Ganaps at Life Conference

Hello guys!

Last week, I went to Tagum, Davao to join the Life Conference 2017 Mindanao hosted by New Life Tagum. The theme was “The Story” which talked about how Jesus came to change our story πŸ˜‰.

His story is our story.

Since this blog is about Ganaps at Life Conference that features stories, I might as well tell you the story of how I almost didn’t make it to the event.

Yes! I almost didn’t make it to LifeCon because the set date was in conflict with my class (masters … PS: I’m not enrolled yet), and I don’t have the budget (because I stopped working for a while so I didn’t have any source of income 😣).

But of course, if there’s a will, there’s always a way. I sacrificed my class for this summer (It’s fine πŸ˜‰ I can still take it next summer tho) and God provided all the expenses needed (Salamat sa akong mama nga nagpaka-instrumento hahaha).

With the decision I made, totally NO REGRETS!

Alriiiight! So let’s go to the Ganaps na πŸ˜‰.

So paano nga ba? Hahaha!

Oh well, anyway …

So at 4 AM, I woke up and did my personal preparations (is this even necessary in this blog? 😞 lol). 

I went to church with Troy and Nathan around 6 AM (call time). 

I needed to be early because I was the beadle (murag inana) but I wasn’t the first person to arrive although my house is very close to our church πŸ˜†.

When everyone was finally there, Pastor Al Tabernero prayed for safe travel and we departed the place around 7 AM.

Team Lente (documenters) & Team Mugna (editors) were in the same van because we need to be together to discuss further details of our task at the conference.

Am-am, Dessa & Krisna were also with us.

I had so much fun with these people all throughout the travel. They’re all crazy! They eat a lot, talk a lot, blog a lot, take pictures a lot, take videos a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot mahay (harhar πŸ˜› boret kaayo).

We arrived at Tagum around uhm, I think 5 PM? I’m not really sure.

A group of people dancing greeted us when we got out from the bus. 


Haai kapoy man diay mag story-telling ba? Hahaha! Day 1 pako! 😀😀😀😀

Ok whatever! Here’s my Top 10 Favorite Ganaps during and after the event! Hashtag The Story πŸ˜‰

1. Evening Rallies

Of course! I’m sure everyone loved evening rallies especially during the Praise & Worship time.

Everyone sang, screamed, jumped, danced, worshipped, prayed, cried, raised their hands … it was amazing! It felt like attending a concert, only that God’s presence was there πŸ˜‰.

2. Altar Calls

It’s a beautiful sight to see hundreds of youth giving up their lives to Jesus, rekindling the fire in their hearts, and experiencing His amazing love.

I feel so blessed every time I see this.

3. Streams

I learned a lot of things from the streams I chose. I was rebuked, reminded and rekindled. 

I get to meet and hear from new speakers as well, people I haven’t met from the past conferences. 

It was awesome!

4. Media Works

Aside from being a delegate, I was tasked to oversee the documenters. I actually didn’t do anything much except for bossing around HAHAHA! 

I want to take this space to appreciate the effort exerted of Team Lente & Team Mugna, for running around to take pictures and videos, stalking the delegate of the day, having two roles at one time (documenter slash delegate), staying up late to edit videos, and waking up early to shoot and not miss an event. 

Grabe bai! Gikapoy namo, gikasab-an pa gyud but I didn’t hear you complain.

All the words I hear from these guys is “Chuy kayo bai!”, “Lingaw!”, “Ganahan kaayo ko ani na video oh!” … and you always laugh a lot. πŸ˜‰

5. Staying Up Late with these crazy kids

Sigeg kaon, walay libang-libang (excuse me hahaha πŸ˜‚) Tabi diri! Tabi didto!

It’s nice to hear what’s in their hearts and get to know them more.

6. Thanksgiving Night

This isn’t really the picture of the Thanksgiving Night. I wasn’t able to take a picture because I had too much fun (char πŸ˜‚). 

On the last evening of the conference, we all had the chance to mingle & fellowship with youth from other churches. 

I’m not really the type of person who talks first but I was glad that during that night, I made some friends hehe. Achievement Unlocked! Rewts!

I enjoyed the night especially during the time when Kyle had his first stand-up comedy presentation (whatever you call it).

I stayed awake until 3:45 in the morning along with Aijeleth, Popoy, EG and Troy, and some youth from New Life Catbalogan.

