Monthly Archives: August 2008

Bringing light into Troubled Filipino Homes

ilaw sa tahanan

ilaw sa tahanan

For people forced out of their make-shift homes in slum areas, resentment, discouragement, sense of injustice and hopelessness are normal reactions. Understandably, it’s not easy adjusting to a new environment. Coupled with the fact that those affected often view the government who forced them out of their homes with animosity, their new community with dislike, and new neighbors with distrust, getting relocated is seldom an easy process. But for the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), it was an opportunity to meet a need, a way of bringing hope into seeming hopeless situations, and a ministry door that opened a way for God’s love and Word to be shared.

Through Ilaw sa Tahanan, a special Bible produced and distributed by PBS to relocated families, enlightenment and illumination came to many troubled homes. Many received and found hope in God’s promises while others received inspiration in the supplemental articles that tackle issues faced by relocated families.

Gina C. David, 41 years old, a mother of 8 relocated in Northville 9, Relocation Site, Barangay Ibaoeste, Calumpit, Bulacan, shares her story. “It really strengthens my faith and gives hope like a light shining through. It also became a way to encourage my neighbors to really trust in the Lord Jesus.” One such neighbor is Theresa Balitos, 54, who expresses gratefulness for having received a free copy of the Ilaw sa Tahanan Bible which she says, is now her guide to life. “Iba talaga pag nagbabasa ka ng Biblia, maitatama ang iyong landas (It’s really different when you read the Bible, it will straighten your ways),” adds her 21-year old daughter Princess who was also changed by the Word of God.

Raising children in itself is already a challenge, but doing it single-handedly in unfamiliar territory, is no doubt even more so. Widow Emlyn Rumaldo says the Bible is where she finds strength to raise her kids aged 15, 14 and 11. “Malaking bagay ang Biblia kasi ang mga anak ko ay napapalaki ko ng maayos at nakakasama ko sila sa church (The Bible is very helpful because I’m able to raise my children properly and we go to church together).”

God is true to his word that all who seek shall find. Amidst life’s numerous problems, Felisitas Tiongson, the 52-year-old wife of Home Owners Association President Lorenzo Tiongson, says they found refuge and salvation through Ilaw sa Tahanan. Meanwhile, Pastor Manny Depues of Jesus The Rock Assemblies Church, who followed up on and ministered to those who received copies of Ilaw remarks on how receptive the families in Northville 9 Relocation Site are to God’s Word. He gladly shares that the labor is not in vain but is instead now bearing fruit.

With a copy of Ilaw sa Tahanan in their hands, these once homeless, hopeless families found security, hope, and a happier future. And, as sure as the light that burns brightly in their homes, so too shall the love for God’s and his Word now burn in their heart.

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I have to release this, else I will self-destruct

I am soooooo hating our Social Security System (SSS) right now (and I’m not even putting up a link) for the following reasons—and these, by the way, happened on different occassions [Ooooh I’m so fusing right now!]:

1) I traveled all the way from Taft Avenue to SSS Banawe just to apply for an SS ID, only to waste an entire vacation leave because their ID capture system is down.
>> MISSION FAILED

2) Since I was around the vicinity because I’m doing clearance at HTMT, I decided to apply for my ID at the SSS Pasig after getting done. Because clearance takes time to accomplish as well, I finished around 3PM. Therefore, I had to rush to get in line before the business day ends. When I got there, this annoying manong guard said to me that I might not meet the cut off because it’s almost five (it was only quarter to 4 Koya!) and asked me to just come back the next day and try to make it earlier. I cannot be-lieeeeeeve this is happening to me and feeling my blood boil, I turned and walked away.
>> MISSION FAILED

3) This time I thought I’ve outsmarted myself—I know a nearer SSS Branch now—Lawton. But thing is, they only take ID capture for half of the day. So then I have to again excuse myself from work (in the morning at least) just to get me an ID since I need it for my sickness notification form. I was there early, mind you, 8:30AM! When I got there, it looks like the office has been opened for 5 hours because of the long lines. I asked the guard where is the line for the ID capture and he answered to my horror—“Ma’am, tapos na po ang cut-off. Ayan po ang pila. 120 lang po ang pwede. Balik na lang kayo.” (read that in Bisayan accent) I am really pissed this time because I missed an important agenda at work just for this. And my goodness, 120 slots filled and it’s only half of the opening hour?! What are these people doing, camping out the SSS Office?! I was really praying hard because I was at the brink of making a scene. I can’t do anything else but head back to work.
>> MISSION FAILED

4) And because I know the status of cut-offs and long lines now, I got up early today and dashed out the apartment before 6:30AM. Timed in at work so that if I stayed longer in SSS, I won’t be late when I get back. Took a jeep and got off Lawton, walked to the SSS Office in full confidence that this time I’m going to get my mission done. I got there and I was—-WHAAAAAT????!!!!! This time I have to summon all the memory verses my mind can remember just to keep myself from swearing out loud. No, it’s not the already long line that’s been there since 4AM. Neither are the annoying manong guards nor the cut-off. But it was the most dreaded sign—NO ID CAPTURE. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! I FAILED YET AGAIN!!!! What must a girl do to get an SS ID nowadays eh? Tell me?!

They don’t do appointments like what the US Embassy does now. They don’t have online registration or SS ID application where you give all your information there and just show up at a specific schedule to get your picture taken (if they won’t accept submitting your own photo). And worst, they don’t advise those who are first time SSS applicants that they would also need to get an ID eventually so better apply immediately after getting a number (at least I wasn’t informed).

How in the world can I bring myself again to another SSS Office to apply for an ID after all these mishaps? I don’t want to waste another day or even an hour only to disappoint myself. I need to get an ID soon or else my sickness notification form will not be honored. Oh I hate SSS so much!!!!!

Is it me being stupid or SSS is just really frustrating?

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Wanted: Photographer; Model: Potato

your model

your model

Haha, when my friend first told me about this I was laughing so hard. But then as I explored the website, it was for real! They have amazing prizes for both Professional and Amateur photographers, which includes a Nikon D300 and Nikon D60 + lenses!

So check THIS out and go grab a potato and shoot! 🙂

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