mga linya na binitawan ng kaibigan nina Popoy at Basha na si Krissy (Dimples Romana). Kapag may pinagdadaanang pagsubok, maganda ay lumapit sa isang malapit na kaibigan na magbibigay ng “Words of wisdom” na magpapatibay sa inyong relasyon. Huwag lumapit sa mga taong na magbibigay lamang ng payo na hindi maganda. Huwag din natin idaan sa sugal o anu mang bisyo tulad ng alak at droga. Pansamantalang kaligayahan lamang ang maibibigay nito, hindi mabibigyan ng lunas ang problema. Mas maganda pa ay lumapit sa isang spiritual counselor para hindi magkaroon ng padalos dalos na pagpapasya na sa bandang huli ay pagsisisihan lamang.

“You want me to trust you but you can’t trust me. Because if you do you should’ve trusted me. Hindi mo sana tinago. Poy ‘di mo lang ito buhay, buhay natin ito. Poy asawa mo ako baka nakakalimutan mo.”

Gustong gusto ko itong linyang binitawan ni Basha dahil ang tiwala ay ang numero uno na nakakasira sa isang relasyon. Naiintindihan ko ang mga kalalakihan na hindi lahat ng bagay ay kailangan sabihin sa kanilang asawa ang lahat ng problema kung kaya nila itong solusyunan. Pero kapag ito ay makakaapekto na sa pagsasama bilang mag asawa, walang masama na magusap at mag “open up” kung ano man ang problema na inyong kinakaharap. Tandaan, ang komunikasyon ay isa sa importanteng sangkap upang pagtibayin ang isang relasyon.

“What if I made a different choice and a different life? I want to stop wondering what if and what is.”

Ito ang mga linyang binitawan ni Popoy nung mga panahon na sobrang mababa ang kanyang tingin sa sarili niya. Naku po…. Huwag na huwag natin itanong o ikumpara ang ating mga sarili sa mga dapat na naging decision sa buhay. Ang lahat ng ating mga decision ay may tulong at gabay ng ating Panginoon. Kung saan man tayo naroroon, dahil ito sa mga personal nating pasya. Wag na mag sisihan ba. Mas maganda yung mag look forward kung ano ang pwedeng mangyari kaysa mag hook up tayo sa mga dapat na naging decision natin. Wala na tayo magagawa eh, mag move on na lang tayo. Let’s live in the present.

“You are my ‘what was’, ‘what is’ and ‘what will be’.”

Boom! Eto ang wagas na linyang binitawan ni Basha sa huling scene ng pelikulang ito. Gustong gusto ko itong linyang ito dahil ipinapakita dito ang bukas palad na pagtanggap ni Basha sa buong pagkatao ni Popoy.

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Facing your own battle

Have you encountered to be trapped in your own battle? When I say “battle”, I am referring to the struggles we encounter on our day to day living. Each person has its own struggles or challenges, no one is exempted to this rule. In light of our divine grace, there are (3) types of struggles that a person encounters in life: (1) Human works, (2) Inner struggle, and (3) Outer Struggle. (Source: christianblog.com).

In life, we deal with different kinds of people. Sometimes, whenever we encounter a challenge from work, family or in a community, we tend to focus on ourselves first. Why? Because our mind is very vulnerable to be tempted by the works of the enemy. As humans, we make mistakes, we have our own shortcomings and I admit that I myself am not perfect. Who else does? Only God alone is perfect.

Our thoughts are very powerful…. Are you aware of that? Whenever we torture ourselves of what we unintentionally did to a person, that is the work of the enemy. If we try to remain selfless, they cannot touch us. We must only focus on the love of God. If you have experienced to be criticized, they are just focused on what you did wrong. When that happens, we just need to contemplate and ask for strength.

Photo credit: King James Bible Online
Photo credit: King James Bible Online

We must always put God first above everything else. When we place him above everything, love comes out naturally. Why is that? Because God is love. Love is giving, Love does not keep a record of wrong doings and Love does not focus on personal gain. Whenever we are in pain, just hold on to Him and He will protect you. He will never leave our side. When we get distracted we have to firmly hold our faith unto Him.

Whenever we get criticized, all we have to do is pray for them. When we feel that we have done something unintentional that have hurt others, we must have the courage to make peace with that person. That is the work of love. Our God doesn’t play favorites. He has given us gifts to do exactly the work he called us to do.

It is hard to give love to others if we are in pain. We have to seek the love of God in order to give love back to others. Making ourselves right and others wrong is not the works of our creator. Whenever we have an unclean heart we just have to surrender it to Him because he loves us despite of our wrong doings.

My dear friends, allow me to take part of the struggles that we encounter each day. As we travel along, let us hold one another whenever we face a challenge. We can work hand in hand to bring forth light to others who are in darkness and let us walk with them towards the end of the tunnel.

Dear God, thank you for loving us unconditionally despite of our wrong doings.  Forgive us if we have hurt our brothers and sisters.  I pray for the people who are persecuting us, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.  Allow your divine light to shine upon those who are in their darkest moments.  Forgive their sins and help them to rise up and fulfill the desire to proclaim the good news.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.  Amen.  

Let’s talk about Gwyneth Dorado

Who is Gwyneth Dorado? If you have read my previous blog entitled “Asia’s Got Talent Auditions” she is the girl that I was talking about who advanced to the next level.

