8th Annual Gift-giving at Philippine General Hospital on May 17

8th Annual Gift-giving at Philippine General Hospital on May 17
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Monday, April 14, 2014

KCAT CAN: Power of a heartfelt prayer


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Power of a heartfelt prayer

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” — Mark 11:24

What are you praying for? Most of us pray for good health, guidance, safety, finances or a better understanding of life. We would pray for ourselves, our friend, our families and the world. Those who are sick like me, pray for complete healing. Others ask God for forgiveness or thank Him for all the blessings they receive. Most prayers are done inside places of worship, at home, at work, while traveling, or wherever we maybe because God is always with us. There are those who do their prayers while lighting a candle, holding a rosary or crucifix, or while kneeling. Most people pray silently while some say it out loud or write it on a paper.

It’s amazing to know that there are so many various ways to pray and communicate with God, but do we have the time for Him or are we too busy with our lives?

Monday, March 31, 2014

KCAT CAN: The best way to fight life’s battles


The best way to fight life’s battles

In our Neurofibromatosis group page on Facebook, one of our NF friends posted, “Sadya bang ganon…? Tayong mga maysakit parang bawal magalit at bawal gumawa ng kasalanan? Dapat alam kung ano ang tama at alin ang mali? Kailangang magpaka-bato pagdating sa love dahil sa takot na baka di tayo sapat.”

I immediately disagreed with two letters, “NO!” Then, I later explained, “Hindi maiiwasang magpaka-emo minsan, pero don’t take everything seriously nalang and choose to laugh at it than be sad about it. Mahirap? Pero hindi impossible.”

Monday, March 17, 2014

KCAT CAN: Choose Happiness

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Choose Happiness

“I want to have a reason to be happy like Kcat,” reads this Facebook status from my friend Cecille.

I told her that she can be because she has a lot of reasons to be happy like being alive, waking up to a beautiful morning each time, being surrounded by family and friends, and having a job.

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself,” says a quote from American author Alice Walker.

MAY Birthday 2014 on May 17: Birthday Wishlist

It’s already summer time and the month of May is just around the corner! It’s going to be my birthday once again meaning MAY Birthday Project is here!!!
1st MAY Birthday Project in 2007
Since I was a child, I am always excited whenever my birthday’s coming because it means gifts, foods and party with my friends and cousins. Up until now, I still feel the same excitement because my birthday means there’ll be foods, gifts and family and friends to share and bring JOY to those who are in need.

In 2007, while travelling by car with my family, I was thinking aloud, “I want to celebrate my birthday with the kids in the hospital." Ideas kept coming out of my mind, but I told myself, “But we are not rich, how can we fund the event?”

I am rich with blessings though, blessings that I call family and friends, and so I’ve been sharing them with the patients of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Charity wards.

7 years of gift-giving
Like most people who’s about to celebrate their birthday, I too have a birthday wishlist that I’ve been asking for 8 years now. Please give me a birthday gift from my wishlist and help us in making this year’s gift-giving event as successful as the previous years. Donate. Join. Support.

Monday, March 03, 2014

KCAT CAN: Carlisle's Plea For Help

“Wala na po bang ibang option?” Marie desperately asked the doctor when she was told that Carlisle needs to undergo another brain surgery. She’s completely aware that craniopharyngioma is a tumor that may come back even after surgery and radiation therapy but she never thought that it can be this fast, it hasn’t been a year since Carlisle’s recent brain surgery.

“I know this is for the best, but as long as there are other options, that I’m sure there will be, I don’t want to risk his life again,” Marie shared.


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Carlisle's Plea For Help

On the dawn of March 31, Marie Ruth Berma was blessed with a bouncing baby boy who immediately cried after coming out of his mom’s womb, a sign that he was healthy. The handsome little boy with rosy cheeks and birthmark on his foot, was named Carlisle Von Patrick. For Marie, Carlisle was perfect.

Monday, February 17, 2014

KCAT CAN: Waiting For God's Signs

Whenever I can’t think of anything to write about— whether I mention it in my prayer or not, as long as I would think about it—God always gives me a ‘sign’ to answer this prayer; and Ndre’s story is my answered prayer. 

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Waiting For God's Signs

“Do you believe in signs?” My sister asked me one day.

Monday, January 20, 2014

KCAT CAN: Everyone needs a family


Everyone needs a family

Most of my friends know who Tito Jim is. He is my mom’s younger brother who is five years older than me. We basically grew up together with my cousins. From hip-hop music to rock, riding the bicycle and skateboard, I learned it all from him.

During our teenage years, we used to call his place “Paraiso” because hanging out with him was like a paradise of reality. That was something my cousins and I made up. It may sound as an excuse, but for us, it was like seeing what’s ahead of us while being in tune with the current moment and having fun.

Last January 10, Tito Jim married his girlfriend, April Policarpio. I already forgot how long they were together because it seemed like they’ve been a couple since the day they were born. April went to the US in 2012 so they were separated from each other for more than a year. But they have proven that distance is not an obstacle because their love grew stronger. They later decided to get married.

