“No story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.”

The Five People You Meet in Heaven


“Every life has one true-love snapshot.”

The Five People You Meet in Heaven


A friend told me that I shouldn’t feel bad that I spend more time out organizing communities and taking care of other families, because it’s part of being a missionary. I knew it the moment I said YES to the mission, it’s one of the sacrifices, “padugo”, i have to make in building a better culture and in making each Filipino’s dream come true - a better Philippines. I knew that when I serve my God and my country (in doing this mission), he will in return take care of my family in any amazing possible way.

But goodness gracious, how come I’m in this situation? Sometimes I can’t help but question his promise and ask when will I ever find peace in this family. I mean, I know no family is perfect, but this is too much! Alam ko naman hindi pa enough ang nagagawa ko, but I’ve been faithful. Pero ganito pa rin? I hate that my family is dysfunctional! I hate that I help in organizing, building, caring families and communities but I can’t do it on my own family! Nakaka inggit yung mga pamilyang natulungan ko. I hate that I feel more appreciated when I’m out (at work). Get?. 

Sometimes, when you’re full you can’t help but let it out.

Night.


Tumblr Staff: In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated...→

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In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”

To all our…


Malayo man ang tinginan, taon man ang pagitan, abutin man ng walang hanggan, tunay ang nararamdaman. Bigyan ng pansin, huwag lisanin.


Sa pagitan ng bundok at tubig, ala-ala sayo’y naglalakbay.
Matibag ang mga gusali, mata mo ay tanaw.
Gustuhin mang iwaksi, di ko maitanggi. 
Mahigit dalawampung milya ang layo, 
dinaig mo ang naririto.



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Filipino Volunteer: The Becoming of a Volunteer→

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We all started as “come and go” volunteers. Intrigued at first about Gawad Kalinga, we started helping in building houses for the poor. We loved the culture of bayanihan and of course the boodle feasts. Our experience turned into a weekend hobby which eventually became a habit and now a…



clipseiriberri:

Serving with the GK SIGA in QC for almost 3 years, JP believed that through the years of serving them, he also learned so much in life and it made him a better person for others. @TeamGKQC

clipseiriberri:

Serving with the GK SIGA in QC for almost 3 years, JP believed that through the years of serving them, he also learned so much in life and it made him a better person for others. @TeamGKQC


Bago ang pagtatapos ng Hulyo

Thank you Lord for surrounding me with passionate people. Literal na bayani, doing difficult and complicated things not for the benefit of themselves (obviously) but for other people. For their people, our people.

Sa araw na ito mas lumalim ang tingin at paninindigan ko sa ginagawa ko. Mas luminaw na ang daan. In the span of 3 years, this work taught me to believe. Kaakibat ng paniniwala ay tiwala. At kapag nag tiwala ka, hindi lang sa iba ngunit pati sa sarili mo. You have to believe, to hope again. Because when you do that’s the only time that change will happen. Hope will fuel your ability to do things. Hope will change how you think. Hope will teach you how to care and remind you how to love. In the span of 3 years, I was able to re-learn my ability to hope and started dreaming not only for myself but for my kapatids. Kapatids I mean kapwa Pilipino, ang bayan ko, Pilipinas kong mahal. Natutunan ko na sa pag angat ko, dapat dala ko sila.

Noong mga panahong iyon, nasa kolehiyo pa ako, mukhang ang mga ginagawa ko ay pawang manifestation lang ng kagustuhan kong tumulong. Dahil lahat naman tayo ay may puso sa pagtulong. Pero sa paglipas ng mga araw, linggo, buwan at taon, lumalim ang puso ko para sa gawain na ito. Omg, hindi ko na naalisan. Na-addict na kumbaga. At sa dami ng lumipas na events, sa mga bagong bahay na naitayo, kasabay ng mga boluntirs na dumating at umalis habang ang iba ay kasama kong nanatili, hindi na pala ito simpleng “puso para sa pagtulong” naisip ko. Pamumuhay ko na nga siya. At hanggang sa makamit natin ang misyon natin, mananatili ako at kasama niyong lalaban.

Sa araw na to, narealize ko rin na our fight really depends on how much value we put in the challenge (which is our work). Kung mahalaga para sa akin ang bagay na ito, kung pinahahalagahan ko nga ito, lalaban ako.

Masarap lang sa pakiramdam na nakikita at naeexperience ko ang core ng work na ito, yung puso kumbaga. At kahit ilang taon na akong nandito, na-aamaze pa rin ako sa mga Tito at Tita na nakakasama ko every meeting. Hindi sila basta bastang mga tao. Karamihan sa kanila matataas at may mga sinasabi talaga at parte sila nito. Ibig sabihin katulad ko, isa sila sa mga naniwala, umasa, nangarap at patuloy na lumalaban para sa gawain na ito. Para sa pagbabago na pinapangarap ng lahat. Para sa kapwa Pilipino, sa kapatid natin. Para sa bayan natin. Para sa bagong umaga.

Hindi ko alam paano ko sinimulan ang post na ito, kaya naman hindi ko rin alam kung paano tatapusin. Medyo sablay biglang mawawala. Itutuloy ko nalang next time.


True, often times we seek blessings from God without the relationship with him.

We wonder, we ask, and we question him; “bakit ako?” “bakit ang pamilya ko” “bakit ganito pa rin buhay ko”, nang hindi natin iniisip na hindi naman pala talaga tayo konektado sa kanya.



Just Give Me A Reason (Messed Up Cover)



4 months ago with the Baby Heat, Lledner!



3-month-old baby Lledner. 

3-month-old baby Lledner. 


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