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The role of a leader (Pushing people in their gifting)

Last night we had our event titled: LIVE – AFTERMATH. This is the second time that we did LIVE for this SY 2013-2014. LIVE is a night of tales, tunes and truth. Our heart in LIVE is to see people “Get Wired to the FULL LIFE”. To see the pictures of the event, click on the link below:

ImageThe AFTERMATH of last night’s event was amazing. There were a lot of students who received Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Not only that but students were admonished to be “Christ’s ambassadors” and preach the gospel to their friends, blockmates and loved ones.

Just like any other event that we do, this LIVE would not be possible if it were not for our sponsors (joke lang). LIVE would not be possible if it weren’t for the team who made sure everything went according to plan. My job as a leader is just to push them so that they will be able to use their gifts most effectively. Bill Hybels said in his book: Courageous Leadership:

“Please understand, it’s not that I believe the gift of leadership is more important than other gifts. It’s simply that people with the gift of leadership are uniquely equipped to come up with strategies and structures that provide opportunities for other people to USE THEIR GIFTS MOST EFFECTIVELY.”

Kung wala sila ewan ko nalang kung ano nangyari sa LIVE. However, because of their gifts and talents, LIVE became successful. Of course we could have done a lot of things way way better and we’ll continue to learn from them but all in all, we were able to reach our goal. πŸ™‚

I believe that this is critical for all leaders to understand this. I certainly don’t have the skills to do Photoshop, edit a video much less direct it; but because in our team we had people who were gifted in these things, then we were able to maximize their gifting to the best interest of LIVE.

As a leader we should be secure enough to know that we can’t do everything. I always told the team this that if I did everything: 1) Mamamatay ako, 2) Mag fail yung event (no doubt about it). Sometimes the leader takes all the credit for a successful event but it’s really the team and not the leader who should take credit. The role of a leader is primarily serving the members of the team so that they could maximize their strengths. Leadership is servanthood according to Jesus.

With that I’d like to thank the team responsible for LIVE:

Kriscel Papa – Thanks again for co-leading this with me! Thanks for leading the music team, alam ko naman na favorite mo talaga ang music. Great job with the band! Thank you Clover Street, galing niyo, fantastic job!

Xandrino Mangunay a.k.a. Mr. Inggit 2013 – Thanks for doing the promotional video, I’m sure that video really helped in building anticipation of the event umabot siya 300 views. Hurray! Haha. Thanks for being proactive all the way, I super appreciated that. You’re a catalyst to this team. Lakas ng impact. πŸ™‚ Of course the video shoot! Production design concept, ikaw lang makakaisip. Namaximize talaga lahat ng talents mo. Next time dance number naman! Super thank you talaga. Of course the recap video I can’t wait for that. πŸ™‚

Bianca Anievas- Thanks for editing the LIVE cam! Editing is no joke of course. Add to that the fact na nawala pa ang charge mo. Thanks for helping Dudan with the video shoot rin and the production design ng LifeBox center. Panalo lang talaga πŸ™‚

Laurice Plando – Once again, those posters. Kainis ang talents mo. Haha! You’re such a gifted artist. Music, Dance, Painting, ano pa ba? Only regret ko is you didn’t maximize every gift you had hahahaha! Super proud of you! I really thought the countdown posters were so cool. Too bad hindi natin nagamit yung caption na nilagay mo. One of the best in terms of designing and creating posters. Good job!

Michelle Abello – Too bad lang talaga na you weren’t able to attend LIVE but I appreciate all the effort and your attitude of helping. Can’t wait to work more with you in the future. πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing the Photoman kahit di ka nakaattend. Di bale all LIVE will be Thursdays na moving forward. πŸ™‚ Sayang ikaw dapat stage manager eh! =D

Jade Lingan – Thanks for mobilizing the engage team even though you had class and an exam. Super appreciate it. I received good feedback on the engage team how they were such great hosts! πŸ™‚ Super thank you shobs! πŸ™‚

Pao Santillan – Thanks again bro for doing the registration and documentations. Sorry for making you double hat again haha, at least walang nawala na mac/laptop. Again bro, your role is huge more after the event! πŸ™‚ Thanks for uploading to pictures ASAP! Now ma tatag na natin ang mga tao for an AFTER AFTERMATH experience. πŸ˜€

