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ROCK and RUN on June 19!

Hi Friends!

As some of you may or may not know, I’m part of a non-profit organization called REPUBLIKHA, and we are PASSIONATE about empowering the next generation through music. Or to break it down further, we work with artists, musicians, educators, parenting advocates, and people from the academe and the music industry to create high-quality educational children’s music that we can distribute for FREE (together with Parent and Teachers’ Manuals too!) to public schools and community day care centers all over the Philippines. Because how awesome (and effective!) would it be to teach preschool children about lessons like counting, colors, making friends, saving money, conserving energy, and more through English and Filipino music? :)

That’s our vision, but we need help to make the vision a reality! We’re set to release our album for preschool children before the end of the year (the songs–written and performed by some of the country’s best artists like Barbie Almalbis, Julianne, The Dawn, Rivermaya, Itchyworms, Coffeebreak Island, Brigada, Lougee Basabas, DJ Benjo Marquez, Salamin, Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander, and a lot more–have already been tested in classrooms and are ready to be produced), but in order to do that, we need to raise the finances that are required to produce the albums and the manuals.

Thanks to our friends from JCI Manila, CANON, BROOKS, CROCS, and RED BULL (and more), we have a chance to reach our goal. ROCK and RUN is happening on June 19, Saturday, 5 pm onwards at the Bonifacio Global City, and it’s a one-of-a-kind run that will feature live bands like The Dawn, Kjwan, Taken By Cars, Brigada, Coffeebreak Island, and more, performing along the race route. How fun is that?!

And of course, the best news is that they’ve chosen REPUBLIKHA to be the beneficiary, which has been an enormous blessing for us this year. So here’s where I ask you to be a part of our exciting journey by literally RUNNING with us! (And by “us”, I mean REPUBLIKHA and friends because I’ll still be in the USA…but I’ll be running with you in spirit!!!)

If you’re interested in being a part of this event, please log on to http://rockandrun.com.ph/ to get more information, or visit RUNNR in Bonifacio High Street or select Toby’s Sports outlets (Mall of Asia, SM The Block, Trinoma, Glorietta 4, ATC). Registration fees are as follows:
a) 3km – P 450
b) 5km – P 500
c) 10km – P 550
and the registration deadline is on June 13. So go go go! :)

And if you want to learn more about RepubLIKHA, log on http://www.republikha.org/. :)

If you’ve read all the way to the end, THANK YOU! And please feel free to invite your friends to run too!

How to Love Your Life: Listen to some good music AND support a good cause while you’re at it!

I know I said I’d blog about the recent RepubLIKHA Children’s Music Fest, but I’m excitied about this event that we have coming up, so this couldn’t wait. I’d like to invite you (yes, YOU!) to come to a fundraising event for our non-profit org, REPUBLIKHA, which is being produced by the awesome people from Light It Up Productions. Not only will you get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind gig (you’ll get to watch some of the country’s coolest artists playing their hits AND some children’s songs too), but you’ll also make a contribution to our efforts to bring good quality, educational music to Filipino children. Find out more about RepubLIKHA at www.republikha.org.

Please come! It’ll surely be fun, and we’d love to see you there. :)

November 27, 2009 • Friday
Mag:Net Cafe at Bonifacio High Street

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines
(I just had to throw that in there, just in case!)
Tickets will be sold at P250 — proceeds go to RepubLIKHA

I ♥ the youth! (DAY 1 of the 30-Day Blog Challenge)

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to take on Mariel‘s 30-Day Blog Challenge. My problem is that I wanted to start blogging about A LOT of different stuff that I didn’t know where to start! So I decided to ruthlessly make some edits and save the rest for the other days.

So now I’m down to two things that I wanted to blog about, mainly because these two events made me happy this week.

