This is our FLiQ wall in our office. We have a small space where we fit all 8 of us. It’s nice and cozy, and of course we don’t have to scream across the room to get attention. But hey, that would be nice too!
We are celebrating the end of the 32nd year of CFC FFL and about to enter the 33rd. I always like to FINISH STRONG, and this year is no different. The team is really working hard to come up with a great shows starting Monday next week:
All you have to do is tune in every weekday at 8:00PM to join us. I’ll spoil it a bit. On Monday we have the Family and Life Update. Tuesday is the return of High Time. Wednesday is Modern Day Prophet LIVE! And we also have the Modern Day Prophet Project during the week. On Thursday is The Review. And Friday is Live Pure LIVE! Everyday is something fun, new and exciting.
It may be the end of the 32nd year and so we are FINISHING STRONG… but it is also the beginning of the 33rd year and we are STARTING STRONG So, go to the Anniversary Activities this weekend, and then on Monday, tune in!
I can’t end this without congratulating BUHAY again for FINISHING STRONG as well during the last elections. Number 1! I am sure we will all be STARTING STRONG for the defense of life and family this coming July. MaBUHAY!
I turned 38 last June 12. And I love having birthdays with social media. You really feel the love. Thank you all again for greeting me. I re-visited my blogs from my last three birthdays. One was about my favorite things, another about things still to be done and the last one about social media. And things have changed since all those years past.
I have four wonderful kids! And a beautiful wife who has chosen to be a home-maker and entrepreneur. I was a nominee of Buhay Party List at the last elections, and we were the top vote-getter. I have FLiQ Media, which will be launching new online shows in 2 weeks. What more can I ask for? Someone greeted me and wished I get my heart’s desire. Well, I already have everything I need. Anything more than what I have now are all blessings.
Thank you for making my 38 years awesome. I am eagerly awaiting the upcoming next chapter of my (and my family’s) life.
The girls in school. Ate giving advice to her younger sister.
I just got home. We left Don Bosco in Bicutan at 4:30PM and I just got home 30 minutes ago. What a horrendous experience that I am slowly beginning to convince myself was all a dream. Though my sore legs beg to differ.
I remember during Ondoy that there were so many stories of people being stranded for hours and hours in their cars. And during storms after that, there would be stories of bad traffic jams. A few years ago I got stuck in a 3-hour one exiting Skyway at Magallanes. Though I was just a passenger then, and it was during a storm. We were also coming from Don Bosco at the time.
This afternoon, it rained hard for about an hour. Then stopped. Then rained again. We left Don Bosco at 4:30PM, after Mass. And, I was going to go pass C5 to be able to go to my meeting, but I thought that it was still early, so I could actually pass EDSA and drop off some of the missionaries who needed to go there.
Everything was going good until we exited the Nichols Toll Booth. And we stopped. In traffic. For FOUR hours.
And just like any situation, we made the best of it. Telling jokes. Making fun of one another. Sleeping. Walking (yes, along SLEX) around. And anything we could think of. Even pictures:
But, it was a huge parking lot. I had to turn off the engine, and we ended up inhaling fumes from buses beside us. Thank God the rain stopped by the time we got stuck. And only began to rain again when we got out 4 hours later.
I tweeted the Skyway. We looked at pictures of the huge traffic jam. It was disheartening. We got no reply too. So I searched the telephone number of the Skyway office and called. In fairness to them, they were calm and they answered my questions. They told me to U-turn if I could, and use C5. But at that point it was impossible. They said the rains caused a huge flood at Magallanes (waist high), and so cars could not pass until the flood subsides.
After so, about 3 and a half hours, we decided to pray the rosary. Yes, I know, we should have done that first. But we didn’t know it was going to be THAT bad. And while we prayed, the cars started to move. And after we prayed, we moved faster… and got out of the traffic jam / parking lot. It was an answered prayer. I also WeChatted Des to tell the kids to pray for us too. And that all worked. Faith works wonders.
What an experience. I never thought I’d go through something like that again. And while I was driving. But I had a good time with friends making everything lighter. And more fun. I was Van Diesel in the movie the Slow and the Furious. And I am glad we are finally out of there.
Thank you King of the highway. King of the road. We can now all attest to Your power. (thanks, Paul!)
