By Philip Erpelo
I joined the music ministry when I was a third year high school student. Since then, I grew more mature in faith through having a consistent dosage of gospel music. My calling has been confirmed by God through people who approached me to simply encourage me to continue in it. My dream to become a professional singer is also one of the things that encourage me to improve my skill.
I consider singing or becoming part of the music team a calling from God because it is something that I love to do. In music, I find myself basking in supernatural grace, provision, and joy.
The best thing about being part of the music team is having a very close and intimate relationship with Jesus. That is my ultimate reward in being part of the music team. The joy that is felt as a result of obedience comes next. The thrill of seeing people worshiping God is a bonus.
I encountered a statement before that says, “When your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need, then that’s God’s will.” True enough, I don’t get tired when I serve God through the music ministry. As a matter of fact, I find the worship experience with the congregation to be very relaxing, fulfilling, and rewarding. Honestly, I just love singing especially if it’s for God. It’s something that is supernatural because apart from Him, I can do nothing.
I’ve always dreamt of becoming like Gary Valenciano - the best, living example of an excellent ‘Christian’ singer who uses his gifts to honor God.
I’ve told God, in numerous occasions, about this dream of mine. Someday, I want to become a very influential person in the field of music. I dream of being a famous singer. I’m so happy and excited because this dream is way beyond me! I can’t fulfill this on my own. No matter how hard I push, I can’t make this a reality. Only God can grant my dream that is why this year, my focus and goal is to have a deeper relationship with Jesus because everything else will follow as I seek Him first and His righteousness as God says in Matthew 6:33.
My advice to those who are seeking a personal relationship with God is to just come as they are. Surrender all your hurts, pain, fears, insecurities, and sins to Jesus. Be free! Through Christ, boldly approach God’s throne of grace because it is His will for us to live our lives to the fullest! Receive forgiveness and unconditional love. Guilt and condemnation don’t have any foothold over our lives anymore because Jesus broke our chains. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed and this can happen to us as we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Having God in our lives is the best thing that can ever happen to us. I’ve experienced it, so now, it’s your turn.”
***Philip is formerly a TV news reporter, segment producer and floor director for ABS-CBN Baguio from June 2008 to July 31, 2009. He is now finishing his master’s degree in Media Studies major in Broadcasting at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
Philip sings on alternate Sundays at the Victory Christian Fellowship Quezon City. His lifeverse can be found in Philippians 4:13 (NIV):
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
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Next year, expect more tangerine in the eyes, that will be the color that will dominate the year.
This was noted by Maybelline senior color stylist Jim Ryan Ros in an interview during a basic make up workshop held last December 17 at Indielight media office in Roxas Boulevard.
Ros demonstrates the right way to apply the liquid foundation to a participant
While make up brands will surely create their own interpretations of the make up trends on 2012, he said the year is set to make the presence of the blush stronger.
“In the past two years, the industry (make up) was capitalizing on the importance of healthy skin or pale skin. But this time, they want to infuse more colors and not just the summer glow. Now, we can have pink and orange. There will be more Tangerines,” he said.
Ros also said the winged look achieved by a precise eyeliner application would become stronger because of the Korean influence. Bold lip color would also dominate the year.
“Continuing from 2011 is the bold lip color. The technique is to have the lipstick in the same color family color so if you have pink blush,then you can have a pink tone of lipstick.
“For our lipsticks, we have a lot of pinks and nudes because we are trying to take off the stereotype that morena girls cannot wear pink or red,” he explained.
***A make up trick from Ros: if the model has good skin, he uses BB cream or a tinted moisturizer as foundation or base right before concealer and foundation.
“Moisturizing your face would make your makeup would adhere more. If it is dry, the BB cream would do a lot in making your skin look good,” he said.
For Maybelline makeup artist Chuchie Ledesma, clean tools and clean hands are imperative in using make up.
“Make sure your face is clean before you apply makeup. It’s just like painting on a clean canvass. You must also remember to clean your hands and your brushes before you use makeup…make sure your makeup is not expired. For mascara, it’s usually six months. For powder makeup, it usually lasts one to two years,” Ledesma said.
Ledesma measures the face of a participant as she explains how to determine the facial shape of a person in relation to make up application.
“Number one pointer: you must remember to clean everything. Everything must be sanitized because we are dealing with one of the most sensitive parts of our body – our face. In the absence of makeup tools, we can use our hands because the warmth of our hands can help makeup adhere more to the face,” she added.
***the make up workshop was made possible by Garnier, Maybelline New York, L’Oreal Paris, Popcakes, and Indielight Media. Some photos provided by Jhunnel Sardido of Project Zero.
My reporter friends Lady Marie and Cristina certainly had fun during the workshop.