The view from our classroom at the University of Makati

The view from our classroom at the University of Makati

1. I started teaching (or ‘coaching’, as we like to call it) at UMAK (that’s University of Makati) with ‘Coach’ Gabby of ENCM last Thursday. Our topic was about Relationships: identifying our key ones and recognizing the realities of relationships. I jumped into the middle of the course though–the past few weeks, they’ve been discussing Identity and Internal Government (great stuff!). I’m glad my schedule was freed up so that I could finally join them once a week. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks because we have more great topics to talk about…all the stuff I wish I learned about earlier! I’m also thrilled that we’re assigned to a class filled with Marketing students…I really do hope to get to know the students better. :)

2. The RepubLIKHA team went to the Gawad Kalinga-Poveda site again yesterday. It was great to be back! This time around, we taught the preschool kids about Tempo. The kids are awesome and the session was lots of fun. After 2 hours with them, we stayed to have lunch with their parents to get to know more about their community and their needs as parents, especially when it comes to educating their children.

RepubLIKHA team w/the parents from GK-Poveda

RepubLIKHA team w/the parents from GK-Poveda

Carisse, teaching the kids the Watermelon song!

Carisse, teaching the kids the Watermelon song!

Teaching the kids how to make homemade shakers

Teaching the kids how to make homemade shakers

More on our RepubLIKHA-GK day here: http://republikha.org/blog/2009/08/09/team-teaching-at-gk-poveda/

These two events got me thinking about how grateful I am to have the opportunities to be around kids and teenagers. They make me smile and laugh, and they keep me on my toes! Being around them allows me to learn and exercise patience, loving-kindness, compassion, humility and a whole lot more–like the latest trends, YouTube discoveries, and even corny funny jokes, among others! But seriously, if you take time to listen to them–whether they have problems or they just want to tell you about a new toy or gadget–you’ll surely be a blessing. Some of them just need someone in their lives who will listen.

Here’s MY challenge to you today: find someone younger than you and strike up a conversation. Be a blessing…and you’ll be surprised that you just might walk away feeling more blessed!

Update / 30-day blog challenge warm-up!

This month has been a busy month…in a good way!

I’ll be teaching/coaching for the first time today at the University of Makati together with the other LIFE teachers/coaches. I’m looking forward to this! I also started a new women’s small group with old friends and new friends that meets on Tuesday nights.

Busy, busy! So I haven’t been able to blog properly. Maybe I’ll do the 30-day blog challenge (I was inspired by my friends and former co-workers at Summit Media, Mariel Chua and Alvin Jimenez). I’ll start on August 1 :) Want to join me?

In the meantime, I just posted a blog on the RepubLIKHA artist workshops in the RepubLIKHA site. Check it out!

Have a happy Thursday!

Would you like to help us by making a donation? Big or small…we’ll welcome all!

The kids from GK-Poveda!

The kids from GK-Poveda!

Hi everyone! On July 31 (that’s this Friday!), Republikha (our NGO–find out more about us @ http://www.republikha.org) will making another visit to our first beneficiary at GK-Poveda (their community is in Taguig City).

In the morning we will be teaching the kids (preschoolers!) about music. After that we will be sitting down with some of the parents and guardians of GK-Poveda so that we can get to know them better. We also want to find out what their challenges are in terms of education and dealing with the messages that media sends today.

Would you like to help us make this day more special? We are collecting donations (in cash or kind).

Julianne w/the kids!

Julianne w/the kids!

If you want to take part in this manner, please let us know if you can help us with any of the following below:

School supplies donation: (25 pcs each)
Drawing books
Knapsacks or plastic envelopes

Kiddie bags donation:
Cookies/brownies for 25 kids
Sandwhich spread (good for 25)
Zesto juice packs (25 pieces)

P2,000 for food and drinks for 35 adults from GK-Poveda

If you own a music store, musical instruments will also be a blessing to this community. These instruments can be 2nd hand or brand new.
We are looking at: tambourines, xylophone, maracas, or a guitar.

Please let us know if you are willing to help out. If you are in the Makati-Ortigas- QC area, we can pick up your donations. If you’d like to help out, leave a comment here or send me a personal message!

Thank you!!!

