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Read and Understand God’s Word – Ways To Lead You For Better Understanding

the holy bible

In our daily lives, it is important to go on equipped with the right guidance with us. Especially in making decisions, it is necessary to consult the One who acquires wisdom beyond the mountains and oceans, whose roar of knowledge is louder than the fiery lions. Before we wake up, we ask for His divine guidance and presence to fill us up. In every step we take, we always consult Him through His word, the Bible. However, most try to read the Scripture but can’t well comprehend. Maybe we should take it step by step to surely swallow God’s words in our mind, heart, soul and spirit to let His glory manifest in our lives through actions. In this article, you can read ways of how to start your journey with God through read His promises and advice through the Bible.

  1. Book of Mark.

Reading the book of Mark is a good start for those who want to understand the Bible well. This account will give you a clear narrative of how Jesus changed the world through his magnificent glory. In other words, it is a short biography of Jesus Christ, written by a boy who witnessed His good works and miracles personally as He did his ministry in the world of humanity.

  1. Book of Acts.

This book is a powerful grip to one’s walk in faith with Jesus Christ. You can read apostle Paul’s life changing stories and experiences unveiling his faithfulness and zeal in selflessly serving God and His people. It will also be a good way to ignite your fire in sharing the Good News to the world.

  1. Book of Romans.

Romans is just one of the personal accounts of apostle Paul. It tackles about how God genuinely loves, forgives and accepts even the worst sinners. After you finish reading, proceed to the other remaining books of the New Testament.

  1. Book of Genesis. Understand how God perfectly made everything through His word, of how he created life through His mere breath. Read stories of the people who personally encountered God and how their lives turned 360 degrees afterwards. There are many warnings and promises of God written here for His mighty people.

After Genesis, you can continue reading other books named after their main characters like Esther, Joshua, Job and many more. Remember it is better to complete the entire book to never skip a detail. You never know if God’s promises or revelation for you is in that particular book or verse!

  1. Book of Psalms and Proverbs.

The book of Psalms and Proverbs serve as good guide towards our walk with God. Psalms teaches us how to have noble heart in praising and worshipping the Lord even if it’s the hardest thing to do as of the moment. You can read and attest how David revealed everything to God that’s why he was called ‘ the man after God’s own heart’. Meanwhile, proverbs contains words of insights and wisdom from God to give us protection, provision and even direction in our journey.

  1. Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Save the longer books of prophets on the last part of your reading. This is to make sure that you are already prepared and equipped to receive His messages with deeper meaning and thoughts as the Spirit leads. Besides, the content of these books contain the same Truth with the other book accounts included in the Bible.

  1. Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

These are book of God’s laws and instructions. Read how God gave his instructions, reminders and laws to His people. Within these three books are the glorious testimony of how faith in God can save lives, bring victory over a nation and bring forth joy and life.

 Praying to God

But before anything else, never forget to do the right thing and that is to PRAY. Ask the favor of the Lord and allow you to understand everything you read in His word. Ask the Holy Spirit to intervene in you and instill your mind and spirit with wisdom and knowledge.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

-Matthew 7:7

Tips on How to Choose the Right Course for College

College Graduation

You might think it’s too early but I guess it is just timely! Next year there will be another batch of graduates in high school. You or your children might be one of them. So better help him/her prepare for his/her college journey. Consider these tips as a help to sweep wide and blur options into a clearer and right one.

Know Your Interest

Know your interests.

Be certain of your interests and likes. Set a clearer picture of the field you want to study and explore more without sacrificing the fun and excitement!

Know Your Interest

It’s not a bad thing do a research.

Have a background on all courses and university colleges to support you in making the right decisions. It is important to know the content of the courses and the kind of culture and facilities being offered in the university that you will choose.

Find out how long it will take you.

There are courses requiring more than 4 years of studying so you better do the background check for course duration before you find yourself on a trap of time and wrong decision.

How much does it cost and what opportunities will it offer you after graduating?

