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Can the Philippines Be Healed?

Can the Philippines Be Healed?

When Our Political Expectations Are Crushed The recent elections made me reflect on Israel’s expectations of Jesus when Jesus walked the earth. Israel expected a Messiah who would free the nation from the clutches of Rome. After all, wasn’t this Messiah from the line...

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The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

A Prodigal Daughter I was nurtured by a loving Christian Family. I was raised with the conscious knowledge of who God is and trained to live right in my younger years. Although I was blessed with so much love and care and was fed by concepts about the Lord, still, I...

A Missionary’s Calling: Finding a Home Away from Home

A Missionary’s Calling: Finding a Home Away from Home

I left my home 8 years ago. I packed my bags and went to the city where I studied college. The day that I left was also the day I informed my family that I was leaving. It was bad, I know. But something in me was looking for something more, something greater, to do...

Boses

Boses

https://youtu.be/4k5nLx9Y-8Q Isinulat ni Grace Roscia Estuesta Maririnig ang kanyang sigaw sa ilang, na nagsasabing: ‘Ihanda ninyo ang daan para sa Panginoon, tuwirin ninyo ang mga landas na kanyang dadaanan. Boses. Tinig. Isang tunog. Naririnig. Malakas, mahina. May...

BEAUTY FROM BROKENNESS: RESTORING A SECOND-HAND WEDDING GOWN

BEAUTY FROM BROKENNESS: RESTORING A SECOND-HAND WEDDING GOWN

Finding My Dream Wedding Dress Damaged with missing beads. A ripped inner skirt. Lace that’s old fashioned. She’s not as beautiful as the others. She’s used. And she only cost me Php3,000.  Because I was growing  emotionally attached to a cheap gown, I started calling...

Joseph the Dreamer: Then and Now

Joseph the Dreamer: Then and Now

“I am special! I am special! I am special!” If there was a scene that stood out for me in Trumpet’s musical production, Joseph the Dreamer (JTD) this year, it was when Joseph said these words while pounding on the prison floor, forcing himself to remember his value...

Remembering Venite PART 3

Remembering Venite PART 3

This is Part 3 in a 3-Part tribute to Venite Castillo, written by his friend, Inah Tolentino.  My Goodbye I already lost my father, mother, and sister, so I can say I am well-acquainted with grief. Still, I got blindsided by the grief over losing Ven. He was a best...

Remembering Venite Castillo PART 2

Remembering Venite Castillo PART 2

This is Part 2 in a 3-Part tribute to Venite Castillo, written by his friend, Inah Tolentino.  His Ministry Venite had been a believer of Christ since 1998. Members of our Christian organization, University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Students of Destiny (now...

Remembering Venite Castillo PART 1

Remembering Venite Castillo PART 1

I was in quarantine aboard a cruise ship when a message popped on the screen of my phone. It was from our church group chat, and  it said, “Please pray for Kuya Venite. He passed out in the middle of a Zoom meeting. His family brought him to the hospital already....

A Childhood Dream Come True: My Journey to MD

A Childhood Dream Come True: My Journey to MD

I come from a family that is not well-off. We live below the poverty line. My father died of colon cancer before I graduated from high school. My mother tried her best to provide for my kuya and me through housekeeping. Life in College I didn’t intend to take the...

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