The end of education is CHARACTER 

Last Saturday (08 April), I spoke at my alma mater during their moving up ceremony for Junior High and Recognition for Senior High and it was one of the happiest days of my life! I never imagined, not even in my wildest dreams that I will be invited to be a keynote speaker in any of my former schools. It was really fun to see familiar faces, most especially when I saw them listening carefully while I am standing in the podium. Due to my friends’ demands, I am publishing my speech here. Let me know what you think!


Thank you sir Chris for that warm and kind introduction.

The President and founder of Casa Del Nino Montessori Schools System Incorporated, Dr. Rosario G. Acierto. Ma’am

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Jose C. Acierto, Supervising Consultant, Dr. Corazon R. Asuncion, Administrators from Elementary and Junior High School, Ma’am Leigh Paguiligan and Sir Mel Bauit, The enthusiastic members of the teaching force and staff, The ever supportive parents, candidates for Junior High School completers, awardees, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon!

I’m very pleased to have been invited to speak here today at my Alma Mater, Casa Del Niño Montessori School. Today is a very special day for the Junior High School Completers, it’s also a very special day for the proud parents and grandparents, and also for the relieved teachers. Just wait until these students are graduating college. Then their parents will be therelieved ones.

Junior High School completers, you should know that your moms and dads are very proud of you today. They have high hopes for you, and they believe in you, and you are making them proud by showing what you can achieve.

Take a look at them now, and you can see them smiling and snapping photos so they can record this moment forever. Today is an important day for you and for them. Today they are very, very proud of you.

Today would be a good day to hug them and thank them for supporting you, because as much as this is your achievement, this is also the achievement of the people who care about you. That means your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your sisters and brothers, and all the other people who care about you. They want you to be at your best and to live up to your potential.

To all of today’s completers, I can’t imagine what’s going through your minds right now. Yet here I stand before you at this amazing crossroads of your life. So the question of the hour is what can I impart? How can I help you even in the slightest way to be ready for whatever comes next?

So I asked myself, how did I get here? After a lot of thought, I realized there have been two life lessons that changed everything about me. These were moments that shook me, scared me and humbled me. In the end, these moments are two big reasons I am here today. 

So let’s start with something I learned when I was at your age, noong highschool pa ako, noong nasa Casa Del Niño Montessori School pa ako, isang bagay na meron sa CASA na hindi ko makakalimutan at binitbit ko hanggang sa ako’y nag college, naging degree holder, naging professional, naging sa kung sino ako ngayon ang heartbeat ng eskwelahang ito:

The end of education is CHARACTER.

Who we are is more important than what we know. 

Martin Luther King Jr. once quoted about Character and education, he said that “ Intelligence plus Character – that is the goal of true education”.

Unfortunately, in our generation we oftentimes measure success in shallow and material ways: How much money do you have? How powerful are you? Are you famous? How big is your house? What kind of car do you drive? All these questions reinforce the misguided belief that success is somehow tied to material things that benefit the self. I have, I do, I am.

As a Casan, are we distinguished by our intelligence, looks, status or skills? No. I hope we casans are distinguished by our character, our hope, our faith, and our values. In the next chapter of your lives and in your future careers, how will you be distinguished? How will you be defined?

The same facts that are taught here at CDNMS are taught at other schools. Ag is the element symbol for Silver here as it is at INHS. Valentine’s Day still is recognized as happening on February 14, here at CDNMS as it is at SFC. If the facts are the same, what is it that makes you unique as Casan students?

Let me give you a glimpse of my High schoolYears, isa po kami sa batch na pinakamabait, db Tr. Mel. Isa kami sa batch na paborito ni Tr. Mel. Hahaha. Pero sino nga ba si Charmie nung high school siya, nung nasa Casa Del pa siya. isa po ako sa mga estudyante na tumatambay sa CR kapag inaantok sa klase, isa po ako sa estudyante na napatawag na sa principals office at isa po ako sa estudyanteng napalabas ng classroom dahil hindi gumawa ng assignment. Ngunit sa kabila po ng aming kalokohan, hindi ko po hinayaang mawala sa isip ko at sa puso ko ang katagang “The end of education is CHARACTER”.

Why did you come to CDNMS in the first place? Maybe because you wanted to be good in speech that taught by Tr. Melchor Bauit. Maybe because your friends are enrolled here or maybe because of the school facilities and a quality education that this school has to offer.

