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Training your Faith – Learning to Fly


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Training your Faith – Learning to Fly

“Don’t be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. 3b Then I will bring you into my presence so that you will be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14.

Looking through eyes of Faith

Looking through eyes of Faith

When I was in college God showed me a vision how faith works. When your heart is full, it is easy to be in the character of God. To speak and the things you ask easily manifest. Just as it were in creation God spoke “light” and there was light. There is no doubt who is the source and there is no feeling bad when it doesn’t manifest. You are satisfied and content. As a baby spirit christian, like the X Men- with constant practice you can learn how to stretch your faith. With practice you can make it grow.

Training your Spiritual Gifts and Faith - sword of truth

Training for your Spiritual Gifts and Faith – sword of truth

 

Training your faith to receive the Promise

Training your faith to receive the Promise

That is the power of faith.

Imagine a huge ship that is you and a great ocean where it moves along. If you steer your ship to anywhere but shallow waters, your faith is operational. But there are locations where it is unusually powerful. This are situations where you have grown your faith to move mountains. When you cultivate habits that keep you faith in deep waters (greater trust in God) you find that you will be fine. But whenever your faith level is shallow, you experience conflict: emotionally, spiritually and physically. Have you found yourself easily becoming pessimistic, complaining and doubtful. The problem is not that you are experiencing them, but that you have allowed yourself to drive into shallow waters.

Faith is the Water that carries your Soul

Faith is the Water that carries your Soul

 

Conflict is your Faith not enough to Float your spirit

Conflict is your Faith not enough to Float your spirit

Same way with flight. You need to keep enough wind and speed to fly. If you lack any of those, you scratch yourself with sores and bruises. How full is your faith? Are you filling it with enough or are you overflowing?

But faith is not neutral. Faith has a target, an object of faith. it can be used with God as a source or used in humanism with yourself as the source. It can work both ways. With positive thinking, it will lead you to a self centered philosophy. Whether we accredit the results to God, it doesn’t change the sovereignty and all-powerfulness of God. Your choice: honor God with your faith and soul or live for yourself (whether doing service or help for others) Remember that the blessing of God flows through your life when you honor God.

Standing Firm in your Faith

Standing Firm in your Faith

Who is the Lord of your life, Jesus, No-one or yourself? If no-one it is still yourself. Now, when you experience conflict and bumps, isn’t it about time that you moved your faith to deeper waters?


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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest


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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest

“Architecture is man’s attempt to tame and imitate nature.” Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

The aim of man

Let’s see the Flower Dome.

The Flower Dome is the lower but larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares (3.0 acres). It replicates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

The Flower Dome is 38 metres (125 ft) high and maintains a temperature between 23 °C and 25 °C, slightly lower at night.

The Flower Dome features seven different “gardens” as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.

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Legacy of Prayer: My Grandmother


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Guilerma Lubrico: Legacy of a Praying Grandmother

Prayer in my Family

I grew up having Saturday night devotions by my faithful mom, teaching me stories of faith and faithfulness, patterned after the Fundamental Baptist tradition. This is usually capped of by individual prayer.

Growing up, my prayers are usually a great way to indulge my creativity: awesome words, spoken in english, throwing in a few vocabulary and word list, (I still didn’t know poetry, but recognized the power these words have in shaping my perspective). As I left to study in Manila, it was also a time when I glimpse my parents have a 20 minute prayer on the dining table. What an expression of restraint on appetite! Nevertheless, my mom still loved sweets and my dad loved good food. But what I was to know is that I had someone in my family who’s got regular guards of 12-foot angels on all sides at all times. And how could she not? She prays a lot. My parents devotion and faith are an overflow from hers!

 

Generational Faith

I am reminded of the Scripture in 2 Timothy 1 :1-5 . And my favorite amplified version.

I thank God Whom I worship with a pure conscience, in the spirit of my fathers, when without ceasing I remember you night and day in my prayers,

And when, as I recall your tears, I yearn to see you so that I may be filled with joy.

I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), a faith that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am fully persuaded, dwells in you also.

That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the gracious gift of God, the inner fire that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands with those of the elders at your ordination.

Faith is not static. It’s dynamic. Most times, the kids catch the fire. The grandchildren catch the fire. In this passage, it started with Lois, in my case, my Grandmother Guilerma Lubrico, then passed on to my parents and then to me.

Lola Osing: Praying Grandmother

Lola Osing: Praying Grandmother

Things that happen when my Folks pray:

1. Unexplainable energy, strength, peace and well being.

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

2. Angels lend you a helping hand.

Your words have power. They can bring life or tear others down.

Words spoken in relationship with Jesus – have authority. “All authority in Heaven and on Earth. . .”

3. Curses or Bondages can be broken.

4. Deadly Consequences of Sin can be delayed. (Eventually you will still reap what you sow, but God’s Judgement is held on.

Amos 7 “God heard the prayer and did not bring the judgment on the people.”

Genesis  – Abraham Pleads for Sodom and God gave his request. But there was not enough righteous people that Abraham requested. Nevertheless, God spared Lot (Abraham’s relative).

I am not saying that my family is perfect. On the contrary, we have a lot of disfunction and imperfections. And what I am thankful for is that maybe, through this disfunction, my dad and mom realized the curse and disgrace of a broken family and seek to build a strong foundation.