During the RH Bill voting, both sides said they would campaign hard for those who would vote with them. And the pro-life side did as we said we would. And we have very interesting results. A lot of winners
Congressmen and women winners who voted NO to RH Bill
1. Roman Romulo (Pasig)
2. Benjamin Asilo (Manila)
3. Naida Angping (Manila)
4. Trisha Bonoan-David (Manila)
5. Amado Bagatsing (Manila)
6. Toby Tiangco (Navotas)
7. Maximo Dalog (Mt. Province)
8. Imelda Marcos (Ilocos Norte)
9. Pol Bataoil (Pangasinan)
10. Gina de Venecia (Pangasinan)
11. Randolph Ting (Cagayan)
12. Dax Cua (Quirino)
13. Albert Garcia (Bataan)
14. Joseph Violago (Nueva Ecija)
15. Czarina Umali (Nueva Ecija)
16. Sonny Collantes (Batangas)
17. Mark Mendoza (Batangas)
18. Isidro Rodriguez, Jr (Rizal)
19. Lani Revilla (Cavite)
20. Karlo Nograles (Davao)
21. Budoy Madrona (Romblon)
22. Antonio Alvarez (Palawan)
23. Rufus Rodriguez (CDO)
24. Scott Lanete (Masbate)
25. Dato Arroyo (Camarines Sur)
26. Sal Fortuno (Camarines Sur)
27. Al Bichara (Albay)
28. Fernando Gonzales (Albay)
29. Cesar Sarmiento (Catanduanes)
30. Deogracias Ramos (Sorsogon)
31. Elmer Panotes (Camarines Norte)
32. Paolo Javier (Antique)
33. Arthur Robes
34. Arthur Yap (Bohol)
35. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu)
36. George Arnaiz (Negros Oriental)
37. Henry Teves (Negros Oriental)
38. FM Romualdez (Leyte)
39. Lucy Gomez (Leyte)
40. Boying Cari (Leyte)
41. Emil Ong (Northern Samar)
42. Rosendo Labadlabad (Zamboanga del Norte)
43.Jorge Almonte (Misamis Occidental)
44. Robert Puno (Antipolo City)
45. Romeo Acop (Antipolo City)
46. Peter Unabia (Misamis Oriental)
47. Pedro Romualdo (Camiguin)
48. Thelma Almario (Davao Oriental)
49. Pedro Acharon
50. Manny Pacquiao (Sarangani)
51. Francisco Matugas (Surigao del Norte)
52. Guillermo Romarate Jr (Surigao del Norte)
53. Florencio Garay (Surigao del Sur)
54. Tina Plaza (Agusan del Sur)
55. Bebs Mellana (Agusan del Sur)
Those who didn’t make it: Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (Pampanga), Tom Apacible (Batangas), Maria Evita Arago (Laguna), Lord Velasco (Marinduque), Bernardo Vergara, Anthony Golez (Bacolod City), Pabling Garcia (Cebu), Orlando Fua (Siquijor) and Jess Paras (Bukidnon).
That’s an 86% winning rate for those Congressmen and women who voted NO TO THE RH BILL seeking re-election to Congress. There is a pro-life vote. And it worked this 2013. I am sure many of the new Congress members will be with us in this fight. And maybe some from the other side will come on over too.
Party List winners who voted NO to the RH Bill
1. BUHAY: the top vote getter!
2. AKO Bicol
3. Ating Koop
4. An Waray
5. A Teacher
Two were disqualified before the elections (ANAD and Ang Galing Pinoy); and 5 didn’t get seats this time: Aangat Tayo, ALE, 1 ang Pamilya, AA Kasosyo and APEC.
Much more to do!
The final COMELEC tally is out. And Grace Poe stomped on everyone. Let’s see how the rest fared over the Senatorial election years… comparing with their relatives.
Ed in 1987: 11,288,102
Ed in 1992: 8,019,011
Ed in 2001: 10,805,177
Ed in 2007: 12,657,769
Sonny in 2013: 16,005,564
* Sonny has revitalized the Angara brand. Gaining more than 4 million over his father. He has the charisma that appeals to younger voters, and maybe even their mothers.
Butz in 1987: 12,426,432
Butz in 1992: 3,964,966
Tessie in 1998: 7,238,086
Noynoy in 2007: 14,309,349
Bam in 2013: 15,534,465
* Bam is also improving the Aquino brand. Steady rise in people going for Aquinos. Did not include Joker here, as I am not sure if he is related (near) to them.