Whatever the reasons, I hope that you now know why you are a Casan and that you have been changed because of it.

I hope that you now know that secular knowledge does not clash with religious knowledge but rather enhances it. That our knowledge becomes a Wisdom when applied.

Today, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to my Alma Mater, CDNMS for teaching me that one of the heartbeat of success is CHARACTER. You can become the world’s most influential engineers and scientists yet also be the most humble. You can become the world’s most innovative artists, teachers, and lawyers yet also be the most kind. You can become the world’s most successful authors, businessmen, and doctors yet also be the most family oriented.

To become successful, you must be notable by your character, leadership, charity, kindness, honesty, and integrity. 

As Casans you have the unique responsibility and opportunity to be lights on a hill in this darkening world.

My second pivotal life lesson is, to become successful, you must have a vision. You have to DREAM BIG but START SMALL. 

Today, I want you to think about what you can do rather than what you cannot do. Think about the things you have as opposed to what you do not have.

What is in your hand right now is your diploma. You have to ask yourself, how will I use it to achieve my goals? And the answer to that depends on how far you can see.

You must have a vision for your future. You must pair that vision with a plan.

Create a vision based on your specific gifts, talents and tools. There is greatness in simply being you and using your skill to do something with your vision — and to put your personal plan in motion.

After having my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, I immediately took the Board Exam, as I’ve said earlier “YOU HAVE TO DREAM BIG”, and so my goal when I took my Board Exam is to top the Board, unfortunately I did not make it but thank God, I passed my board. And finally, I became a full-Pledged nurse, my mom and dad wants me to go abroad, well it was also my dream to work abroad but things didn’t go as planned.

After working at the Hospital and after being a Community Health Nurse, I didn’t feel the sense of fulfillment. I was searching for something that I knew I was created for. I was searching for things that I’m passionate about. And guess what, I chose to be in the business industry, not that because this is what I’m passionate about or because I want to earn money but because I used this as an excuse to my parents para po hindi sila magalit sa akin, an excuse to fulfill the calling God has for me. 

I found my calling. I found something that really satisfies my soul. And this is what I’m passionate about. For me, having God and serving God is much more than the diploma, the license, the wealth, and the things I have now. I may not be in the Hospital curing physical illness and diseases but I’m called to heal what’s inside, THE HEART! To inspire, to touch the lives of people by sharing my life testimony on how God changed my life, by telling them that God loves them and that God has a greater plan for them. For me this is LIFE all about, this is how I view SUCCESS, and for me this is worth to die for.

Even if our plans and goals do not pan out exactly how we have envisioned them, we will still benefit from having that vision.

As you go forth to the next chapter of your lives, para sa sabay-sabay na hakbang tungo sa maunlad na kinabukasan, guys, huwag niyong kalimutang bitbitin ang heartbeat ng eskwelahang ito, that “THE END OF EDUCATION IS CHARACTER, remember that who we are is more important than what we know; second, you must have a vision, you’ve got to dream big and start small, you’ve got to find your PASSION.

I’ll leave you with this final word, from a great author with whom I imagine you are all familar, by the name of our Father in Heaven, God

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. “Plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So congratulations to all of the Junior High School completers and achievers, congratulations to the parents, and finally, congrats to the teachers and everyone else who helped our graduates reach here today.

Now I know why I got invited here. Because I am a proud product of this SCHOOL. It’s good to be back home. I am proud to say “TATAK CASAN AKO”. 

Wherever every Casan will go and reach, whatever endeavor we might pursue, achievement and success we will attain, let me say that CDNMS will always be a very special part of our being. We are after all CASAN in heart.

Congratulations again, and thank you for your attention.

Mount Pulag

   Di ko maiwasang hindi ipost to. Gusto ko lang magkuwento. Gusto ko lang maglabas ng saloobin ko. 😊

Sobrang amazed ako sa goodness ni Lord. Bago pa kami umakyat may warning na ang pag-asa sa bagyo though di naman affected ang benguet or somewhere dito sa norte pero sabi nila, iba daw kasi sa bundok, kahit maaraw sa baba, sa bundok bumabagyo na pala. Yung ibang team na umakyat bago kami, mga a week before kami, hanggang camp 2 lang sila, di sila nakatungtong ng summit kasi bumabagyo daw sa taas pero yung sa amin grabe!!!! Sobrang ganda ng weather. Sa totoo lang nung una di ko naappreciate kasi nabitin ako sa sea of clouds tapos sobrang hirap ng trail, almost 11hours na lakad parang gusto ko na lang sumuko pero ang iniisip ko yung summit, yung dahilan ng pag akyat ko kaya natapos ko, I reached the top. 🚩 Sobrang saya ko, yung pakiramdam na “wow!!!! Nakaya ko!!!” 11hours trekking tapos yung damit ko 4 na patong sa taas, 4 na patong sa baba, 3 patong na medyas kasi sobrang lamig daw sa taas, sobra nga!!! Haha.