Guilerma Lubrico - Heroes of Faith - Honoring our Elders

Guilerma Lubrico – Heroes of Faith – Honoring our Elders


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David: Courage to be Yourself


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Courage to be Yourself

David and the Slingshot

 

Iron Man - David vs Goliath

Iron Man – David vs Goliath

David came to a crossroads. He had a choice to make. And it was a choice that would determine his destiny. He could go into battle as Saul – wear Saul’s armor, wield Saul’s sword, hold Saul’s shield. Or he could go into battle as himself – a shepherd with a slingshot.

David knew he was deadly with a slingshot while he could even injure himself with a sword. David decided not to don Saul’s armor or brandish Saul’s sword for on very good reason: he wasn’t Saul. David decided to be David.

We are faced with the same decision. There comes point in all our lives where we need the courage to take off Saul’s armor. And it’s the rarest form of courage.

It’s the courage to be yourself.

David vs Goliath Film

David vs Goliath Film

p.s. thanks to Praisel Khey for introducing me to Souprint by Batterson


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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia


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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia

Staying in a country no matter how delightful leaves one gasping for $$$$. My theory is the more enjoyable the journey the more expensive it becomes. Only time will tell, how enjoyable you became. For every day of stay, is dollars! dollars!

We had to go to our next adventure: Batam, Indonesia.

On a sidenote, Singapore as a city is the way it is because of its laws. They have very green roofdecks and very few hanging laundry on major streets. In our urban commercial streets, our roofs are filled with hanging lingeries.

Singapore's Green Roof Buildings

Singapore’s Green Roof Buildings

 

Roma Pizza Italiano

Roma Pizza Italiano

 

Roma Pizza Alimentari

Roma Pizza Alimentari

Always travel light. And don’t forget your pizza.😀

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Lessons in Love


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Lessons in Relationships

Garden for romantic relationships

Garden for romantic relationships

Lessons that came late.
Serve her no matter what,
whether you win or not.

To win her heart,
you have to win her trust
because if your goal is to win her,
she could smell your goal.

I’m a late bloomer. I was good in school but never really good with romantic relationships. I was ok with people I didn’t quite fancy but for those who I do fancy, I never got to talk to them. They are in the “restricted list”. So I sought to find a mental way to make connections: analysis. In short, I never really got to talk to the ones I want to.

Through a dinner coffee last year, it dawned on me. Those whom I feel more qualified for, I take for granted but those I don’t feel qualified for, you never could stomach to ask. But this “The Heart Truth” series helped me out. (I wasn’t  really taking notes) Continue reading


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Buyers beware: Don’t Shop for Food when Hungry


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Buyers beware: Don’t shop for food when hungry

“Caveat Emptor” is an Old Latin proverb which means let the buyers beware.

In 1589, a mysterious man came to the edge of Venice. The man’s name, Marco Bragadino. He watched anxiously at the city bustling with activity. Armed with the  supreme knowledge of alchemy, he went to the Venice Ruling council and offered them the one solution for their city. Hire me and I will produce gold to pay for your city’s debts.

Bavarian Marco Bragadino

Bavarian Marco Bragadino

By then, Venice was hard pressed because the Portuguese and the Spanish had found another route to reach Asia while the Muslims blocked the famous spice trade, the most profitable business in the world at the time. Continue reading


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Elections 2016: Challenges for the Information Age


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Philippine Elections  2016: Challenges for the Information Age

A lot of critics are lazy. They don’t want to look closely and analyze something for what it is. They take a quick first impression and then rush to compare it to something they’ve seen before.
Willem Dafoe

So much has changed in the information age. Remember the time when your dad alone needs to work, and still everyone has extra to go to your favorite restaurant? At first, I thought this was because a lot of people are working in agriculture and this creates surplus so people can relax.

I was wrong.

The reason that today both parents have to work and you still need a second dad is because man is getting better in making his life difficult. 50 years ago there was one way to brush your teeth. Today, you have a choice of 100 brands of toothbrush with 10-30 kinds of toothbrush depending on your “kind” of teeth”. Continue reading


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Fighting the Air-war, Don’t fight the Ground Battle


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Don’t fight the Ground Battle

Spiritual Air Defence - Attack on the Sky

Spiritual Air Defence – Attack on the Sky

The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly.

Spiritual Ground to Air Attack

Spiritual Ground to Air Attack

Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You’ll be assured of clean victory.

Pray without ceasing.

Air eagle attacking Ground Level Snake

Air eagle attacking Ground Level Snake

 


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Giving and God’s Economy


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Giving and God’s Economy

It is Christmas time once again. Soon, as Victory tradition, it will be announced to have “Bless One Another Sunday”. That’s when people bless people they don’t know with something that God has impressed in your heart. Continue reading


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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay


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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

The Lion City was celebrating its 50’th Founding Anniversary. Because of these, all kinds of festivities are planned all over the cities from bands playing music in schools to productions, theater and cultural celebrations all over the city. The other day, we went to a crowded Singapore Art Museum in Bas Basah. Today we will be going to the Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore is a nature park in Singapore across a span of 101 hectares that includes three themed gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The complex is part of Singapore’s strategy to transform Singapore into the most beautiful “Garden City”.

