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How Bongbong Marcos Overcame his TV Handicap in the 2022 Philippine Presidential Elections

Bongbong Marcos praying for an overwhelming win and strategy

How Bongbong Marcos Overcame his TV Handicap in the 2022 Philippine Presidential Elections

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” mentioned Spanish philosopher George Santayana.

The Game of Life is like the game of chess. If you do not watch out, you may find yourself in the same recurring situation but a totally different outcome.

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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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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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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