Yung disappointment ko napalitan ng amazement!!! Iba talaga gumalaw si Lord para sobra mong ma-appreciate yung goodness niya. Pag kauwi namin saka bumagyo, saka umulan, saka pumangit yung weather. Ngayon sobra akong amazed. Yung pakiramdam na naman na ang spoiled ko sknya. Iba ka talaga Lord. Ang galing galing galing mo!!! 
Dahil sa pag akyat ko, madami akong natutunan, madami din akong realizations, bumaba ako na may bitbit na excitement kasi alam ko pag uwi ko ng Ilagan may panibagong testimony na naman akong maish-share sa mga kabataang may pangarap sa buhay, may pinagdadaanan sa buhay, gusto ng tagumpay, natitisod, gusto umusad, nawawala, nahihirapan pero lumalaban. 

I have kept the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

sa tamang panahon

  

Father, my heart is fragile and delicate and easily broken. I have tried to find the one who will cherish me, whithout Your view. My heart has been broken and my emotions bruised. I ask You to take and guard my heart. I will choose not to entertain thoughts and emotions of love which cause me to give my heart away too readily. I will come quickly to You when I start feeling like I am in love. Please hold the key to my heart and emotions until a day I can give it to the man You have prepared for me.”

This prayer comes from a woman whose story is in the book “Lady in Waiting.” I share this with you today because I think this woman has the right view on dating. She has recognized that her heart is weak and fragile.  

We too should know this- look at how quickly we attach ourselves to guys, how many texts from a guy does it take to make your heart beat fast when you receive one? How often do you catch yourself daydreaming about a guy? And on the other side, how bad does it hurt when you get rejected, how often do guys break your heart? 

The answer to these questions will quickly show you how fragile your heart is. Dating is a game of giving pieces of your heart away and never getting them back. The more you date and become attached to people, the more of your heart you give away.

That is why this woman, and many others (including myself) have figured out the best way to save your whole heart for the man of your dreams is to wait

How do you wait? You give your whole entire heart to God and everything that goes with it. Tell God he can have it completely. He is the only one who really knows who your husband will ultimately be anyways, so why not wait for his discrection to give your heart out?

Giving God control of your heart is not easy though, it requires much trust, patience, and discipline. Notice in the prayer she said she would quickly come to God whenever she felt feelings for a guy. She says this because she knows the heart is easily mislead (Proverbs 16:2) By constantly checking emotions and feelings with God’s will she is keeping God in control and allowing him to protect her heart.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Collossians 3:1-3 

What does this look like in real life? Well, first you need to have a long talk with God, sharing with Him this commitment and allowing Him to fully take over your heart.

Then, the next time you start to get feelings for a guy, before you can entertain the thought or text your best friend, you immediately go to God and ask him if this is someone he wants you to be with. 

Check your list of standards, does this guy seem like he might even come close? (The excuse: “I don’t know him yet” does not count here. If you noticed who the guy was you have obviously noticed some of his behavior or speech. It is not hard to tell right off the bat what a person’s heart is. 

If you have a close relationship with God you can easily distinguish if someone is living with God as the center of their life or not.

Next, pray that God’s will would be done and not yours, and mean it! Allow God to be in control of the situation—don’t Facebook stalk the guy, don’t “accidently” get his number from a friend—just stop. Relax, wait. Let God handle what you have already asked him to handle.

After you have brought everything under God’s control, then you have to focus your thoughts on God or else we all know they will be focused on this guy. So pick a verse to memorize or a prayer to pray, anything that can remind you to bounce your thoughts upward. I know all these steps may seem hard and overwhelming, but God has a special person designed for each and every one of you and He doesn’t want you to give your heart away until He shows you the perfect guy He has for you in His perfect time.

So give your heart to God first, and trust Him to give it away to your husband in His time. Try it and see what happens. 

