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Next generation communicators

Last Thursday we conducted our first Discipleship Meeting for the year. Every time we conduct Discipleship Meetings I always get excited because it’s one avenue where we see students serving such as manning the registration booth or serving food and the like. There’s no small task because every role is critical. Also, Jesus did say in Luke 16:10

“”Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Milo uses the same principle as seen their tagline: “Great things come from small beginnings”.

This environment is also a place where our future communicators and public speakers will come from. 🙂 Ever since last year we always ask students to go up on stage and do an exhortation, share a testimony or deliver a message themselves. Last Thursday it just dawned on me how much better these students are now, compared to how I would have communicated 6-8 years ago. Imagine them continually training and practicing their communications skills for the next 6-8 years! 🙂 The possibilities are endless. 🙂


With this I’d just like to honor and encourage them on how they can use their unique voices to inspire and encourage other students as well.

The first one who spoke was Paolo Santillan. This is the second time I heard him exhort, and the couple of times I heard him I just know how much experience and knowledge he brings to the table whenever he speaks. He loves to read a lot of books and this desire for learning will take him a long way. Also, his word from Exodus was right on the dot! I’m sure a lot of people got encouraged with that. 🙂 Continue to be filled with God’s word bro! 🙂

Next one to go up was Caryl, it was really God’s providential will that she got assigned to do an exhortation. She was a surprise to us because at first we thought that she’d be a little nervous but she took on the role and spoke with boldness and courage. Actually she’s partly the reason why I wrote this blog because thru her I saw how much better the next generation of communicators will be. When people see her speak, I’m sure they’d get encouraged to speak because if she can do it why can’t everyone else! 🙂

Pao Jamilarin exhorted again for the nth time. He has an aura of positivity and energy that can hype the crowd. Based on last’s Discipleship Meeting I think whenever he speaks he imagines himself speaking to hundreds and thousands of people already hehe. 🙂 Looking forward to the day that he’ll be asked to stand up in a campus conference. 🙂

After the exhortations we heard testimonies from Marc Marcaida and Miko Navarro. Marc has the potential to be a really funny speaker and yet at the same time deliver God’s word with seriousness and depth. Miko on the other hand speaks in a very ministerial tone, very pastoral hmmmmm. 🙂 I’m sure he’ll minister to more people in the future people primarily with the same background that he had. Whenever you have a testimony like that you can’t just help be amazed at how the grace of God works!

Emcees for the night were Xandrino Mangunay a.k.a. Inggit2013 and KC Bahaj. It was KC’s first time and she and Dudan did very well in engaging the crowd. They really brought energy to the event. 🙂

My hope is that everyone will get an opportunity and continue to hone their public speaking and communication skills. 🙂 Can’t wait for more communicators and public speakers to rise up! If ever God calls you, see it as a privilege and an opportunity. Don’t complain because Philippians 2 says: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”. God uses these moments to minister to other people. God will always get his message across but he chooses to use us anyway even if we don’t deserve it.So when given the chance, grab it and prepare excellently

Great Monday to you! 🙂

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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Leadership, Uncategorized


The Next Generation Leaders

There’s a quote that says: “Success without a successor is a failure”. I’m trying to research on who wrote this but there’s seems to be no one person who has a claim to this statement. Probably because the quote is so real and true in leadership that it goes without saying.

I’m so happy that for the past 5 years, I’m in a culture that believes this statement and deeply inculcates this in our values. We believe in the next generation and not only do we believe in them, that they will replace us, but that they’ll far exceed the things that we have accomplished.

I learned from church that in the Bible, if you read the book of Genesis (the book of beginnings) every time the account of Terah, Abraham, Isaac or Jacob were mentioned, it’s not really their stories that gets highlighted, but the stories of their sons, the next generation who followed them. That’s because “Success without a successor is a failure”. If in your generation you’re able accomplish a lot, but the generation that follows you fails, then you fail. The failure of the next generation is our failure.