Ask yourself these two questions before taking the final step for decision making. Education is indeed timely band costly but it would be harder if you won’t be able to prepare yourself for the possible expenses. Consider it as a good investment for a brighter and better future ahead of you. Also, know all opportunities that await you after graduating. In this way, you will also be guided to the path of your passion and interests.

Narrow your choices.

Choose at most 5 options for your course and university. Focus your research on them and be critical in weighing and considering things out. It is advisable to visit and read student’s personal point of view experiences such as blogs and notes. At least this will give you a hint of how is it going to be studying in such course and university college.

What career do you like?

Make your passion your profession. Mismatching of course to be taken and your field of interest is a great ‘NO’ in college. Remember, it’s easier to endure everything if you are enjoying and loving the things you are doing.

Before landing up with your final decision, always consult your parents or guardian.

You can always ask about their opinions in this aspect. Ask for their insights and suggestions about the course you are considering and let them help you in clearing up the final way. However, in the end it should still be your decision to make. Only ask for different angles and sides of perspectives and views from other people and let yourself decide for your life in the near future.


You can always change your mind.

If after sometime before you finally graduate in high school, different factors like subjects and influences from teachers or professionals will boggle your mind, do not worry much for it is normal. Change is the only constant thing in the world, and I bet you want to do it beforehand rather than being trapped into a situation. This is also to avoid regrets and blaming oneself and others.

Education is a key to success. Now, it is your time to take part in it and find the right door towards success for you!

Pinoy Ka Kapag . . . (A Trace to Filipino Values)

Pinoy Ako

“uhmm, kapag sweet at masayahin ka.”

“pinoy ka kapag hospitable at mapagbigay.”

“uh, pilipino ka kapag mahirap ka!”

Eh ikaw? Pinoy ka kapag . . .

We asked common Filipinos along the street and institutions of what values indicate the true mark of a Filipino and we ended up with the same variety of answers. Values whch could be classified into four, the often recited in our flag ceremony which is a part of the “Panatang Makabayan”.


tutuparin ko ang aking tungkulin bilang mamamayang MakaDiyos, MakaTao, MakaKalikasan at MakaBansa.”

Thus, do we ever understand at what cost will it take us to become all of these?

MakaDiyos. Filipinos are one of the countries in the world with the most number of catholic Christians. We believe in the supernatural power of God who created the heaven and earth, the one who bring forth life to mankind. Filipinos value the morality of each towards their actions, words and thoughts. We hold and participate in many church activities in occasions such as ‘simbang gabi’, ‘way of the cross’ and ‘semana santa’.  Even in our daily lives, most Filipinos still practice praying before meals, before and after we sleep and in any life decisions we make we always consult his divine guidance. As a sign of thankfulness to God’s promises and faithfulness Filipinos also faithfully commit for the expansion of  his kingdom. Lastly, it is more appropriate to call them ‘faithful believers’ than ‘religious people’ for it is the Lord in which we believe that they serve and not the religion itself.

A young Filipino girl and her brother receive food aid at a centre in Tacloban

Makatao.Madaling maging tao ngunit mahirap magpakatao.” We often hear this line from teleseryes. What does it ake to be called ‘makatao’ then? Simple, by respecting each other’s rights and opinions regardless of the existing differences in between. Filipinos are excellent in portraying a good model of people with values, virtues and integrity. Filipinos are naturally kind, gentle, generous, hospitable, hardworking, obedient and polite which made a great impact to the world. Who would ever miss out their ‘po’ and ‘opo’ as a sign of respect to people older or in a higher position towards them. Filipinos are in fact featured in international news for being united and positive despite the calamities, and crises that occur in our country. One example is the selfie photos of our kababayan after the Yolanda hit cities and towns in Visayas region. It became a trending topic worldwide and surely it did touch the hearts of others making them realize that life is good. With all of these noble ‘makatao’ values, Filipino service in other parts of the world is well embraced and welcomed. All of them testified how responsible, loyal and trustworthy Filipinos are in terms of business and even in friendly relationships. Indeed, Philippines has become a fertile ground for growing noble group of people.