Above ALL else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Four great reasons you need to join the #Y.O.L.O Singles Getaway!! 💕

This coming November 18 to 20, Church of God North Luzon Region are having the much awaited Regional Young Adult Convergence!

 
Here are four great reasons you need to be part of this getaway!

1. New friends to meet.

I think there is no better way to meet new friends than in the spiritual family where God has placed you. The friends you will meet here are people that God has prepared in helping you fulfill the call of your life. Remember, there are no accidents when it comes to relationships. Be excited as you meet new people from different places of North Luzon Region.

2. Powerful sessions.

We will going tackle about LIFE, LOVE and LEADERSHIP in the most exciting and creative ways! We will be opening up the night with a powerful word on how singles can grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. A session I wouldn’t want to miss!

3. You need a break!
Yes – you! We work so hard all year, it’s time to unwind with friends and invest in your self. The getaway is designed to give you the much needed break and at the same time helping you develop your faith and self. The beautiful ambiance of our beach resort is a great way to do just that!

4. Panel discussion.
We will be having also anointed young adult leaders from the NLR RYA Team in the panel discussion for any questions you might have on work, love, manhood and womanhood. So get ready with the questions you have been dying to ask because we are ready to answer those!

Just the thought of having a room full of single men and women who are tired of living the status quo and wanting to get out of survival mode to thriving mode. If you are looking for a good investment this year on how you can experience the full life as a single – you have to join this one!!!

Again, From November 18 to 20- this is going to be an adventure packed three days getaway!!! Register now. Limited slots only.

For questions, click here to inquire or call Charmie 09069148723, you may also approach our Regional Youth Director Ptr. Ernest 09062973140.

You may also register to your Youth Pastors from your local church or district. We are very much excited to meet you! 💕

FIGHT of the CENTURY

  

MayPac fight became the talk of the crowd. It was also known as the “FIGHT OF THE CENTURY” 

Now, let me share to you my thoughts on this fight. It may be over but it won’t stop there because the fight will always be remembered. 

First, why FIGHT OF THE CENTURY?

  • It’s also known as the BATLLE FOR GREATNESS/ BATTLE FOR LEGACY
  • Age, Height, Reach, Record, Knockouts, Rounds boxed…  

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

1. You can play it safe but not be remembered

After 12 rounds of running and hugging- I mean boxing (HAHA), I was kinda disappointed to see a fight where no fight really happened. 

Those who play safe in life will not make any difference.

We must FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

If we want to be remembered we must not go with the flow but we must go against the flow. Don’t play it safe. Take risks.

2. Fight even if injured

FYI, si Pacman ay injured sa right shoulder niya even before the fight begins and Mayweather kept on punching Pacman sa right shoulder niya. Can you imagine how painful it is?

Pacman finished the game, he finished the fight even if he is injured, even if it hurts, even if it cost him to give up.

Minsan sa buhay nasasaktan ka, nadadapa ka, nahihirapan ka, naguguluhan ka, hopeless ka…but God says,

The Lord will fight for you, you need only to BE STILL. Exodus 14:14

God can turn YOUR MESS INTO A MESSAGE and YOUR TEST INTO A TESTRIMONY. 

3. Fight even if it’s done

It’s a good fight. I thought I won the fight. –Pacman

It actually breaks my heart upon hearing those words from him. Like all of you, I was also expecting that Pacman will won the fight but things don’t happened as planned. 

Pacman did his best, lumaban hanggang 12 rounds..he has the reason to ask God, bakit siya natalo? All along pinanghawakan ko ang promises mo pero natalo ako, bakit mo ako binigo and all. But win or lose HE KEPT THE FAITH. 

May kanya-kanya tayong ipinaglalaban sa buhay, may kanya-kanya tayong battles in life, minsan akala mo panalo ka sa laban, minsan akala mo meron ka pang ipinaglalaban, minsan akala mo tapos na ang laban, minsan panalo ka, minsan natatalo, minsan malungkot, minsan masakit, minsan masaya but we must not forget that win or lose, WE MUST KEPT THE FAITH. 

and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Life is about ONE CHOICE: GIVE UP or GET UP!! 

If we want to FIGHT FOR LEGACY we must take the risk, let’s not play it safe, never live in your comfort zone, learn to take a step of faith and trust God. YOU ARE CALLED TO BE MORE. YOU ARE A MAN OF GOD, A DISCPLE-MAKER, A WORLD CHANGER. 

