Narinig mo na ba ang Apat na Tuntuning ESPIRITUWAL? (Have you heard of the Four SPIRITUAL Laws?)

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1)”God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

 

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2)”Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.

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3)”Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.

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4)”We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

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Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

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What to do when your car A/C blower stops working?

When your car aircon blower stops working on lower speeds (commonly speed “1”), then the most likely culprit is the blower motor resistor. Usually when you have resistor damage, the blower would still work on the highest speed (“4”).  The figure below shows the typical blower motor resistor diagram.

Typical Resistor Diagram

So when your car A/C blower stops working, there’s a quick fix to make it working again. And you don’t need to spend money or go to the auto repair shop when you can do it yourself easily.

Here is what I did and the blower is still working for more than a year now.  First, I needed to locate the resistor.  The usual location is near the blower motor behind the glovebox in the front passenger seat. Second, I removed the glovebox and then the resistor. Third, I checked for broken wire coil connections and joined them by twisting the wire ends together.  And finally, I put back the resistor and the A/C was up and blowing cold air on all speed settings!

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Valedictory Address (MSU-IIT Class ’99)

(The Valedictory Address delivered during the 29th Commencement Exercises of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology  on March 29, 1999).

Our esteemed guest speaker Hon. Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Hon. MSU President Diamael M. Lucman, Hon. Chancellor Camar A. Umpa, honorable MSU officials, deans and directors of various MSU-IIT units, faculty and staff of this Institute, fellow graduates, parents, visitors, my brethren in the Lord, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

The most awaited occasion has finally come. This could be a day of mixed emotions for all of us. It is truly a great honor and pleasure for me to speak before this great crowd of intellectuals. It is an unspeakable joy!

I could hardly believe that I have successfully climbed the ladder of academic success. Since my early years, adversity has never been a foreign experience for me. I do not belong to a well-to-do family who can assure me of an adequate financial support needed for my schooling. In fact, I finished my high school education with the aid of a scholarship which I found very insufficient still. There were times that I only had a snack during lunch time just to reserve some of the money for my school expenses. At other times, water was enough. It was really hard. I understood that my parent’s income as a farmer would not be able to take me to college. But I did not give up. The difficulties that I went through had strongly motivated me all the more to approach life with great diligence and determination. By the grace of God, I satisfactorily passed the MSU-SASE and joined the College of Engineering of this Institute.

However, the hard times did not end there. During my 2nd year in college, a tragedy struck my whole family and left us in great emotional and economic crises. My father died and I took the responsibility of being the breadwinner. I was at the point of deciding to stop my study because the stipend that I regularly received from the Institute could not adequately meet the needs of my family. But God significantly used my friends, teachers and brethren in the Lord to encourage me to continue my study. Seeing that I was in need, the Lord faithfully blessed me with a scholarship from DOST-JLAP. As a steward of the resources God has given me, I budgeted wisely the monthly stipend I was receiving to support the family as well as my study.

With all the hardships and darkness that I experienced in life, God has given me the light of victory. As the ancient king of Israel said: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.” Fellow graduates, remember the words of Ty Boyd which says: Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. Life is really a struggle. The life I have lived is a life seasoned with painful trials and limitations. But it’s really true that God always brings good out of the negative circumstances in life. Difficulties can turn into tremendous blessings. We just have to learn to put our trust in God. I remember my former mentor told me, “When the going gets rough, never ever quit.”

This day, I suppose, is a memorable and triumphant celebration for most of us. But let us not be so overwhelmed and be deceived that success is merely measured by the degree and honors a person achieves in life. For me, what you call success is not a real success if there still exists turmoil within your inner being. Can you call those world-renowned personalities who committed suicide successful? Surely the famous French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal is right when he said: We have a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts which only God can fill. In pursuing our dreams in life, let us not repeat the mistake of seeking fulfillment in material things. Man is not just a physical or intellectual being but a spiritual being as well. We must not fail to acknowledge that we have a great Creator, the all-knowing architect and designer of our life.

As this Commencement Exercises marks the beginning of our journey into the world of uncertainties, let’s always be reminded that we need Someone who knows everything and has walked the jungles of life ahead of us. He has a marvelous way of taking care of the uncertainties ahead. There is no such secret formula I found other than walking in His perfect guidance. You’ve got to know Him. He is Jesus – my Savior and King. So take up the challenge and ponder on this fundamental question: Why am I here in this physical world?