Monday, January 06, 2014

KCAT CAN: Life Must Go On


LIFE MUST GO ON

It seemed like the world is moving too fast and I wanted it to stop, or at least slow down, so that I could keep up. I wanted the time to wait for me. Then I realized, life goes on, and I have to live with it.

Before my health deteriorated in 2005, I was fond of going out with my friends, love ones and even by myself. I was a very outgoing type of person as they say, enjoying life to the fullest. This is one of the reasons why I didn’t feel bitter about life when I became sick because I was still able to enjoy many things whenever I can. Most of my friends and family rely on me in terms of choosing and planning where and when to go, and what to do. They even tagged me as the promotor or pasimuno. But then I got so sick and weak, I was not able to go out like I used to. Or so I thought and I was wrong!

Monday, December 09, 2013

KCAT CAN: Make the most of your time

Make the most of your time

Everything we do requires time. There’s a time to sleep, time to eat, time to work, time to play, time to study, time to pray, and so on. Time is really essential. We need it, we have it but we can’t control it.

Time will keep on moving whether we like it or not but it shouldn’t define our life. We can’t control the continuity of life but we shouldn’t let time take over our life.

It’s still up to us. The choices and actions that we make from our time here on earth will define our whole life.

Monday, November 25, 2013

KCAT CAN: Haiyan tragedy brings out the best in humanity


Haiyan tragedy brings out the best in humanity

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens

My friends and I decided not to push through with all our plans for our annual Christmas activities for kids in our place. It doesn’t seem right to ask for donations when we know there are a lot more people who need immediate help.

The news about Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) was really depressing. Now I know why my eyes have been irritated these past few days; even a dry eye that rarely produces tears was crying for them. Seeing the destruction and reading the events have filled me with sadness. What this super typhoon did to most parts of the Visayan region has left everyone in great devastation. It was really heartbreaking for everyone – not just for the residents of Central Visayas, but also for the whole country and the world.

The sad news was met with inspiring and touching stories of how everyone was coping up and doing their part. Children were donating their precious toys. Some employees gave up their allowances for a day in order to raise money for donation. There were a couple of companies and organizations who cancelled their Christmas parties and allotted their budget to the victims. Individuals even from outside the country pooled their own resources or asked for aid from their friends and colleagues to be able to help. Big and small companies, restaurants, food chains, establishments, couriers – all of them were extending their arms, hands and hearts. People are even using their God-given talents to raise funds and reach out.

This tragedy has proven that whatever your age or status in life, as long as you have the heart, you have something to share. There were those who bought boxes of groceries and other relief goods while others who had less, gave whatever they could afford. Among them were a street child who donated her two pesos; pedicab drivers in Tondo who pooled their hard earned money to buy food and clothes; a young boy with ragged clothes who contributed his P30 earnings to a lady who was buying groceries for donation; and an old lady who shared her half pack of powdered milk because that was the only thing she could give.

Help continued to pour in from all walks of life. Foreign tourists, who were in the country for vacation, canceled their itineraries and instead helped in the relief operations. Little girls in the US sold lemonades to raise money. A preschooler in Japan donated all of the contents of his precious piggybank. There was a young girl in Qatar who encouraged her classmates and neighbors to donate even if it’s just 1 Qatari riyal. A group of young guys in California collected hugs and donated $5 for every hug they got. The governments of various countries also sent generous aid to Central Visayas. Volunteers came from various parts of the globe – doctors, health professionals, troops for search and rescue, foreign media, pilots with their big cargo planes and helicopters.

Typhoon Yolanda may have destroyed a lot of communities, houses and structures but the spirit of the survivors was not shattered. A store owner in Guian, Samar, transformed her grocery store into a relief center. A woman who lost her five kids and husband still had the heart to share her bottle of water to a thirsty lady.

There are many other stories of how someone saved another. What is more inspiring is how the victims are still able to smile and laugh after all that they went through. These stories of hospitality, hope, love, and compassion from both volunteers and survivors show that faith in humanity lives on. Everyone still cares for each other. The whole world cares for you and me.

While my eyes no longer shed tears and are back to their usual dryness, my heart continues to jump for joy whenever I read these inspiring and touching stories of hope, faith and love.

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Andrius Wayne Riña or Ndrei is a six-year-old boy from Davao City who needs our help. He is not a victim of the recent typhoon but he is suffering from end-stage liver failure. After waking up from hepatic coma, he is now slowly regaining his senses. But he is still not in a good condition, and needs to undergo a liver transplant. Ndrei’s fighting spirit and will to live were witnessed by everyone around him. He needs more kindhearted people to help him win this fight. If you are willing to be part of Ndrei’s battle, you may call his mom, Rubi Riña at 09477987332. You make also check https://www.facebook.com/livertransplant4Ndrei on Facebook. Anything that you wish to extend will be greatly appreciated by the family.

It’s only a month before Christmas but why wait for December before giving and sharing? According to Dale Evans Rogers, “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”

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