By 2006, an international competition was held for the design of the park from architects to landscape designers. The contracts were awarded to Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter.

Gardens by the Bay - Marina Bay Sands Singapore (2)

Gardens by the Bay – Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

 

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Showing the Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Supertrees

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Supertrees

 

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Supertrees

Gardens by the Bay – sharing Jesus with the Locals:)

 

Singapore, Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Grove

Singapore, Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove

 

Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Grove - Lion Singapore

Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove – Lion Singapore

Supertree Grove.

Singapore’s “supertrees” are man-made tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens by the Bay. They range between 25-50 meter high. The Supertrees are like giant trees where different exotic ferns, vines, orchids grow on. It contains a vast collection of bromeliads. The trees are installed with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. During night time, artificial trees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.

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Finishes what He began


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Finishes what He began

We become new creatures - God will finish what he started

We become new creatures – God will finish what he started

Talking with an officemate, I happen to endorse a book I’m reading and got to read it all along for the lazy evening. It said:

Have you ever felt like a captive? You can’t seem to break free from habitual sins that have held you back and held you down? A dream God conceived in your spirit years ago hasn’t taken shape the way you wanted it to? You know who you want to be, what you want to do, and where you want to go, but you can’t seem to get there.

I have no idea where you’re stuck or for how long you’ve been stuck. But I do know that God wants to finish what He started.

– Mark Batterson

New Life springs from the Ground - God can restore your life

New Life springs from the Ground – God can restore your life

Similar Post from way beyond.

New Life Coming Up

 


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Tropical Design Fundamentals: Passive Design


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Tropical Design Fundamentals: Passive Design

Contrast of Passive Cooling and Heating

  • Passive design systems are techniques in lighting and ventilation, which primarily make use of natural energy sources such as solar radiation, ambient air, sky, wet surfaces, vegetation, internal gains etc. It minimizes or avoids the use of mechanical means in energy flow.
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  • It maximize comfort for users.
  • Minimize energy use and other impacts on the environment.
  • Utilizing natural sources of energy, such as the sun and the wind, to provide heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.
Passive Tropical Design Fundamentals

Passive Tropical Design Fundamentals

Passive Design have 2 basic forms:

1. Passive Cooling – utilizing natural means to reduce heat gain and maximize cooling the building

2. Passive Heating – utilizing natural means to conserve energy and retain heat inside the building

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Relationship Wisdom from The Last Air bender


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While everyone watched Avatar blockbuster by James Cameron back in 2009, google searches show a lot of cartoons with pictures of Aang. . .the Last Air bender.

Down in Season 3 Episode 5, we have less story and fighting and more of the social scene. It’s amusing how they infused some relationship wisdom on their characters. kudos guys.

 

The Last Airbender - Azula and Ty Lee

The Last Airbender – Azula and Ty Lee

Azula
“Those boys only like you because you make it so easy, you dont sound like a challenge. . . .
You’re a tease.”

Tai Lee
“If you want a boy to like you, just look at him and smile a lot and laugh at everything he says, even if its not funny.”

Azula
“Well that sounds really shallow and stupid. . .”

:)


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We Will Dare the World – C. T. Studd


We Will Dare the World - C. T. Studd

We Will Dare the World – C. T. Studd

Before the World,
Aye, before the sleepy, lukeward,
faithless, namby – pamby Christian World,
We will dare to trust our God.

We will venture our all for Him,
we will live and we will die for Him.
And we will do it with His Joy Unspeakable
Singing aloud in our hearts.

C. T Studd


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A Mercedes doesnt sell ads to 36year olds. They show ads so that when a 4 year old child grows to 36, he wants to buy a Mercedes

Arch Ian Jay Bantilan


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Abundance of Gratitude


In this season, it is easy to be sensitive to our own needs. It is great to have friends who have thankful hearts. They point you to things that really matter. I know Christmas is warm here in the Philippines, but there are people out there who know that Jesus loves them, and worse, their communities ard plagued by violence & pain. Gratitudes makes space for God’s provision.

Merry Christmas everyone


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Brothers were born for the Day of Adversity Pro17:17

Wounded Soldiers Protect Each Other

Wounded Soldiers Protect Each Other

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

When David went to the cave,

it was dark.:)

Even darker were the people who joined him,

. . . . some were running away from debts, girlfriends, the law, and probably dogs.

But they were inseparable
until,

like IRON fused with CARBON,

They were UNBEATABLE.

P.s. Van, thanks for the chance to lead the VG tonight.

Wounded Comrades protect the fallen

Wounded Comrades protect the fallen

Challenges and Mountains in life


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The Making of a Hero


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The Making of a Hero

Children Reading Books - not me.

Children Reading Books – not me.

I will admit a personal truth. It may be uncomfortable and awkward to share, but here it is:

“I had trouble starting to read at grade 2.” Ian B.

