All posts by Aecel Elopre

A person who draw inspiration from the real source of wisdom, my Lord and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I always tell myself that I am not a good writer because I'm not good in expressing my thoughts through words. I'm not even good in writing compositions but GOD knows when to reveal those gifts on me which is when I am going through tough times where I cannot boast myself but God's strength and perfect timing. I believe that this is what God wants me to learn: to completely trust in Him with all my heart and not to depend on my own understanding because God has greater plan for me and each and everyone of us.

Ngiti Ka Lang!

Subukan mong ngumiti
Hindi para maikubli
Ang sakit na namumutawi
Sa pusong humihikbi

Subukan mong ngumiti
Hindi para sa iba kundi para sa sarili
Ng ang sakit ay mapawi
Hindi man isan’ daang porsyento, sapat ng unti-unti

Ngiti ka lang
Wala namang hahadlang
Kung meron man, deadma lang
Wala silang pakialam

Ngiti ka lang
Sa Kanya ay magtiwala lang
Upang ang saya ay maging lubusan
At ang galak ay hindi na, sa labi lang

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Love Me Or Love Me Not

Love me or love me not
No if nor but
Only black or white
No gray area on my sight

I never look for a millionaire
I just want a life to share
I don’t expect someone perfect
Just be a person who knows how to respect

I don’t need any promises
Neither an extravagant surprises
Please do me a favor
Don’t do it if you can’t make it forever

Let’s make this simple
If you make me fall
And give your all
You can have, my heart and soul

Romantikong Dila

sabi nila makabago na ang henerasyon
marahil nga’y sadyang ako’y natuto sa makalumang leksyon
sa isang katulad kong “nbsb”
idadaan na lang sa tula ng aking mga labi

hanggang tingin na lang ba talaga?
sa iyong pagdaan ako’y mag-aabang
sa tuwing nakakasalubong kita
ang ulo ko’y napapayuko ng sadya

kapag ika’y lumagpas na
ang ngiti ay tila hanggang langit na
minsan nahuli kitang nakatingin sa akin ng bahagya
ang puso ko’y tumalon ng hindi sinasadya

hindi ko alam kung itinadhana lang
o sadyang nagkataon lamang
na tayo’y magkitang muli sa parehong kumpanya
at nasa parehong gusali at palapag pa

sana hindi ko na lang alam pangalan mo
nang sa gayon hindi ko magawang tingnan ang profile mo
totoo ngang mahirap maging babae
kung di ka naman kilala ng iniibig mong lalake

maghihintay na lang ba
o ako’y magpapakilala na?
pagpasensiyahan mo na sadyang ako ay humahanga
kaya ako’y nakalikha ng isang mumunting tula

Man In My Dreams

I was once a sleeping princess
And you were the man in my dreams
Been waiting for the time I’ll wake up and see you
And you will become my beau

You made me cry, you made me laugh
My inspiration for more than half of my life
I really thought you were “The One”
But someOne up there is leading me to a different one

I felt like you never see me at all
Even if you were my first fall
God knows the perfect timing
You started flirting when it is no longer my thing

The sleeping princess just woke up
And noticed that you were not there
And realized that the man in my dreams
Is no longer the man in my heart

My First Fun Run


Yesterday I joined my first fun run and I must say it was really tiring especially for someone who has no sleep and no exercise at all except for the warm up that was part of that event. Yes, it was tiring but it was fulfilling and inspiring at the same time. Fulfilling because I never realized that it wasn’t that easy until that day. There were a lot of times that I wanted to just stop and never finish the race or just do some shortcuts but during the race I had realizations that inspires me to go on and finish it. 
There are a lot of reason why I finished the race. One, is the Delivery Lead of Accenture – GSKP really inspired me. I’m on the middle of the race and I was just walking already because I was so damn tired and I saw this big man who was passing through me – And he was GSKP. I can see and feel his tiredness but he never stop running though sometimes he just walked but still he didn’t stop. He inspired me not because he was GSKP but because I really felt his determination to finish it. I told myself I will not stop and I will finish this race even if I’m just walking most of the time. 
I also saw a lot of couples running together even if the one can already go ahead and leave his/her partner, they chose to stick running together. I saw some who were really tired as well and they just walk together holding hands which I captured before I went ahead of them (bitter mode on. hahaha!)


I forgot to mentioned that I registered on this fun run because I wanted my “inaanak” Keisha to join with my friend, her mom Gudang (Godeth is her real name). And also I wanted to run with my teammates but for some personal reasons only James was able to run with us but I must say we really enjoyed it especially we got a lot of freebies from the booths after the run. And I also saw a lot of familiar faces from my previous teams and projects. 


At first I actually registered for 5k (yabang) but thank God my friend Gudang ask me to run with her for 3k so we can easily catch-up with Keisha. But Keisha ended up running for 3k because Gudang was afraid that Keisha might be lost. So we run together though I went ahead of them because I was really determined at first to get a medal but after the gun start for 3k and I was just on the first U-turn I realized it wasn’t that easy as I was already gasping and having a hard time to breath so I started to slow down and walk and saw a lot of people behind me passing and went ahead of me.
There were a lot times that we – me and Gudang with Keisha – bumped into each other since the route of the race are just doing a lot of U-turns. It push me to go finish the race so that Keisha will be inspired not to stop the race as well. I was cheering Keish whenever I got to see them in the race. I was so proud of my inaanak seeing her finish the race with Gudang and surprisingly with James (who run for 5k). I ask Manong Bantay that I will just take a picture when I saw them close to the finish line. 


