Youth Revival at Pangasinan


October 30, 2015. I still remember how excited I was then… about going out of town, traveling with new friends, and working together with some brothers and sisters in Christ from churches other than the one I regularly attend. All together, we’ve prayed for this event, and God has not failed us. He showed up… in a powerful way! Wow! I can use all the affirming words that are available, but they will still be insufficient to describe what happened back there in Pangasinan.


YES Cell Group on October 29, 2015 at C3 Cavite

The night before we left for Pangasinan, I, KJ, and Myrrh attended YES CG (Young Eagle Society Cell Group), a gathering of youth leaders from various Christian churches in G.M.A., Cavite. We had a long, jam-packed, and fun discussion about leadership that night. Hence, we came home late.

I haven’t been feeling well in the past days, which deprived me of the chance to pack my things earlier than that night. Having everything I needed packed only a few hours before the trip, I then asked my brother to drop me off at the meeting place. I was denied at first, but out of love, he acquiesced on second thought. Yeyyy!

I reached the rendezvous 34 minutes earlywhich was something ordinary (and how I wish it was real). I opted not to enter the 7-Eleven store for I was already feeling cold despite a hoodie on. While waiting, I saw some children getting ready to sleep beside the road with just boxes as beds. It made me ask myself: “What have I been doing to help young people like these ones in front of me?” I stood alone for less than an hour before my companions finally came, and we’re set! Thank God for the soft seat!

We hit the road at past 3:00 AM. By pairs, we were asked to intercede for the event as we traveled. During which, I felt the power of God’s presence. We reached EDSA in a few hours. Oh that brought back a lot of memories! For a few years, I have taken that route. It made me thank God for His guidance through the years, not only as I traveled to the university and to the office thereafter but also as I traveled through life. He has been with me and is still with me, just like what He promised. Right then and there, I uttered this from my heart: “I love You, Jesus.”

That was the first time I fell in love on that day; it was true love, mind you.

Oh the wonderful effect that that trip had on me… My heart brimmed with gratefulness as we continued with the trip. I was able to reflect on how good God has been to me. He really is who He says He is.


I had to eat a rice meal during the stopover or else I would have eaten a companion! *Pun intended* Perhaps the reminiscing got me hungry…

Some picture taking here and there…


It was nighttime–hence the poor quality of this photo.


And this one…

… And we were back on the road!

What an amazing scenery it was when the sun started to peek through the clouds!


Whoa! Who on earth could do just that?

We reached Asingan, Pangasinan after a five-hour travel. Oh how I love to sleep during trips. Wish granted the soonest after we ate breakfast. ZzzzzzZZzz…

We had to wake up at midday to… Guess what? … Eat again!

I was delighted to have helped carry some music instruments and equipment to the vehicles, which were to be brought to the venue. It was the men’s task, but no one could stop me.

While waiting for something which I was clueless about, we temporarily parked in front of a place where there were hollow blocks, sand, etc. Those things got my attention so much that I had to go nearer to pick up the shovel and shove some heaps of sand onto the wheelbarrow.


Thanks so much for capturing this special moment! Nyahahaha…

When enough sand was already on it, I had to lift it and take it to the other side… I tried but I couldn’t. It was too heavy! Oh my! Nyahahaha… “We have to go!” my mates yelled. Everything was falling into place. Somehow I felt bad that I wasn’t able to finish what I started though.

As we reached the venue, we unload the pieces of equipment and set them up. We rehearsed just once for the reason that excluded our being excellent enough.

We made our way back to the compound where we were staying.


How about taking a picture before we get there? All smiles!

Then we ate… again. “Can somebody from here adopt me, please?” But I had no guts to say that then.

We had had to freshen up a bit before the program proper started. I took a bath, so everything was perfect. It’s not every day that I… Oh forget it! Let’s carry on…

We prayed all together before alighting from the transport vehicles. I and Paulo were tasked to preside during the event, and so we did.


I had fun! Though this photo didn’t capture all of that…

The Praise & Worship started. There was enthusiasm. We were singing and jumping and shouting. God was undoubtedly there.


Praise and Worship

As the singing ended, the presiding had to continue, and I didn’t know where to get the air that I had to inhale. Sensing some exaggeration, huh? It was so nice to see young people worship God through singing, dancing, and everything else. It was so nice to worship one God together.

Edgar and Jsol showed the participants some gestures that went with a short song (to the tune and dance steps of Whip Dance). It was something like: “I love You, Lord. I love You, Jesus. I love You, Lord, Lord. I love You, Jesus. Oooohhh… Christ in me!”


