I find it difficult to be vulnerable and here’s why…

These past couple of days, I’ve been trying to build a morning routine, which consists of a simple set of activities. I put the morning routine on Trello, one of the new productivity apps I’m crazy about. I can write a lot about Trello or about this morning routine, but let’s reserve that for future posts, shall we?


What I’d like to highlight, though, is the bits on Meditation and writing on my journal. Keeping silent and meditating for 5-10 minutes daily had been helpful so far. It’s helping me be more focused and mindful of the things I need to do. Couple that with the practice of writing on a journal and I become better at thinking through my goals, my frustrations, and even the source of my frustrations and personal issues.

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Changes: My Fourth Decade in the Planet

This month, I am officially inducted in my 30s. I am turning 31 this month. (Yeah, yeah, age 30 doesn’t count since that’s the last year of my 20s.)

Four decades. Wow.

It’s been a great ride so far. Had my shares of ups and downs. But I can say that God has been faithful. Sobra.

So to celebrate this month, I’m implementing some lifestyle changes. I still want to live for at least three decades more.

Healthy Lifestyle

After reading about the hazards of too much sitting, I decided that I wanted a standing desk. So I finally built one two weeks ago. I spent P1,400 for the materials, borrowed a power drill and installed the desk in one of our walls in the apartment. Here’s a picture of the finished setup.

My standing desk setup

I got the sculpture as a love gift from Baguio City UMC when I preached there on the first Sunday of October. The sword is a Diego Silang sword from Ilocos Norte, both are reminders of my heritage as an Ilocano.

Speaking of healthy lifestyle, I’m also set to visit the Rehab Doctor for an overdue checkup of my neck, and maybe my spine, too. I’ve been feeling some pain in my shoulders and lower back. I tried to go back to the gym but everytime I try, I feel a very uncomfortable pain in my shoulders and lower back. [Read more…]

Should We Really Abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan?

A while back, I mused here on the blog on the question: “Should we abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan” That was probably three years ago. Now that we are about to elect our barangay officials and SK officials in October, a lot of people are now asking if we should really abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan. In my blog post, I highlighted the following statement:

Like it or not, the SK is here to stay (at least for another three years if those who want to abolish it have their way)! If you or somebody you know wins in the SK elections, help them! How?

It seems that National Youth Commission Assistant Secretary Percival Cendaña has some answer to that. In an interview in ANC’s Headstart, Cendaña highlighted the following reforms that should be instituted:

Change the age of SK voters from 15-18 years old to 15-21 years old.

SK officials to be elected should be at least 18 years old. This makes sense, since only those who are at least 18 years can officially enter into contracts.

Young leaders should be held liable for the funds they use and how they perform in office. By being held liable, they will be subject to accountability and this may deter them to start early in preventing corruption.

You can watch the Video interview here.



Being on the Road, Fatherhood, and Setting Priorities

Being on the Road, Fatherhood, and Setting Priorities on the road again. Last week, I was at the YMCA Retreat Center at Estes Park, Colorado, USA for the annual meeting of the Division on Ministries with Young People, the organization I work with.

I had a chance to see the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado and even posed for a picture at the Continental Divide of Northern America. Saw some deer, elk, prairie dogs, and wild hare. Too bad, I didn’t see the bear that shook the trash can on our first night there.


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(( Wired )) World – Understanding New Media

Last Saturday, July 6, 2013, I was one of the Speakers at “The Word in the Web: A Social Media Seminar.” I could say that the seminar is one of the first few attempts to challenge Christian churches and leaders to intentionally use Web technologies for ministry purposes. I’m posting my presentation below, including my Prezi:

“During the coming decade, more and more businessmen, well-heeled tourists and virtually all newspersons will be carrying attaché-case-sized units that will permit direct two-way communication with their homes or offices, via the most convenient satellite. These will provide voice, telex and video facilities (still photos and, for those who need it, live TV coverage). As these units become cheaper, smaller and more universal, they will make travelers totally independent of national communications systems.”

– Arthur C. Clarke, 1984: Spring A Choice of Futures

The Emergence of Tri-Media

Inabutan nyo ba ang panahon na ang program ng liturgy churches eh mimeographed or Xeroxed? Pagdating sa printing, we have to thank Johan Gutenberg and his Printing Press. In 1450, Gutenberg invented the printing press. And the world was never the same.

All of a sudden, it’s easier to print and spread books. All of a sudden, knowledge was more accessible to the common man. All of a sudden ang mga taong may world-changing ideas pwede nang i-share ang kanilang ideas sa mundo nang mas mabilis at mas malawak!
At siempre, out of many projects na pwedeng gawin ni Gutenberg, ang 42-line Bible ang naging major work niya.

Sabi nga ng ilang mga historians, Printing Press ang nagbigay daan sa Industrial Revolution, sa Enlightenment at sa Reformation sa Europa. Power to the people! Hindi na lang hawak ng select few ang knowledge at information. At hindi na rin mahihirapan ang mga Scribes para kopyahin at isulat ang isang libro sa loob ng isang taon o higit pa.

For more than a hundred years, basa-basa ang mga tao and knowledge continued to spread. Then the radio burst into the scene in 1906. Mula sa Printed Text, na nababasa ng mga tao, boses na ang naririnig nila and the term broadcasting was coined. Experiment pa lang iyan noon ha. Radio broadcasting went full blast in 1920 in the United States. Antagal bago nasundan ang Print technology no?

Nakikinig pa ba kayo ng AM radio? Eh FM radio?

Minsan kapag maganda ang boses ng isang radio announcer, nagugulat tayo kapag nakikita natin sa personal ano. Parang hindi bagay ang boses sa mukha at katawan! And so, dumating ang next step ng evolution ng media: TV. Ang boses, may kasama nang mukha at katawan ng mga artista at host. That was in the 1920s.

For almost 100 years, the triumvirate of Print, Radio, and TV dominated how we get information. Ito ang transmission model. Kung ano ang iisiping produkto at message ng mga iilang tao na may control sa Tri-Media, iyon at iyon lang ang pwedeng panoorin, pakinggan, at basahin ng mga tao. One way ang communication. Transmission ang tawag dun.

Internet Revolution

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