My difficulties in Reading

My difficulties in Reading

It’s not that I was dull, (now I am making excuses) it’s just that I didn’t stay long enough or thought long enough to completely, normally read. And I was happy there were 2 other guys who were grade 3! (now I am finding others to blame.:) I remember that my mom had to enroll me to a reading class because I was “slow” to learn reading. Continue reading

Sri Vijayan - Traditional Costumes


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The Rulers of Iloilo and the Lost Empire of Panay I


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The Rulers of Iloilo and the Lost Empire of Panay 1

History, Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia and the Birth of Iloilo City

Angkor Watt - Sri Vijayan Empire

Angkor Watt – Sri Vijayan Empire

In my next posts, I will be posting a little of history to warm up to my next posts about Iloilo City. I hope I can, through in a little legend and imagery, to light up the glorious history of the Ilonggos. I hope you enjoy it.   – Archian

Hindu Malay Kingdom

Hindu Malay Kingdom

Legend has it that the Island of Panay was inhabited by the Negritos. In the 13th Century, a group of Datus or Tribal Leaders traveled from Borneo, headed by Datu Puti, by way of the sea. The brave leaders brought with them their families to escape the tyrannical rule of the Sultan Makatunao.

Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia

Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia

Another version has it that the datus were fleeing Pannai, a state in the island of Sumatra. Pannai was a nation who were allies of the Sri-Vijaya Empire that ruled the warring tribes in Malaca Region in Modern day Indonesia. These were the extension of the Hindu Kingdoms extending from Thailand to Bali in Indonesia. Modern day name of Visayas, the middle region of the Philippines, was derived from the Srivijaya (also written Sri Vijaya, Sanskrit: श्रीविजय) a Buddhist Empire that ruled South East Asia.

Pre Spanish - Sri Vijayan - Traditional Clothing

Pre Spanish – Sri Vijayan – Traditional Clothing

The Sri Vijayans were skilled warriors, they are able to defeat larger sea vessels which seek to dominate the waters of South East Asia. This was until the Malacca Strait was taken over by the Chola. Under the ruler Rajaraja Chola, the Chola destroyed the state of Pannai. Yet the people of Pannai refused to submit to Chola’s rule. The scholars, soldiers and nobles of Pannai took their belongings and fled to other islands to set up their own government.

Sri Vijayan - Traditional Costumes

Sri Vijayan – Traditional Costumes

Sailing northward from Borneo along the coast of Palawan, the ten Datus from the Sri Vijaya, crossed the sea, and reached the island of Panay. The datus landed in Siwaragan River and found the island inhabited by dark-skinned Negritos (Atis). The island was originally called Ananipay, and ruled by the tribe cheiftain Marikudo and his wife Maniwantiwan.

Malay Warriors

Malay Warriors

Datu Paiburong, one of the Malay datus negotiated the purchase of the island for one gold Saduk (wide-brimmed hat), Salakot and a Manangyad (a long gold necklace). The Atis agreed to settle on the mountains while the foreigners occupied the coast.

Of the ten datus, three remained in Panay but the rest of the datus sailed northward and settled in the northern parts of the Philippine archipelago. Datu Sumakwel, Datu Bangkaya and Datu Paiburong divided the island into three Sakups (districts): Hamtik (Antique) under Sumakwel; Aklan which included the province of Capiz under Bangkaya; and Irong-irong under Datu Paiburong, where the province of Iloilo got its name. From their settlement in Panay, the Confederation of States grew to be one of the most powerful in the region, rivaling the neighboring states – the Rajahnate of Cebu, the Kingdom of Tondo and the Sultanate of Sulu in terms of prestige and wealth.

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Arch Ian Bantilan: Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue


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My Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue

A few months ago, my alma matter’s publication the Varsitarian conducted an interview about my exhibit. They have published that interview. I have also collected some pictures from the event from my media supporter which I will post here. I never knew other people would appreciate my art. I am just happy they do. Thanks Mone and Cat.😉

Dad and Tito Arne, you too are mentioned in University of Santo Tomas’ News Publication.

Original Article in this url: http://www.varsitarian.net/features/20140625/exhibit_merges_architecture_poetry

Bantilan Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue 2014 (2)

Entrance to the Dark Sained White Exhibit in USLS

Article by: Mone Virma Ginry P. Gumapac and Catalina Ricci S. Madarang

THIS architect always had a way with words, not just with numbers.

Architecture alumnus Ian Jay Bantilan launched the second installment of his art exhibit titled Dark Stained White II last April 24 to May 22. The exhibit showcased both his drawings and poetry at Museo Negrense de La Salle in Bacolod.

“I’m really happy about this exhibit because this was something that I have been dreaming of for a long time now,” said Bantilan, who initially conceptualized the project 10 years ago and made it happen at the first exhibit in SM Bacolod in 2012. Continue reading

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Quest for Love: Christian True Stories 1


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I can’t sleep again tonight. For all the reasons. . . .

This story is taken from the Book Quest for Love. I will be sharing this story about a Christian Couple that inspired me to trust God and hopefully, you too. If you liked this please share, and thank God I couldn’t sleep tonight.:)

“God Knows How to Tame Wild Stallions”

The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.

Isaiah 58:11

Wild Horse Stallion

Wild Horse Stallion

Before Fred Malir became a Christian, he was already engaged – to a Christian. She took him to hear the gospel and his conversion was followed by a call to missionary work. Here was a whole new direction, not one in which his fiancee was prepared to participate. “I don’t want to be the wife of a missionary,” she said, and that was that.