  • Filipinos are also great advocates in protecting our nature. As a matter of fact, there exist different national and local organizations and agencies which aim to preserve mother earth such as the national agency Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). They conduct clean and green projects such as coastal clean ups, tree planting and proper garbage disposal. Our government too has been supportive with these propaganda preserving our environment where in fact each local government conduct and facilitate their own movement towards saving mother earth. Clean and green movement had reached even the campus grounds creating different clubs and student organizations such as YESO; encouraging students to engage themselves towards the advocacy of protecting and saving our kalikasan.


MakaBansa. ‘Taas noo kahit kanino, ang Pilipino ay ako.’Inspite the arising issues of graft and corruption anomalies in our country, there are more reasons to be proud of it. Filipinos are known for such strong passion for nationalism and loyalty towards the country even before the modern times. Great examples for that are our heroes; who fought for our freedom and rights to live, serve and lead in our own territory, the Philippines. Lapu-lapu, Bonifacio, Rizal and Ninoy Aquino; these are just some of the brave ones who laid their lives to claim our kalayaan. Even up to this date, we are still fighting for our total independence against any control from foreign countries. Filipinos are known worldwide for having such mind for active revolution no matter what cost it may bring as long as our spirit is one in reaching goals for peace, freedom and justice. In ordinary days, nationalism can also be seen and observed through simply abiding and respecting the laws that exist. And the root of it all is our love for our very own country, Inang Bayan, ang Pilipinas. These are just some of the ways of how Filipinos show our patriotic love and compassion for the Philippines in which we will honor and serve for the rest of their lives.


Pinoy ka kapag… it’s your time to answer this hanging statement of what Filipino values should we possess. Better yet, ask yourself this: MakaDiyos, MakaTao, MakaKalikasan at MakaBansa. Eh teka, Pinoy ka nga ba?

Philippine Tourist Attractions: A Tour to the Unknown Wonders

Philippine Tourist Attractions

Are you looking for a perfect getaway trip this season? Do you want to get rid of the stress and suffocating urban smoke in the city? Freshen up, hang out with friends and enjoy your trip as Bayan Mall tours you to the different Philippines tourist attractions you surely shouldn’t miss.

Pearl of the Orient Seas or otherwise known as our dearest ‘Inang Bayan’– Philippines. It’s undeniable that our country has been known world wide even centuries ago for the rich natural resources and wonders it possesses. Of course not to mention the warm and sincere welcome of the Filipinos which creates a good friendship and bond to the tourists.

However many of these tourist destinations are still not yet discovered and explored by many. So brace yourself as we tour you to the great unknown wonders in the Philippines.

Philippine Tourist Attractions
Basco Lighthouse, Batanes Philippines

Batanes Group of Islands. To our first spot; we will first travel to the northernmost part of the country. Within the Batanes group of Islands lie the fascinating sceneries of the different bodies of water and a clip of a clean and green environment. Most people go here for a fun water adventure such as snorkeling, diving, swimming, lighthouse visits and even for a tour in the ancient Ivatan houses built hundreds of years ago. In addition, the well preserved unique culture of Ivatans who were the first settlers of the place can also be observed as you mingle around with them.

Surfing in Siargao

Siargao Island. Now let us move forward to another island in the Philippines. The Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippines Sea found in the province of Surigao del Norte. Siargao has a land area of 437 square kilometers approximately. Surrounding the island are the large mangrove forest reserves which is the largest in Mindanao. Given its location from the Pacific Ocean, Siargao tides are definitely huge and strong which makes it the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’. And if you’re up to lying underneath the tanning heat of the sun, Siargao is also a perfect place to be. Aside from its white sandy beaches, at the heart of the island is a large group of beautiful coral reefs and dozens of tall coconut trees giving a fresh and cool breeze.

