Dish 1: Buttered Garlic Shrimp
Kahit walang panyo, malaya kang lumuha…
Kahit nag-iisa, pwede kang tumawa…
Kahit mahina ka, di ka mabubuwag…
At kahit sugatan ka na, di ka matatalo pagkat
may “Kakampi” ka…
Guhit sa Langit. Nakita sa himpapawid, sa puting hibla ay nakaukit. Mabilis na nakiraan, sa ulap sandali ay nahagip. Hinawi ang kulay ng makulimlim na damdamin. Diretso paitaas ang pusong kay ligalig.
Isang umaga, Sabado. Walang tulog pero gising na gising. Ito ang araw na pinakahihntay. Nagising, nagdasal, sabay ismayl kay Papa God! Walang almusal pero busog na busog. Ito ang araw na pinaghandaan nang ilang linggo… iPLAYFORLIFE outreach program sa Laguna. Ito ang buong kwento…
Handa na ang lahat! 3 kahon ng tsinelas, 2 plastik ng tshirt, 150 party pack ng Jollibee, mga tsokolateng papremyo, mga gamit para sa larong pinoy, bolpen at papel, camera, at ang pinaka importante sa lahat – ‘Panalangin’, ang napakalakas na sandata! Handa na rin ang Jeep na maghahatid sa patutunguhan. Sing lakas ng hangin na tumatama sa mukha ang pananampalataya na tagumpay ang araw na ito. Hinding hindi rin mabubuwag ng kahit anong hangin ang apoy sa aming mga puso para sa misyong tatahakin.
Huminto na ang Jeepney sa lugar kung saan napiling gawin ang programa. Tumingin sa paligid at nagmasid. Hanggang sa heto na, dumating na din si Popoy. Sobrang saya nang muli kong nakita si Popoy. Nagsimula nang dumating ang mga bata. Iba’t ibang mukha, iba’ ibang ngiti, iba’t ibang tinig ang naririnig. Isa isang kinakausap, isa isang tinitignan ngunit iisa lang ang nasa puso – ang iparamdam ang pagmamahal ng Diyos.
Nagsimula na ang programa. Kanya kanya na ng kulay ang bawat bata; Puti, dllaw, bughaw at berde. Makikita sa mga mata ang kagalakan sa kung anu man ang mangyayari Mainit man ang kinalalagyan, mas nangingibabaw pa din ang saya sa bawat isa. Isandaan at dalawampung bata, sama sama at taimtim na nananalangin. Yan ang nakasapul sa puso ko. Isandaan at dalawampung bata, sabay sabay na kumakain ng spaghetti at chicken. Sobrang saya at walang hanggan ang pagtalon ng mga puso. Yan ang nakasapul sa puso ko. Isandaan at dalawampung bata, bawat isa ay may ngiti sa labi habang bitbit ang bagong tsinelas. Tila bagong pag-asa ang umaalab sa kanilang mga mata. Yan ang nakasapul sa puso ko. Isandaan at dalawampung bata, sabay sabay na sumisigaw ng “I love you Jesus!” Yan ang nakasapul sa puso ko
Walang hanggan din ang aking pasasalamat sa buong team na lumahok sa araw na ito. Para sa inyo, iPLAYFORLIFE Team: Azhel, Ate Joy, Rica, Ate Joyce, Ate Pllar, Hazel, Inah, Chelle, Buena, Rochelle, Darlene, Sweetheart, Russel. At sa JFFC headed by Pastor Hermogenes Boringot at kanyang mga anak. Syempre, kay Ms. Arlene Sy ng RightStart, Ms. Nique Dy,at sa mga bumili ng iPLAYFORLIFE shirt, maraming salamat sa inyo! Salamat din sa staff ng Jollibee na nakibahagi sa araw na ito. Isang malakas na palakpak! God bless you.
Matthew 22:36-39 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
To God be the Glory!
When I was a child, I would always love to play together with my fellow kids, running around a small space in front of our house. Yes, I am only allowed to play in that area and my mother wouldn’t allow me to go far. Nevertheless, my happiness would always reach the top of our roof and it never ends there. Simply because I can play!
Every one of us has a privilege to play and that is part of our childhood life. In our generation, I think none would ever forget playing these: piko, langi’t lupa, tumbang preso, harangang daga, Chinese garter and etc. Early in our lives, we are also already exposed with several sports like volleyball, basketball, badminton, and others (name it). While playing, discovering ourselves is also part of the process, and it suddenly turns into having a dream of what you want to be in the future. Off course, every one of us has a dream especially when we were still young. But I got into the other side of the story and I abruptly realized that not every one is same with us - who wants to play and dream at the same time.
When I met Popoy….