“A civil war began in my heart that lasted six months,” wrote Fred. He lost his joy in the Lord. He felt he could not possibly give up the girl, and the thought of her marrying someone else drove him crazy – but, as he later learned, “God knows how to tame wild Stallions.

Patiently He began to soften Fred’s Heart as he prayed to be made willing to relinquish his beloved. Continue reading


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My First Long Poem: Rites of Passage


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RITES OF PASSAGE

By: ARCH. IAN JAY G. BANTILAN
Read on the night of February 12,2003
upon passing the Architecture Board Exams

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord
The fruit of the womb is a reward
Like arrows in the hands of a Warrior
are children born in the prime of one’s youth…”

My dad is a seasoned warrior
He handles skillf ’lly the bow & spear
My mom is a royal mentor
Who handles me with loving care. Continue reading


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From Inkblots to Dark Stained White Art Exhibit 2


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I remember as a kid drawing eyes on a peice of paper. The eyes are perhaps the most expressive and delicate feature in the human mind’s recognition circuits. Doing anything for positive or negative impact starts with the eyes. And I would try to master them. I researched how Chinese, Nordic, European, Malay and South European (Basically Mediteranean People) would look. I’d love to have the Blue Panda pen create its magic as I to be better and better everyday. It added to perhaps about some 30-50 eyes alone. And that was one page that day, for the whole month it might be hard to count how many.

 

1ST BURJAL ARAB EASTER (13)

The Artist near the Burj Al Arab

My goal at the time was not to perfect drawing the eyes but to create a perfect girl on paper. And as m personal legend would put it: find that girl wherever she is. I never just drew eyes, there were the typical stuff, biceps and chest, arms and legs.

Like Voltron. :) I guess that really reveals my age.

It’s been a long way since those days. The tradgedy was, I seldom created something significant. I was always practicing and felt that any work should be perfect from its first line. This explains some of my philosophy behind the title Dark Stained White.

Dark Stained White Part 2 - La Salle Museum

Dark Stained White Part 2 – La Salle Museum

Dark Stained White is a collection of artworks and poetry Continue reading


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The Philippines Lead Asean to Global Economic Growth: It’s a Season


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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,          Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

A Time for Everything under Heaven

A Time for Everything under Heaven

“There is a time for every season.” First of all, I don’t want to sound anti-nationalist and I don’t want to sound like a business expert. This is just my opinion. There are cycles in life that should be respected. Sowing time, harvest time, waiting time and working time.

The Philippine Economy was certainly on its way up in 2013, the news was rosy and all the money kept pouring in. Continue reading


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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety by Michael John Casipe


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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety

Bacolod – Barangay Chapter, Sugarland Hotel, March 28

 

I will be featuring a speech by a Toastmaster colleague – Michael John Casipe about living healthy. Hope everyone likes it. Ian B.

 

Last Sunday, I went to La Salle to attend my brother’s graduation. As a tradition, a baccalaureate mass must be held. Well, I can really compare the atmosphere between the baccalaureate mass and graduation. As I walked into the La Salle coliseum for the mass, I can vividly see the vacant seats, more or less 2/3, in the bleachers. Also, the faces of the students were not as colorful as I expect. Well, I’m talking about their makeup for that. But when graduation comes, I can hardly pass through the entrance. I literally squeezed myself amidst the crowd and, with awe; I can see the coliseum filled with the parents, friends and relatives of the graduates.

After the ceremony, the most awaited event is:

EATING.

Filipinos Love to Eat!

Filipinos Love to Eat!

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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising


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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising

A month ago, a message came from a classmate in the Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City. I, for one, have come to admire the value of business education in the Philippines. Lots of foreign students go to our schools to study business. Looking at the local environment, Filipino communities are not so enterprising. Many that dominate our market are not native inhabitants (Malays / Negritos) but ethnic Chinese, Fil-Spanish, Indians, Americans, and Koreans from all over Asia. (No offense intended)

How could they not? We are just a loveable race that foreigners can resist.:) Most of these cultures have completely  integrated into Filipino society and are part of the beautiful symphony of cultures in the Philippines.

 

Enter Business Power Talk Seminar in Business Inn – Bacolod City

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

As the program opened, dreamers from all over Bacolod filled the seats of Business Inn in Bacolod City. The program was hosted by the Masters of Business Administration of La Salle, a whole diligent and tireless lot. Continue reading


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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be


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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be

Here’s a repost from my brother Jerry. Thanks. These are some timeless quote might sound simple, but their value is priceless!

The original list, is in the image below, credits to http://www.tickld.com/x/45-man-tips. I had to change around some of the quote and putting in some of mine.

I hope this list inspires you to be a better man!:)

1. Go for the Women you Perceive to be “out of your league.” You’ll surpries yourself.

2. Never have sex with anyone that doesn’t want it as much as you.

3. Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.

4. Faint Heart never won fair lady. Now faint mind never won great money!

5. Never take her to the movies on the first date.

6. Nothing looks more badass than a well tailored suit!

7. Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.

