Lake Sebu’s Monte Cielo Resort


After organizing and hosting several big events, I am crying out for rest. I want to go on a retreat. I long to go back to Lake Sebu’s Monte Cielo Resort where my body can be reinvigorated, my mind can be renewed, my heart will be refreshed and my soul can be revitalized.

Monte Cielo is not a lake side resort but it offers a spectacular view.

Photo Credits: Edna Omega Garces)

I long to relax in this cool and quiet mountain haven.

Enjoy their overnight accommodations at reasonable rates.

I long to rejuvenate with delectable food fresh from the source.

Monte Cielo Resort's Organic Breakfast

I long to don the T’nalak outfit and revisit the heritage of the T’boli tribe.

I long to feast in the beauty of nature and appreciate the simple things in life.

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A retreat is not possible right now but I hope to go back to Monte Cielo Resort before the year is over.

We are looking forward to another retreat in Monte Cielo Resort!

Location: Purok Pag-asa, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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Centerpoint Band, You Rock!


Centerpoint Band: oozing with talent and passion!

Genre: Alternative Pop Rock (Modern Synthesizer)

Members:

  • DEANE FELIX GARCES – (Lead Vocal)
  • JULIUS PALER – (Rhythm/Lead Guitars, Back-up Vocal)
  • KEITH MARK FERIA – (Bass, Back-up Vocal)
  • AVERY JIREH DOCENA – (Drums)
  • DANIEL DENNIS “DENSHO” BIALA- (Rhythm/Lead Guitars, Keyboard, Back-up Vocal)

Hometown and Current Location: General Santos City, Philippines

Avery, Julius, Densho, Keith, Deane

I have worked with the Centerpoint Band a lot of times. They willingly shared their talents as a support to our ministry and the community.

Centerpoint Band performed their original composition "Liwanag" in celebration of the 7th People's Congress of the FRAME Program

I have discovered their quirks and twists yet they remain adorable.

Centerpoint Band with Richard Alex , their sound technician.These guys know how to have fun!

They weave beautiful music that touches the heart and soul.

Centerpoint Band performed during Manny Pacquiao's Birthday in 2009

I consider it a privilege to know these wonderful men up-close and personal. Their zest for life is contagious. Their passion for God is inspiring.

Centerpoint Band Rocks Malaysia!

I salute them because they are excellent and passionate in everything they do. I am glad that they are like my brothers.

Centerpoint Band performed for Miss Universe 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup during her Grand Homecoming in Magandang Gensan

They have their own share of battles and victories but they remain steadfast in their faith. I am certain that greater things are yet to come to this band as they continue to advance in the days of God’s presence.

Centerpoint Band, you rock!

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View their videos on their You Tube channel: Centerpoint TV

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Happy 49th Anniversary, DBC!


Dadiangas Baptist Church is a Christlike Church
with passionate worship
that touches the heart of God,
intimate and strong family relationship
that promotes development,
creative and dynamic leadership
that provides an equipping system
for integrated ministries,
and improved individual and corporate
financial management that maximizes resources,
which will bring about the transformation of the community.

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A Glorious Evening in Magandang Gensan


A glorious evening was experienced  in Magandang Gensan as thousands of prayer lanterns were released in celebration of the 8th People’s Congress of FRAME Program on November 16, 2011.

8 Lanterns on stage for the 8 years of FRAME Program in Gensan

My voice is almost gone due to hosting the spectacular event but my energy and passion is burning deep within. I know I have to get some rest but before I go to sleep, I would like to share with you some some photographs from the event as captured through the lens of my good friend Binoy Magtibay.

Here goes…

Let there be light and there were thousands of them!

We had goosebumps all over as we personally witnessed such a spectacular moment.

We offered our prayers as thousands of lanterns were released by the FRAME members and partners.. I will go to sleep grateful to God for the amazing things He is bringing forth in this beautiful city! I am so blessed to be a general!

 

Re-imagine. Re-invent. Respond.


Designed by Egai Cadiente

The 8th Annual Celebration of People’s Congress of the FRAME Program is happening today, November 16, 2011, at the Oval Plaza, GSC Carlos P. Garcia Park.   The parade will be at 4:00 pm-6:00 pm and the program will be at 6:30-8:30  pm. Tonight, the entire General Santos City community will witness how the FRAME members re-imagine, re-invent and respond to the challenges of the 21st century with dignity.

Leading the celebration are the men and women from the  City Social Welfare and Development Office (under the leadership of Mrs. Rebecca Magante), the Office of the City Mayor  (under the leadership of Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio) and the Local Government Unit of General Santos City, with  Dadiangas Baptist Church and Bread of Life Ministry as partners.

