Level Up: John Maxwell’s Leadership Training

UPDATED (February 12, 2011)

> Cebu Conference LEVEL 3, is on February 23-24, 2011 @ Cebu
> Bethel Temple, B Rodriguez St., Cebu City. Registration is
> P150/person and P75/Bible School Student
> THEME: Leadership Teamwork and Stewardship
> SPEAKERS: Rev. Dale Pond, Rev. Greg Smith, Dr. Dave Sobrepenia
> Attendance to previous MLM conferences is not required.
> Bring your Leaders with you.


My energy is pumped up!

I  just learned from my husband that John Maxwell’s Million Leaders Mandate – Train the Trainers Volume 3 will set foot in the Philippines again this 2011. Venues will be in Manila and Cagayan de Oro.

My husband and I can take the Gensan to Davao land trip and take the Davao to Cagayan de Oro flight (instead of the grueling bus trip). With this plan, it’s time to check available flights. I hope to get some promo seats! Good thing the registration fee is still 100 pesos, no increase in the past 6 years! Thanks a lot, EQUIP!

Read As Much As You Can!

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. ~Mark Twain, attributed

We are more than halfway through the 1st month of the year. And I am thinking: how can I make the remaining days of January count? In solitude, I figured out that I need to make some adjustments, especially after coming across this reminder by Edward P. Morgan, “A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”

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Time to Think

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Recognizing that life is short, I could not allow time to drift without achieving something essential. I want my life to matter. I want my days to count. As part my 12 Big Decisions for 2011, I see to it that I practice and develop good thinking daily. In John Maxwell’s book “Thinking For A Change”, 11  different types of thinking are discussed. The book outlines how one should go about disciplining oneself to use these thought methods: Continue reading

Blessed Beyond Measure

There are times when envy tries to seep through our being. There are times when we long to possess what others have. We battle the temptation to accumulate more material things. There were times when we gave in to the craving. We grabbed the latest gadget or the coolest outfit – even if we did not need another one. Along the way, we realize that things cannot satisfy our emptiness.

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House Bill No. 1799: An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines

My husband and I signed the following position paper.

How about you? What’s your stand on this?

Let me hear from you.

We vehemently express our position against House Bill No. 1799, An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines.

We disagree with Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus who emphasized that legalizing divorce would give “married couples in irreparable marriages another legal remedy that they can resort to in addition to the country’s existing laws on legal separation and annulment.”

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Pretty in Pink @ 33

Today, my dear friend Lee Ann Genilo-Omega, is celebrating her birthday. A surprise party was given to her at Paseo del Sol, General Santos City via the event coordination of Paulo Sunglao. For posterity’s sake, I am posting the verses culled from Proverbs 31, Message Translation, which aptly describes Lee Ann, wife to Andy and mother to Jao and EJ . She is the hardworking overseer of the Pacquiao Group of Companies. Here goes…

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Of Pruning and Growing

Growth is the only evidence of life. ~John Henry Newman

One of the things that I will always remember about my father is his passion for plants. With his green thumb, he made full use of our limited spot in the subdivision where we my brother and I have grown. My Papa Joe planted just about anything- from orchids to okra, from avocado to pomelo. Continue reading

Twelve Big Decisions

The way you choose to invest your time today directly affects your future. ~John Maxwell

Taking the cue from the lessons learned during the John Maxwell’s Million Leaders Mandate Volume 2, Notebook 1: Today Matters, I am making the decision to focus on these twelve big decisions:

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While I’m Waiting

I thought I already have Jose Luis and Isabel in my womb but I was wrong. My menstruation came and I am in pain. For now, it is not just the physical dimension that makes me tired but it is the intense longing for the my twins that leaves me exhausted.

Father, there are times when I could not understand why those who are not planning to have babies end up having babies. Some babies even end up killed through senseless abortions. My heart breaks whenever I hear another case of teenage pregnancy. My soul bleeds whenever I hear babies are unwanted.

In the midst of my deep longings and mounting anxieties,  I choose to be still. Continue reading

Intense Longing

A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience. ~Wallis Simpson

My husband and I have been married for four years now. Our closest friends know that we have been praying for twins. We were told more than a thousand times that it would be crazy to raise twins. But we were not discouraged. In fact, we already have names for them: Jose Luis and Isabel. Instead of being called Daddy and Mommy, Paul and I would want to be called Nanay and Tatay, in celebration of our Filipino roots.

It was only in the past few months that the desire to be a mother has become so intense to be ignored. I feel there’s something brewing inside of me, a feeling that I cannot fully comprehend. It seems that every inch of me is aching for motherhood. Continue reading

“Our Messages to the Future”

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. ~Neil Postman

There is something about children that tugs my heart. Alright, I admit it, I am excited to bear my own children. I look forward to loving and nurturing my Isabel and my Jose Luis. While I am waiting, I make myself available to the ministry that paves the way for their coming and their growth.

As Creative Arts Director, I was tasked to handle the concert featuring Hannah Nissi Docena, Carla Geane Fernando and other talents of Dadiangas Baptist Church. So when I learned that the concert was meant to be a vehicle to launch our Children’s Church Project, I got energized to the maximum degree! Continue reading

Butterfly Tattoo, Anyone?

How would it be like to have a butterfly for a tattoo?

Tattoo, as defined by Medicine Net is “the permanent insertion of ink or other pigments below the skin using a sharp instrument”. I cringe  just by reading its definition. I can’t bear the thought of my skin being pierced just to have the desired designs. Besides, I can’t imagine having a mark that I could not erase with water and soap. But hey, I wanted to have the butterfly design on my skin, albeit simple!

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Small Fruits, Big Smiles

How can something so simple make me smile this big?

One day, my husband surprised me and brought something that caught my fancy, a bowlful of local cherries! I ate it with gusto as if it were as expensive as grapes and as exotic as durian! He was so glad that it takes only such small fruits to elicit big smiles from me.While savoring each fruit, I made him realize that his bowlful of surprise is fondly associated with joyful childhood memories. That moment, I wished I can climb a tree and pick the fruits for myself. Continue reading

Crawling Back to Work?

The holidays passed like a whirlwind. Everything and everyone seemed to be screaming to be put on top of the list. I have to give up some hours of sleep to accommodate some urgent demands and pressing requests. It was only last night when I realized that I was not able to prepare myself to go back to my workplace. I humbly recognize that I have deliberately scrapped it from my list.

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2011 Wildly Important Goal: Blog Daily

One of my Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) for this brand new year is  to BLOG DAILY. I have decided to blog more as part of stretching and growing. Rather than just thinking about doing this particular goal, I am starting during this wee hour in the morning of the first day of the year.  I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011. Continue reading