Win Presence Band's Only For You CD Album

Yesterday I got an email from the Edge Music Crew for their latest music survey and a surprise message was included!

I’ve been answering this kind of survey since last year and I truly enjoy every song they feature on it. These songs are random Christian Contemporary Music that need feedback from the The Edge Radio Philippines listeners through the Positively Pinoy website. For they also come up with Top 10 CCM songs monthly. Checkout The Edge Philippines' Top 10 songs for October 2015 playlist here.

Well, about the surprise…

Yup!  Everyone who can complete the survey will have a chance to win a brand new new CD from the Presence band, “Only For You: The New Sound of Praise”.

Presence is one of the Philippine’s leading contemporary worship bands. Their latest album was launched last August 2015 and it features heartfelt praise songs such as "Ikaw Lamang," "Ikaw," and "Only for You."

I actually came to know about the songs of Presence through listening online at It is a team of God-loving people with a vision of bringing awareness of God's manifest presence to the four corners of the world through their music. They aspire to share the songs of heaven and God's touch to those who are seeking. This is why I admire their creativity and their mission to draw people near to God through music.

Here's the Presence band's lyric video, "Ikaw Lamang" and live performance of "Only For You" during their album launch at FisherMall. Anyway, they also have a Youtube channel:  PRESENCEteam and Facebook page. .

So if you love Christian music and support OPM then go and answer the Edge Music Crew and get a chance to win the Presence’s Only For You CD :)

This survey is up to October 21, 2015 only. So hurry and take the survey (link here) so that the Edge Philippines can tabulate your scores and comments along with everyone else participating. God bless!

*This is not a paid advertisement. I just love the PositivelyPinoy team and I want people to be inspired through positive music with powerful message :)

Michael W Smith is coming to Manila!

"An Evening with Michael W Smith".

You read it right!

Just announced via Michael W. Smith's Facebook page that the American Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter is coming to Manila in November 17, 2015, 8PM at Smart Araneta Coliseum for his Sovereign World Tour. 

Tickets are now available for purchase via Ticketnet. All for reserved seating. See the event's seat map of Smart Araneta Coliseum below.

Ticket Price per section:
  • VIP    P 5,300
  • Patron A   P 3,710
  • Patron B   P 2,650
  • Box     P 1,590

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And based on Smith's tour schedule; he's also going to visit Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo in November.

Oh! I'd love to hear him live! His Sovereign album, which was released in 2014, features "You Won't Let Go", "Sky Spills Over" and "The One That Really Matters" with Kari Jobe are my personal favorites. Sovereign was Smith’s first worship album since 2008 and his first project since signing with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2013.

Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Also selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits! Here I Am to Worship, Above All, Awesome God, Breathe, Open the Eyes of My Heart, Healing Rain, Place in this Word and Forever are just among his massive collection of amazing songs that gives praises unto God Almighty and are still used in our churches up to now.

6 of 31: Acceptance Speech

Not all people will like us and accept our flaws wholeheartedly. Even I admit that I choose people to hang out with most of the time. “Choosy” – this is how my elder sister describes me. Just “cautious” – what I’d like to label myself.

I remember a day way back in college when there’s a class activity given by our Guidance Counselor. She asked us to write the positive and negative traits of our classmates. Isang papel lang at mga salitang naisulat ng iba't ibang kulay ng ballpen pala ang makakasugat sa puso ko at magpaka-iyak sa akin. Matapos magsulat ang lahat ay kailangang basahin ang lahat ng nakasulat sa papel. Most of my classmates wrote: positive – responsible, leader and for the negative: OA (over-acting), suplada.

At first, tinatawanan ko pa pero noong binanggit ko na ng paulit-ulit, nalungkot na talaga ako at halos maiyak na. Bukod sa iyakin ako, ay hindi ko pala kayang tanggapin ang negative comments na kapag binabalikan ko ngayon ay hindi naman talaga ganoong ka-grabe. OA lang talaga ako! Syempre, nakalagay sa negative portion kaya ang dating sa akin ay offensive. Di naman dapat ;)

I also realized, I didn’t accept myself well and didn’t trust myself either then.
To overshadow my low confidence in myself, I needed to get the approval of others.
I found affirming words comforting.

Last year I took the 5 Languages of Love exam* and there I found that Words of Appreciation was one my strongest and most needed language to communicate well with me and my way towards others. But a couple of months ago, I re-took the exam and affirming words is now my second highest love language next to Acts of Service (easing burdens).

Madaming defects. Madaming fears.
Pero mabuti na lang, the Lord keeps on dealing with me.

photo source via thetalkingshirt

As for the irony, if the writings on the paper hurt me before; now, my own writing and made by others are helping me be better now.

Writing was one of God’s ways to heal my brokenness. I struggled to open my mind and heart to people for such a long time but since my burden is to inspire people and give hope: I started this blog. Every piece I posted online was a step en route for freedom from insecurities, fears and self-doubt. And with each posting, I prayed that God will use it to encourage the readers and bring the glory back to Him.

