I was already a Christian when i was born for my family is one. And back when I was still in my early years of high school, I did not have someone to help me improve and grow my faith for I don’t have a life group, a small group of people consisting a life coach (group leader) and members that teaches you how to make your faith in Christ strong. I don not know if I was backsliding, but I certainly felt like I was. One day, an unexpected event occurred. A guy who seems to be familiar for a reason that I was sure I saw him in the church approached me. He was wearing his school uniform and seems to be like a bit busy, however, he did not hesitate walking towards me. The moment he stood before me, he gave me his greetings and said, “Do you have a life group? I can lead you.” And I was like “What? How’d he knew I’m not in a life group?” Astonished and felt blessed, I said, “No I don’t, yet.” Then the next time he did was give me the schedule of our first meeting. But because of my laziness and tight time schedule, I was not able to attend several meetings on the time he said. Then, after a series of days passed, we met again! I felt a bit embarrassed for what I did. He then ask me why did not I attend and I just said that I was busy. He made sure that I would attend. He never gave up! By the grace of God, we had our first meeting and attended the life group consistently.
In the life group with him as the leader, we had so much fun. He was indeed a good head in spite of the imperfections I saw in him.
He has a female cousin that I think has the same age as him, about more or less 20. “She is suffering from a kidney problem.” kuya said. “That’s why she is undergoing a dialysis.” he added. His aunt, his cousin’s mom, and kuya’s mom talked each other about donating one of his kidneys to his sick cousin. Kuya’s family doesn’t want him to do it but his aunt begged them. As a result kuya has to leave this city and go to Manila for the said cause. He told this to us, his life members, while tears ran down his face. We did not cry but deep inside, we were all worried if he’d come back. I am hoping that his cousin’s body will accept kuya’s kidney and for kuya to survive the operation of course! I don’t want kuya to go but I know that God has a purpose for this. This event may change the way kuya will live for a lifetime but will give an extension to the life of his relative.
It is so sad that you have a friend who might possibly leave you in this life. Even though I’m not that close to him, he means a lot to me.
It will be a dark age if he will not survive the operation. I don’t know what to do! But my faith for kuya’s protection by God will not stumble. Without him, I will not achieve what I am in this present time spiritually. I will do kuya’s legacy just like what he told.
He always does hi best to reach out to his members and ask them how they are and does not accept “I’m fine.” as an answer. Although I only spend time with him once in every week, I felt that he had love for me and his members based on the way he cares about almost everything. The great life coach that I’m under with was given a name of Julius.
I will have faith. And to those who are undergoing tough circumstances, I encourage you to to the same. Trust our God Almighty at all times without doubt and hesitation.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain for what we do not see.”
-Hebrews 11: 1
We all have our own starting point. It may be a bad or pleasing ones, but one thing is certain: wherever your journey in life began has a very valid purpose, a beautiful one! And wherever you are now at this present time contains a reason as well. Every problems, storms, tragedy, destruction or even loss of the ones we love and value the most has its own distinct role given by our God Almighty.
That is what I’ve learned from the provision of God’s wisdom as my visit in this world prolongs. Well, we all have our own beliefs and that’s what I chose to. I was given life by my loving and God-fearing parents in the late year of 1996. Life is one of the greatest gift I have received and I value it, although I don’t have fear of losing it. My hometown is found in the village of Apitong, Lolita Heights in the city called Tacloban. My parents may not have wealth but the love and care they give is amazingly priceless. There, we lived in harmony and peace despite of the problems we’ve been through, such as financially, emotionally, and even calamities like flood! The said place is known for its low geographical location in the city, so flood is the common problem of the villagers.
In times calamities whips our place, flood comes into play immediately. I remember the time the first flood that entered our house, it was back when I was still in elementary. And the latest one was when I was in my early years as a secondary student. Th e moment my family and I evacuated, by foot while carrying our baggage on our head. I remember the chill I felt while half of my body was submerged into the water and the roughness of the street. The rats, cockroaches, rubbish and furniture and other stuff were floating with around. And in that moment, I have seen how creative are my fellow barangay. They have their own style in order to avoid their body to be placed in the water. I saw a guy who was paddling a rectangular boat made with chopped trunk of banana trees, the other one with bamboos and even an inflatable ones. A few children with a very young age was seen playing in the flood as if it was a swimming pool. They seem to have fun but it disgusts me. By God’s grace we were able to evacuate to the place of my parents’ friend and then moved to my grandparents for convenience. We stayed there for a week and didn’t knew when we left that it was the last time we are going to see my lolo.
Our family moved to my grandmother’s house after the death of my grandfather due to a heart attack. This was because for lola to have company while in agony of lolo’s death. I may not be that close to lolo but my memories of him will always remain: that time when he taught me and my twin sibling how to read a wall clock. The tragedy was hard to adjust from the beginning, but, with God’s help, it became much easier as time passes by. God gave my family the kind of comfort that was needed in order to move on with our lives.