As I recall few months back, I suddenly remembered my journey when I auditioned for AGT (Asia’s Got Talent). I kept on wondering what happened with the results of her audition because I never got the chance to get their contact numbers. Until Suddenly, I came across youtube and saw a trending video:

I was so happy to find out that she was able to make it to Singapore! All I can remember is the Adorable kid with cute dimples and finally I found out her real name and that is Gwyneth Dorado. I like the comment that David Foster said after her performance:

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Gwyn, being a star is not just about having a good voice and you got that covered and I can’t imagine how good you’re gonna sound when you’re 13, 14 or 15. You came out here… You were confident you have direction and you play the guitar well. You knew what exactly you’re going to do and you know your place in this business and I think this business has a place for you for sure.” 

I immediately searched her name on facebook and was able to land to her official fan page. I sent her a private message last April 5 of this year. I gave my regards to her parents and wished her luck that I hope she can make it to the semi finals.

Watch her performance from semi finals to the grand finale of the competition:

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Grand finals:

I was so delighted that I was able to get in touch with her mom, Jheng Dorado. She is a very warm and humble person. It felt great to hear from them despite of not being able to get any contact. God made a way for us to meet once more.

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Myself together with Gwyn and her parents

After the competition, I took the time to tone down the excitement because for sure Gwyn will be busy with enormous commitments. September came and I got the chance to bring back my communication with Gywn’s mom. I asked her if I can meet them soon to patch things up with their family. Luckily, our meet up finally pushed through even if it’s unexpected.  We met at Sunrise Buckets at The Grove by Rockwell, Pasig City. I arrived at our meeting place 2 hours early before the agreed time of my appointment with them. I wanted to avoid the horrible traffic around the area and I wanted to make the most out of my time with Gwyn’s family.

When I received a text message from Gwyn’s mom that they are already around the premises, my heart skipped a bit because of excitement. Then finally, I saw them together with Gwyn. I was so happy to see them after almost a year from the audition. Gwyn has grown so much and she is still the same cute little girl with adorable dimples. I told myself… “Wow, may star quality na itong batang ito!” (Wow! This kid has a star quality now!). Ok, ok… I admit… I am a big fan of hers now.

We had our dinner and was able to reminisce of what had happened a year ago. I asked them what happened after the audition.  They told me that Gwyn passed the first screening and were told to wait for a call from one of the AGT staff for details of what to do next.  January of 2015 came and they have received a call from the staff of AGT that Gwyn needs to undergo an audition to Malaysia. The show provided everything, from the plane ticket down to the board and lodging plus pocket money. Luckily, Gwyn was able to pass the screening and was qualified to fly to Singapore and the rest was history.

It was such an honor that I was able to have my photo taken again with this aspiring young artist:

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Me and Gwyneth
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Wacky pose with Gwyneth

Thank you Gwyn for this lovely message for me.  It was a pleasure talking to you too sweetheart 🙂

I promised Gwyn’s family that I will write a blog entry about our meet up.  Unfortunately, it took me a long time to compose my entry for her.  Maybe I was looking for more stories about this young lady.  One day, I came across Gwyn’s facebook fan page and saw this poster on her timeline:

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After seeing this poster, I immediately messaged Ms. Jheng (Gywn’s mom) how I can be able to watch the concert.  Then from that moment, I was able to get 2 tickets for me and mom.  It is my opportunity to take mom out for a little quality time with her.

We were able to arrive early in time for the concert.  Mom and I had coffee together while waiting.  It felt great when I saw again Gwyn’s Dad (Mr. Rey Dorado) and he was so accommodating.  He introduced me to the manager of Gwyneth, her name is Ms. Mavic Lao.  Ms. Mavs was the Talent Manager / Handler of Mavs Talents.  She was the person who organized the first concert for Gwyn.

When the show was about to start, I had this feeling of a fan who is so excited to see her idol.  Yes it is true, I could really feel that I am now a very big fan of this young lady.

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Gwyneth singing Jessie J’s “Nobody’s Perfect”

Ready Set Show is a mini play of Ms. Mavic Lao’s talents and also a concert show for Gwyneth Dorado.  The mini play entitled “Away bata” (Children’s fight) is all about honesty.  It was excellently performed by the talents of Ms. Mavic.  I give my salute to all the casts and crews behind this event as you have done a very good job in delivering good values to the youth of today.

The moment that Gwyn went out of the stage with her guitar, I was a little bit teary eyed of how she blossomed from the auditions to where she is now.  I remember the exact words I told her parents while we were lining up during the auditions, “Sasamantalahin ko na magpapicture sa anak ninyo bago pa siya sumikat.”  (I will take advantage to have my picture taken with your daughter before she becomes famous).  To my surprise, I didn’t expect that she will make it this big.  I guess God heard my prayers for this talented young lady.

After the show, I hurriedly approached the father of Gwyn if it is alright to have my picture taken with her daughter together with my mom.  Watching her concert is such a delightful experience and at the same time it pave way for me to have a mother and daughter quality time.

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Mom, myself and Gwyneth

Gwyn, I am so honored to personally meet you and your family.  Continue to be an inspiration to the young people of your generation.  Your talent can reach beyond horizon and with the grace of God, you will be able to make your dreams come true.  Always remember that you have plenty of supporters behind you and that includes me 🙂

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Sometimes, God has plenty of surprises.  We meet people along the way, it is either they will stay or will just leave a footprint in our hearts.  I am so happy that I have met people like Gwyn and her parents.  God indeed is so unpredictable to what lies ahead in our lives.  As we continue to travel in this exciting trip called “Life”, I am looking forward to meeting more people like Gwyneth.  Til we meet again my dear friend.

If you want to know more about Gwyneth you may click this link Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finalist – Gwyneth Dorado