Tricia Togado – Tricia sobrang galing mo na sa tech! Kayang kaya mo na nakapikit yan eh. πŸ™‚ Dapat nag ttrain ka na ng iba to do that! That’s the next that is in store for you. Baka pwede si Ynna who did lights for LIVE haha! Dynamic duo kayo palagi noh? πŸ™‚

Ton Lichuaco and Trisha Terrado- Thanks for being our emcees. Never an easy task to speak in front. I’m sure you guys will continue to be better and better after this. Great job last night. πŸ™‚

Kiel Mamauag, Thomas Marechaux, Marc Marcaida, Sharlene Yap – Thank you for sharing your testimonies. The Bible does say that we have overcome with the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony. It takes courage and strength to share your testimonies. I’m sure a lot were blessed by hearing then and that God used them to touch the lives of the people. πŸ™‚

And of course my personal consultant in all these things: Jay Abola!

Pastor Nixon Ng – For delivering yet again another powerful and timely message. God definitely used you to preach his message! πŸ˜€ Grabe yung annointing! πŸ™‚

To everyone who hosted and engaged people. Thanks as well! You know who you are. It’s really a team effort! No one deserves credit but God alone. Thank you Jesus for using us! πŸ™‚

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Leadership


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The Voice – Week 1

ImageLast Friday we started a brand new series titled: “The Voice”. This is a four week series which addresses the pressing issues that students face today. To know more about these pressing issues come to our brand new LifeBox Center at 3/F of University Mall to find out. We promise that you will not be disappointed. πŸ™‚Image

Pastor Daniel asked me to share a message during the first week which was titled: “Blind Auditions.” The topic for the first week was about Purpose. Personally I was so glad that I was assigned to speak last week because Purpose has been one of the burning issues in my life. This is one topic I really feel most passionate about when I go up there on stage to speak. I was talking to a student (Pao Santillan) the other day and I said that I had so many things to say unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I was only given a limited amount of time. Given the chance I could have spoken and taught for 3 hours or more. πŸ™‚

My one simple point from last Friday was this:

“We are created for HIS purpose.”

Not our friend’s purpose, not our parent’s purpose, not even our own purposes, but we are created for his purpose and his purpose ALONE. The reason I said this is because in Colossians 1:16, it says there:

“…all things have been created through him and for him.”

By simple reasoning, we can derive that since we are included in “All” and since it says there that “all things have been created… and FOR HIM.” I crafted that one simple point: “We are created for HIS purpose”

Back when I didn’t have a personal relationship yet with Jesus Christ, I really didn’t understand this concept Β well because I wanted to live life for myself, for my own purposes. I wanted to do what I thought I wanted to do for myself. Basically, I don’t want God’s purposes. What I didn’t know is that ever since I was a child, there had been many voices in society that have molded and shaped my way of thinking.

One of my life purposes before was to find that one special girl in my life that would “complete” me (as corny and as humiliating as that may sound). Looking back I now realize that my mind was shaped by all the media that surrounded me. Movies, music videos, and songs that convey a message that our life purpose is primarily discovered by finding our “one true love.” The problem with that way of thinking is, 1) What if that “one special someone” leaves you? 2) What if it doesn’t work out with her? 3) What if you realize that even in the company of that “loving someone” you still feel an emptiness inside? 4) What if after we find our “soulmate” we realize that we still want to do so many things in this life that we can’t accomplish because of our responsibility for each other? And so on and so forth. I’m not saying that relationships are bad, I want to make that clear. I’m for relationships and in fact I’m looking forward to that day when God prepares that special someone for my life (cheesy) :). I just want to emphasize that finding our life purpose in relationships alone is not the ultimate thing.

I also talked about finding your life purpose in achievements, success, money, fame, etc. I’ve been there in a way as well. I graduated with honors after studying college in DLSU-Manila. I landed an above average paying job in both of the first two companies I worked for. However, even with those things, I wasn’t able to find my peace and fulfillment.

The pursuit for our purpose in life seems to be quite elusive to a lot of people. Great minds in history have tried to develop philosophies, ideas, and ways of thinking just to answer the question: “What is the meaning of life?” One of the biggest proof that I know that this has been a question that people are looking an answer for is the book: “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. To date, this book has been one of the best-selling (if not the best) non-fiction book there is in the market with over 30 million copies sold!


