#050 – Passion for History & a Little Bit of Quarterlife Crisis with Lui B of Filipiknow.net

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Lui Batongbakal is the blogger behind Filipiknow.net. I chat with him on how he discovered his passion for Philippine history even if he is a Registered Nurse. Along the way, he shares how he wrestled with quarterlife crisis after his father died. He also talks about how he sustains his passion for history.

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During his college days, he started writing for Listverse. That’s where he got the inspiration to start Filipiknow in 2013. He partnered with his former boss, who is the owner of DefinitelyFilipino.

Types of Articles at Filipiknow:

List types of articles related to Philippine history
There are also in-depth articles dedicated to single topics.

History is not boring, there’s just a problem in teaching it, probably because the treatment of many history teachers is boring.

Most popular topics at Filipiknow.net

22 Things We No Longer See in Manila
10 Haunting Last Pictures Taken in Philippine History

The readers of the site get to discover the roots and heritage of the Philippines.

A Little Bit of Quarterlife Crisis

After graduating from Nursing in 2011, he wanted to take Medicine but his father died so he needed to find a job to support his family. He became a call center agent, a freelance writer, and eventually became a blogger.

He just goes with the flow and do what he wants, grabs every opportunity that comes his way.

History as a Passion

Lui has a team that runs the website, which helps him implement the content and social media strategy of the website. He buys books and does in-depth research to provide maximum value to his readers.

Teodoro Agoncillo and Ambeth Ocampo are two History writers that should be read by every Fililpino. “Puwede palang hindi boring ang history, as long as it is presented in an interesting manner.”

Filipiknow.net is not a sustainable passion. Lui’s portion of income comes from his nursing website, and that helps him sustain his passion for history.

How much can a website earn?

“The sky is the limit sa blogging as long as you find the right niche, right audience, and the right angle na para maging successful yung blog mo…. Make your blog unique. Don’t copy other blogs…. Find something that will make you stand out.”

“Don’t be afraid to stand out; don’t be afraid to make something that has never been done before.”

On history: “Don’t see history as something boring. It will take you to places you’ve never been before. It will introduce you to a lot of stories, a lot of interesting stories and figures na hindi mo naencounter sa school at sa college. Ang history kasi, hindi lang siya useless facts. Marami ka ring matututunan and marerealize mo na history indeed repeats itself.”

On Blogging: “I recommend na find a mentor. Invest in books that will teach you sa knowledge.”

Website: http://Filipiknow.net
Facebook: /filipiknow.net

Welcome to the Pinoy Youth Video Blog

Hey guys and girls, I’m starting a new video blog. Maniwala kayo at hindi, I’ve been trying this (and failing at it) since 2006. So, nagkalakas loob uli ako to do something in a video format.

So welcome to the first episode of the Pinoy Youth Video Blog. It’s just a kind of orientation and what you can expect from it, plus an announcement about a book review I’m planning to release soon.

UMC Campus Ministry Part 5: Monitoring, Sustaining, & Evaluating

Hello friends, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve posted several thoughts on youth and young adult ministries of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines. One of my posts that received attention is on campus ministry. That’s why I am posting here the model and concept paper that I have prepared over the past few months. If you want to implement this, please go ahead. Just give credit where credit is due. Thanks!

This is the Part 5 of a 6-part Series.

Please read the previous posts:
Introduction
Part 1: Training of Campus Missionaries
Part 2: Partner Development and Support Raising
Part 3: Development of Resources
Part 4: Deployment to the Campus

For proper monitoring, evaluation, and sustenance of the campus ministry initiative, the campus missionaries should meet once a month to discuss improvements in the campus ministry model, sharing stories of victory, struggles, and other matters affecting our campus ministries.

This time of meeting and fellowship could also be a time for mentoring and continuing education for our campus missionaries.

If you want to download a PDF copy of this whole series, please click here.

UMC Campus Ministry Part 4: Deployment to the Campus

Hello friends, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve posted several thoughts on youth and young adult ministries of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines. One of my posts that received attention is on campus ministry. That’s why I am posting here the model and concept paper that I have prepared over the past few months. If you want to implement this, please go ahead. Just give credit where credit is due. Thanks!

This is the Part 4 of a 6-part Series.

Please read the previous posts:
Introduction
Part 1: Training of Campus Missionaries
Part 2: Partner Development and Support Raising
Part 3: Development of Resources

It is very important for the UMC and the leaders of the church that this is a LONG-TERM project and should not be based only on the funds received through grants and other means. A lot of leaders in the church may also demand quick results within a year or two of this ministry. That is not the intention of this ministry.

This, however, is not an excuse for the lack of short term results. Instead, what this ministry needs to implement is a list of Year-on-Year Metrics that will be measured. The metrics will not only include numbers of students engaged and the giving of students, but rather, it should also include other qualitative measures such as the changes in the lives of the students.

The church will need to invest in this ministry for at least 5 years! That would be a good time frame to test the model and look at the impact of this ministry.

UMC Campus Ministry Part 3: Development of Resource Materials for the Actual Campus Ministry

Hello friends, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve posted several thoughts on youth and young adult ministries of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines. One of my posts that received attention is on campus ministry. That’s why I am posting here the model and concept paper that I have prepared over the past few months. If you want to implement this, please go ahead. Just give credit where credit is due. Thanks!

This is the Part 3 of a 6-part Series.

Please read the previous posts:
Introduction
Part 1: Training of Campus Missionaries
Part 2: Partner Development and Support Raising

This will be done in partnership with the Discipleship Resources-Philippines, together with the Board of Christian Education and Discipleship. We can use existing materials such as “Mga Hakbang sa Pananampalataya” written by Rev. Homer Wesley O. Refuerzo. It could also be a series of booklets derived from existing materials already developed by DRP and BCED.

While a more comprehensive curriculum could be developed, at least two series of materials need to be developed.

Series 1: Basics of Faith Series

God
Grace and Salvation
Jesus Christ
The Holy Spirit
Works of Piety: The Bible, Prayer, Fasting, Being in Community (Fellowship and the Church), Holy Communion, Healthy Living
Works of Mercy: Doing good, Visiting the sick & prisoners, Feeding and Clothing people, Generosity, Advocacy as Ministry

Series 2: Growing as a Christian Series

This could cover topics related to the development of Christian character, and other practical matters such as integrity, character, personal finance, discovering one’s calling, love life, relationships, and other practical topics.

Series 3: Leadership Development Series

This series will be specific for students who are being developed for leadership roles. It can cover the leadership principles of Jesus, strategies for reaching out to people as shown by Jesus and John Wesley. It should also include actionable challenges that helps students stretch their horizon and step out in faith.

Some materials for Christian living are already available from Discipleship Resources-Philippines, and the Board of Christian Education and Discipleship. However, they will need to be repackaged so as to reflect the BRANDING of the UMC’s Campus Ministry initiative.