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Condominiums: Secrets of the Philippine’s Top Entrepreneurs


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & Dubai Following last years List of the Top Entrepreneurs, it would be beneficial to analyze the structure of wealth creation in the Philippines. We can see from Forbe’s list of Billionaires,  that the the Ayalas (Jaime Zobel de Ayala & Family) are strangely not on the list and Henry Sy’s net worth is a few hundred million dollar$ lower this year.:) In the past, it has been the landed and the ruling families that were dominating the market. Today, they still are. But newer players and companies are rising to take their place in Philippine business.

Philippine Entrepreneurs

Philippine Entrepreneurs in 2014

In the 1960s and 70s, the landed families are cashing-in from agriculture, fishing and garments and manufacturing. The earnings came from the working class, whether from sugar in Negros or rice, coconut or tobaco in North and Central Luzon. In 1974, the US closed its market for sugar imports. For the next decade, local produce from developing economies threw a stiff competition of subsidized agricultural imports with Philippines local produce. Continue reading


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Your Promised Land

Your Promised Land

When the 10 spies came back to Joshua from the Promise Land, it took 2 men to carry the clusters of grapes. If that’s how big the grapes are, imagine how big the people living there who are eating it.

Principle: “The bigger the produce you are believing for, the bigger the problem that typically comes in front of it.”

Jim Lafoon


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The Path of Law and Obedience, Of Love and Sacrifice


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The Path of Law and Obedience, of Love and Sacrifice

Muslims fast because it is required by their law.

That is obedience.

They do it in the month of Ramadan where, for 40 days, they wouldn’t even drink water from sunrise to sunset. Any thing less is sin for them. Yet the law provides equity because some people are exempt: the pregnant, the sick and those below 12 years old. At 12 years old, I am just thinking that this severe discipline will probably leave a mark and a strong impression on the child.

Obedience.

Muslim Prayer and Obedience

Muslim Prayer and Obedience

And no wonder why they will be willing to face certain death for the sake of their faith. They will eat before sunrise and after sunset, where they prepare a feast! Think about the power of millions of people doing this civil obedience. Compare these to the rallies of civil unrest and disobedience in the US. They number in the thousands. They stand for their rights: “human rights”, “labor rights”, lesbian and gay rights, but few will be willing to die for their cause. (Some probably will.)

Jesus came two thousand years ago. He went into fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Yes, it was in obedience but it was something more: it was also a sacrifice. He was brave and committed, and was willing to face death. Not for obedience but for love.

I am now in my second day since my last meal. What keeps me on is love for God and faith. I am not saying that I am perfect. On the contrary I oftentimes faulter.

When you start thinking about it, you will never sacrifice for someone you don’t know. We always find it hard to to give a little extra for someone we don’t quite know. It’s too uncomfortable, and rightly so. Would you give a tenth of your earning? Would you give up a job? A relationship? A hobby? But those in relationship will find it easy to give up their own money, their time, their sleep, their comfort for pain. A father will wake up late in the evening to change diapers. There is connection, there is love, there is relationship.

That’s Love.

Love Equals Sacrifice

Love Equals Sacrifice

What drives your faith? Law or Love?


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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture


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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture

Final Presentation: Due Nov 29 (for Friday Meeting) and Dec. 2 (for Monday class)

  • Group yourselves into groups of 5. Again – 5 Only. If your group member was chosen to be the videographer, you will technically work as 4 for this Presentation.
  • Select a Leader who will be assigned a Region.
  • Investigate the different Building Typologies for your selected region of the world.
  • Each class needs a Videographer and Videoeditor. They will be excused from their Group’s Presentation.

Regions:
0. South and Central America – by the Instructor
1. Central and Southern Africa
2. Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean (Spain, Greece, Italy, etc.)
3. Australia and Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia including Guam, Hawaii, New Zealand.)
4. Scandinavia (Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden)
5. South and Central Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka)
6. South East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, etc.)
7. Carribean Countries
8. Canada

Requirements:
A. Presentation – Powerpoint Slides or Selected Presentation Tool.

Please create a MINIMUM of 30 Slides. Simplify your text font. (Recommended to use Times Roman, Arial or Calibri).

Everyone should dress nicely for the Presentations. (Only a scene of the whole class will be video’d plus My Introduction Speech – the speech is for each Region / Group).

If you feel you should have more part in the video, request it from the assigned videographers in the class. You can only request for your own video. Please don’t stalk your classmates. I am assuming that all students do not want to be in the video. (But I do.:) )

The video will be posted in my Youtube Channel. Please do not repost this video in your FB wall or public space but you can share this with your classmates through your private FB groups. (Basi magsikat ko – Seriously.)

1. Present the members of your Group (first slide) and your Assigned Region.

2. Highlight a Map of the Area (show in your first slides)

3. Find examples of Native or Vernacular Houses and Architecture

Vernacular architecture = is a category of architecture based on localized needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions.
This evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural, technological, and historical context in which it exists. While often not thoroughly and academically planned, this kind of architecture played and still plays a major role in the history of architecture and design, especially in local settings.

4. Identify 4-5 unique Building Sub-typologies – either by country or by area in the region. Present their characteristics / elements. Each group member will report on a building typology. It would be great to give examples of both Residential and Community Architecture.