I also remember this guy who is I think part of the committee who was riding a motorbike who gave a cheer to those runner who were almost near the finish line. “Go ma’am/sir, malapit na konti na lang.” He made me feel relieved that I’m close to the finish line. It helps. Honestly, after finishing the 3k race I felt the fulfillment. Sarap!!!!! 
I have a lot of realizations after my first fun run aside from it was really tiring and it was not easy to get a medal 😁. I realized that I’m not healthy anymore. I get tired easily and it’s not a good sign. I need to get fit because I am accountable for this body and I have to be fit to be able to catch up with my lifestyle and I want to be healthy for my family and the people that surrounds me. I also realized that you can inspire people even if you are not aware of it with how you live your life. Live not just for yourself but also for the people you love and surrounds you. We can help other people by simply encouraging them  but you can encourage people effortlessly by living as example.
We need to realized that we are responsible for our actions and decisions that we make. Sometimes we choose to stop and do some shortcuts because we have to finish a race but at the end of the day it is not just finishing the race anymore it’s how we finish it. 
This is my first run and it I’ll make sure that this will not be the last. This is the start of a new me.

Church

My BFFs May and Des invited me to go on Visita Iglesia* yesterday, March 24, 2016, to visit 7 churches in Manila which at first I’m hesitant because I’m a little tired from a midshift work and I would want to just stay at home and get an 8hour sleep but I still chose to go with them because I want to tour around and take this time to catch-up with them and even before I’ve been wanting to go around the City of Manila and learn and discover more about it. 

As planned we went to seven churches and take some time to pray and get a little tour around the city.

Here’s the list of 7 Churches that we visit sorted based on where we visit first and so on:

1. Santissimo Rosario Parish Church

This church is located inside the University of Sto. Tomas Campus where we also did the station of the cross which I’ll share in a separate blog. 

Groufie at the first church we visited. (L-R: Des, me and May)


2. Quiapo Church

From the name of the church itself it is located in Quiapo, Manila where I was able to buy 4 pcs. lemon worth 50pesos👌🏻. I was not able to get a good shot of the outside of the church because the place is also famous of having pick pocketers and just to be safe we just keep our phones inside our bag. Since the place normally has a lot of people, especially every Wednesdays and Sundays, because of the devotees of Black Nazarene the volunteers in the church already place a system on the entrance and exit of the people which I admire because the volunteers strictly imposed the system which made it more organized and lessen the chance to have stampede. 

Maybe the simplicity of this church made it more inviting to the devotees.


3. San Agustin Church

From Quiapo church ride a jeep going to San Agustin Church where we were awestruck with every single detail of this architecture. The rawness from the outside and the state of the art design in the inside especially the ceiling that just not have humongous chandeliers but a very eye captivating work-of-art.

  The classy front view of this church.

  Take a look at the ceiling this made the 3 of us say “Wow! Ang ganda!”.


4. Manila Cathedral

One of the famous church here in the Philippines would be Manila Cathedral. We were not able to get inside because the mass already started and it is full already where most of the people just watch the mass in the HD monitor outside the church. This is not my first time to visit this church but I must say I appreciate it more in the evening maybe because of the lightings.

  


5. Malate Church

From Manila Cathedral we went straight to Malate church which is just walking distance away since both are situated inside Intramuros. The church is not as big as the other churches that we visited but it carries its own uniqueness.

 Unable to get better picture because it’s along the street where cars are passing which is across the Rajah Sulayman Park. 


6. Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life

This church is near SM Mall of Asia. Looks like this church is the most recently built church amongst the churches that we visited. Inside you will feel the solemnity because of the music  and the lightings.

 


7. Baclaran Church
This church is my most visited church because this is where my parents attend Sunday services. This is where I saw a devotees who walks in the aisle while they were all in bended knees and most of them were guys who has covered faces and wearing black shirts. 

  

All 7 churches has its own beauty and uniqueness just like how God created each one of us. Let us also remember that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and each one of us are part of the church. I was a Catholic then and chose to convert to be a Born Again Christian which I must say I am truly grateful because we do have one God and that is our one and only Savior Jesus which gave me a strong a foundation in my faith. Being a Christian now gave me a  wider perspective and understanding of my faith and knowing that God is everywhere I know and I choose to believe that having a personal, closer and deeper relationship with God is what truly important. Of course there are still a lot of differences in the beliefs but we still should stand firm and live with God, in God and for God alone. 

I also believe that every church that are built are for fellowship and a place where we can praise and honor God and share the truth – His Word. 

*Basically, Visita Iglesia is one of the Filipino tradition which normally being observed every Lenten Season by Catholic people where they visit 7 churches and pray.

Single Walang Problema

Valentines na naman Single pa din
Single pa din kasi naghihintay pa rin
Naghihintay pa rin kasi wala pa siya
Wala pa siya, bkit nga kaya?

Marahil ay sadyang itinadhana
Itinadhana nga ba o wala lang talaga?
Wala lang talaga o dahil may hinihintay ka
May hinihintay ka, sino nga ba siya?

Sabi nila ang totoong nagmamahal naghihintay
Naghihintay at nananalig sa Kanyang gabay
Sa gabay ng Maykapal na Siyang unang nagmahal
Nagmahal ng buong-buo kaya tiwala lang at dasal

Habang naghihintay gamitin ang bawat oras
Ang bawat oras sa mga tao at bagay na mahalaga na parang walang bukas
Single walang problema dahil marami kang panahon
Malamig man ang panahon ng mga single ngayon

Malamig pero masaya,
Masaya dahil may pag-asa.
May pag-asa na makikilala pa rin kita
Sa tamang panahon sabi nga nila