FIGHT.   

TO THE MAN WHO OWNS MY HEART ❤️

  To the man who owns my heart, I thought of you again last night before drifting off to sleep. I don’t know why no matter what I do, I can’t stop thinking about you. I remember the first day we met, I fell in love with you because I saw something in you that I cannot see with someone.. or something else. You are patient, kind, slow to anger, generous and something that struck me.. you never keep record of my wrongs. I can never out-give you. Everything that I do is nothing compared to what you’ve done. A lot of times I ask, “Who am I that you are mindful of?” “What can I do to give back all the undeserved love?” But I always get the same reply, ”I loved you first. To let me in your heart is more than enough.“ The years with you are the best years of my life. You don’t know how healthier my heart gets every time I pour out all my thoughts on you. Unlike other friends of mine, you listen without judgement. And you know how sneaky you are? You let me decide on my own yet you would do things to protect me from any harm that my decisions would lead me to! That annoyed me at first but I learned to appreciate it as our relationship gets deeper. A lot of times we argue over things and stuff. I want to go left, you are always right. I want to do this and that, but you would disapprove. Our fights are always short though because usually I would end up heartbroken whenever I follow what I want. Thing is, you never fail to catch me every time I fall. I always end up thanking you for interceding. I remember when you first called me “my beloved” after my first heartbreak.. I felt so loved. I was shattered having been betrayed but your words assure me that you are with me. You will never leave me nor forsake me no matter how worse things get. Above all, you will love me no matter how worse I become. Your unconditional love melts my heart in awe. You even said, “I will make you my bride forever.” Your love perseveres. You were faithful, though I am not. You didn’t let me go even if a lot of times I pushed you away. You’re not like the rest who would step out of my life and wait for me to reach out. You are always the one who would do the first move, though I know you were hurt for my mistakes.  Now I know that one day, I will get married and will have kids. I want my husband-to-be to know you too. Not just know you, but have the same relationship that I have with you. To recognize that you are the center of it all and our lives are meaningless without you. I want a worshiping family. Someday we will see each other face to face and you will ask me, “What did you do with the life I gave you?”. God, you own my heart, my life.. I want to be able to answer You that day…I want my list to be long enough! I want You to be proud of me and tell me, “Well done!”  And I guess no matter how far I run away, I will end up with You..because my soul was made to yearn..for You! I love You so much.. so much that I will obey. Bride-ly yours,  Charmie P. ❤️

Relaks, its just PAG-IBIG! ❤️

  
Hi there! Bago ko simulan nais kong magpakilala muna! HAHAHA! Game?

Ako nga po pala si Charmie Mei P. Paredes. Ginawa ko po itong blog site na ‘to dahil sa nainspire ako sa blog site ni Ms. Yeng Constantino. 😊 Thanks Ms. Yeng! 😊

Ayan, bakit nga ba Relaks, its just PAG-IBIG? Dahil kagaya po ng karamihan sa atin may kanya-kanyang tayong kuwento patungkol sa tinatawag na pag-ibig. Yung iba na-FRIENDZONE, M.U lang, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, na-TWO TIME, INIWAN, etc… Masakit db?

Oo alam ko yung pakiramdam dahil minsan na din sa buhay ko naranasan kong NABIGO ng tinatawag na PAG-IBIG. Hindi ako naipaglaban ng taong mahal ko, masakit db? HAHAHA. Pero wala na yun. Salamat sa Diyos at nahilom na ako! Naaaaaaks! Ang corny! HAHAHAHAHA.

Ang masasabi ko lang, oo nabigo ka ng pag-ibig pero huwag kang humintong mag mahal. Dahil hindi lahat ng lalake, kagaya ng karamihan, hindi lahat ng babae, kagaya ng karamihan, may mga endangered species pa tayong tinatawag. Maniwala sa GOD’S BEST. Ipagdasal mo yung taong ibibigay sayo ng Lord. At habang inaayos mo yung nabigo, nawasak, at nalugmok mong puso, ilapit mo sarili mo kay Lord. Siya lang may kakayahang ayusin yan! Si Lord muna, si Lord dapat! Huwag ka mag alala sa nabigo mong puso, balang araw magmamahal ka ulit na buo ka na! 😊 Basta unahin mo si Lord sa lahat ng gagawin mo, sa buhay mo. 😊 Ayos ba? Malinaw na? Very good! Ayos! Apir! 😊