I’ve talked to many people who seem clueless and confused about their purpose and direction in life. People I admire who have great skills and talents but they still are not sure what their purpose in life is. There were a lot of times I myself gave up and found life to be meaningless. During times like those, I felt no drive to be excellent or do the things I’m supposed to do because a meaningless life will give you no drive to continue on in life. The “Why?” in life matters. It matters too much even with the little things, that’s why we see/hear a lot of kids ask the question “Why?” Why do I have to study? Why do I have to do that? What’s the purpose of doing these things?

Unless we have a good and solid answer to the question of “Why?” either we will have no drive to do the things that we’re supposed to be doing or we will just go on with life with different reasons. The sad thing is after we’ve accomplished those reasons, if they’re wrong, we’d feel empty inside.

Plumb’s song titled: God Shaped Hole says: “There’s a God Shaped Hole in all of us and it’s a void that only he can fill” (

I believe, know for a fact, and not only those things but experienced it personally as well that the only way we can fill that God Shaped Hole is thru God himself (obviously). My ardent hope is that you will fill that God-Shaped hole inside your hearts only thru God and God alone. πŸ™‚

I ended last week’s message with two verses:

Colossians 1:15

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Our purpose in life has been made known to us thru God’s one and only son: Jesus Christ. Back when sin destroyed our relationship with God, Jesus Christ came to restore our relationship in him. Jesus also came so that our purposes in God can be restored as well. He did say in John 10:10:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

If we want to experience the fullness of life and all its purposes, we can only find it thru Jesus Christ. To live life to the full, to live life the way that it was meant to be it all starts with a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. πŸ™‚

See you this Friday for the second part of our series: “The Voice” the title is “Battle Round” what’s this next pressing issue that students nowadays face? To find out come join us! πŸ™‚


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Last Monday I wrote a blog about my learnings from Anderson Silva’s fight at UFC 162.

The knockout was surely devastating for him. From being the UFC champion, then after the blink of an eye the belt is gone from him. Now he’s dislodged as the best pound for pound fighter in the world too. Will he recover? I’m not sure, I guess we’ll just have to see his rematch with Weidman. However, a case can be made of how the greatest boxers and fighters in history have never been the same again after a knockout loss. Just ask Mike Tyson, Chuck Liddell, Oscar De La Hoya and so on and so forth.

I thought how this can serve as an important illustration for our lives as well. We can have great careers, do well in studies, get high grades even, stay pure with our relationships, maintain our character and integrity, or continually grow our faith in God. However, if we’re not careful we can get KNOCKED OUT in this race called life.

Galatians 5:7

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?

We can be running a great and fantastic race but all it takes for us is one knock out punch to destroy our lives. It may be an addiction that we can get ourselves into. It can be an immoral relationship that isn’t pleasing to God. For others more mature, it maybe integrity with money. Whatever those things maybe it’s scary because it can happen in an instant. Now I’m thinking of ways of how I can be able to prevent that knockout punch because I certainly don’t want that to happen in my life!

While writing this blog, I thought of this powerful verse:

Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Jesus told us to WATCH and PRAY so that we’ll not fall into temptation. I think this’ll really help us not be knocked out by that deadly punch because it helps us stay aware and on guard. Just like what happened to Anderson Silva if we don’t WATCH and PRAY that can be the beginning of the end.

Ephesians 6:11also says to put on the FULL ARMOR of God:

Put on the full armor of God,Β so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

We always have to be on guard because we don’t know when the enemy is going to attack us that will lead to our downfall. Paul encourages us to put on God’s full armor! Read the rest of Ephesians 6 to understand what that full armor means.

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind.Β Your enemy the devil prowls aroundΒ like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.

Lastly, we need to be ALERT and of SOBER mind. The word ALERT for me feels similar to watch and pray which Jesus mentioned while SOBER means to have a clear mind. When we get drunk we don’t think straight, but when we’re sober we act normally and that’s important.

Just to recap:

To protect ourselves from that KNOCKOUT punch, we should: 1) Watch and Pray, 2) Guard ourselves and put the FULL ARMOR of God and, 3) Be ALERT and SOBER.