Last year, thousand of torches were lighted. This year, thousands of prayer lanterns will be released.

The People’s Congress is an annual celebration that gathers all the members of the FRAME Program to celebrate and fellowship. It is basically a general assembly of all program participants which has been a major yearly event that showcases the strength and impact of the program in many facets.

Family Resource Allocation Management and Enhancement (FRAME) Program is a community and value-based capability building program aimed at empowering  communities and constituents to socio-economic engagements and self-help livelihood opportunities. It is a special program of the Local Government of General Santos as an anti-poverty strategy.

Generally, FRAME Program is a mass-based savings system where people and community own a project which operates on trust, love, cooperation and mutual help. Likewise, it promotes family values, spirituality, moral recovery and strengthening positive virtues rather than promoting the dole-out and poverty mentality of Filipinos.

FRAME Program has been existing for more than eight years since its inception in year 2003. It evolved from a pilot savings program at the Field Operations Division of the City Social Welfare and Development Office to a mass-based savings system now existing in 26 barangays that mobilized more than forty thousand members to date.

THE THEME

The theme for the 8th People’s Congress is  a statement of conviction commanding the human being to re-imagine possibilities, re-invent approaches and strategies, and respond to the changing time’s challenges.

In today’s unpredictable times and fast-paced evolution, all that the individual can do is prepare for a volatile future. Man is after all born and equipped with innovativeness, ingenuity, virtues and values basic in him. To respond to the demands of contemporary times, man has to harness his basic faculties. Individuals, communities, and families have to adapt to economic, cultural, political, environmental, and sociological landscapes that change its face by the tick of the clock.

There is so much that man can do if he unleashes the human potential he is endowed with. There are no boundaries to what the human spirit can achieve. There is no framing of his capabilities which are God-given.

The theme basically sends a message that empowering one’s self starts from rediscovering his basic human strengths – the goodness and spirit that lies within every soul. These and all, are what this year’s congress aims for the FRAME members to imbibe.

Through time, FRAME is already beyond a social program. It has become a dynamic platform where positive transformation unfolds.

(Source: Event Design crafted by Egai Cadiente of the City Mayor’s Office)

10,000 Sky Lanterns for 8th People’s Congress


Gensan's Sky will be a glorious sight like this on 11-1611! Photo Credits: Jet Siang

It is confirmed: 10,000 sky lanterns will be released on November 16, 2011 at the Oval Plaza, General Santos City in line with the celebration of the 8th People’s Congress.

Thousands of torches during the 7th People's Congress

Last year, thousands of torches were lighted. It was like watching thousands of fireflies converging at the Oval Plaza. It was like a sea of flame engulfing the darkness. It was like blinking Christmas lights spread all over the area! What an enriching experience!

Magandang Gensan will behold an amazing sight like this on 11-16-11! Photo Credits: Jet Siang

This year, we will be releasing thousands of lanterns which will be referred to as prayer lanterns (coined by Rev. Andres Docena, Jr. of Project Management Group) during the big event which will be participated in by 35,000 members of the Family Resource Allocation & Management Enhancement (FRAME). FRAME,  a poverty alleviation program of the city, started with only 23 members in 2003 and have grown by leaps and bounds through the years.

Safety First: a proactive test of lantern release in the presence of officials from Bureau of Fire Protection

The organizers and representatives from the City Mayor’s Office , Project Management Group, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and partner agencies gathered at the venue tonight to test the lanterns and check the safety concerns. Part of being proactive, officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police were there to witness the proceedings. We are hopeful that we will have good weather and clear skies on Wednesday so that the lantern release will be a success.

Jet Siang, my dear Aya, your fellow Generals will get to savor your Thailand experience right in Magandang Gensan on 11-16-11! Whoaaaa!

I am excited to host the event which will be directed by my dearest friend, Egai Cadiente. The big event will be a collaboration of thousands of Generals who are eager to re-imagine, reinvent and respond. My beloved husband has prepared his gears so he can take  photos of the actual event. I will certainly share with you stories about this spectacular event that thousands of FRAME members and Generals will soon experience in Magandang Gensan!

I Need You to Survive


I came across a song that aptly captures the essence of fellowship. This David Frasier composition entitled “I Need You to Survive” is an expression of our commitment to the people around us. This Sunday, we are singing it in church as we strengthen our relationship with another. I am also singing it for you, my readers.

I Need You To Survive

I need you, you need me.
We’re all a part of God’s body.
Stand with me, agree with me.
We’re all a part of God’s body.

It is his will, that every need be supplied.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.

I pray for you, You pray for me.
I love you, I need you to survive.
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth.
I love you, I need you to survive.