Open Letter to All Filipino Moms (Specifically to 3 Mothers I Know)

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Dear Mothers,

I’m sorry if the people you were with today lacked some focus between two things: spending time with you versus thinking about tomorrow’s election.

But I want you to know that you deserve to have this day exclusive to you and not share it with election blues feels. I want you to know that you are loved. That you are affirmed. That you are appreciated. That you are acknowledged and recognized. That you are honorable.

Thank you for the unconditional love, mothers! The next president of the Philippines can do so much for this society but not as much as you do as mothers. You bravely carried in your womb the would-be movers and shakers of this society. You tirelessly take care of them. You love them so much you’re willing to forget about the makeup your face needs everyday.

Thank you!!!

[Warning: cheesy messages for 3 moms I know]

Now to honor the 3 mothers in my life: my mother, my mother-in-law, and most especially my wife– the mother of our two sons.

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Mama, thank you for sacrificially working as a domestic helper and having to leave your elite reputation when you needed to. You etched it in history. You were bold enough to do that just to make sure our lives would be well. Don’t ever think I don’t value you because you will always be the mother who did everything you could to make sure we’re ok. I love you, Mother!

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Mama Bibs, the mother of my wife, thank you for your expertise in cooking. I owe you my fats today. Haha! Thank you for raising such a strong yet loving woman. Love you Ma!

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My love, Margarita “Its”, the mother of our sons, my beautiful wife, I am amazed of your love for our kids.

Your will to sleep for short hours just to make sure our kids get what they need while yours truly is comfortably asleep… Wow! Dabest ka!!! Your absence of complaints even when our two sons get rowdy with you after a tiring day… Wow ikaw na!

Your faith to believe for great things for our kids is contagious. Your love for them is unconditional. You are doing great as their mother. I am not the expert in determining when a mother is good in mothering but I know it. I just know it… that you are doing great.

I love you my wife, the mother of our kids!!!

Thank you, MOTHERS!!!

Final na! I’m Voting For ________ Today

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My vote. The power of choosing. And where my hope comes from.

It’s an inescapable topic these days: who are you voting for this election! Whether from the free world, USA, or here, this is what most people are talking about. While¬†a lot of friends have been very sure of who they’re voting for this May, I could only listen to them coz I was still uncertain. But I’ve made up my mind.

MY VOTE

If election were to happen today, I am still undecided. But if voting would mean having to choose between choices by voicing out, then that’s what I’m so sure of.

Final na toh! Today, I’m voting for:

Choice: Status Quo vs. Change (I choose change!)

 

THE POWER OF CHOICE

There’s power in choosing. Once we elect a president, we are the ones who have ushered him/her to power. If nobody votes, it will be an invalid election.

Let’s put that into a daily perspective. Everyday, we can choose to do something between two choices– to remain the same or to change. To stick with the status quo or to contribute to change.

Which one have we been choosing?

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I think about the privilege of being a campus missionary. Reaching students. Coaching them to be Christ-followers. Mentoring them so they can be agents of change themselves. And what if among these students comes the next president of the Philippines?

Whatever you do and wherever you’re situated (homemaker, employee, boss of the company, schools), you don’t have to wait for election day to choose change. You can do it today. You have the privilege to change the world as well even in little ways.

How? If I’m talking to Christians in this part, maybe the biggest change we can contribute to this nation is in exemplifying Christ-likeness in our social media posts. Are we so sold out to our choice that we forget about SELF-CONTROL, LOVE for others and it’s so easy for us to join in the MUDSLINGING as if it will change the world. Go be a Christian. That’s how you change the world.

Guys, our hope comes from the Sovereign Ruler. We can look forward to a new way of leadership from a new president but ultimately our hope lies in the God of the universe.

I will vote. That’s a must! And I will carefully and prayerfully choose who to vote for. But my hope? Still comes from God. As the psalmist said, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” (Psalm 62:5)

Undecided who to vote for? This blog from Pastor Joey Bonifacio might help you in your filters. Click this.

Now, let’s go and change the world!

For me today, it means talking to our would-be campus missionaries one-by-one and give them honest & life-giving evaluations so they would be guided as they start reaching students next month! The impact of that is unimaginable– students all over the Philippines and the world taking part in the change of their lives which in turn will be felt in society.

What can you do today to change OUR nation?