Monday, August 31, 2009
Abet is my Bet campaign launch
Later this Week
Somewhere in San Juan
Kung pagiging makabayan lang din naman ang pag-uusapan
Wala nang hihihigit pa sa kanyang kakayanan
Kung kaya't kahit sa kanyang kaarawan
Kabutihan ng Inang Bansa ang inaasam asam
Simpleng iskuterista ang kanyang tanan
Subalit sabi ng asawa nyang si Benz, pogi din naman
Kayat pag nakita nyo, sya ay angkasan
Hinding hindi ka nya pababayaan!!!
Abet is my Bet! Tagalog o Ingles man, Maligayang Kaarawan :) You're the Man!
Saturday, August 01, 2009
After our high school graduation, I received an invitation to take up the challenge and become one of the pilot scholars of the Benigno Aquino Foundation.
I was 16, just graduated from High school with nothing than the courage that i get from my daily visit to the blessed sacrament and the will to succeed, I gave it a try. It was an early afternoon in March, I found myself taking the exams with 1,900+ other candidates at the Center for Research and Communication in Ortigas. It was funny as I remembered, during the exams, my mind was filled with the thought that we might be able to meet her - Mrs Corazaon Aquino. Not until the facilitator announced that out of the 2000, just 200 will be asked to come back for an initial interview. Now, that gave a the goosebumps. Miraculously, I made it and after 2 major interviews, 20 of us were called for a final interview ---- and she will be there.
I was the fourth to be called and there she was- in her famous yellow dress and her infallible sweet smile. Soon as I took my seat, she browsed through my portfolio and the ball came rolling. One ambassador got to ask me a question. After which, she asked me three. Three major ones that I will remember for my entire life.
1. "Wow your dad died very young, how did you get by?"
2. "What is your mom doing now?"
3. "What have you been doing to prepare for this final process?"
After I answered the third, she told the rest of the board. " Ok we'll get her. She's good, we'll get her. Don't ask her questions na. We will get her."
The rest of the board sent out their congratulations, and she mentioned to me " You are ok now. I can see that more than that pretty face, that very courageous heart, the intelligence, your secret weapon will make you surpass any challenge. Continue what you have been doing"
I became one of the first 8 Benigno Aquino Foundation scholars. And she remained the most hardworking, gracious, affectionate and prayerful person I have ever encountered.
16 years after, God finally gave her time to rest.
Today, for nine days, I am painting this blog black - in honor of a great person.
As for the secret weapon? It's not just mine to keep. PRAYER - she told me to continue praying. For it is in prayer that we can be nothing yet feel complete after. It is in prayer where we pour our hearts out. Where we find our weaknesses, our joy, our peace.
Ma'am, you're more than a yellow figure to me. Im sure I'm just one of the many people whose lives you have touched and forever I will be grateful. Rest well.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
July 9, 2009 Preps: Makati Shangrila
GOD is so powerful that He definitely can turn things arounds if He desires to. There may be times that He'll use his humor to make things lighter and easier. He can mediate and give an opportunity for an individual called for marriage to find his perfect match.
In the case of Ryan and Carol, He used a DOG ( way of turning things around right?)
They accidentally bumped unto each other in a famous Thai restaurant in Dapitan ( been a very known hangout of Thomasians ). Carol decided to dine in Sr cuisine with her dog Pam. Ryan, who during that time works for Nextel in Espana happened to be in the same place. After buying a pcak of cigar, Ryan got in the restaurant and found a dog. He played with Pam and that's when Carol found him. Might be love at first sight but Ryan was able to make up a story that he also has a dog and he does stud service. Carol that time was looking for one for Pam. They exchanged numbers and the rest was history.
What's so funny about it?
Ryan did not have a dog :). On the first visit to Carol's house, he brought a cake. Next visit, he brought a dog ( which was not even his ).
And funnier? They got together in 2005. But the first kiss happened in 2003.
Ryan was smart and fast huh. But God was even smarter. They both did not realize that God was cooking things up for them. Several years after, without the dog ( since Santuario would not allow dogs to be part of the entourage :) ), they tied the knot.
On to their wedding. Just like any other couple, they prayed hard for a good weather. Ryan even went to Sta Clara to pray for about 20 minutes. His exact prayers were " Please Lord, kahit umulan na lang after ng cocktails". The rain poured hard...... immediately after cocktails :)
Here's a glimpse of that beautiful weddingThe bridal gown and shoes of Carol together with the rest of the bridal entourage ensemble were designed by her very good friend Eddie Badeo. Eddie even took the extra effort to gift Carol the assistance of the famous fashion Director Raymond Villanueva who helped with the aesthetics and ensured that her bridal walk would have the drama that she deserves. Both the arrhae and the cord were choices of the couple. They asked a friend to have them plated and personalised for the wedding.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Seawind Resort, Boracay
Jong and Monique are two very good friends from the wedding industry. The moment Jong texted whether we could attend his wedding in Boracay, we never thought twice. This event is just too blessed to be missed.
I remembered asking Jong during the opening of the makeup studio, " What if it rains?" He then answered " It's ok, God will give me the wedding that I deserve. If it rains well then I deserve it" " We do not want a perfect wedding anyway".
But that fine day, perfect could not even be enough to describe it. It was heavenly. :) Their love for God and each other were seen during the details of the entire event. No wonder, He made sure that the couple will cherish the day they finally vowed to continuously make Him the center of their relationship.
Here are some photos taken by David of the said event.