My mother has an occupation as a teacher in a university. I am so impressed with the effort she pours for her family. That time when I woke up earlier than her and said to myself, “Hahaha! Mas early ako kan nanay nagmata.” (“Hahaha! I woke up earlier than nanay.”) A few minutes passed, I heard her phone alarmed then said, “Oh! Anay, ginhihimo ini ni nanay kada adlaw diba? So, waray la gihap ini gamit.” (“Oh! Wait, nanay does this everyday right? So, this is still useless”) From that day forward, and after I saw how much work she does from the dawn of the day, I realized that being in her shoes is not that easy. It’s so hard that in a short period of time I’ll give up! And until now, my nanay still does her job as a mother. She is the one and only female superhero I have encountered in my life for she endures the pain she feels physically for the sake of her family and the courage she had shown. Nanay was always there when I was a boy and until now. Those days I’ve seen her suffer from an ailment that almost killed her was the moment I thought I was going to loose her. But thank God she lived! God is really good! Nanay said that during that time she did not feel anything and there’s something pushing her back in an upward manner. When it stopped, she was in a place with all white in color. “Hain na ako?” (“Where am I?”) she said to herself. Then after a few moments of wondering, she saw her tatay and was confused. “Lord, hain na ako? Diba patay na hi tatay pero kay-anu adi aku? Lord, ayaw anay ky waray magbabantay hit akon mga kambal.” (“Lord, where am I? Tatay is dead but why am I here? Lord, please not yet for nobody will look after my twins.”) Then, my lolo gave nanay a hug and then pushed her away from him. That’s the time when the doctor and nurses in the room have seen nanay responded. I believe in miracles and this is one of them! And I thought that this kind of events only happen in movies and never in reality. However, nanay encountered it and it’s up to you to believe. I don’t know where I am at this present time without the guidance and provisions of my mother.
I have read a blog from my teacher in English wherein she said that “Superman is for real, I know him personally, he is my greatest hero. He is my father.” and I strongly agree to that for my father is one! He may not be the ideal one but I can say that he is excellent. Like my mother, he also pours out his effort for the benefit of his family. I have seen how passionate he was at his work, even though it’s not that high, for no matter how many tasks was given to him, and how stressful it is, he prolongs in giving his very best. It’s like he doesn’t get tired! Tatay once said, “Para diri ka umabat hin kapuy kun nagtatrabaho ka, huna-hunaa nga dri ito trabaho, kundi usa nga butang para ha mga tawo nga imo ginhihigugma. Isipa an mga tawo nga makikinabang hito.” (“So that you’ll not be tired of what you’re working with,do not think of it as work, but a thing to do for your loved ones. Think of the people who will benefit it”) With that statement of his, I was inspired to give my best in the things I do. I am proud of my tatay, despite of the things he didn’t accomplish and his errors, because of who he is. I am indeed lucky to have him as the head of my family.
My friends are one of the instruments used by God that molded me into who and what I am today. They served as my teacher, adviser, comrade, back-up, assistant, leader, and others in and out of school. They cheered me up whenever I feel down and encouraged me when I’m not confident and gave me pieces of advice that really helped me out. They mean a lot me even though closeness is what we lack a bit. My crush, on the other hand, is my best friend as well. She served as my inspiration, including God and my parents, to do my best in my academic subjects and in other activities too.
I can really say that I am so blessed for what I have today: an awesome God, a loving and caring family, cheerful friends, and a gorgeous lyre. God, thank you for that!
Everything that happens to you and me, either a problem or not, will always have a purpose. Giving up should not be our option in life for I’ll just waste my effort running down from the start. We may not be at the finish line yet, but we’re am further than we were yesterday. Let’s all have full faith in Him and do our part well.
“The Day You Left, The Heaven’s Cried”by: Joshua Buctuan
Days, felt like years, wrapped with joy we had, indeed!
You came. Yes, you came times in need
O no! Bliss began to hide
For the day you left, the heavens cried
Word’s you taught served as guide
God, to Him we will abide
“I love you!” We never lied
But, the day you left, the heavens cried
Leave us, you have. We understand
We’ll miss you like water green light sand
Great teacher you are! I see, never you’ve shown pride
Still, truth doesn’t change, that the day you left, the heavens cried
By: Joshua BuctuanGrateful I am encountering you my friend Future’s near and we may never see each other Worrying I am not for it’s not yet the end Circumstances they are not much to bother With others we had so memorable times Bored I am not with you standing by my side Indeed! So sweet memories as limes Appointed time, a partner God will provide Being killed I am in times I hear you cry As well when I think of walls of obstacles Paying much attention to this soon I’ll die Wait! To eternity! His task for me calls I’m hoping for us to be compatible But chances’ absence makes it impossible Eyes laid upon thee Indeed beautiful you are! From inside and out
Model: Roller Coaster & Ferris Wheel
Concept: Sir Isaac Newton’s 3 Laws Of Motion
I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
II. The relationship between an object’s mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors (as indicated by their symbols being displayed in slant bold font); in this law the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.
III. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This motion model was made for our project in physics. Almon and I really gave our best in order to finish this. But sadly, it did not turn out to be what we expected. It is suppose to do a cycle of a rolling marble that has the acceleration that came from the spun wheel. And also, it is suppose to have a glass as a cover thanks to financial crisis. However, on the bright side, the roller coaster idea wouldn’t come up if plan A was a success. Everything has a purpose indeed! Thank God! I am really happy to the final result of the product, but, not fully satisfied.
Anyway, here is a short clip on the mechanics of the model. I hope you’ll enjoy.
Laws of Motion in Roller Coaster Explanation:
The roller coaster does not move at first until hauled to the top of an incline. The roller then accelerates and remains in motion for several rises and falls, slowed and then accelerated again by gravity, but losing energy only to friction with the track and the air. Once this momentum is used up, it again has to be pulled to the top of an incline, and start down again.
When a roller coaster goes down a steep hill, gravity makes the roller coaster speed up, and going up a hill, it slows down. The higher the incline, the greater its acceleration and the greater its speed becomes by the time it reach the bottom.
Since a roller coaster is on a ramp, the ramp has to support the weight of the roller coaster, especially when it turns it back up against gravity at the bottom of each incline. The rollers on each car also prevent the cars from leaving the track on turns, by exerting a controlling force using the sides and upper half of the track.
Laws of Motion in Ferris Wheel Explanation:
Rotational motion study is necessary for a Ferris Wheel, but to understand Rotation, which involves force, velocity and acceleration, you would need to understand and apply Newton’s First Law of Motion, which deals with resistance to change in motion, and is important when maintaining the rotation of objects on the Ferris Wheel.
You would also need to apply Newton’s Second Law of Motion, which deals with the relationship between force and acceleration. Rotation gets its core stuff from this Law of Motion.
Although this isn’t as overtly involved, Newton’s Third Law of Motion is also important because it helps you to better design the Ferris Wheel so that the centripetal force of the wheel’s center is opposed by an equal force from the objects being spun around by the wheel. If they exert a force greater than the centripetal force of the Ferris wheel’s center, which will happen if they are spun too quickly and the wheel suddenly stops for some reason, the objects will go flying off in the distance, so this is a factor in how fast you should make the wheel spin.
The month of July is the moth where we celebrate “Nutrition Month”. In our CadT class, the officers decided to have a feeding program on this month as a part of our calendar of activities for this school year. We decided to conduct this program in an orphanage here in Tacloban City, Philippines.
Based on the occasion’s theme: “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!”, we came up of feeding the children with Arroz Caldo, (literally translated as warm rice) is a type of congee (or lugaw) that closely resembles the risotto. Though this dish is of Chinese origin, the (new) name was actually given by the Spaniards because of pronunciation issues. The use of chicken (cut into individual servings) makes Arroz Caldo different from other congees. Safflower (wild saffron),toasted garlic, and scallions are added to enhance the flavor, color, and aroma of the dish.
It was so sad to know that the place was majority filled with children with a very young age who has a very low family income and can’t have a right amount of food in a day. During that time, I felt somehow guilty for a reason that there are times that I do not finish the food in my plate while there are other kids who can’t afford to have three meals a day.
The program was fun! Especially when we got a chance to enter the rooms where the children sleeps. They are so cute! T’was fun to have the chance of encountering them.
Here are the photos we had!
Nutrition Month is celebrated every month of July.
The National Nutrition Council Technical Committee approved the theme for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration which is “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!” The theme focuses on encouraging Filipinos to increase consumption of vegetables to address micronutrient deficiencies and prevent non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
In my art class, we were told to draw something regarding to the said theme. And here are some of the colorful and meaningful posters..
The school’s sports fest was scheduled on the 18th day of July. The drafting students in our team, red team named Xylnthian Devastator, was the one assigned for our shirt’s design and printing. We decided to do this on the weekends, July 14 and 15. On the first day, we bought the materials needed and had a bit of a debate in what the design is going to be. The next day, we started making the screen and printing some of the shirts. All of us were expecting to have a good outcome on the print out. However, disappointment came in the way. The paint camouflages on the red shirt when it dries. We found out that we used the WRONG kind of paint.
Monday, 16th of July, was the day we gained HOPE! Someone told us what was the appropriate paint. Then, a new beginning has begun. All of us worked together in printing the shirts because we only have a day to go! I was so amazed by the compassion that the other teams showed as well as our instructor and some of his college students. Because of that, we were able to finish printing all shirts before the deadline.
Here is a slideshow that shows teamwork for a common cause…