[WATCH] MICHAEL AND RONICA’S WEDDING AT CLEAR WATER REST HOUSE, TAGAYTAY

I love midday weddings, specially when they’re held at cool, open spaces that are close to nature. There’s something so charming about Clear Water Rest House–the green open lawn, the quaint cottage where preps can be done and the spacious patio that provides an excellent view of the Taal Volcano.

After the morning ceremony at Caleruega Chapel, guests arrived a little before lunch and entertained themselves to the brim by taking photos at the patio, posing for snaps at the photo booth and enjoying the candy bar. The weather cooperated so well. It didn’t rain and the sun gleamed with just the right intensity. Got to work with Jeo and Agnes Odulio again of Empire Weddings. More on the vlog below

Suppliers:
Ceremony: Caleruega Church
Reception: Clear Water Rest House, Tagaytay
Coordinator: Empire Weddings (Jeo and Agnes Odulio + team)
Emcee: Ingrid Nieto
Photographer: Myio Okamoto Photography
Videogapher: Aisle 1401
Caterer: Towns Delight – The Caterer
Wedding Cake: Tourist Cakeshop
Flowers: Green Purple
Hair & Makeup: Diane Coles
Music: Symphony Rhythm Strings and Milet Abrenica
Lights & Sounds: Artuz101
DJ: Rammy Bitong
Bridal Car: JCA Bridal Car Rentals
Tent: Tent King

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HAS ANYBODY HATED YOU FOR NO REASON?

pinkingrid 800x800 hates you for no reason

This made me reflect. Often, when we encounter something like this, we think “Yes! Somebody hates me but I don’t know why he/she hates me!” then I realized, we have to ask ourselves too:

“Have I hated on somebody for no apparent reason? Like they haven’t really done anything to me nor harmed me, but I hate them?” Hah. The answer wasn’t surprising for me: Yes, many times.

Why do we have the tendency to hate on some people even if they haven’t done anything to us directly? Sometimes these people don’t even know us or have a relationship with us.

“I hate him because he’s annoying.”

“I hate her because she’s such a loudmouth.”

We can come up with a million reasons but we have to get to the root of things—WHAT FUELS THE HATE? Hate is also such a strong word but sometimes when we don’t guard our hearts, a simple dislike could grow into full-blown hatred.

When I recently came across a crass celebrity, I admit I got miffed and some of you my dear friends, have seen me express my utter distaste for her behavior.

But I thought to myself—this girl doesn’t know me. Even if I told her that she has such crass behavior, would she actually listen? Would she take my advice? Maybe not, because we are not friends. Also, even if she goes on with that behavior—that is her issue. She is accountable for that. Will it affect me? Will it impede my daily living? The answer is no. So yeah. I may have been annoyed by her but I had to catch myself quick so it would not cross over to hatred.

What fuels hatred for others? Let us search our hearts.

Is it envy?

Oh the green-eyed monster. Envy can oftentimes lead us to be highly critical of those who have what we think we deserve. Instead of being happy for them, displeasure breeds and it can progress into a desire to destroy them.

“It’s unfair. I deserve what they have! I deserve the life they’re living.”

“They don’t deserve to be happy.”

Take time to ask yourself today: If I don’t like the thought of someone HATING ME for no reason, have I at any point also HATED ON SOMEONE for no reason? Why do I hate them? What is the underlying issue? What do I need to change about myself?

Now if you find yourself on the receiving end of seemingly unwarranted hatred, search your heart as well.

“Is there a valid reason for the person to hate me? Is it something we can talk about?”

“Have I directly and intentionally hurt the person to illicit a response like that?”

If you don’t know the person and you know in your heart that you didn’t intentionally hurt him/her, if the person still hates you, then let the Lord deal with them. Pray that the Lord would enlighten and convict them, bringing to the surface deep-seated issues such as envy and insecurity.

James 3:14-16

14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Proverbs 14:30

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Have a great day, friends!

VLOG: THIS IS WHAT A FULL DAY IN CHURCH LOOKS LIKE

Saturday is usually ministry day for me, except if I have trips, workshops to attend/teach or events to host. Our leaders’ meeting for our Bible Study Fellowship evening women’s class in Ortigas is held Saturday mornings at 6:30. We prepare for class night, have separate leadership development sessions and we get to engage in God’s Word by sharing in the discussion questions and homiletics.

*Thanks to my fellow GL Riva for taking and sharing these photos!

For this particular Saturday, we had our leaders’ fellowship (we do this once a month) so we had time to catch-up and enjoy delicious finger food. 🙂

Following immediately was the launch of S.H.E., the support group for single young professional women in GCF. We invited blogger, speaker and homeschooling advocate Joy Tan-chi Mendoza to speak. She happens to be the niece of Tita Mina, one of the core members of the GCF Ortigas Women’s Ministry team. She brought along all five of her children, who she says are always with her and Edric (her husband) whenever they have speaking engagements.

Joy spoke on Identity: The P’s of God’s Best Life for You (Colossians 3:1-17):
1) Know your Purpose
2) Obey His Principles
3) Order Your Priorities
4) Elevate Him with Your Pursuits and Passions
5) Discover His Pleasure and Peace

Sorry if the bullet points are bitin. I tried to take down notes but I was busy making sure the camera was running well and we were still within the allotted time. The ladies looked forward to the QandA session where Joy answered questions about singlehood, homeschooling her kids, growing up, her background, married life and faith. Watch the VLOG below for more!

After the launch, I had a bit of a break so I changed to more comfy clothes. Youth worship followed at 5pm and then we also had the Youth Leaders Mentoring Session facilitated by Kuya Ave Gaspar. He taught us how to use the Precepts material for our discipleship meetings. Precepts is in-depth Bible study which challenges you to delve deep into God’s Word without the use of commentaries. You focus only on the Bible and let it speak to you as you break down the passages and do word studies.

I realized I’ve already written too much. 🙂 Go watch the VLOG below and make sure you SUBSCRIBE and give it a thumbs up! Thanks and God bless you!

Hosting Juan and Joanne’s Wedding

Hey everyone! Here’s a peek of another wedding workday. After two years of planning and exchanging emails, Juan and Joanne finally tied the knot. The ceremony was held at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Bel-Air, Makati followed by the reception at the Silk Pavilion of Blue Leaf Events Pavilion. Watch the VLOG below:


***SUPPLIERS LIST***
Photo by Bob and Zab Wedding and Lifestyle Photography
Video by Carlo Maglasang Productions
Event Styling by Ralph and Co. Events
Floristry by Joel Faller – The Floral Artist
Invitation by Tre Prints
Wedding Coordination: Detalye Weddings and Events
Hosting by Ingrid Nieto
Music by String Session
Engagement Shoot Make-up: Peevee dela Rosa
Prosthetics by Kate’s Bliss
Wedding Make-Up: Chuchie Ledesma
Bridal Gown: Rich Fontanilla
Groom’s Suit by J.E. & Company
Venue: Silk Pavilion at Blue Leaf Events Pavilion
Food and Catering by Josiah’s Catering