I remember back in college when me and my blockmates headed an organization called the “Math Circle” (as nerdy as it sounds) we were ranked in the top 10 (top 6th) organization in school as we finished our term. However, the next generation of leaders who followed us didn’t do very well. In fact, the year after they led the organization they were put on probation. :O It doesn’t matter how successful we are, if the next generation fails, we fail.

We just finished our event titled: LIVE: get wired to the FULL LIFE. This is our first LIVE for the second term for DLSU, CSB and St. Scho and this is by far my favorite because it seems to have the least error. Also God moved again in terms of attendance and the outcome.


As I was talking to our student leaders, I was just so inspired by their lives and in that moment I envisioned them taking our work in LifeBox to the next level. Levels far beyond what we can dream of or imagine (no kidding!).

I’d just like to honor a lot of them if I may. We have people like (not in any order):

Pao Jamilarin who’s a great vision caster, highly relational leader, works hard and ensures that everything is in order. This guy will surpass me in campus ministry. I know he will! 🙂

Pao Santillan who’s one of our upcoming leaders as well, he’s been very faithful with life groups and leading people closer to God. He has a servant mind-set and faithfully handles our past two discipleship meetings. I’m excited to see him be released to his full potential.

Kara De Leos highly influential, passionate about reaching the lost and discipling her friends. So proud of this girl! 🙂

Dennise Pesebre loves the young people and believes so much in the next generation. Really humble, teachable and is a role model to all young women out there with her godly standards.

Marc Marcaida humble and teachable as well, very engaging and passionate. Goes the extra mile to do things excellently.

Xandrino Mangunay very hard working and talented. His skills and level of determination will bring him far definitely.

Daniel Ching one of the future leaders of the corporate world and in Cebu. Very smart and disciplined.

Thomas Marechaux God has put a lot of wisdom in this man. Passionate about his calling in life and I see him do the work of God wherever God’s called him to be.

Honey Magaspi tenacious and proactive. Hard working and willing to serve.

Laurice Plando dancer, singer, instrumentalist, actress, graphic artist. Excellent in all those things. Grabe!

Wesley Que one of the next generation professors that students will look up to in DLSU. Will be a fantastic role model who’ll shape the minds of the young people.

Jaycee Pazcoguin hard working and passionate. Saw her work tenaciously during the Bounce event! 😀

Tricia Togado detailed oriented and very hard working. Thanks for listening to what I said last time to mentor the next generation 😀

Winona Rebadomia don’t let her sweetness deceive you this woman makes sure she fulfills all her deliverables. Great character!

Jade Lingan highly influential and will be a great leader. Follows thru with all her commitments.

Of course, this is not to say that the names I mentioned above are better than the others. It’s just that these are the people I’ve worked closely and observed lot from their lives. We have other names like: Maricon Marcaida, Paulina Gonzales, Yumiko, Ian Panopio, Ella Ramos, Kath Parungao, Martin Hao, Monique See, Neri Semeniano, Nina Armenta, Princess Tuquero, Ruth Patricio, Ria Zamudio, Danielle Monfort, Daniel Claud, Angel Uy, Belle Garcia, KC Bahaj, Bianca De La Cruz, Gian Mangua, Daniel Claud, Carly Fenis, Charisse Abarico, Kevin Saavedra. etc. I’m sure these people, God has placed enormous amounts of gifts and talents as well. Their talents and giftings are just waiting to be released to their fullest potential. 🙂

With these hard working bunch. I just know that they’ll take the work we have in LifeBox (even right now, we won’t have to wait 2-3 years) to the next level. 🙂


Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Leadership, Uncategorized


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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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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 🙂

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. 🙂 Thanks for doing the Photoman kahit di ka nakaattend. Di bale all LIVE will be Thursdays na moving forward. 🙂 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! 🙂 Super thank you shobs! 🙂

