Give Up to Give Thanks

Give Up to Give Thanks

By Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon, co-host of The 700 Club Asia It was particularly hot that day as my kids and I walked from the parking lot to the mall entrance. As we entered the elevator, immediately our youngest noticed the change in temperature and gratefully announced, “There is aircon in the elevator! Thank You, Lord!” I was not the only one […]

Expletives Or Love

Expletives Or Love

By Yay Padua-Olmedo “I love you!” I hardly heard those words when I was growing up. I happen to have been born to a family where affection was hardly expressed in words. “I love you!” just hovered about like a hot air balloon ― that in spite of much quarrelling. I remember my sister Dulce delousing my hair when I […]

Which Brand Do You Trust?

Which Brand Do You Trust?

By Yay Padua-Olmedo “Ownership of mind.” In Marketing or Advertising, this refers to consumers thinking of a certain brand first for a specific need, e.g., Coca-Cola for thirst, or McDonald’s for one’s burger craving. Both brands enjoy “brand equity” among consumers, making them profitable over the long term for their companies.  I’ve always taught my Marketing students that companies always […]

“Don’t Judge Me!” 

“Don’t Judge Me!” 

By Yay Padua-Olmedo We express this a lot especially when we feel our intentions have been misunderstood. But that’s how we basically behave everyday. A stranger walks into a room and almost instantly, a verdict: “Mayaman (rich)!” “Mukhang pobre (poor).” “Maganda, siguro mabait (beautiful, must also be nice)!” “Parang mahirap pagkatiwalaan (hard to trust).” To be judged? Awful! It leaves […]

Tax Payers’ Raw Deal

Tax Payers’ Raw Deal

By Yay Padua Olmedo It’s very tempting — this urge to criticize and complain. But I beg your indulgence, just this once; then I’ll forever zip it. You guessed right. I will add noise to the cacophony of words directed at those in authority. Traffic, for instance. All of us who drive or commute see the obvious — day in […]

Ay, Ang Cheap!

Ay, Ang Cheap!

by Yay Padua-Olmedo Cheap may mean any of these: devalued, achieved with little effort, of poor quality, inexpensive, or worthy of no respect. As far as things are concerned, what would you consider “cheap?” Something bought at 50% or 75% off? No wonder people flock to malls when the big “sale” sign is up. A lot of times, you end […]

Word Above All Words

Word Above All Words

By Yay Padua-Olmedo The world wide web continues to swamp us with untold volumes of knowledge. Of course we’re not complaining. Because information — of any kind — has never been that easy to find. Students today love it that they don’t need to find their lessons only in textbooks. No wonder Encyclopedia Brittanica no longer prints its once-revered and […]

Finally, a Book for New Bosses

Finally, a Book for New Bosses

A job promotion can be intimidating, especially if it means having people under you―when before you had none. Why? Because in most cases, people get to leadership positions in their organizations with hardly any preparation for it. Some get help from mentors and seminars and other training programs; but many just manage to do it by instinct or touch-and-go, while […]

Never Again (Part 2)

Never Again (Part 2)

By Yay Padua-Olmedo The Word of God wants every Christian to walk in victory and newness of mind. Let the following encourage you to dwell within His promises, not your circumstances: (Excerpted from the National Church of God [Ft. Washington, Maryland] handout) Never again will I confess discontent because “I have learned, in whatever state (circumstance) I am, with that […]

Never Again (Part 1)

Never Again (Part 1)

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Want victory in every situation? The Word of God assures that! But you need to believe that Jesus, your Savior and Lord, did it all for you; and that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all you could ever ask or imagine! Reproducing for you excerpts from “My Never Again List” of the National Church […]

Forget or Remember

Forget or Remember

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Which would you rather have? A binful of forgetfulness or a trainful of remembrances? Give me the bin, any time! I love throwing useless things away, so that holds true for tons of memories which I’d rather dump in a faraway bin: Memory of my high school crush who never even took a glance at me. Tapon! […]

Teacher

Teacher

By Yay Olmedo Not even in my wildest dreams did İ envision myself becoming a teacher.  Yet here İ am, doing it, loving it, believing that whatever tiny grain of influence İ could plant–for whatever time frame İ was allowed to do it–would grow into something fruitful in my students’ lives.  My parents were teachers. İ remember drawing and coloring […]

Chika Less, Pray More

Chika Less, Pray More

By Yay Padua-Olmedo What do women engage in most when they gather? Make chika (small talk), naturally.  Some productive talkers probably even max their daily quota of 50,000 words per pax.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we gather more to study His Word and to pray? So rather than endless chikahan, let’s pray, worship, praise and thank God.  If we […]

Cracked

Cracked

By Yay Padua-Olmedo Hack, a verb: to “chop,” “whack,” “mangle,” per Webster’s Thesaurus. “You’ve been hacked!” This message, expressed in varying degrees of concern, filled my FB and email inboxes one day, after friends and relations received a supposed message from me—that I was in London, trapped in some sort of predicament and needed money desperately, so could they please […]

BOOK REVIEW: Game Over

BOOK REVIEW: Game Over

By Havenlynne Garcia, Contributing Writer Dota, League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto, World of War Craft, Devil May Cry, Defense of the Ancients; Farmville, Pet Society, Candy Crush Saga and Flappy Bird, these are just some of the video games that have hooked people’s interests and attention. It is pretty convincing that among these people, many have experienced playing these […]