Happy Heart’s Day!


Extreme Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel, Cebu, Philippines

What pleasant surprises are in store for us today? Will it be a romantic dinner or an extreme adventure? Will there be mint chocolates or mushy notes? Will there be a creative blend of the 5 Love Languages?  Excitement is mounting! Continue reading

In the Arms of His Love


Today, we can work with optimum strength without being exhausted. The tasks and responsibilities may get quite complex and convoluted but we can take courage and comfort in the presence of our Lord and Savior. In His presence, fears will not be cultivated, worries will not be entertained. With Him, we can go “placidly amid the noise and haste” and experience serenity in the midst of troubles. Continue reading

Memories of Love


Mr. and Mrs. Jose Regala Banting

Thirty nine years ago today, my father and mother got married despite the odds. My maternal grandmother’s strong opposition posed a lot of obstacles to the romance between the handsome Kapampangan and the lovely Ilongga, but the trials only made their love stronger. Continue reading

Love Your Enemies


“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. Continue reading

Bankrupt Without Love


Photo by Mosler Paul Lapore

This entire month, I am going to meditate on what the Bible says about love. I want to understand the kind of love that honors God. The first chapter that comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 13, the New International Version of which I have committed to memory. Wondering how it is rendered in the Message Translation, I immediately checked my favorite Online Bible. Here’s my favorite love chapter in Message Translation, a version that I will read aloud every morning for the entire February:

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

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A Hope Fulfilled by Love


It is the first day of the Love Month and I am curious. Are you in a relationship? If yes, I rejoice with you! If no, are you hoping to be in a relationship? Do you refuse to give up the hope of being pursued and loved? How long have you been waiting for the answers to your longings of love?

I understand how it is to remain hopeful in the midst of pain from a broken heart. I know how it is to wait for years for the answers to prayers. And I experienced how it is to have a hope fulfilled by love.

Here is a love letter I have written in 1996, ten years before I got married to Mosler Paul Lapore. Little did I know that ten years after crafting this love letter, these lines would be spoken by Hazel Lynn Maghuyop as introduction during my wedding ceremony in December 30, 2006 .

Read through, my friends, and realize that God has a way of fulfilling our hopes beyond what we expect or imagine.

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Strut the Fuchsia Line: A Debut Like No Other


Thank you, Michael Chan, for this photo.

Chito and Junith Bogayong presented their bunso, Eugeremi Justine EJ, to society on January 29, 2011 through a fabulous fashion show themed event.  Through the creative collaboration of EJ’s elder sister, Ehlaiza, and Gensan’s premier event directors, Egai Cadiente and Bing Cariño,  the guests witnessed the rituals and protocols of a traditional debut with a twist. A runway was constructed in Phela Grande Convention Center where the guests were honored to review the creation of Mindanao’s foremost fashion designer, the multi-awarded Emi Alexander Englis. Continue reading

Infectious Smile


I can’t help but smile. Even if the sky is gray. Even if a storm is brewing. Yes, there is so much to smile about even in the midst of challenges!

My students make me smile.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. ~Joseph Addison Continue reading

Where Does My Help Come From?


Believing that tests are not meant to ruin my soul but to build my faith, I go through the process expectant of victory. But I never go through it on my own. I seek all the help I can get.

But where does my help come from? Here is one  passage from the Book of Psalms that captures why I remain calm and hopeful in the face of countless trials and tremendous problems. Continue reading

Using the Power of Words


Today, I choose to muster enough courage to break my silence especially on issues that have repercussions to a great number of people. I choose to develop my competencies by leaps and bounds so I can be in a better position to tackle  social concerns. I choose to equip myself so I can stand for my convictions without worries of being hit. I choose to develop my character so I will have nothing to fear, nothing to hide, nothing to lose.

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Why I Blog



Connecting is my heartbeat. Interacting is my joy.

Public speaking is my comfort zone. Hosting is my turf.

Among the communication skills, speaking is on top of my list. However, I could not allow my other skills to remain underdeveloped.

It was not by accident that I started blogging. As a lifelong learner, I conceived this blog on purpose.  Wanting to unleash my gifts, I gave birth to this blog on November 11, 2010.

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Giving God the First and the Best


Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. ~Proverbs 3:9

One of my 12 big decisions for 2011 is to deepen and live out my FAITH. Meditating upon God’s Word is my priority. I am committed to do this not only on Sundays but everyday. I believe God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Continue reading

What Do You Dwell On?


These past few days, I have been thinking a lot about what I have been thinking and why I am thinking what I am thinking. As I assess my thought life, I have found out what dominates my thinking. This is part of my commitment to practice and develop good thinking daily.

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