TOUGH LOVE

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Tough doesn’t mean we have to be fearful. Yes, He is our Lord but does it really mean that His Lordship is over His love? We see all the commands and rules yet all of those are not to limit us but to protect us because He loves us. Tough means enduring all the adversities. God went through everything just to pursue you. He chose you even though He knows your deep dark secrets, your flaws, your mistakes and your past. Yes, you are deeply known yet deeply loved. You know that God doesn’t need you but he wants you. He takes pleasure in you. Every time you are running, He is pursuing you. You did not found God but He found you. That is a TOUGH LOVE.

(Insights from Tough Love Podcast – Victory)

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Beauty in Pain

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This post is for you young one.

For some weeks, I lost my appetite that I have to force myself to eat just to put some food in my stomach. There comes a time that I was really crying due to stress and my body’s trembling. I’ve been so sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, irritable, angry and restless. But nobody knows, because everyday I have to fight this feeling that I must be okay. I need to be okay. I didn’t acknowledge what’s my current situation because I think, this would get worse and to some, this would seems so funny.

I was praying hard. Maybe Lord can hear me from afar. I never heard any voice, I didn’t see any sign, I was waiting for something miraculous that would happen but still I got no response. For some weeks, I haven’t attend any church service. I set alarms yet I never woke up on time or I wasn’t allowed to go out.

Where’s that woman who laughs about everything, who appreciate little things, who is excited to wake up everyday to do her job with enjoyment, who is very enthusiastic, who smiles a lot and never give up?

Who took that woman away from me?

But the Lord never gave up on me, I know it was Him who asked me to continue to pray while I am in this situation. I know it was Him to push me to cry when I had no chance to cry before. I know it was Him who reminded me to continue reading His word and be reminded of His promises. I know it was Him who shown me things that I should be happy about. I know it was Him who woke me up in the morning, even if I don’t want to and said that I must keep going. I know it was Him. I know it is Him.

The message that God is imparting me is, God made me strong not face the battle alone but to fight it with Him. When you run alone, it’s called race and when God runs with you it’s called GRACE.

First, acceptance. Look at your current situation the way it should be and accept it. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we have to be okay all the time, it’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to cry, to be sad, to feel what you really feel but remember that this shall pass. Whether you’re broken or whole, you have that assurance and hope for a better days to come with the Lord.

Second, lumaban ka din. If you feel like everything is falling apart or you see na nawawalan ka na ng faith, lumaban ka din. God is fighting for you and you also must do some action not to let go. Hindi kita i-gigive up, Anak. The scariest place would be the unknown but it is also the place where you can be the braviest.

There’s a purpose for every pain, it’s either you go through it or grow through it. What matters is, how well do you learn in this situation? Does it make you strong? Does it stretch your faith? Does it make you admire Christ more? If yes, then believe that there’s really a beauty in every pain.

 

You never really had time for yourself.

This phrase hits me. My daily life cycle goes this way, wake up early, rush to school, go home, sleep and repeat. As I grew older, I have forgotten myself little by little. I have disregarded any leisure or habits that I really love. Even though I lose myself, I’ve gain so much happiness spending my time and effort to people. I could have learn so many things, try other adventures or gave time to master any skill, but I chose where am I right now. Soon, this will be all worth it because I believe that my purpose of in life is not self-serving but rather connect to people. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Time will come the Lord will allow me to do such things and I’ll gladly enjoy it.

Oceans.

It hurts but it builds and shapes me. Feels like I am at the unknown. Where am I really going? I don’t know. My heart really wanted to cry and escape. I don’t know where I will go or what I want to stop or to give up. He’s asking me to trust Him and His plans. I wanted to cry but there’s no tears shedding. I wanted to shout but there’s no voice screaming. And every morning, He’s telling me “be strong, I got this. I know what I’m doing.” There’s these dreams and visions that He put into my heart that I can’t even imagine. How am I gonna do this? But it’s not about me anymore, it’s about how He gonna work through me. The Lord makes me strong. “Be courageous” He said. There is fear but He told me to take a single step. Just a single one. It’s an act of trust and faith. His love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war.

Pinto Art Museum: Fall Inlove with Arts and Nature

*will update this post, again. slow net connection*

I’ve been wanting to visit this place. After so many “drawing” plans, finally! Eto na!

From Taguig to Antipolo, it took us one and a half hours to travel using our car. Many thanks to waze app because we didn’t get lost, that much.

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“Nandito na talaga tayo?” “Ayan oh Pinto Art Museum” I never thought that inside this small door is a 1.2 hectare property. Really beauty comes from the inside.

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This arts sanctuary is located inside Grand Heights Subdivision, a quiet hillside subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal with a wide 1.2 hectare property. This Santorini-inspired dwelling place houses 7 modern and contemporary art galleries, an indigenous art museum, sculpture gardens, a chapel, 2 cafes, and not to mention, a private residence inside this welcoming art space

Dr. Cuanang first acquired a modest house and lot in the 70s then opened the Pinto Gallery around 2000. Ten years later, they opened the Pinto Art Museum.

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According to what I’ve read, Dr. Cuanang had a specific philosophy in mind when he launched the gallery and eventually, the museum. “He poured his own personal wealth into the museum, not really for business or profit, but to perform a civic duty for the Filipino people.