Edgar and Jsol doing “I love You, Lord. I love You, Jesus.”

They’ve done it for a couple of times and had the rest of us imitate them.


It was enjoyable to watch the both of them do it on stage. I also had fun doing it myself. I danced well but only I knew of this, which of course was pitiful, but I’m okay now.

It’s time for the Word of God. Ps. Sarah Galang delivered it.


Speaker: Ps. Sarah Galang


She spoke of a lot of inspiring things and threw a lot of jokes which had all of us laugh till we almost dropped. Nyahahaha…

It all revolved around Galatians 2:20 (NLT): “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” As she continued to preach, oh God, I couldn’t stop crying. God’s Word penetrated into my heart. A lot of things flashed through my mind, and it made me realize how faithful God has been to me and how much He loves me from the outset.


There, in that moment, I fell in love for the second time on the same day.


All together, we experienced the overwhelming power that God’s presence brought with it. How I wish I could stop the time and remain in that moment forever.


The best place on earth? That could be any place where His presence is…


Moving on… After the event, of course there must be some picture taking. Yiiiiiiiha!

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Afterwards, we went back to where we were staying. Was the event tiring? It was. Life-changing? Absolutely! I felt like I was just a breath away from God’s embrace during that time.

We were supposed to leave for home that night, but it got postponed as our drivers needed some rest, or else the rest of us would be laid to our final rest. *Pun intended.*

I still had an hour to read my Bible before I could call it a day, so I decided to read instead of having dinner. 5 chapters down! After which, I went to sleep. Oh how could I resist this wonderful thing? zZzzzz….

We woke up as early as we could to avoid gridlock, and we succeeded. We reached our destination with exhausted bodies but with full hearts.
Can we do that again? Oh yes! We’ll do it with you this time! See you at GMA Complex this Sunday (June 12, 2016) at 3:00 PM! Let’s fall in love with Jesus all over again!

Photo credit: Myrrh Racquel Vargas Dalisay

What Do You Live For?


Have you thought about the real purpose of your life? Why are you here? Why do you do what you do? Do you think this life is about you? Is it about helping others? Is doing good deeds for others good enough? Are you just one of the faces in the crowd that think getting famous will give sense to your life?

2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT says: “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

What do you live for?

. . . . . .

Ponder that question some more.

Please don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying I’m a saint here. Rest assured that I know I’m way far from being one; I struggle with being disrespectful of my parents, I spend a lot of time on social media, I can care less even when I know others need my help, I seldom appreciate what I already have, I can’t get enough of a lot of the things this world brings to the table, and at times I’m not grateful for the things I receive and for the good things that happen to me.

There are also times when I think and act like this life is about me. (Sometimes, consciously but most of the time, unconsciously.) Most likely, we struggle with the same things, and just like you and I, Jesus was once a human—flesh and blood (John 1:14). He felt what we feel (Hebrews 4:15). He even cried (John 11:35).

However, unlike us, He got out of this life without sinning. He was born to die—for you and me. Despite this reality, we need not mourn but rejoice all the more because the story did not end there.

After three days, He rose back to life. He overcame the grave! He is alive!

It is because of His death that we are alive.

Are you taking that in?

I’m imperfect just like anyone, but now I have the confidence to face everyone, for my Savior said: “It is finished. It is done” (John 19:30).

December 14, 2015


I’m thankful for Julius’ message earlier today. I feel so blessed to have people like him around.

I’m grateful to own a copy of “The Unquenchable Worshipper” by Matt Redman via I’m so excited to read this one!

I’m thankful to have been able to free up some space on my hard drive. It’s freeing but painful…

I’m thankful for this stunning scenery I saw tonight!


Whoa! It looked a lot more splendid in real life though…

I’m grateful for 1 Peter 1:6 (NLT):
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”

How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT

November 26, 2015


I’m thankful for the YouVersion Bible Plan: GOD’S DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE by Pastor Rick Warren. The devotion for today is very timely. Thank You, God, for speaking to me through it.


I’m thankful for the exchange of funny messages with Deniz earlier today. The statement (pero mag-pinsan tayo…) which I used to utter to badger him into doing something for me backfired at me today. Now I know how it feels… Got a taste of my own medicine.

I’m thankful to be at home when Gaddy Bear (my nephew) threw up. As I wiped the white stuff that came out of his mouth, I realized that I really am not yet ready to have a family of my own. Nyahahaha…

I’m thankful to be able to pray for Deniz, Jason, Zyrelle, and my best friend today. I’ve sensed God’s presence as I prayed. Thank You, Lord!


How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT