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This is one of those days when I could truly say, how time flies. I could not remember when I started blogging about greeting a new month and saying goodbye to the old one but I do remember that when I was in college, I had a friend (she still is and I consider her my older sister) who was so fond of greeting me “happy new month”  every time we wrote to each other. Mind you, I am not exaggerating when I say that we used to write each other everyday on date due slips of the library. I think that added to my fondness for writing as well as learning how to read serious stuff  when we were both assigned as Student Librarians at the Humanities Section of the UST Main Library. It kind of stuck so I adopted it to my blog.

Sweet September.

Last night, I blogged about the first of September being a day where one usually hear Christmas songs on the radio. Do you think it’s a sort of ritual for them to greet the month happily with Christmas songs? Some people say that the Philippines celebrates Christmas the longest, from as early as September to as late as February the following year. The magical days are here again and I am just as happy greeting the new month with anticipation and cheer.  May I greet you Merry Christmas in advance?

One year, almost!

A few days from now, I’ll be celebrating my first year of being one of the admins at the Catholic site AFCC, which I’ve been blogging about the past few weeks.  It’s been a lovely journey, or should I say that it was a journey full of learning curves and inspirations. It was a journey that made a difference in my life. Looking back, I just could not forget the times I was just learning to adjust, not too comfortable with sharing my thoughts with people I don’t know about, but it’ s like blogging really, you share your ideas and thoughts to people you don’t know from Adam. The only difference is, some of the members of the group have become my friends. We have established a community where God is in the center of things. What a lovely way to spend a year  sharing with others and believing in the goodness of everyone.

Faith.

In  our gathering last Saturday, August 27 at Bahay Dominiko, Fr. Louie had this ice-breaker wherein we were made to look for one thing  that we didn’t like about the person next to us. It is easier to say a kind word to everyone than to look for faults, right? Will we be judged if we act like some perfectionists who can detect and see a flaw in someone’s physical look? I don’t think so because, just like everyone else, nobody is perfect. Then we have this segment wherein we were asked to write one word, it may be a name of a person, an object, an adjective or a noun, just one word. And someone would describe it. I got the word Faith. Wow, I said, it is one of my favorite words because I could really relate to it. I remember a quote which says:

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

And I remember those dark days when I was in the hospital battling with cancer – the uncertainty of knowing whether I am going to get well or not, the fear of the huge expenses my family and I have to incur, the insecurity of thinking, ” will I live or die?”  But faith, that inner strength you have when faced with vicissitudes  in life was stronger and it carried me through. Faith made me believe that I am going to get well, that I will live a normal life all over again. God’s miracles have no bounds for if He wills it, nothing is really impossible.

When September nears, Christmas won’t be far behind!

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“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.

One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
–  Elizabeth Maua Taylor 

The days come and go like a whirlwind passing through the edges of one’s thoughts. August is almost gone and the days seem so short. Since I can remember, some radio jocks always begin the first day of September playing Christmas songs on air, it’s the “ber” months, so they say. I don’t know but I always feel happy when Christmas is near. Are you excited awaiting Christmas just as I do? It’s a different kind of feeling altogether, like a child looking forward to having a new toy to play with, anticipating and counting the days and hours until he holds it in his hands.

August is just fine, the highlight of which was our 2nd official AFCC (Apostles Filipino Catholic Community) gathering held just last Saturday, August 27 at Bahay Dominiko in Sto. Domingo Church. We had eighteen members, including Fr. Louie and me who attended. I won’t say, it was good because  it was the best. The camaraderie, the laughter, the fun  and sharing – priceless moments that hopefully we will all treasure and reminisce as the days go by.  We are all looking forward to a third one maybe, next year.  I am thinking of actually blogging about the event and the various activities we had, foremost of which was the lovely and meaningful celebration of the mass with Fr. Louie as  presider.

I started reading a new author, it’s Jennifer Weiner. My daughter says the book is a  chick lit but I don’t mind really. I’ve been reading serious stuff the past few months. We need to laugh sometimes, right? And I am saving the best for last, another book by Nicholas Sparks.

