A Typical View from Our House after Sunset

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For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.

Wisdom of Solomon 13:5

When it’s not rainy or cloudy, this is our everyday view from the Tulali Farmhouse right after sunset. Sometimes the skies turns red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple.

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A Clean Stream Five Minutes Away from Our House

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Nature can really offer a good treat. Ilog ng Masin is a stream a few minutes walk from Masin Tayabas proper. The water is cold and can be very clear in sunny days. I hope one day I could take all my friends to this place. Truly this a stress reliever!

The main pool up
The main pool down
Some neighbours enjoying the water
Me and my uncle
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TV Maria’s 500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt

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Just helping TV Maria Philippines to promote this item that is really worth the purchase.

I bought this awesome themed shirt for me and my wife for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines from TV Maria PH.

I recommend this item to my friends and family because of the beautiful graphics, excellent choice of colors, the shirt quality, and of course the theme.

TV Maria’s 500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt – back

Their page’s post about the shirt: “500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt (subject to availability) for only Php 480.00. Packages available for bulk orders. Feel free to message us for more details. 🙂 you may reserve yours now!”

For those interested, you may contact them via their page https://www.facebook.com/168059256575501/posts/3702820499766008/?d=n. They deliver via LBC Express and ABEST Express.

Please help me share this post (Or TV Maria’s post) to others.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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You found this site for a reason!

I am thankful this blog became one of thousands of platforms that God used to convey the message of the Gospel into the virtual world. From January 2020 up to date, more than ten thousand souls have visited this site. It is my dream to reach as many souls as I can through this simple apostolate. But I need your help in many ways.

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Let us encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

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My IWD Photo In Support to All Good Women

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In support to all good women out there especially to my wife, relatives and friends, and co-workers. Sharing you this wonderful message from Pope Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women that he wrote to the universal Church in 1988.

“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at his moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling”. (MULIERIS DIGNITATEM 1)

Therefore the Church gives thanks for each and every woman: for mothers, for sisters, for wives; for women consecrated to God in virginity; for women dedicated to the many human beings who await the gratuitous love of another person; for women who watch over the human persons in the family, which is the fundamental sign of the human community; for women who work professionally, and who at times are burdened by a great social responsibility; for “perfect” women and for “weak” women – for all women as they have come forth from the heart of God in all the beauty and richness of their femininity; as they have been embraced by his eternal love; as, together with men, they are pilgrims on this earth, which is the temporal “homeland” of all people and is transformed sometimes into a “valley of tears”; as they assume, together with men, a common responsibility for the destiny of humanity according to daily necessities and according to that definitive destiny which the human family has in God himself, in the bosom of the ineffable Trinity. (MULIERIS DIGNITATEM 31)

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Crafting my First San Damiano Crucifix

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Planning to make a lovely crucifix from scratch? The easiest one to make is the San Damiano cross. I love its style and it highlights some important characters in the gospels. The best cross you can look at when reflecting on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

We just move to a farmhouse and I thought of making some crosses for the whole house. I already made the first batch (five of them) last month and I am planning to make some more in the future.

For those interested, I am sharing here the materials and tools I used for this project followed by some photos for your reference. Let me know if you need further advice.

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  • 3/4 inch plywood of any type
  • Pencils, rulers, and measuring tape to mark the lines of the cross for cutting.
  • A jig saw or a small wood saw to cut the crosses out from the pluwood
  • Sandpaper to smoothen the edges and surfaces
  • Some paint, mahogany or similar color
  • Paint brush
  • Photo papers A4 size
  • Photo template from the internet, you may need to resize it
  • A color printer
  • Scissors for cutting the cross out from the photo paper
  • Some wood glue to paste the photo onto the wooden cross
  • A nail or a hook used to hang the cross on the wall

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Marck Lester Esto: “Exemplary Young Leader of the Millennium” Nominee

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I feel so happy and proud that my cousin has been nominated for the 4th Asia Pacific Luminare Awards as “Exemplary Young Leader of the Millennium”.

The Asia Pacific Luminare Awards is an international organization based in Vietnam. It aims to recognize the achievement of individuals and companies in various fields in the Asia-Pacific region. Its fourth awarding ceremony will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila (Manila’s Grand Icon) on 31Mar2021.

Lester is the Executive Director of a cause in Sto. Domingo, Albay in the Philippines. He leads “Project Tarabangon”, a youth organization aiming to help those who are greatly affected by all kinds of crisis. More info about the project and how to support them can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/projecttarabangonph/

I am praying he wins this prestigious award for the betterment of his organization and its beneficiaries. I can already feel the huge impact this award would make towards his beloved Domingueños.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Super Fresh “Kamote” from our Garden Today

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Never thought of having a handful of these today until my father-in-law surprised me with a couple of them early this morning. So, I went ahead and harvested the rest.

These came from a single plant, the only one that survived (I planted around 10) from what I sowed way back July last year.

I can finally taste some fresh sweet potatoes from our own garden for the first time. Just in time for the lenten season.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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A Foot of a Rainbow in our Farmhouse

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Look upon the rainbow, and praise him who made it, exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.

Sirach 43:11

When was the last time saw a real rainbow? Here in our place, when we see one, for some reason we see it so vividly that we think (as you can observe in the photos) one of its feet falls on our small paddy field.

So, I am officially proclaiming our farmhouse as the rainbow observatory capital of the Philippines. Of course I’m joking! Hope you enjoy these two raw photos I took on the 6th and 30th of December 2020 respectively.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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My Closest Shot with our Eucharistic Lord!

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After most of the Holy Masses in Kamay ni Hesus or “Hand of Jesus”, a pilgrimage site in Lucban, Quezon Province, Father Joseph would minister the healing rites for the people.

Following the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the priest would carry the Eucharist in a beautiful monstrance containing our Eucharistic Lord and goes around the pews. Attached to the monstrance are two pieces of very long clothes in white in such a way that all church attendees can at least feel the touch of the hand of Christ even with the cloth. Remember the famous Bible quote, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.”? (Matthew 9:21)

If you get lucky, you will have a (literally) close encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist. I was less than two meters away when I took this photo. Note that I made sure to not disturb anyone praying and keep my focus by continuously praying while taking this one and only photo.

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Photo taken 19Dec2019

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!