THE DOCTOR IS IN. A doctor examines the eyes of a male patient
Last Christmas Day, a multi-sectoral coalition led by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) successfully conducted a medical mission with emphasis on psycho-spiritual processing or stress debriefing for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City. The humanitarian project called “ Oplan DOC SANTA” was held at the Lourdes College Gym in Barangay Makasandig in the said city. Around 1,562 patients benefited from the project which included a soup kitchen and gift-giving activity. Doctors wearing the iconic red Santa Claus hats also conducted parlor games for children while celebrity balladeer Mark Bautista entertained the victims.
“With the help of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro we would like to try an innovative approach to the psycho-social processing that our psychiatrists and psychologists are usually doing for the victims of tragedies. We have tapped our priest and nun volunteers to help console the victims of this tragic calamity during large group sessions inside Lourdes College Gym. This involves basically group ‘talk’ therapy with a religious twist. In troubled times, victims must understand and learn to accept the consequences of such situation so that they will be able to adapt and move on” according to PMA President Oscar D. Tinio.
“Christmas was stolen from the victims of Typhoon Sendong and the PMA with its multi-sectoral partners will try to bring the Christmas cheers back in whatever little way we can” added Tinio.
Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes emphasized the need to remain hopeful in the midst of this tragic experience. “To be alive is to hope. And to hope to is not to give up on life even if we have to honor our grief. More importantly, to hope is to continue to entrust everything to God and to give life to others.”
***The PMA conducted a similar activity in Iligan City on December 26 at the Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) multi-purpose hall. The PMA targeted a total of 800 families to serve in the area. The doctors and the PMA partners spent their Christmas away from their families to serve the typhoon victims.
A medical worker dispenses medicines at a makeshift tent during the ‘Oplan Doc Santa’.
**You can send your cash donations to Philippine Medical Association Union Bank- West Avenue Account: DISASTER ASSISTANCE 048-001210-6. Please fax a copy of the validated deposit slip to (02) 9296951 so that the PMA could acknowledge your donation.
Fans of the Youtube singing sensation and fans of the make up brand recently spent a couple of exciting hours at the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) store in Bonifacio High Street in a meet and greet session dedicated especially for Marie Digby.
Digby, who popularized acoustic covers of several hits including Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ gamely answered the crowd’s questions that revolved mostly around makeup.
What does Digby think about teenage girls obssessing on makeup?
“I think they should first work on their inside, their inner beauty…I think it’s okay to experiment but I would really encourage a young adult, teenagers to work on their confidence and self-worth. Because I think girls are not thinking about their health so I would try them to encourage them to try be a better person. Try to work on the inside and the outside will follow,” Digby said.
Digby related that when she was a teenager, she was shy and awkward and like most teenagers, she had breakouts. She also revealed how she disliked lunchtime because she had no one to eat lunch with. “I had breakouts and I was chubby,” Digby said.
But as she grew, she discovered music and eventually, herself.
Today, several young girls look up to her as a role model.
Digby’s music has inspired a lot of girls to dedicate themselves to their craft. Her success has proven that hardwork and perseverance are key ingredients to success.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA), the umbrella organization of all medical societies in the country is mounting its ‘Oplan Doc Santa’ beginning on Christmas Day to help restore the lives of the families who were affected by the tragedy brought by tropical storm ‘Sendong.’
The storm not only claimed lives but it also created a huge damage to properties in the cities of Northern Mindanao including rural health units and health centers.
Dr. Mike Aragon, PMA spokesperson said the PMA has scheduled its first medical mission and gift-giving activities in Cagayan de Oro City on December 25. Similarly, on December 26 they will be holding the same activities in Iligan City and again on December 30 at Dumaguete City.
“We will attempt to ‘bring back’ the Christmas that ‘Sendong’ stole…we are mobilizing at least 150 to 250 doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, dentists, nurses, midwives, optometrists, bands and movie stars,” Aragon said.
The PMA describes the multi-sectoral activity as a public-private partnership enjoining various groups and government agencies such as the Philippine Dental Association (PDA), Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), Philippine Pharmacist Association (PPA), Integrated Philippine Associations of Optometrists (IPAO), Philippine League of Government and Private Midwives (PLGPM) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Department of National Defense (DND), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the various local governments of the areas hit by ‘Sendong’.
Let us help the PMA in their aim to somehow restore the spirit of the holidays through gift-giving and through its medical missions.
You can send your cash donations to Philippine Medical Association Union Bank- West Avenue Account: DISASTER ASSISTANCE 048-001210-6. Please fax a copy of the validated deposit slip to (02) 9296951 so that the PMA could acknowledge your donation.
(Photo from google images; Reuters)