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September 30, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

We’re done with Copywriting. Today we had our last meeting where we presented our final output in class. This semester has gone by so quickly.

While we were waiting for a classmate to start her presentation, my professor handed me a notebook, “Fiona.”

I took it and looked at the notebook. I was ready to say, “Ms, it’s not mine” but when I opened it, I saw a yellow Post-it note stuck on the flap of the brown notebook, my name scribbled on top of it. Though a bit clueless, I kind of understood that the notebook was for me, so I said thank you and immediately placed it inside my bag so to avoid creating noise from the questions of my similarly curious seatmates.

When I had the chance, I took it out of my bag again and read what the note says.

Fiona,

Here’s a little token for winning the best Banner Ad award. I liked your banner for its simplicity, good copy, uniqueness and relevance. Thank you for putting in good work over the semester. Despite all the stress and pressure, you have not lost your good aura, and that’s no mean feat. :) I’m glad you were part of the class. You were one of the few that I distinctively remembered from Multi class. I hope you’ll keep writing, and may this notebook bear witness to your work. Good luck! – Ms. Tina Azanes

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 The Banner Ad I made for LifeBox.

It was during this time that I felt like slowing down a bit. I’ve been waiting for this semester to end but when I read my professor’s note, it was like being awakened to a sober thought. Today we had our last class with her and I will never get the chance to be her student again. More so, I will never get the chance to have her as my professor again. I wish I didn’t get too excited about sembreak or too focused about meeting my requirements. I wish I came to class more often as a student who wants to learn rather than as a student who  just wants to finish a requirement.

Then a more important thought came to my head. Did I become a blessing to my professors? A question that I wish I had formed and asked myself sooner than later.

When in class, do I give them the respect that they deserve? Do I pay attention when they speak? Do I show interest in what they are teaching? Do I show that they are important by coming to class on time? Do I put an effort on the activities they give? Do I give them trust when they say that I can do the tasks that they are requiring of me? When they remember my name or how I am in class,does it point them to God?

Such questions that I am afraid to know the answers!

I came to realize that we may not always get the chance to zero in with our professors and tell them about our faith as much as we have the chance to tell our friends about it, but the way we behave inside our classroom – our attitude towards studying, how we respond to challenges, how we communicate with them, how we perform – speaks a lot. I hope the impression that we will leave with our professors will point them back to God.

I know I still have a lot of areas to work on. Lord, help us to point others back to You.

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In other news: I like goofing around when professor’s not around hehe.  

10.01.2010 12:05am

September 29, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

When I first heard of the song “Beautiful” by Bethany Dillon, my attention was caught immediately. The song is indeed, beautiful. I searched it on YouTube and stumbled upon a video with the song’s lyrics. And while the voice and melody sounded soothing and nice to the ear, the lyrics were otherwise. The first stanza and the chorus goes…

I was so unique
Now I feel skin deep
I count on the make-up to cover it all
Crying myself to sleep cause I cannot keep their attention
I thought I could be strong
But it’s killing me
Does someone hear my cry?
I’m dying for new life
I want to be beautiful
Make you stand in awe
Look inside my heart,
and be amazed
I want to hear you say
Who I am is quite enough
Just want to be worthy of love
And beautiful

I wasn’t what I expected. Isn’t it the song should be “beautiful?”

For some reason, reality hit me hard as I was staring at my screen while the video plays. I thought, it happens. And this girl, she must have been so empty and thirsty for love, she must have been tired of pleasing herself and pleasing others, she must’ve been desperate to feel loved and beautiful. She must’ve been tired of being herself. She must’ve been weary of trying to figure out things for herself. She must’ve been tired of finding meaning in her life. No, she must’ve been tired of her life. Have you felt the same way once in your life? I did.