5. Provide Description for each Building Sub-Typology. Do not put the description on the slides but you may read it from your cue. Only titles of the description may be displayed.

B. Written Report.

The Group Written Report will include description and the ‘building elements’ below. No need to print the pictures.

Written Report will be submitted on December 6. Powerpoint must be submitted Nov 29 for Fri and Dec 2 for Mon Class (just give thru usb)

Identify the following elements: (Presentation verbally and file in your written report only. No need to individual slides on all of below)

a. Roof – type and material
b. Walls – type and material
c. Windows and Doors – type,size and material
d. Interior – ceiling height, unusual features
e. Floor Plan – describe the features
f. Landscape, Waterscape, Other Features.

The powerpoint slides will be converted to video format that will be shared in youtube. If you do not want to show your picture as part of the Group Reporters, please remove your Group Picture before giving the Powerpoint to me in USB.

Guys, this will be our only major activity before the prelims. Sadyahon ta ni!

If you have questions , please ask your President and Secretary to ask me, immediately. We meet once a week. Our next meeting will be reporting already.


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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures


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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures:

Systems, Connections, Details

The word “Diagrid” is a blending of the words “diagonal” and “grid” and refers to a structural system that is single thickness in nature and gains its structural integrity through the use of triangulation. Diagrid systems can be planar, crystalline or take on multiple curvatures. Diagrid structures often use crystalline forms or curvature to increase their stiffness. This differentiates a diagrid from any of the three dimensional trangulated systems such as space frames, space trusses or deodesic structures, although it will be shown that some of the developments of diagrid structures have been derived from the details of these 3D Systems.


In this slideshow, Architect Terri Boake discusses the use and advantages of diagonal grids in high rise structures..

Terry Boake is currently a Professor at University of Waterloo, in Saskatoon, Canada.


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I Now Stand Here


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I Now Stand Here
by Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Three years into this goal, feeling battered is an understatement.

Written August 31, 2013 after HRM MBA Class. 

I now stand here in this wide field in the University where I have grown, studied and learned when I was a kid. Where I gaze, used to be endless fields of grass fenced by Eucalyptus, Pines and the eternal sky. Now I see fields of green disciplined by constant mowing for the purpose of Sports. This is a game of strength and will of which no other use of body but head and foot. In this Grandstand, I have witnessed formidable teams and mythic clubs who battled for supremacy in this arena.
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Strategies in Selecting Marketing Media


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Strategies in Selecting Marketing Media

Find oppurtunities for your Product Service

Find oppurtunities for your Product Service

Considering the creativity and freedom of any Marketing Professional, his weapons can be endless. A marketing specialist can create a dynamite marketing plan or a brilliante creative strategy but there are a lot of places you can go wrong. One of these is to run the right advertising in the wrong media. And how do you tell the right media from the wrong one?

Here are the different Marketing Media and their Comparative Strengths.

Radio Marketing Media

Radio Marketing Media

1. Radio.
Radio is the most intimate of the media, which allows you to spend time in one-on-one situations with your audience. Sometimes your audience can be in the offices with thier friends or they’ll be alone in their cars or homes, alone. Continue reading


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The Perfection Myth – An Introspective Look at Passionate Obsessions


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The Perfection Myth – An Introspective Look at Passionate Obsessions

Arch. Ian Jay Bantilan

Movements of Ideas in a Creative Mind

Movements of Ideas in a Creative Mind

I want to share what happened to me yesterday.

“I was getting ready for a client meeting yesterday, so I took a bath, and chose my clothes. I passed by a book I wanted to take, “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg, got it, and went back to choosing my wardrobe. I went out of my room and gathered my Laptop and things I would need for the meeting.  Without my knowledge, my mom came in to my room and placed in some clothes in my closet, thereby covering the book I was to bring. This is in case my client would be late for the meeting, which I thought would be a nice read . . .”

“And so began the longest, most desperate, very frantic, highly hysterical, feverishly frenzied Book Hunting episode you will ever see in the 21st Century. That may be an overstatement, but the fact remains: it was frantic, it was hysterical, it was as passionate as the expedition to find the North Pole!” Continue reading


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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013


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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

After a long hiatus in 2011 and 2012, Bacolod City comes back to the prestigious list of the List of the Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in the World for 2013.

At the Top of the list are the two greatest Information Technology Cities in India, – Bangalore and Mumbai. Their strong competitive advantage is having English as their second language. This is followed by our beloved Manila, in 3rd place – one notch higher than before. What is interesting in the list is that it is dominated by India followed by China. Continue reading

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The Bootsrapping Guide to Jumpstarting your Business


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The Bootsrapping Guide to Jumpstarting your Business

In a culture dominated by spending and keeping up with the Joneses, finding a band of penny-pinching entrepreneurs is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, what you would find are savvy bargain hunters – professionally skilled and trained in making a shopping purchase like it was an Olympic challenge. Because of this, our communities have seen a growing Chinese Merchant community that has been integral in our development as a nation. In recent years, a growing number of Indians are migrating here because of a stronger consumer market. Ask my neighbor.:)

Entrepreneur - Shoe Bootstrap a business

Entrepreneur – Shoe Bootstrap a business

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Power, Love and Greatness


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Power, Love and Greatness

When I was small, I was fascinated by power. As an artist I learned to draw the basics, hippos, elephant, lions and later dinosaurs. Its natural for little boys to obsess about it: the biggest, strongest, most powerful.

