Sunday, February 16, 2014

Three Points for Alaxan FR's Courts of Inspiration

Barangay Labangal, under the leadership of Bgy. Captain Lorelei Pacquiao, in General Santos City is the lucky 21st recipient of Alaxan FR's Courts of Inspiration project. Local residents together with Alaxan FR reps worked together for several weeks to put up this modest basketball court to encourage youngster to pursue their dream in sports.  

PBA legends (Jerry Cordinera, Johnny Abarrientos, Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras, and Alvin Patrimonio) were around during the formal turn-over ceremony last Saturday.  They conducted a basketball clinic for the youngsters of the place and awed the audience during their exhibition match with local barangay officials.

The Court of Inspiration can now be used by basketball superstar wannabes in honing their skills and eventually in achieving their cherished dreams someday.

Go Alaxan FR!  Go Barangay Labangal!
Bgy. Labangal youngsters given hands-on training on basketball by the PBA Legends

future basketball superstars of Bgy. Labangal, GSC

Soxbloggers with Stratworx rep

palm marks of our basketball superstars

Benjie Para a.k.a Papa Bear as he answers query from the media

my time to shine with shining basketball superstars as background

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Place so Comfy and Homey

A beautiful space that you reside in is a reflection and extension of you, 
what you are and what you love.

Part of my plans this year is to think, write, and rave only about what's good and beautiful.  For a start, I will be giving you dear readers a peek  inside  the very elegant home of a friend.
I  so love this masterpiece!
who would have thought of a home with an elevator inside?

the owner's welcoming smile served as the author's inspiration in writing this piece

the cavernous living room

so spacious bathroom

the door leading to the kids' study room

loved this round thing inside the master's bedroom
The key to make a house homey is easy - it's the warmth and kindness of the people residing in that abode.  Everyone is comfortable in a space knowing that it will provide you with peace of mind and that you've made every nook and cranny of this place as comfortable and inviting as possible.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Year of Bliss

The Borela Family
The year may not be perfect, but it was pretty good.



Christmas blessing administered by the priests of the St.  Paul of the Cross Novitiate
With thankful hearts, we glorify God's holy name.


Answered prayers.

bonding moments
Feeling blessed for the gift of life.


Merry christmas, dear friends!
Wishing you all good thoughts and happiness
this year and all the years to come . . .

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Starry, Starry Rainy Night

creative and colorful lanterns
Drizzling last Tuesday night of November saw me judging the Lantern-making contest at one of the canneries here in General Santos City.

The christmas lanterns (parols) were intricately designed and made from 100% purely recycled materials.

shining, shimmering lanterns

This laudable activity of keeping up with the christmas season in simplest way was made possible through the initiative of the very dynamic management and  staff of Philbest Canning Corporation.  They have decided to forego their annual christmas party in favor of the victims of the widespread calamity in Eastern and Central Visayas.

splendid  lanterns
Simply amazing and I believe this activity  is one of the greatest expression of christmas spirit I've seen and I have my hats off to the organizers.  Kudos to you, guys!

Have a blessed christmas ahead everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Yes, It's Stephen Bishop in Gensan!

Time I've been passing, time watching trains go by
All of my life lying on the sand, watching seabirds fly
Wishing there would be someone waiting home for me
Something's telling me it might be you
It's telling me it might be you all of my life . . .

I was 15 and Mr Stephen Bishop was 31 when his song "It Might be You" became a monstrous hit on the airwaves.

Now 31 years after, call it coincidence or what, your hopeless romantic mom might just have the chance of seeing Mr. Bishop in person!

Yes dear friends, Yvonnie J Events and Production, in association with
Redstone Media Productions
will be presenting
Stephen Bishop Live In Gensan
on October 27, 2013 @ 7:30PM
Lagao Gym, General Santos City

Doing the front act during the one night concert is balladeer Nonoy Zuniga.

The show will also be brought to us by:
SM City General Santos, Gaisano Mall of Gensan, Ellis Suites, Green Leaf Hotel Gensan, Road Hauz, MP Princess, 102.3 Campus Radio, Brigada TV Channel 46, 89.5 Brigada FM, and Gensan Gazette Quarter

Ticket Prices:
 P2,050 (VIP), P1,800 (Patron), P1,250 (Lower Box A), P1,100 (Lower Box B),
 P550 (Upper Box), and P300 (General Admission)

For your tickets:
 Please visit Gaisano Mall  Gensan Atrium and SM City General Santos Event Center
 or call 09279238202 and 09395599194

See you there!

It might be you whom Mr. Stephen Bishop will be dedicating his next song to be sung :-D

Monday, July 8, 2013

Scarred People are Beautiful . . . Yes, they really are!

My younger kids having their own precious time in the comfort of our home
with our very special little friends
 Man speaks:

I’ve been hurt, Lord.
I have trusted and been betrayed at times.
I have loved and received nothing in return.
I have tried hard to care and failed often.
I have shared my secrets and, heard them whispered to others.
I have been warm and received a cold shoulder.
I have been through it, Lord.
I’ve fallen on my face.
I’ve banged my shins.
I’ve been bruised.
Look, Lord, I’m all covered with scars!

I've decided to respect and protect the privacy of these two little kids . . .
but don't wanna miss the chance of sharing their contagious smiles with you folks . . 
 The Lord Speaks:

Maybe you haven’t understood enough.
Maybe you haven’t learned that human life is like that.
All saints are scarred.
Young love isn’t the highest form of human love.
The greatest love comes from scarred people.
I know that many people stop loving so they won’t be hurt again.
But those people who do start over again, who continue in spite of all,
who leave themselves open to the possibility of being hurt again —
These people are able to love again in a deeper way, a more understanding way, a richer way.

the innocence of this little girl really amazes me!
Man’s response:
I think I know what you mean, Lord.
I’ve met people like that and knowing them gives me courage.
The great people are those who continue to love with their scars.
I like scarred people, Lord.
They are beautiful.

~ Rev. Charles Cooke

I made this post for a purpose and that purpose is to encourage you, folks, to share your blessings with the wards of Ma. Goretti Home for Girls located at Marin Village, National Highway, Gen. Santos City.

Each kid there has her own story to tell . . . literally, they are scarred inside and out.  Any help (be it material or our mere presence) we could extend will surely go a long, long way.

This refuge for abused and neglected children is being run by the Passionist Sisters.

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” 
                                                                      - Steve Maraboli