The greatest commandments according to Jesus is to the love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul, next is to love your neighbor as you live yourself.

Pero paano kung di natin kaya mahalin ang sarili natin at kung anong meron tayo? Paano pa natin maibibigay yung love na kailangang ibigay para sa iba kung tayo mismo ang nagto-torture sa sarili natin? According to  1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

photo via @thesimplybeloved

Again, not all people will like us and accept our flaws wholeheartedly but some will do. They are the people who look not on the outward appearance of a person but what’s in his heart. And the other good news is that because God made us; He knows us well and loves us so much. He is our confidence.

Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
photo source via Google Images

Today I leave you a song by Francesca Battisteli, "He Knows My Name". Her music video also consists of inspiring testimonies by women who struggled with emotional pain.

"True to who You are, You saw my heart and made something out of nothing.
He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King,
His forever, held in treasure. I am loved.
I don't need my name in lights: I'm famous in my Father's eyes."

*Know your love languages. Take the 5 Love Languages exam here.

What I wrote above, consists of 600+ words, is part of My 500 Words Daily Writing Challenge by Jeff Goins

POEMATIC 09.05.15 But Maybe

Just some random thoughts.... or maybe not ;D Anyway, here it goes!

I've heard of your dreams and plans
Well I can see stars twinkle in your eyes

Do you know how wonderful you are,
Oh you and your beautiful mind?
I might tell you why... sooner or later

But maybe not

I’d love to ask you to please be patient with me
Because I’m struggling to give my heart out
But I really want to reach out your hand

For I know everything is going to be okay
I just don’t trust myself well in this case
I fear to find misery instead of happiness

Perhaps this is too much for me to handle

Maybe I'm right

Am I really thinking about this puzzle at the moment?
Or is it just my heart is longing for a new dream?

I know what my purpose is - I need to dig it out
Or maybe I do not have to

When it's already in front of me

Just maybe I do...

Oh well, enough of maybe's. I just felt I had to write these words fast so I can go back to sleep again.
After all, Wonderwall keeps on playing in my mind. Hehe! A sure effect of playing it in my ukulele yesterday for the first time ;)

I declare that I’m going to have a great day today! Yey, weekend love! Good mornight! 
Hello prayer mountain!

Original photo source: sad girl, bookstore

5 of 31: Oh No, Monday!

Oh no!… Monday na naman! Kaka-stress!

Alam mo ba na blessing ang may maayos kang trabaho (part-time/full time/freelance/online) , nakakapag-aral ka at lalo na ang magising ka ulit at makaranas ng panibagong araw?

Kaya imbis na unahan na natin ng simangot, inis, iyak at pagtamlay ang araw na ito ay piliin natin maging positibo at may pag-asa ang araw na ito :)

Kaya ba natin gawin ito? Oo naman. Basta mag-desisyon tayong piliin ang mas makakabuti sa lahat. Maaaring hindi ito madaling gawin pero at least, pwede natin i-try ^_^

Dahil sabi sa nga sa Biblia, "Huwag ninyong iayon ang inyong mga sarili sa kapanahunang ito. Sa halip ay mabago kayo sa pamamagitan ng pagbabago ng inyong isipan. Ito ay upang masuri ninyo kung ano ang mabuti, kalugud-lugod at ganap na kalooban ng Diyos".    Mga Taga-Roma 12:2 Ang Salita ng Diyos (SND)

"Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]."   
Romans 12:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Kaya choose na natin maging better, not bitter. Sa mga panahon namang grabe ang struggle natin para mag-isip ng maganda sa araw na ito… e magpatulong na tayo kay Lord. Walang hindi Niya kaya basta magpa-rescue tayo sa Kanya ;)

At sa Mga Taga-Filipos 4:8 Ang Salita ng Diyos (SND)
Sa katapus-tapusan mga kapatid, anumang mga bagay na totoo, anuman ang marangal, anuman ang matuwid, anuman ang dalisay, anumang mga bagay ang kaibig-ibig, anuman ang may mabuting ulat, kung mayroon mang kabutihan at anumang kapuri-puri, ang mga bagay na ito ang isipin ninyo.

Philippians 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

At kung talagang wala ka ng drive or passion para mag-commit ng mabuti sa work/studies/projects mo, e pag-isipan mabuti kung bakit ganito ang nadarama. Emosyon lang ba? May pinagdadaanan? May pinaghuhugutan? Nasa tamang lugar ka pa ba? Para pa ba sa’yo o hindi na? O baka naman, dahil kulang ka lang sa tulog o gutom ka na pala kaya mo yan nadarama?

O sigurado ka ng hindi ito ang purpose mo, ang higher calling mo? Hmmm... then kailangan nito ang matinding pag-iisip, pagsasaalang-alang at panalangin

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