REPUBLIKHA: Get to know us!

republikha-handApril 17, 2009 – Carisse and I guested on The Edge to talk about our non-profit organization, RepubLIKHA. If you have time, watch this video and support us by being a RepubLIKHA fan on Facebook!

Thank you to Ron, Owie, and the rest of The Edge family for having us! :)

RepubLIKHA on Philippine Star SUPREME (the actual article)

I forgot to post the article. Whoops! Anyway, here it is, finally. :) The online version: http://supreme.ph/2009/04/24/school-of-rock/

Praise report!

REPUBLIKHA, the NGO we put up that we’ve been working on since September, is up and running! We’re so happy and thrilled that Gino de la Paz, a great great great writer and a huge supporter of our cause (and one of my favorite people in the world) decided to write about us in his column today. Do check it out! Philippine Star, Supreme section, pages J1 and J3. Here’s a preview:

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Please please go and find a paper a read it! I’ll post the bigger versions tomorrow, I just want you to go and see the real thing first. Haha!
THANK YOU to TEAM SUPREME and GINO DE LA PAZ (you are instrumental!), JC VALENCIA for the photos (thank you so so so very much), RED LOGO for the shirts, and Rivermaya, Salamin, Julianne, Barbie Almalbis, Gloc9, Joey Ayala, Brigada, Coffeebreak Island, Bituin Escalante, Peryodiko, Itchyworms, Radioactive Sago Project, Cynthia Alexander, Michael V, DJ Benjo Marquez, and all the other awesome artists who are going to be part of our first project/album (more names to be announced in the coming weeks)!

So please read the article, and please do spread the word…we’re looking for all the support we can get! :)

Join our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=76538927672&ref=ts

Check out our website: http://www.republikha.org

Or just say a prayer for us. We’d love that, too. :-)

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It doesn’t stop! We want to thank Ron and Owie of THE EDGE radio, too, for having us over as guests last night.


You guys are…AMAZING. ;-) You really really are. Thanks again for having us over and letting us talk about our project…we’re really grateful for the support. :)

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In other news (not RepubLIKHA-related), this week, Trina, Jose, Camille, and I started a training program at the Young Focus Student Center in Tondo. It’s difficult to describe in one sentence, but we’re doing something like a life coaching program for high school and college scholars from the Smokey Mountain area–basically, helping them discover their talents, gifts, strengths, passions, etc., in order to encourage them to live more purposeful and passionate lives. :)



These are awesome people. Kwela. Masaya. Makulit. Smart. Wise. Talented. I’m eager to get to know them more. :-) We’ve got weekly training sessions with them for the rest of this month, so do keep praying for us!

Thank you to Alex and Ben Compton for opening that door and introducing us to Young Focus and thank you to the dedicated and inspiring Young Focus team (Sir Ronnel, Kuya Manuel, Grace, Mark, Tina).

Tondo is the place to be! :-)

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And through it all…it’s God that makes all things possible. :) Thank you, Lord! :)

Counting the blessings.

Busy times. But God has been good, and His grace really abounds, so I can’t complain. It’s a good season. :)

Counting my blessings this week:

1) I preached in a service for the first time EVER (never thought I’d actually do it in this lifetime)!  My friend and small groupmate (?) Roxanne Barcelo was also there to give her testimony. She’s an awesome speaker, and she’s really someone I’m so proud of. She has a HUGE heart and her resilience is topnotch. Thank you to the awesome people of Generation Congregation of the Church of the Nazarene for having us over. GenCon rocks. :)

2) I had a good meeting with the Young Focus team at their student center in Tondo (I didn’t get lost on my way there either! Woohoo!). Young Focus aids the children and teenagers from the Smokey Mountain 2 area (for more info, check out http://www.youngfocus.org). They’re doing such a great job. I’m conducting several programs for them next month and I’m really looking forward to that. I can’t wait to meet the students!