I had fun learning some words from other language too πŸ˜‰. Waray to be specific! I learned words like maserum, mahupay, sangkay and sumati. There were some other words but I forgot na haha πŸ˜‚!

7. Group Picture on the Road

Haaai naku!

So much stories to tell in this picture. We only had seconds to stay on the road and disperse immediately because of the cars and trucks passing by. 

Just imagine how our face look like every time we shout “NAAY TRUCCCK!” and then run for our lives and go back to our position to take that obligatory group picture.

Thanks Kuya Chard for taking the picture.

8. Overview Nature Park

The clouds look so close yet so far.

Buma-blaggir si ante oh! πŸ˜‚

9. Moments Inside The Van

Soundtrip! Jokes! Foods! Groupies!

10. And … I don’t know what else! Hahaha! Maybe it’s the fact that I am still having a hangover for the conference!

Looking forward for LifeCon2018 😁!

Hopefully, nothing comes in the way! Nyenye!

Team Lente & Team Mugna

I love this photo. πŸ˜›πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‚

Team Lente & Team Mugna, I just wanna tell you that you guys are awesome! I can’t remember how and when we started working together (taking and editing pictures and videos) but it was the time when you responded to the need even if you were not labeled or recognized as Media Team. (That must be 3 years ago 😊)

You guys are very obedient. You do your assigned tasks without complaints. 

You remain very submissive although your team leaders fail you sometimes πŸ˜‰.

You are so humble. I can tell that. You don’t brag about your skills or even act like cool kids when you are recognized as media. 

You guys are funny too πŸ˜‚. I love being around you because you are all crazy.

And most importantly, you remain faithful with what God has deposited in you. Be it a small or a great task, you always give the best that you can regardless of the limitations and the lack of gadgets.

Tonight, as I watched you drop your weapons to surrender your hands to God, I can’t help but cry. You did not just improved your skills but you were also growing more passionately in love with the Lord. That is a very important ingredient to keep yourself continually serve Him.

Padayon ta Team! Padayon ta πŸ˜‰!

Ang inyong pangalagad sa Ginoo dili kawang!

Reflection of an Insomniac

For seven days in a row, I’ve been experiencing sleepless nights. I could stay awake until 4 to 6 in the morning and would stay asleep from 6 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.

Yes, I’m being an insomniac.

My days had turned into nights and nights turned to days.

There are days when I am forced to wake up because of appointments, I walk around the city feeling like I’m floating in the air. I feel like I’m a zombie walking on daylight. My head is very dizzy like I couldn’t think well; my eyes are heavy; and my body is very weak.

Once, I almost got sideswept while walking on the street.

During the night, at 8 pm, I could feel the weight of my body wanted to sleep and rest. My eyes are heavy as well, very sleepy but I just cannot sleep. I toss and turn at nights, listen to classical music, exercise, drink a glass of milk, pray … but it was no use.

On Saturday, I tried to figure out the cause of my insomnia. I discovered two reasons 

One, my sleeping lifestyle was disrupted when I watched a K-drama and I stayed awake until 6 am.

And two, I’m hmmm, emotionally, mentally and spiritually unstable.

I have been bothered by an issue in my life for four months and I never tried to settle it. At nights when I stay awake, I kept on thinking about it but never did anything about it.

I kept on talking to God about it but I failed to listen to what He has to say.

Sometimes, this whole thing, I thought of it that maybe I was experiencing a quarter-life crisis; however, the signs I googled never led me to believe that I’m experiencing such crisis.

And today marks the 7th day that I stayed awake until 4 am.

I hope everything gets well this week.

Babysitting My Cousins

Today, I went out with five of my cousins: (from left to right) Choy, 9 years old, Nica, 10 years old, Princess, 5 years old, Ram, 9 years old and Jazzy, 8 years old.

When Mom heard that they were staying at CDO for a vacation, she immediately sent some money to treat them out in the mall. 

Mom and I both agree that they will totally enjoy it because going to the mall is something they rarely do in their lives since they live in the rurals. 

As for today, I was the only chaperone and I was in charge of the activities they will be having for the day. I planned their itinerary: eat at McDonalds, play at Adventureland, hit the World of Fun, watch Boss Baby, eat ice cream and pizza, and be random if anything goes in mind.

However, we could not go as far as going to Divisoria for some ice cream at Freezie because it might be too risky — kidnapping, crossing the streets … can’t handle this! I’m all alone 😒😒😒!