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I am still laughing out loud just looking at the pictures we took yesterday at our 2nd AFCC (Apostle’s Filipino Catholic Community) gathering which was held at Bahay Dominiko in Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City. And here’s one shot that I love so much because it has perfectly captured the laughter, fun, and sharing we had yesterday.  We’re really one big, happy family.

(photo courtesy of our good friend, Paul Cardenas)

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Most of the time, I do create my “Minute Reflection” at the Apostles Filipino Catholic Community and some of our members really like it, they make comments of their own and I am glad. Yesterday, I  posted this simple realization that life, if it is coupled with prayers and faith in God is easy to bear and to carry on one’s shoulder:

Sometimes, it is hard to smile when you have the weight of the world on your shoulder and it is even harder to laugh. You must learn to laugh at your own mistakes because they are blessings in disguise that make you stronger to face life’s burden and strife.

I was not able to update the site last night. The PC broadband connection was so poor, one need the patience of a saint to use the computer. There was really no option but to wake up early and post some updates at the site.  Here’s for the  “An Angel A Day” quote that I made early this morning:

Do you believe that angels have wings?  They come disguised as a loving friend, someone who smiled at you while you were in pain, a mother who embraced you and said, “Take care my child, be home safe.”  For anyone who helps you grow is an angel in your life.

And another one for our “Just A Thought” segment:

Whatever you are worrying about today, offer it all to God. It is only when we encounter unpleasant surprises that our inner self  shine and we discover to our delight, that we are brave and strong to face it all.

Got to feed the Koi and water the plants, sweep the yard and prepare breakfast, how’s that for morning exercise? Be back later.

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Early this morning, I thought of  “Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” as the title for this blog. But that is not very original, don’t you think? I don’t want John Gray to sue me copying book titles for my blog. What brought this on, you ask?

I was watching another episode of  Kris Tv this morning (one of those times that I didn’t forget to switch on the TV) and their topic deals on differences about what else, men and women, boys and girls who form a relationship. What makes them tick?  An hour would not really be enough to tell and discuss the differences between a boy and a girl when it comes to relationships. Kris has the Us Girls Iya Villania, Angel Aquino and Cheska Garcia-Kramer as her guests, with Jimmy Bondoc and Kean Cipriano on the other side of the fence. Keano said he is apparently single (whatever that means) and Jimmy said he has a semi-serious relationship with a businesswoman. In Facebook, that reads, the relationship is quite, quite “complicated”.  The girls are into long-term relationship except for one who has just broken up with her guy this year.

Women could talk about accessories like shoes, bags, and dresses the whole day but men would rather focus on sports, watch Discovery Channel, and some DIY jobs that need to be done at home. When it comes to arguments, women always love to have the upper hand (in Tagalog, ayaw patalo) and the last say. With men, they discuss their problems with their buddies, say, high school friends instead of an outright confrontation  with the women in their lives. I guess, this is all subjective, not all men can downright share what’s bugging them with their buddies since they have this feeling of being called weak when they can’t face their problems  on their own.  Jimmy says, however, that you won’t even attempt to hide anything when you are with your true friends.  I agree to a certain extent but there are things that should be left alone with the couple to decide,(assuming that they are married) there are things that should and may remain private in the four walls of their homes. 

When is the right time to break up?  Should it always be the girl who should initiate it? In any relationship, when you feel that you are not growing as a person, when you feel that there is no more “me” inside you,  will it be time to say goodbye? This may be easier in a getting to know you stage or what they call the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. In marriage though, the ballgame is altogether different. You can’t just walk out on your husband or wife just because you had an argument, you can’t just walk out from your family just because you are no longer happy on where the relationship is going. In any break-up you realize too late what you’ve lost.

We have these posts and comments at our AFCC Tambayan group. Some of our members are single men and women in their early thirties. Some of them are looking for serious relationships. Everyone is playing cupid and matchmaker and one of them started calling me Ninang Arlene with Fr. Louie as their Ninong and officiating priest, if ever.  We had some good laughs about it all.   All is fair in love so they say, what’s stopping you guys? We might witness the first ever love team in our group one of these days.

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