I found myself standing into the real world when I met these children in a rural area in Laguna. I went there, together with my spiritual sister Rica and Pastor Ron (a Pastor from Australia) to help with the feeding program being done there by the local group of community. There, I met a group of kids and I talked and laughed with them while we were sitting in one corner of the street. One of them is Popoy who has a special case of physical condition. I asked them one by one with a famous question always asked to a child, “Anong gusto mo paglaki mo?” The first person to answer is Jun-Jun (Popoy’s younger brother), he answered, “Jeep!” Upon hearing it, I stopped and wondered what he meant about it. I verified his answer and I found out that he wants to be a “Jeepney driver”. For some reason, I felt sadness in my heart for what he answered. I asked him one more time, “Ayaw mo maging doctor o kaya pulis?” He didn’t answer back so I asked Popoy instead, “Ikaw Popoy, anong gusto mo paglaki mo?” I didn’t hear his answer so I asked his brother what Popoy said. He answered, “Wala po, kasi hindi na naman ako makakalakad na.”
For most of us, the usual answer to this question is to become a doctor, a teacher, or a nurse. But for these kids, they are basing their answer for what they see now. They are limiting their dreams into a space where they are living now and they can’t see a bigger picture because for them, they are only living in a small world and they do not have a right to dream. Before I left the place, I told the kids, “Babalikan ko kayo ah.” My heart breaks for what I heard and I was crying so hard when I got home. I asked God, there must be a reason why I met those kids and why my heart is breaking now. From then on, I stand on praying and asking God like a child too, to be used by Him; to help these kids see who they really are and what they can do, to make these kids feel they are loved, to make these kids know that they have a Father through Jesus Christ. Again, I started to declare that this life is for God and may this life be lived purposely for Him.
Then, there is iPLAYFORLIFE….
September 23, 2012, in a small covered court, we gathered a group and have them participate in a Sports fest event. Originally, this event is just to play sports and some “Larong Pinoy” games. But eventually during the planning process, we have come up with an idea to make this event a benefit sports fest for the kids of Muntinlupa and Mandaluyong where we have participated in a feeding program before.
That’s why the first name of this event is “Maglaro, Magsaya, Magbigay” where we will not only play and have fun but we will also give; each participant is also requested to give a pair of slippers for the kids. Eventually, one of my friends made up the name iPLAYFORLIFE for the group. Basically, that’s how it started!
During the event, I told the group that “we are not here to compete, but to meet!” When it comes to sports, usually every one is so competitive, so I kind of reminded them about the goal of the event. iPLAYFORLIFE means playing for life; we say, I play not just to show my skills, I play not just to have fun, I play not just to give my best and win the game, but simply I play for Life. We played with so much joy knowing that we also have the privilege to help.
God is really faithful and he has done amazing things inside and outside the playing court. He has used different people to help us out in making the event possible. I would like to thank everyone who supported and participated in the event. This is just the beginning because there are so many Popoy and Jun-jun in this world right now and we can make a difference in their lives. We don’t want to do anything while we see many Popoys and Jun-juns running around the street barefooted and with no direction. God said, “Love one another”, and once you feel the love of Christ, you will never be the same again.
Now, iPLAYFORLIFE is a game for change! Its mission is to be use as an instrument for the children to have FAITH, to have PASSION, to know their WORTH, to impart DREAMS and to live a life of HOPE. Its vision is “Building leaders of Faith for the future generation.”
Come play with us, as we play the game for love, hope and faith for the children of God. Your step will bring a thousand miles of life full with hope for the future generation. Let us play for life!
“A man’s heart plans his way:
but the LORD directs his steps.
“I’ll take each STEP with you” – GOD
One favorite things to do is to worship God… I love singing to Him in my condo inside my room with the window open (its in the 27thflr of the building…) Singing fast songs and dancing and slow songs with tears most of the time… :) I just love singing to Him and just appreciating His awesomeness…
Para saan ba ako’y gumigising sa umaga?
Sa pagmulat ng mata liwanag Mo ang tanglaw,
Para saan ba ako’y humihinga ng maluwang?
Ulit ulitin man, di pa din nauubusan
Para saan ba ako’y ngumingiti?
Nakatingin sa langit at mga ulap ay kausap
Para saan ba ako’y tumatangis nang may lambing?
Tuwing nadadapa, kamay Mo ang tanging akay
Para saan ba ako’y humuhuni kahit wala sa tono?
Di mapigil, parang bagyong kay kalma sa loob ng puso
Para saan ba ako’y patuloy pa ding tumatakbo?
Daan ma’y mabato hindi ako mapapagod
Para saan ba o para kanino nga ba ang buhay?
Hindi ba’t para lamang sa kaisa-isang lumikha?
Mula sa simula hanggang sa wakas Ikaw ang salita
Dahil Sa’yo Panginoon at para Sa’yo ako ay nabubuhay
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Have you heard Katy Perry’s song entitled “Part of Me”?
I’ve been listening to this song for the past few days or weeks. I am not a Katy Perry fan but yeah I love this song. In fact, I really wanted to watch her documentary movie “Part of Me in 3D” :)
Anyway, the reason why I love this song…