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! 🙂 Thanks for uploading to pictures ASAP! Now ma tatag na natin ang mga tao for an AFTER AFTERMATH experience. 😀

Tricia Togado – Tricia sobrang galing mo na sa tech! Kayang kaya mo na nakapikit yan eh. 🙂 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? 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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! 😀 Grabe yung annointing! 🙂

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! 🙂

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Leadership


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An Inconvenient Truth


Yesterday (May 23, 2013) was the first time my license was taken for violating traffic rules. I was caught somewhere near SM Megamall going to St. Francis Shangri-La place for a birthday party. The traffic enforcer instructed me to park near somewhere not noticeable to the public. Then he asked me to give him my license and turn off my car lights. I was a bit oblivious to the situation and didn’t really know if I was really wrong. Later in the evening I thought that I wasn’t really wrong because the traffic light was green and just suddenly turned yellow. It wasn’t even beating the red light. I was so angry after what had happened. I felt defenseless and weak. I really had angry thoughts on that traffic enforcer. He was hinting a lot of things like: “Sir mahahassle po kayo kapag kinuha lisensya niyo. Ano po ba gusto natin gawin?” I kind of felt where he was leading in that situation but I just totally ignored it.

There are a lot of cases of corruption in our society and in our country. From big plunder cases to even minor corruptions on the road like this. If we ever want to see our country change then we should have integrity in all areas of our society.

What does integrity look like? There are a lot of ways to describe and define this word but based on my experience tonight the best way to look at integrity is this thought: “Choosing to be inconvenienced”.

Integrity will cause us to be inconvenienced most of the time! Example: In class, students sometimes cheat because it is the easy way out rather than being INCONVENIENCED to study hours, days, and weeks for a test. In businesses will we choose to go through all the tedious process and be INCONVENIENCED or will we pay somebody to get all our requirements ready in an instant without going through the legal way of things.

A few hours ago, there was a choice to be INCONVENIENCED to go back to Ortigas and pay 500 pesos to recover my license or just maybe a hundred pesos to the traffic enforcer so that I would have gone my way and forget about the whole ordeal. Thank God that with all I’ve learned from church about integrity it didn’t even cross my mind. I chose to be INCONVENIENCED rather than paying the system so that I don’t have to return anymore and go through long tedious process of recovering my license.

Proverbs 10:9 (NIV)
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 11:3 (NIV)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Choosing to live a life of integrity makes us secure with how we live our lives knowing that we have nothing to hide. On the other hand proverbs says that those who don’t have integrity are destroyed and found out. I wouldn’t want to be in that position.

I thank God for the grace he has given me to live a life on integrity. 🙂

What are the things in your life right now where God is telling you that you should be INCONVENIENCED for the sake of INTEGRITY?

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Leadership


Leadership under God’s Economy

Back while I was still in the corporate world I’ve always admired people in high positions. I admired how they dress, how they walk, their posture, how they speak with confidence when talking with other people. I’ve also admired the way they handle presentations, the way they address a crowd and the like. It’s very easy for me to equate these people in high positions as leaders.

What is a leader anyway? Mention the word leadership and immediately for me these pictures come into mind:


Steve Jobs – Former Apple CEO

I picture, great individuals in big corporations in high-ranking positions who really know their stuff and have great management expertise. If that were my picture for leadership then I know that leadership is not for the faint hearted, not for the weak-willed, and is only reserved for the best of the best in terms of skills and abilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Leadership


On Self Help and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians (Part 1)

on self help

“The desire for transformation lies deep in every human heart. This is why people enter therapy, join health clubs, get into recovery groups, read self-help books, attend motivational seminars, and make New Year’s resolutions.” Excerpt from “The life you’ve always wanted” by John Ortberg.

John Ortberg summarized why self-help is very popular in the US nowadays. Thousands of people flock to seminars and conferences of famous motivational speakers like John Maxwell, Anthony Robbins and Stephen Covey year after year. I remember a few years ago, back when I was still new in church Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Leadership