Before we left the house, I made sure that they got my rules: stay together, don’t misbehave and don’t go where I can’t see you or else, WE ALL GO HOME! 😏

First thing we did was eat at McDonalds. It’s their favorite place. They surely enjoyed the fried chicken, fries and sundae. And their most favorite is the playhouse.

Every five minutes they return to our table to drink some water and also to share their experience at the playhouse. Ram told me that a kid asked his name but the kid was speaking in English so he ran away instead of answering. He understood the English language but too shy to respond in the same language.

But for the second time around when they had their break, he and Choy shared that they made some friends even if they speak in a different language. Nice! πŸ˜‰

The most amusing for me was when they walk around barefoot. They got tired of taking off their shoes and wearing it again every time they leave the playhouse.

By 6 PM, we left McDonalds and strolled around the mall. We bought some candies. It was actually a bottle of colored beans. 


The next stop was supposed to be at the Adventureland but it was already closed when we got there. 

We went to the cinema to watch the Boss Baby but they’re not interested. They wanted to play.

So we proceeded to the World of Fun.

They each had 20 tokens which they spent on …

… race cars and motors, 

… basketball (their favorite)

… and what caught their attention the most was uhm, I don’t remember the name of the game, but it’s about getting a lot of tickets.

At the end of the day, Choy got the highest number of tickets among the five. He got 148, followed by Nica wih 142, then Ram with 63, Jazzy with 61 and Princess with 32.

We couldn’t claim anything because the mall was closing. 

When we got home, we ordered some pizza. That’s the grand finale πŸ˜‰!

And lastly, before lights off, we all watched The Amazing Spiderman!

Peaceful time started at 11 PM.

Sigh! 😧😧😧😧

Surely, babysitting them wasn’t easy. I used to wish having five kids if I’m married. But now, nah, I changed my mind. Two will be fine πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!

And that’s all for today! πŸ˜‰

The Love For Writing

Have you ever had that point in your life when you just stopped writing, when you stopped expressing yourself with a paper and ink, because you thought it’s pointless, or you thought that it’s not gonna take you anywhere, or you thought that perhaps, you have to spend your time more on something that will make you more productive, then at the end of the day, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the night writing your heart out why you ever stopped doing what you love?

Sometimes I feel frustrated at times when I feel the need to write something on my blog (just to make it look active and alive) but couldn’t think of anything sensible to write (or couldn’t bring my heart in my piece). But it’s more frustrating when you try to forget about writing and your love for it but you know just can’t.

The love for writing will always be in us no matter what our excuses are why we pause writing for a while. It’s our deal. It’s our way of anger or frustration management. This our way to express the things we can’t shout out. This is our avenue to empty our heads (and we don’t care who reads or not).

Even when you had turn your back at the one thing you love, you’ll always go back to where your heart is — writing.

Pain Is An Evitable Feeling

​Pain is an evitable feeling. It’s part of being human.

No matter how much we try to avoid feeling hurt, even if we build walls, put on a mask or a cover up, deny how we feel or turn our heart as cold as ice, pain still penetrates at the softest part of our being.

We can only get hurt when our expectations fail … when the people we love fail. We get hurt because we love. You cannot be affected by anything you don’t care at.

Even if you deny that you actually care, you know deep inside the tingling feeling exists.

Pain and love does not share the same room. They do not co-exist. You can keep on loving even if you get hurt but you can’t keep hurting when you love. There will always be joy in our hearts when we love and that erases pain. 

Random Thoughts With Heavy Feels

One time I said, “Lord, I want to do things I have never done before.”

And if you think this is just something you can write in a bucket list and fulfill them any time, well it’s not.

I thought of pursuing things that has nothing to do with teaching. I mean, at least for a while, can I just explore life and see what can I do? 

I want to test myself. I want to see how far I can push myself. Yes, perhaps, this has something to do with having the will of not to become “complacent” which I already am. Or perhaps, this has something to do with not wanting to settle for something routinary which I’m sure leads to unstable life.

And then I wonder what would I get if I do follow my heart? Will I get fulfillment? Satisfaction? Contentment? Or will I be lost? Or am I already close to getting lost?

Hah! As if I never knew the truth. This world could give you fulfillment but it can never give you satisfaction.

However, what am I supposed to do with what I really want? What does God want anyway?