There came a challenge in my life: to draw the smorgasborg creating the most powerful animal with pieces of the most powerful creatures. The idea started with the Leopon – a hybrid between the Leopard and the Lion. (unfortunately it could not be fertile and genetically breed). The muscle of the horse, horn of the rhino, the mane of the lion, pinsers of a crab, and held on a body of a T Rex, and with wings of a bat – like a dragon!

I am so sorry I didn’t get to keep that copy. Probably my younger brother and sister was so impressed. They should they didn’t know how to draw. I worked on the model to perfection.

Surrendering to Love

Surrendering to Love

But here was one creature that overpowered me all my life, the pretty girl. In grade four, we found ourselves invaded, we are an all-boys school. And I had my own taste of crush.

It was then I learned that no matter how powerful I hoped to be, attraction to the complement of man in creation is inevitable. But I held on, pursuing the strongest creature conceived on earth.

Fast forward a few decades. Our speaker asked: who is the leader that you most admire. He or she has to be a giving or loving leader, just in case you have Hitler or the like. In my mind, damn – he got me. The speaker was bald with a funny aura.

Embracing Greatness

Embracing Greatness

A few days later, I am at a crossroads. I was living life to be the most powerful, to have no weakness and yet,

sadly,

deeply,

forgotten how to love.

And in some stroke of luck. Who would have to teach you about strength in loving but a lady who herself was so mental like me.

I had to listen to my heart. Is physical, psychological and brute strength what I really believe in? And what about love. How weak is it. It’s uncomfortable to be vulnerable. Yes I can say it is strong but my belief systems do not agree. Hence my inability to love. But when you look deeply, it was Jesus courage and love that was brutal enough to endure the cross when in one thunderbolt, He could destroy all of humanity.

Only in accepting love can I really grow. Once accepted I am able to love!

My name is Ian, with Trust and Love, I embrace my Greatness.


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Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage, A Christian Perspective


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The USA Decision on Gay Marriage, a Christian Perspective

Attending a Workshop in the last weekend, I came to face the emotional side of me. I would have been better but I am bothered that some people that are leading and sharing are guys who prefer guys. There is a concern that there maybe a transference of spirit but I am glad that instead of paranoia, I chose to understand. While spirit transfer is real, Jesus chose to be open and related with everyone.

Being a person who looks intelligent and speaks thoughtfully. A lot of people has asked if I am indeed gay. And this comes from the perception that I am not your typical macho in a Filipino judging society. Add to this the homophobia in the culture and the radical conservative judgement of the Christian and Catholic History of our nation. The key spirit in homosexuality is rejection. It is the exalted spirit who sits high enough it is hard to take down. I hate it when people doubt me but I have come to be secure in the Grace has given me. But coming from a place of understanding, I don’t have to prove that I am not.

Approved Gay Marriage - US Courts

Approved Gay Marriage – US Courts

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Good and Bad Lessons I Learned from President Duterte


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Good and Bad Lessons I Learned from President Duterte

by Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

I have a confession to make. I was not a Duterte supporter. But the news kept getting interesting. In fact, it was amusing. On one crazy campaign trail, we heard about the pope, to being deprived of rape, to the violence of passionate rallies, I couldn’t help but think. This guy probably has something right going his way.

I have never seen Rodrigo Duterte smirk. His face always looked serious but the sly smug smile is undoubtedly fixed on his forehead in a “sincerely innocent” kind of way. Here’s my take on what I learned from the man.

Lessons from the Controversial President

Lessons from the Controversial President

Lesson 1: If you hear anything impossible, come up with something equally preposterous.

Once he was asked by media about something that was clearly going to mislead the public with his answer. His response?

Tall tales. He bragged on about the time he caught a few drug pushers and cooked them in oil, he also went out and killed a thousand criminals. Then he tried to skin them and eat them alive.

 

Lesson 2: Come in late but Fresh.

You have probably done it in school. You went in while your professor was midway into the lesson. Now, my friend the spotlight is on you!

The presidentiable started out late by choice. It was supposedly heard that “everyone” is urging him to run for president. Continue reading


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World Password Day


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For all the Techies out there. There’s a quirky special day that’s today. It is called World Password Day.

In the old days, security is only physical. But during the second half of the Century, security changed from something physical to something intellectual. People didn’t need to have a physical signature to withdraw money. With the advent of the ATM card, your investments and wealth is somewhere up there in the clouds, and the only way to access it is through a six digit number that will represent you confirming your identity.

World Password Day 2016

World Password Day 2016

These are the qualities of a strong Password.

  • more than eight characters long.
  • should not contain your username, name, or any other personal information.
  • shouldn’t contain a complete word.
  • should be way different from passwords you kept earlier.

It should contain at least one character from each of these groups: uppercase letters (A,B,C…), lowercase letters (a,b,c…), numerical characters (1,2,3…), and symbols (!,@,#,$,%.Changing your password often prevents people from hacking into your account, in case you have the same access to most of your online accounts. Happy World Password Day.

World Password Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of May.

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