Fire in Scout Borromeo

I was getting ready for work today when I saw from our still window a blast of fire coming from one of the houses just across our street. I was in my bath towel. I tried waking up Niko, knock the bathroom door where Dianne is, to alarm them of the fire. I was relaxed, knowing the road distance wouldn’t bring the fire to our building. But the thought of any explosion might hit the place where we are staying so we observed from where we are.
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The fire grew bigger and wider after some minutes. Some people are already bringing out their valuable things as TV, wardrobe, and bags outside.

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While we are waiting for firemen, the electricity powered off.  We decided to close the window as fire gets bigger and smoke is getting inside the house.

Soon after, firetrucks load the street.

After the fire died down, I decided to go to work.  Our building’s ground floor was filled with things which they brought from the house that burned.

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Thank God, we are safe, from what I heard, no one was injured.
Psalm 121:7
The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life

In case of fire check this Link for some tips.


Featuring Starfield

Award-winning worship band from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
starfield membersMembers
* Tim Neufeld (lead vocals, guitars)
* Jon Neufeld (guitars, vocals)
* Dave Lalonde (drums)
* James Johnston (bass guitar)

Originally formed by brothers Tim and Jon, James and Dave had played with Starfield on and off for the past 8 years before signing on full time in September 2008.

SS: For the record, how did you come up with the name Starfield?

TN: We got it from a Bruce Cockburn song. Bruce, for those who don’t know, is an old school Canadian folk star. He’s been around since the late 70’s. At the time he was kind of flirting with Christianity he wrote the song, “Lord of the Starfields” from which we take our nameÖ It was just a cool name for a band and it had some spiritual application as well – the “Starfield” the vast expanse of God’s creation.


Two of my favorite songs from this band are Cry in My Heart (from the album Starfield) and Reign in Us (from I Will Go), though they have a lot of good songs to still check on. They write songs about worship.

They have these albums:

  • Starfield (2004)
  • Beauty in the Broken (2006)
  • I Will Go (2008)
  • The Saving One (2010)

Visit them on

Ayala Symphony of Lights 2010: Christmas At The Gardens Featuring Parol!

Don’t miss the sight worth seeing in Makati this Christmas 2010 with the Symphony of Sounds and Lights in Ayala Triangle.

Christmas At The Gardens Featuring Parol!

Celebrate Makati’s New Christmas Tradition
A Thousand Stars, A Thousand Lights.
Christmas at the Ayala Triangle Gardens 2010

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Catch these events!

Nov 17
Beginning of Symphony of Parols. A Light and Sound Show and Formal Launch of Restaurants at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

Nov 17 to Dec 23
Symphony of Parols. A lights and Sound Show (Every 30 minutes); Weekdays with Special Weekend Shows on December 18 and 19

Nov 23
Holiday Dance Fusion at the Gardens\Free Dance Lessons from Professional Instructors

Dec 1 to 3 and 6 to 10
Makati Inter-School Christmas Caroling Competition

Dec 1 and 8
6PM Christmas Serenade at the Gardens
Free Concerts by Renowned Performers

Dec 15 to 23
Anticipated Simbang Gabi


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( sorry for the resolution, was just using my phone)

Nueva Ecija – The Philippines’ Rice Bowl, My Travel Blog

It was one of those Saturdays, I am usually sleeping til late morning, that I was bound to Nueva Ecija for a travel tour. The MIS and ZOE team geared upnorth to cover the 25 years of JIL Nueva Ecija. I was tasked to do an article, specifically a travel blog about the wonders to visit in Nueva Ecija. I am personally blessed to be part of this.

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Read the full article Here

Are you a Flier? A Runner? or A Walker?

It was in September when I started running, going out to early jogs, doing exercise and kicking a healthy habit after that Chinabank funrun. I was reading through Word 4U Today yesternight when this message was just right on time. The verse used was also the theme verse on our 32nd church anniversary. I am sharing it here word for word with my personal amplification. Thanks to the Edge!

Isaiah 40:31 They will soar.. They will run.. They will walk


Watchmen Nee wrote a best selling book entitled The Normal Christian Life. Why such a title?

Because only when you understand what’s ‘normal’ in Christian living,
1. will you be able to recognize which season you’re in,
2.evaluate your circumstances accurately,
3.and adjust.

(Now, what season are we in today?)

At one point, Paul raises a man from the dead; at another point he writes, ‘We despaired even of life’ – 2Co 1:8

The bible says, ‘Elijah was a man just like us’ – Jas 5:17 NIV. Yet one day he’s calling down fire from heaven, the next day he’s suicidal and in depth of depression.

(These bible characters whom God has chosen to be used for His glory had their seasons of life – they’d been at desperate moments, sad days, painful times – but they also soared higher – calling out fire from heaven, wow, raising someone from the dead!)

Now, you (and I) can’t use this as an excuse for spiritual lethargy (apathy, coma, dullness idleness), but you (and I) must be discerning. Faith doesn’t exempt us from life’s season; it just enables us to go through them victoriously.

1. If you are a flier:
If you are being blessed by God and experiencing success beyond your natural abilities, enjoy it. But always remember, your ability to fly comes from God – not you. Forget that (thinking, boast about it), and down you’ll go.

2. If you’re a runner:
Thank God you’re still in the race. Don’t compare yourself with high fliers or you’ll get discouraged, and don’t compare yourself with walkers or you’ll become proud. Just keep running and your time will come.

3. If you’re a walker: Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Some days pain, discouragement and fatigue make it impossible to fly high or run; all you can do is walk without fainting, and even that’s hard. No problem; give yourself permission to be where you are. Walking counts with God. When it’s the best you can do – it’s enough.

In life, there are a lot of seasons – we won’t stay strong, always on top, always encouraged, but those who will run the good race will emerge from these season and inherit the prize.

Let us not

Galatians 5:7  – You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?


Hebrews 12:1… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..

And let us consider this

Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

In the end we may say
2 Tim 4:7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

KaRUNungan 2010: A Run for Knowledge

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The Knowledge Channel Foundation’s KaRUNungan 2010 is a fund raising event which aims to help elementary and high schools students attains adequate mastery if their lessons and finish schooling.

To be held on November  28 at the Meralco Compound in Ortigas Avenue Pasig City.

Assembly Time: 4:00am to 5:00am
Race Starts

15km – 5:30am
10km – 5:45am
5km – 6:00am
3km – 6:15am

Registration Areas
Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc
Chris Sports
Second Wind
Registration period starts October 15, 2010

Race Fees:
3k/5k – 400
5K – 600
10K- 600

Register Here

Undas is also for the Living

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Ours is a culture that is faithful to traditions. All around the country, family members and communities congregate to share a common experience of fulfilling both the expectations and requirements of a tradition, one of which is the observance of Undas.

Undas or All Saints Day is the time of the year when we remember our departed loved ones. Family members and friends who have gone before us are honored by a visit to their tomb. Such visits are also easily transformed to a reunion for families or friends.Ours is a culture that is faithful to traditions. All around the country, family members and communities congregate to share a common experience of fulfilling both the expectations and requirements of a tradition, one of which is the observance of Undas.

Full article here

Thanks to Grace Escalona and Gladys Laguatan for sharing your stories.
To my writing mentor and editor, Mam Evelyn Katigbak, cheers! aja!