Image Source: Rene Sangco Photography
Image Source: Rene Sangco Photography

Biri Island Rock Formation. From an amazing body of water, let us go over to a solid ground. These four small and rocky islands of Biri are situated in the intersection of San Bernardino Strait and Pacific Ocean.

Within the bounds of these islands is a strong natural force keeping its distinct and interesting shapes. This island is also just right if you are wishing to explore the geological nature of the country. In fact, geologists from University of the Philippines cited their findings about the rocks in Biri which already existed way back Early Miocene Period, each rock with a range of 5 to 23 million years old.

Mount Kanlaon

Mount Kanlaon .Our next stop is perfectly fit for our mountain climbers and adventurers. The Mount Kanlaon is the highest peak in Central Visayas bisecting the island of Negros. To add up to the thrill, this volcano is active until now which adds to the thrill part of your adventure. You can also activate your artistic side as you visit its art galleries and museum. It also offers a long zipline trip and river trail adventure.


Panglao Island. Another white sand beach and resorts found in Bohol province within the municipalities of Dauis and Panglao. For a couple of years until the present time Panglao Island has always been included to the Philippine Top Beach attractions which were once featured on an episode in CNN. Indeed, this is a soothing alternative to the much more famous Boracay.

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands. To complete the list is the group of islands in the province of Camarines Sur. the Caramoan Islands is a perfect spot just right for a serene and romantic atmosphere with its location away from the noisy and full-packed urban zone. You can go here as a couple or with friends and family to experience another level of fun and nerve wrecking adventure trip of snorkeling, hiking, diving and island hopping.

This is only a glimpse to these wonderful and stunning Philippines tourist attractions yet there’s still more. Now it’s your time to take part and walk unto the unknown wonders of the Philippine tourist attractions. Give yourself a break and have the best time of your life!

10 Ways and Tips to Get Your US Visa

US Visa

Wanting to go to USA so bad? Then what’s hindering you from doing so? Getting your US Visa? Well, sit back and relax as you read this article of 1O Ways and Tips to Get to Get your US Visa. Prepare yourself for the flight trip because this time getting a visa will just be a piece of a cake.

1. Make sure that your host in US submits and comply all the required documents by the embassy. It would be better if papers will be given printed to avoid problems regarding legibility.

2. There are no quotas in issuing US Visa. If the applicant qualifies in all the given requirements and standards, his or her visa will be processed immediately.

3. Do sincere efforts and give the officer no reason to disapprove your application. Always be polite and show respect to the different personnel you engage with.

4. Know the requirements to be passed and understand the process well. It pays to be accurate. Remember there are lots of people applying for an approval and you are just one of the thousands. Once you got it wrong, yours might be held pending and you will wait again until everything is settled in your part.

5. Visa application should use the same passport to purchase their pay fee to be used in their view. This is to avoid unnecessary confusions.

6. Don’t be intimidated with your dialect or language. Applicant’s language has no effect on his or her visa application. In the end, customer service is intended for everyone regardless of language, race and culture.

7. During the interview, if there’s a confusion or question boggling your mind it is advisable to speak up. in this way the Consulate staff can take some time explaining it to you to avoid misunderstanding and miscommunication.

8. Answer the questions in your application form honestly and accurately.

9. Use your current address and no your permanent address in filling up the Visa application form.

Passport EXPIRED

10. Remember the expiry of your stay, which is indicated in the I 94 form slip attached on your passport and no the date stamped on your visa.

We hope these tips will help you get the approval you’ve been waiting for. Lastly, apart from all these ,just be yourself and enjoy the process. Let us know when you get there. Good luck!

Music and Magic Band: Reunited Bond


After  many years, the Music and Magic Band shave the Filipino audiences once again in their one night concert in PICC Plenary Hall.

Their 3-hours concert was entitled “Trending Music & Magic – The Reunion” produced by Viva Live and Artist House.

M & M started as exempleray performers at Alibi Bar in Manila then made their way to the Square in Greenbelt Makati.