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“One thing lacking in the Philippines is education and appreciation of art and culture. The mere fact that this private museum was opened to the public already speaks volumes about the kind of person Dr. Cuanang is.”

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My love for nature and white!

Literally speaking, there are lots of Bintana (windows) here. Which can be a good photo frame, too.

You have to alot atleast 2 hours here to roam around the place. Must visit! 🙂

RATES/ENTRANCE TICKET FEES: (as of February 2016)

P180 for regular ticket
P150 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
P100 for children and students with proper school IDs
Free for children below 3 years old
There’s an entrance fee of P20 for road users for non-residents of Grand Heights. You can park your vehicles on the street right across the museum.
PHOTO SHOOT RATES:

P7,500 – upper garden, lower garden (outdoor only)
P15,000 – upper garden, lower garden, Indigenous Art Museum and the new Museum wing (outdoor only)
Inclusive of: 5 hours photoshoot: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (in excess P750/hour) or 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5 pax (in excess P300 per head)
comes with preparation room with air condition
additional of P500 for 5 hours
in excess P100 per hour
For inquiries regarding prenuptial shoots and private events, please call 6971015 and look for Jenny Villanueva.
ADDRESS & CONTACT INFO:

Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. Pinto Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS.

HOW TO GET TO PINTO ART MUSEUM:

Pinto Art Museum is located inside Grand Heights, a private subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal. We find it easier to get here from Ortigas Avenue Extension to avoid the traffic congestion of Sumulong Highway and Antipolo town proper.

By car / private vehicle:

From Quezon City, go to Aurora Boulevard and take the route going to Marikina. Drive along Marcos Highway heading to Antipolo.
Turn right on Felix Avenue (the corner with Robinson’s Metro East & Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall).
Turn left when you reach Ortigas Avenue Extension.
Turn left at the rotunda leading to either Antipolo or Taytay Diversion Road.
Follow the Ortigas Avenue Extension road which will eventually become L. Sumulong Memorial Circle.
There will be a small sign on the right side of the road pointing to Grand Heights and Pinto Art Museum.
By public transportation (coming from Cubao):

Take the LRT Line 2 and get off at the Santolan Station
Take a jeepney or FX bound for Antipolo (look for jeepneys bound for Antipolo-Simbahan-Junction or Antipolo-Shopwise), Tanay (Tanay-Antipolo), or Teresa.
Get off at Ynares Center.
Ride a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you at Grand Heights Subdivision (some drivers are not familiar with Pinto Art Museum).
By public transportation (coming From Ortigas area):

Ride a jeep/FX going to Antipolo (there is a jeepney terminal at the Greenfield District area and an FX terminal at SM Megamall Parking area). Estimated fare is P45.
Once you reach the Ynares Center, take a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Grand Heights Subdivision. Estimated fare for trike is P40.
At the guard house, tell them you’re going to the museum.

(c) Mavil Bien’s photo

Reference:Business Inquirer
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Good bye and thank you 2015

2015 has been a year of growth for me.

This is the year that I got elected (and currently) as the Executive Vice President of PUPT Junior Marketing Association. It’s an honor and a responsibility, as Pia said, to be in an organization. JMA has a good record on its first year, we were awarded as the Best Organization so it was a bit of pressure to us, the second set of officers. But thank God! On our recent Quest for the Best 2015, we were awarded as the Best in Sports, Best in Arts and The Director’s Cup. We organized events inside and outside the university. By that, I was able to learn so many things like organizing events, contacting sponsors, meeting other people, attending seminars and events and the most important of all, give service to my fellow JMAnians. As spiderman says, a great power comes with a great responsibility. Public speaking scares me, I hate talking to other people, I was an introvert but little by little, I had the confidence to speak out and appreciate what others see in me when I don’t even see in myself. All glory to God.

A year of giving. As the current Gawad Kalinga Youth batch leader, I got the chance to help and reach out people in need. This will touch my heart forever. I realized how blessed I am compared to other people and by that, it’s always a time to give. Being a volunteer is more than just the title, it is putting yourself in their situation and it is feeling what they feel. It’s not just giving what they need but also knowing their stories. I also got the chance to share the word of God to children in our CSR together with my classmates. It’s an opportunity to see the other side of the society and an eye opener to my national consciousness.  All glory to God.

As I was scrolling through the pictures, my heart is pounding with wows. This year is the declaration that I am a Christian. I was water baptized last April. Months after that, I got the privilege to be an instrument of God to preach during our Youth Turn service with the topic “In a relationship with Church”.  On summer, I became a teacher during the Vacation Bible School. I formed my coach group by God’s grace and some of them are now part of the ministry. I’m currently part of the core leader of Youth Turn and leading the Trademark team. This is not to brag but to declare God’s goodness in my life. He entrusted me in different things that I can’t imagine and He is still in progress to use me more. He healed my heart, widen my perspective, gave me His dreams, touched me, loved me and took me higher. All glory to God!

This is my first out of the country trip and blessed because it’s with my family. It’s a great experience to know the culture and wonders of Singapore. It’s like getting to know the other people and also knowing yourself. I began to have the desire to travel more and see the different side of the world. Hoping and praying for more this 2016. All glory to God!