What are some of the ways that you think can help us avoid that KNOCKOUT punch?

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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Life Lessons


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The effect of Pride (Learnings from UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman)

ImageFor those of you who don’t watch MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), one of the greatest athletes to ever play this sport is: Anderson “the Spider” Silva. This guy is the human highlight reel. Owner Dana White said that he does things in the Octagon which you can only see in the movies. This guy is surreal. If you want to know and experience what I’m talking about, go to YouTube or google his fights. He was riding on a 16 fight win streak! Next to him is George “Rush” St. Pierre with 11 wins he won in a row. At one point, everyone thought that no one was going to be able to beat this guy because this is how good he had become.

All that changed yesterday when Anderson Silva lost due to a knock-out. As the fight began, it was the typical challenger meets champion. The challenger isn’t really that popular so everyone thought that this would just be another walk in the park for the Spider. So much so that Anderson Silva taunted and showboated. He was doing some moves wherein he appears to be mocking his opponent. At one point in the match, because of Silva’s showboating and taunting, his opponent was able to punch him with his left hand. Silva acted to be shaken by that punch, he wobbled his legs pretending to be hurt. This led to the beginning of Silva’s downfall. Because of what he did he had put himself in a bad position, thus his opponent began attacking him with a flurry of punches. Anderson Silva, because he was out of balance, got caught with a left hook again that knocked him out for good.

This is a good reminder for all of us about the effects of pride. Proverbs 16:18 clearly says:

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

What happened to Anderson Silva is a clear illustration of this truth. Had Silva not showboated and focused on his opponent I believe that he still would have won that fight. He is after all the greatest UFC fighter in history in my opinion. Some may argue that he was already doing that in most of his fights, but nonetheless the error he committed was one of basics in boxing not to put your feet in a parallel position. Joe Rogan, the commentator, said he committed a textbook error.

This is a good reminder for me, that no matter what I’ve accomplished, where I’ve been through. If I let pride slip into my heart, then that would be the beginning of my downfall.

Let’s learn to always keep that heart of humility, after all humility can be learned (without showing off that you are humble) lest we let pride creep in our hearts then we know that the effect of that would be our downfall. πŸ™‚

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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Life Lessons, Uncategorized


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A wretched man saved by Grace


Every time I feel that I’ve fallen short of God’s standards, for some reason this verse always pops up in my mind:

Romans 7:24 (NIV)
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?

This was the apostle Paul screaming (I would imagine) of how fallen his nature is. This is better phrased in my vernacular saying: “Makasalanan ako!” (I’m a sinner!)

In essence that’s a good description of who we really are. Sinners. Sin in its original usage means “to miss the mark”. To sin basically means to fall short of God’s standards.

Without a moral standard by which we can measure everything, then it would be meaningless to differentiate what’s right from wrong. But because of who God is, we are now able to see his standards of righteousness and that standard is his holiness.

That’s the reason the apostle Paul feels this way in this verse. At this point he was already a Christian but because of the holiness of God all the more he sees his fallen state. That’s the bad news, so does that mean there’s no longer any hope for us?

Great news is in the next verse he says this:

Romans 7:25 (NIV)
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!…

In the very next verse he says that the one who saves us in this “body of death” is none other than Jesus Christ our Lord

We are delivered, we are rescued from our state of hopelessness, caused by sin, because of Christ and Christ alone. He saved us by the sacrifice of himself on the cross. Our salvation didn’t come without a price/cost. The cost is Jesus Christ who died and paid for our sins on the cross. God’s one and only son Jesus Christ, the lamb without blemish, the king of kings and the lord of lords, faultless, sinless, he gave up his life for us to act as the ultimate provision for our sins.

Basically that’s the gospel. It can be summarized with the statement below. It’s what we call the two essentials to understanding the gospel:

“The magnitude of our debt and the greatness of his provision”

Romans 7:24-25 (NIV)
What a WRETCHED MAN I AM! Who will RESCUE me from this body that is subject to death? [25] Thanks be to God, who DELIVERS me through JESUS CHRIST our Lord!…

The reason this verse ministers to me that much is because it always reminds me of the gospel, what Christ has done for us.

Good evening! πŸ™‚

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Personal


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