To our dear teachers, a thankful heart now bids a tearful farewell. Your patience and love in giving us unselfishly the intellectual knowledge has greatly equipped our young minds.

To our beloved parents, this is what we have become because of your sacrifices in supporting us.

A Place for Bikers

When you are into biking (mountain bike or road bike), then there is a place for you that I would recommend. This place I’m talking about is in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City.

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During holidays and weekends, several road bikers/ cyclists can be seen on the road especially in the morning.

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The old Marcos Mansion (Twin Mansion) is also near the area. And don’t miss to have a taste of the refreshing young coconut (buko).

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If you want to experience the biking trail, you can go through the Bird Sanctuary area. One popular stopover for mountain bikers going on this trail is the so-called “biker’s cafe”.

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And there’s also the place for wakeboarders (Republic Wakepark) and for golfers (Canlubang Golf & Country Club).

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Places to Visit in Laguna, Philippines

Laguna is about an hour drive from Manila. Here are some places you can visit. I hope I would have time to write additional details for each.

  • Enchanted Kingdom (EK) – Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

This is a very popular theme park where a variety of rides and attractions are available for children and even the adults/ parents. Entrance is around P600 per head. You can check EK’s website here for additional information and promos: http://www.enchantedkingdom.ph/

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  • Nuvali Park – Sta. Rosa City

Here you could enjoy fish feeding, boat riding and sightseeing. And there are also good restaurants around.

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  • Splash Island – Binan, Laguna

If you’re looking for a nice water park, then this one is worth a try. We were there just once and it was several years ago (2005). The entrance now is around P500 per head – https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/splashisland

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  • Rizal Shrine (ancestral house of our national hero) – Calamba City, Laguna

This is a historical site featuring the ancestral house of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero. This is near the old Calamba City Hall and there is no entrance fee.

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  • Rizal Park (The Plaza) – Calamba City

The tallest monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal is located here.

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  • Pansol Hot Spring Resorts – Calamba City

Pansol is an area where lots of hot spring resorts are located. You could already go swimming for an entrance fee of around P50.  That’s the lowest I know for those public resorts. And of course if you want some privacy, you can rent private resorts (around P5,000) for the whole group.

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  • Makiling Botanic Gardens – Los Banos, Laguna

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  • Mount Makiling/ National Arts Center – Los Banos, Laguna

From this elevated location, you will have a nice panoramic view of Laguna de Bay and the so-called “Alligator” Lake.

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  • University of the Philippines – Los Banos (UPLB)

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  • Kamayan sa Palaisdaan (Floating Restaurant) – Bay, Laguna

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  • Royal Palm Resort – Bay, Laguna

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  • Pagsanjan Falls – Pagsanjan/ Cavinti, Laguna
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  • Villa Escudero – San Pablo City, Laguna

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  • Isdaan Restaurant and Theme Park – Calauan, Laguna

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  • Pandin Lake – San Pablo City

Pandin Lake is one of the popular seven lakes in San Pablo City. When you go to Pandin, you will also be able to see the other nearby lake – Yambo Lake. You just have to take the bamboo raft to get you to the other side.

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  • Villa Sylvia Resort (VSR) – Brgy. Banago, Nagcarlan, Laguna

Now if you’re looking for a mountain resort where you can relax and avoid the very hot summer, then I would recommend Villa Sylvia Resort. It’s a cold spring resort with water flowing freely from Mt. Banahaw.

 

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Kindness of a Japanese Man

Sometime in 2007 while waiting for my flight going home from a supplier visit in Japan, there was one thing that I could not forget.  I met a Japanese man in Narita International Airport who was also waiting for his flight going to the Philippines. When he knew I was also on my way to the Philippines, he was somewhat glad to talk with me though we had a hard time communicating because he only spoke a little English and also a little Tagalog.

As what I could recall, he was not someone working in a corporate world. So he didn’t have a business card. I was not able to get his name but I somehow understood he was a skilled worker in Japan.

But what really amazed me was his kindness. I remember he was trying to ask if I had something (pasalubong) for my kid. Then he bought a Japanese kimono at one of the stores inside the airport and said it was for my kid. That really made a lasting impression.

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Until now, the name of that Japanese is still unknown to me. But his kindness speaks a lot about his character. I didn’t hear any news from him since then but I did give him my contact details.

That experience reminded me of an important thing we need to practice. And that is to always find an opportunity to be kind even to strangers. As Hebrews 13:2 says: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”