The group began with 4 members in 1979 namely Jet Montelibano, Toto Gentica, Kuh Ledesma & Nonoy Mendoza. Later  on their journey, Butch Elizalde and Hector Pedero joined the band as lead guitarist and bass.

Meanwhile, the band grew bigger after their back-up vocalists auditions which discovered Angeli Pangilinan (UP Diliman) and the two ADMU ladies-Fe de los Reyes and Eva Caparas.

However, after their almost 7 years of career flight in the music industry, M & M decided to disband.  Each of them created their own names in showbiz as musical directors, song writers, artist managers and comedian up to this date.

Image Source: Music and Magic FB Page

Music and Magic fans went crazy as they watched their music icon  band perform together as one after long years of being solo artists and celebrities.

The band sang their hit songs from 1960’s 1970’s & and 1990’s.  Kuh Ledesma who first became famous as a solo artist sang her debut song “Dito Ba?”

Aside from their real talent in music, Fe also showcased her comedy skills in her skit of “Let It Go”  which made a wave of laughters within the hall.

The reunion concert was closed by Kuh, Jet, Angeli, Eva, Vicky and Fe with their pop songs and grooves.

Top 3 Most Popular Rice for Sale in the Philippines: Tipid Sulit in Bayan Mall

Rice for Sale in the Philippines

Kahit kaunting bigas man lang sana ay maambunan kami dito. Maawa naman sana ang mga taong nakakapanood nito lalo na yung nasa gobyerno.

It’s undeniable that rice or ‘bigas’ as what we Filipinos call it has been an important part of our daily meal. The line above was spoken by a typhoon victim just recently who appeared on national TV asking for help and donations. As I noticed, almost all of them asked for a sufficient rice supply which seemed to be never enough.

rice for sale in the philippines
Rice for Sale in the Philippines

Unlike other race and culture, we had it as a practice to eat meals together with several cups of rice to satisfy our hunger and need for energy and strength. Thus, the rice production nowadays has been affected by the growing global crisis and natural phenomena destroying great part of our country’s rice fields. This created a shortage and increase in price amount all over the market. However, thanks to our ever hardworking farmers and manufacturers for we still have the top 3 most popular rice for sale in the Philippines up until now on a manageable fair price.

Sinandomeng Rice

First we have the Sinandomeng’ rice which is the traditional favorite of every Filipino family. It has 3 types which are the ‘’special’, ‘fancy’, and ‘regular’. The fancy ‘Sinandomeng’ rice is also called as “laon” meaning ‘old rice’. When cooked, the rice grain becomes fairly soft and ‘maalsa’. Unlike the commonly bought by people, ‘Sinandomeng’ special rice gives a delicious aroma and taste after being cooked. Also, its grains become soft and smooth. The last type is the regular one. It is the mixture of the two types above which also appeals to the taste of the consumers.

Long Grain Rice

Next we have the “Long Grain Rice” which is mostly abundant in Asia. From the name itself, the length of the grain of this type is longer up to 4 times as long as its width. Many say that this rice gives an advantage to those who prefer a dry and fluffy rice meal. After cooking, the grain becomes firm and dry, easily separated from the grains even from the container. The long grain rice is said o be much more flavorful unlike the shorter one just like the famous brown rice sold in the market.

Dinorado Rice

Last but not the least is the “Dinoradorice which is considered special among other types. In the country, it is largely produced from the rice belt of North Cotabato, the Arakan Valley. Dinorado is nature upland rice giving a pinkish grain, sweet aroma and soft fluffy texture. This rice has been a pride to their province, leaving a mark to the rice industry. Not like the others, this is especially ought for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and fiestas of course because of its high eating and processing quality.


Today, Bayan Mall Online Shop is giving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) the opportunity to buy their family any of these top 3 most popular rice for sale in the Philippines. In a low cost, you can now simply order and transact in the BayanMall webpage and expect the arrival whichever part of the country with no delays. Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, BayanMall offers a trustworthy and ‘tipid sulit’ service to their ‘kababayan’. You might miss this chance before you know it, so what are you waiting for? Tara!

