Life without Rianna Jewelle

The hardest part wasn’t losing Rianna Jewelle, it was learning to live without her. As of this writing, it’s been three weeks since she left us. It was hard. I’m sure some of you who experienced losing someone due to death and sickness can relate to this feeling of missing her every day, struggling toContinue reading “Life without Rianna Jewelle”

5 important lessons on strength in difficult times

It’s been nearly two years, but I can still feel the pain, anguish, and trauma brought about by Rianna’s sickness that almost cost her life. Rianna is my nine-year-old niece who suffered from mycoplasma encephalitis. She was hospitalized last October 17, 2015. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. The majority of cases are causedContinue reading “5 important lessons on strength in difficult times”

Help Yollie fight bone cancer

  “Sometimes we’re so busy trying to make everyone in our lives happy, we don’t realize that maybe it’s enough to make one person happy.” – Regina Brett I first met 58-year-old Yolanda “Yollie” Santos in 2009 when I was the chairman of the Lectors and Commentators’ Ministry in our parish. Back then, she was theContinue reading “Help Yollie fight bone cancer”

What I learned about serving God

It’s been 19 years since I started serving in our parish. I almost gave up a lot of times because of unanswered prayers, frustrations, heartaches, and failures, but whenever God gives me unexpected and overwhelming blessings, I felt ashamed that I even entertained that thought. Sundays are sacred  When I was younger, my mom wouldContinue reading “What I learned about serving God”

Couple trouble?

Follow these tips from married people on how they handle stress in their relationships and keep the fire burning We all know that work stress can take a toll in anyone’s life, especially in married lives. Gone are the days when life was so simple. wives just stayed at home, took care of the kids;Continue reading “Couple trouble?”

The color of love

There’s something about interracial marriages or couples that fascinates us. The first few questions always go like: “How did the two of you meet? Where?” and “What’s it like to have a foreigner husband/wife?” According to history, thousands of interracial marriages between Americans and Filipinos have taken place since after the Spanish-American War. Although suchContinue reading “The color of love”

Life without limits

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live life without limits? We’ve all heard that “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” by Napoleon Hill, but is it really possible? Yes, it is possible! They say failure and success are only figments of our imaginations, and to achieve greater things, weContinue reading “Life without limits”

Should you tell your kids about Santa?

When we were kids, we were made to believe that there’s this white-bearded man called Santa Claus, wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, black leather belt and boots, riding in a reindeer sleigh, who brings gifts during Christmas Eve. As we get older, we will learn that Santa Claus does not reallyContinue reading “Should you tell your kids about Santa?”

Abito Series: Road less traveled

His journey to the priesthood took him to many places he’s always dreamed of. Rev. Fr. Marvin P. Borda talks about church heritage, preservation, and why he chose to embrace this vocation   I’ve known him for over 10 years now, growing up in the same town and church community. Looking back, no one expected heContinue reading “Abito Series: Road less traveled”