3) We celebrated the birthdays of my mother and my brother with a nice family dinner at Power Plant. My 5-year old nephew even walked me to my car when I had to go back because I forgot something. Sweet. :)

4) I graduated from the Every Nation Leadership Institute (Year 1). I love my classmates and I love our church! It was just so cool how they made us all feel special. Special shoutout to Pastor Dennis Isleta! He was such a good “daddy” to our class, and we appreciate him a LOT. Another special shoutout to Ramir Mallari for putting up with us and managing to get us organized, because our class can get pretty rowdy. Haha.

5) We had a great afternoon with “supersiblings” Lea and Gerard Salonga last Wednesday. They’re really nice and down-to-earth, and I’m glad that they’re excited about our project. Awesome stuff up ahead!

6) I managed to have time to eat dinner at Taco Bell (one of my favorite eateries!) AND watch John Legend with two of my best friends, Camille and Carisse. John Legend was definitely in my must-see concert list (I’m still praying to be able to watch U2, Tony Bennett, John Mayer, and Coldplay in my lifetime!), so I’m glad we got to watch the concert. It was fun!

Tomorrow (or later, rather), I’m off to Nueva Ecija to speak at a high school graduation. It’s going to be quite a long trip, but I’m hoping that it’ll be a relaxing and peaceful one. I’m actually looking forward to the free hours in the car to be able to do nothing but think, listen, and pray. I believe it’s going to be a good day. :)

Superhero series: GANG BADOY and CARISSE ESCUETA

From time to time, I’ll be featuring some people who I think are pretty awesome. I’m calling it the SUPERHERO SERIES!

Do you know how valuable one little step can be?

I look at my 9-month nephew who fearlessly attempts to take a step every time we prop him up. I know without a doubt that one day, during one of his fearless attempts, he’ll finally find himself walking.

Oh, what one little step can do.


One little step turned Gang Badoy’s vision into something bigger, that which is now known today as ROCK ED PHILIPPINES. I am not entirely sure how Gang started Rock Ed, but at present, it is one of the most prolific and most talked-about non-government and non-profit organizations in the country. To find out more about Rock Ed Philippines, go to http://www.rockedphilippines.org.

Gang is one of the most passionate and most energetic women I know. I had the pleasure of working closely with her and Rock Ed in 2006 to 2007 when we launched ROCKERPARK, a campaign to collect brand new, used, or previously owned sports equipment for public schools under the RockEd P.E. Project (by the way, Rockerpark returns after a 2 year hiatus tomorrow/Saturday/Feb28!). Gang is always on the go! She has tons of great ideas, she has the drive to see them through, and in addition to all that, she knows how to mobilize young people and she uses one of the most effective tools out there: music.

Being around Gang is like being around a hurricane—but I mean that in the best way possible! :-) She moves, and she moves fast! I really admire that, because I am person who tends to be very cautious, but Gang is a classic example of how taking steps–no matter how small they are–will really make a difference in society.


A few years ago, my friend Carisse had a vision. A former pre-school teacher, Carisse was perpetually frustrated with what kids were learning from the media. She would see kids sing the songs they heard from noontime shows–mostly novelty songs that we all know have little to no substance.

Having grown up around musicians, Carisse knew that Filipino musicians were very well capable of coming up with good, original children’s music that can entertain AND educate, given the right motivation and proper guidelines.  Last year, after finishing an events course in the US, she came back home and started taking steps in faith to see this God-given vision become a reality. By that time, there were so many people who were eager to help her, so she just brought us all together, and today, we have RepubLIKHA, a non-government and non-profit organization committed to empowering the next generation through music. Watch this:

I’m so excited for our first project! Later this year, we’re targeting the release of a full-length children’s music album that we’re calling JOOMA JAM! The album (which will come with a Parent and Teacher Manual) will feature original English AND Filipino music from over 20 of the Philippines’ most popular and critically-acclaimed artists and bands who have signed up to support this vision. To find out more about RepubLIKHA and JOOMA JAM!, log on to http://www.republikha.org.

I just want to honor these two wonderful women today. They both bravely believed and they both took that ONE STEP, and I really admire them for that. And because of what they did, a LOT of people are being blessed. :)