I think anyone can relate to this song. Besides, our sinful nature loves to make the world revolve around us. I want to be beautiful, make other people stand in awe, when they look inside my heart, they should be amazed at who I am. I want people to say I am good, I am great, I am enough, I am all that they need. And when people see me like that, that makes me worthy of love and beautiful. We love to define our worth and beauty with so much of this superficial world, with so much of what other people will say, with so much of our own pleasures and understanding.

So I was surprised to find this at the ending part of the song. Here it goes…

Sometimes I wish I was someone other than me
Fighting to make the mirror happy
Trying to find whatever is missing
Won’t you help me back to glory
You make me beautiful
You make me stand in awe
You step inside my heart, and I am amazed
I love to hear You say
Who I am is quite enough
You make me worthy of love and beautiful

Isn’t it nice? How it looks a lot better when we remove the focus on ourselves and put it on Someone?

If we try to do it by ourselves, we will always fall short. Let Him do it for you. Because only Him can make you worthy of love and beautiful. :)

What a beautiful song indeed.

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September 12, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

18840_1070855988725_1745883859_135167_3972187_nSeptember 11, 2009 – Painful Reality

The day when 9/11 became more than just a date to remember because of the World Trade Center attack. It became more memorable to us because that same date in 2009, Gaviene announced to us – leadership group – her plans of leaving Victory QC for a church plant in Makati. It wasn’t really what we were expecting to hear so it came to us by a shocking surprise. Sadness filled the restaurant Perspolis as tears welled up our eyes. It was “traumatic” as we would put it. We were all broken because aside from the fact that a great discipler has to leave us, the whole leadership group has to be divided as well. (See my blog about it here.)

September 11, 2010 – Story of God’s Faithfulness

Yesterday, the moment I realized it was September 11, I immediately texted the girls with “Happy 9/11 LGmates!” and giggled at the thought of it. I will never forget. It’s now something that we just laugh at every time we remember. Later on that day I realized that it wasn’t just a year ago since our Perspolis experience happened but it was also a year ago since Gaviene told us about a church plant.

A church plant that now have already come into a fulfillment. Isn’t God so faithful?

40625_485200744534_611819534_6913942_6832065_nGaviene did become part of a church plant. Along with Ptr LA Mumar and other church learders, they gave birth to Victory Makati this year that is now reaching out to the Philippine city that never sleeps – Makati City. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things that God is doing in this church. And they just keep on growing and growing and growing and growing! Their heartbeat? To honor God and make disciples.

God isn’t just faithful. He is also a promise-keeping God.

Here’s a link to Victory Makati’s Sunday Service Launch Video.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6

09.12.10 11:37pm

September 5, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

Php_bill_1000_frontI was supposed to receive my allowance last Friday but it got delayed. I have 1000 pesos left in my wallet as my budget for the next nine days. Looking at the activities that I need to do for the week, it left me wondering how my 1000 pesos would be enough to cover the expenses for my activities aside from my every day food, transportation, house needs, cellphone load, and stuff that I need to buy for school – things that I also need to include in my budget.

I came before God with honest heart saying to Him that I have no idea how I will do it – will I just stay at home for nine day so that I won’t need to spend anything? Will I not eat? Will I just walk to school? Will I lend money? How? But I decided to be just in faith and watch Him move.

So for the past nine days, I rarely bought food for myself not because I don’t have money but because either someone would bless me with food or treat me for lunch or dinner. What’s funny is that I never told anyone about my situation except for a friend (who was so generous to give me money so that I could ride a cab on my way home from UP). For the past days, it was like me and God playing a game and every time someone would bless me with something, He gets a point. And He would always win. God didn’t just provide for my every day needs, it went even beyond that I was even able to play bowling at Eastwood for free and bless a girl in my small group by paying half of her registration fee for Victory Weekend.

Nine days have past, I have a surplus of 200 bucks in my wallet. I’m going to receive my allowance tomorrow. :)

It was a fun game even though I lost to Him. :P

Si God talaga! :)

PS. So to you who generously shared / gave, thanks. :) You blessed me more than you know it!!!! :D

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

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