>> Click Here to check out all our Rice for Sale in the Philippines.

Order Now Pay Later: Maagang Pamaskong Handog ng Bayan Mall


A time to laugh, a time to sing. A time to love, a time to give. There are no other holidays that would give us the same chills and excitement just as Christmas do. Giving and receiving of gifts, eating delicious food that’s not usually part of the daily menu and much more. Indeed, Christmas gives us a time to release, a time and space to remember how much we are loved and how much we give out love.

Image Source: Venues.PH
Image Source: Venues.PH

For Filipino families, Christmas or ‘Pasko’ is an occasion that should never be missed. Whether with a bunch of food on the dining or not; I believe Filipinos would still be happy anyway because our happiness does not rely on the concrete things which can be seen by our bare eyes alone. Rather than the shallow surface we always go beyond deeper, because love for us is so much like an abstract. We remember and treasure the thoughts and memories rather than how much they cost. We always like to capture every moment together with our loved ones and just have it with us forever, but the sad truth is we can’t. People come by and leave in our lives for a reason, whether prompted by the situation or memories from the past.

Asian Technicians or engineers working on valve

Today, our race had been scattered throughout the whole world. Filipinos are everywhere, most of them trying to get the comfort they’ve always dreamed of for themselves and most importantly for the people dear to them. Now they are more known now as Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs who have turned out to be our new heroes. Maybe not equipped with superpowers like the avengers but surely are capable of pouring out themselves just to save the world. Just like superman, these brave Filipinos who trade their life to fate in a foreign land also have their kryptonite. It is the weakest point in them but at the same time it is what gives them supernatural strength, to endure and fight amidst hardships and trials and that is their family. Unlike all the fiction superheroes out in the cinema, these heroes exist in reality. They are more authentic and genuine, with a heart directed to love and give.

Generous as they are, OFWs would want nothing but to make their loved ones happy and one way of doing such is to give. In the first place that’s the reason they went far away, to enable themselves to give more for their family. Now it is just days to go before Christmas, the most awaited year end celebration. And as it is fast approaching, our hearts are also trembling to give and receive. But that won’t be easy if you’re far away from the people you’d like to share the moment with, to share and exchange gifts and smiles.

Order Now Pay Later

Thus, Bayan Mall Online Shop is here not only to give solutions but to be the right answer to your problems. As early as this day, you can now order and pay later for your Christmas presents and surprise deliveries in the Philippines. Order as much as you want for your loved ones left in the country and pay later in the month of December. With this promo, you can make a reservation for your desired gifts before its price hikes as December approaches or before it’s already out of the market. You can save so much more and at the same assure yourself to be a ‘Santa Claus’ for a while. We will collect the payment a week before the event Christmas or New Year through your trusted banks, money remittance or through PayPal.

Isang maagang Pamaskong handog sa inyo ng BayanMall Online Shop. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Noli Vasallo: Leadership through Genuine Service

10353385_676723799068746_6249849610822893388_oFrom his humble beginnings, he has now become the father of many. Though he doesn’t possess all kinds of riches in the world he’s assured to be rich in love and care from the people he treats as his family. For him, family cannot be marginalized by blood and name alone, the essence of family is to be with the group of people you belong and bound with love. Indeed, he’s an extraordinary hero, friends, family, acquaintance and a father.

“Itinuring ko silang kapamilya na rin, kaya di na mahirap para sa akin na sila’y tulungan at pasayahin. After all, we are united by blood, color, race,friendship and love.”


Noli Vasallo started his life with a single hope of success and comfort in life for him and his family. Never did he imagined himself to be who he currently is, who serves and reaches out to his fellow Filipinos in St. Louis, Missouri to offer them a home and family. Just like any other Filipino, he went away from his family to earn a living. In fact, he’s been supporting his mother for almost 30 years. To him it was not an obligation or compliance for he did it out of love which is very natural for a loving man like him. But he believes money and financial support is not enough to convey his overflowing affection and care. Not later, he then found himself in a group of people who share the same passion as his: to love and serve. FAAMO is an association of Overseas Filipino reaching out to other Filipinos to give and receive love, comfort and find release from each other.