Erap in 1987: 10,029,978
Loi in 2001: 10,524,130
Jinggoy in 2004: 11,094,120
Jinggoy in 2010: 18,925,925
JV in 2013: 13,684,736
* The Estradas seem to have been gaining followers, but with JV’s entry, the numbers dipped quite a lot. Let’s see if this will affect Jinggoy’s VP run in 2016.
Nene in 1987: 9,942,696
Nene in 1998: 10,227,765
Nene in 2004: 13,519,998
Koko in 2007: 10,987,347
Koko in 2013: 14,725,114
* Koko started with a dip in his father’s votes, but he has shown that his advocacy has gained popularity with the people. A huge increase in people who voted for him.
Gringo in 1995: 8,968,616
Gringo in 2001: 10,454,527
Gringo in 2007: 11,605,531
Gringo in 2013: 13,211,424
* Even if Gringo has always been at the bottom of the pack, his popularity is steadily increasing. Hopefully, if he still wants to continue politics after these 6 years, it will maintain.
Loren in 1998: 14,933,965
Loren in 2007: 18,501,734
Loren in 2013: 18,661,196
* Though Legarda is still at the top tier, it is surprising to see here get almost the same amount of votes as 6 years ago. She has hit a plateau, and that isn’t good for any politician. She needs a re-branding.
Rene in 1998: 13,177,584
Pia in 2004: 12,542,054
Alan in 2007: 11,787,679
Pia in 2010: 13,679,511
Alan in 2013: 17,580,813
* This is the Cayetano time. Alan punched the votes out of the park this time. Though in 2016 Pia will not be able to run, he might use this as a VP run as well. Or Maybe Pia will run for higher office. Their next steps will decide if people will continue to vote Cayetano or not.
Manny in 2001: 11,187,375
Manny in 2007: 15,338,412
Cynthia in 2013: 13,822,854
* The Villars have a solid voter’s base, especially since they have good projects and a good record. I don’t think they have anything to fear even if they stick to the Senate.
Chiz in 2007: 18,265,307
Chiz in 2013: 17,502,358
* I dip from 6 years ago. Escudero will not be able to go for higher office anymore after this. He should have taken the chance in 2010.
Sonny in 2007: 11,189,671
Sonny in 2013: 14,127,722
* Another one with rising popularity. News is news. Even if it is not to good for him. Let’s see if his rising popularity, and Magdalo’s winning, will help push him higher.
I just finished praying with millions of Catholics from around the world. And it feels awesome. I love being Catholic.
I was going to use this app on my iPhone (The Pope App), but the internet at home was sputtering. So, even if it was cool, I had to turn on the TV to EWTN.
I prayed with millions of Catholics from around the world. All at the same time. In the Philippines, it was at 11PM to 12MN. We know how hard it is to spend quiet time praying, imagine how doubly hard it is at this time. But we push through the sleepiness.
One faith. One Church. It is amazing to pray with the leader of the faithful. And focused on Jesus. It just takes all my worries away. It soothes the heart and mind. And pats me on the back… everything will be ok. God has a plan for us. He knows what we need. He asks our faithfulness, because He is faithful. Words and messages I need to hear.
And I am sure, it was the same for everyone. We all have our ups and downs. We all waver and shake sometimes. But it is always good to focus on Jesus. Pray with people who believe. And get filled again.
Who knows what will happen next in all of our lives? What challenges and decisions lay ahead? We do know that we have a God who wants us to be happy. And that even in the midst of suffering and pain, He is there. Leading us to a better tomorrow. WE just have to take His hand and walk with Him.
We had Apple Fever at the HO, and now we have Android Fever! The phones from Cherry Mobile arrived today. All ready for the raffle draw tomorrow!
I am excited to win Though, I am more partial to Apple. These kids can get the Android stuff:
Des and I went to dinner at I’m Angus last night along Yakal Street in Makati. The food was awesome. Surf ‘n Turf: perfect. Wine. Everything, worth the trip all the way there. Des has all the pictures. I just ate the food.
We brought Maria too because we’ve been out two nights in a row (household on Monday; and I had a shoot for FALU while Des had a party on Tuesday) and didn’t want to be strike 3 with her. Anyway, she fit the cause very well.
It was for the cause of life. The thanksgiving dinner of BUHAY Party List. It was a night of food, fellowship and few words from our incoming Congressmen, our Bishops in attendance and Bro Mike Velarde. Suffice to say, it’s going to be a fun three years. And we are all getting into fighting form. Lito Atienza has actually started already. Did you watch him on all those TV shows? You should. Like this.
I had a blast. Watch out Congress!
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