Today, Noli has become the president of the association having the same hope and advocacy. With his leadership, Filipinos there get the chance to gather and spend time to enjoy the Filipino delicacies they miss out from the country. He makes sure everyone is at ease and comfortable with the environment. Even though he can’t bring them to the Philippines, he believes he can bring Philippines unto them by bringing out the country’s culture and traditions. This effort can be easily observed in their occasional gatherings with traditional Filipino food, set-up and activities.

“Sobrang bait, simple and humble niyang tao. You can see it right through his words and actions. He’s become our ‘Tatay here,” quoted from his Overseas Filipino friend.


Before we miss another heroic act of Noli and his team, did you know that apart from the Overseas Filipinos, they also care deeply for their kababayan left in the country? As a matter of fact, they supported a fund raising activity to lend a hand to the recent super typhoon victims partnered with PCCI. FAAMO also supports students by means of giving scholarships. At the end of the day, these people only want to maintain and tighten the relationship between Filipino community wherever part of the world they may be.

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Now Christmas is fast approaching and FAAMO will again conduct a special gathering for Filipinos in St. Louis . They are currently preparing for the upcoming event: Pasko Na Naman 2014. Every Pinoy or pusong Pinoy is invited and encouraged to join and attend the surely fun and memorable gathering. This will be on December 20, 5pm-11pm at Maryland Heights Community Center, 2344 Mckelvery Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 6043. Be there in your semi-formal attire with your Filipino or American food (potlock). There will be raffle draws and a non-stop moment of party, singing and dancing. Plus, you will be entertained by the special presentation by Philippine Arts Foundation and other guest performers. Tickets are now available at 10$ per person (13 yrs.old and above). Kids are free as long as accompanied by a paying adult. Don’t miss this moment of your life! Tickets and seats are for reservation so first come first serve. For more inquiries, you can contact the man himself Mr. Noli Vasallo at 314-346-7473.

Kumanta, umindak at makisaya sa Pilipinong Handog ngayong Pasko 2014!

The Mirror of BayanMall’s Uprising Success

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I thought I was a princess, and my grandmother was a queen known to all. I thought we had a kingdom, that we own many riches and gold. It felt so real, but reality poked me out of my fantasy. I felt betrayed and fooled, but I know I myself was guilty. Somehow, I want to escape the responsibility but there’s a greater part of me inside to give back what was not mine. To return all the praises and appreciation the one who truly deserves it.

This desire prompted a heart to do good, to create a better way to lend a hand to those who are in need. This realization was the stepping stone of the now uprising BayanMall Online Shop which advocates to help Overseas Filipinos to reach their loved ones in the Philippines.

For once in her life, that princess thought everything was a luxury. Whenever she wanted something, she knew she will get it by all means. But what she didn’t know was that behind the privilege of comfort was a loving old lady, ready to lay her life for her family and that was her grandma.

She lived in fairytales while her grandma was fighting against the terror of it. Not until she decided to follow her ‘lola in the States, where she found out the truth that was concealed to her for a very long time. The life she imagined her grandma had was just a very far illusion from what she saw with her own naked eyes. She witnessed how her grandmother despite of her old age tried her best to work and earn a living for them. Far from what she envisioned, her lola was not in a formal corporate world. Instead she was working on two blue collar jobs in the St. Louis and was only renting a single small bedroom from a friend’s house. Instead of having a luxurious life, she found out that her grandma was living a very humbling one.

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Thus, this awakened the sleeping consciousness of that girl towards reality. She felt her heart crash upon seeing the real situation. Pain and guilt consumed her after realizing how self-centered and insensitive she was way back then when all she did was extravagantly use the money from the extreme hard work and sacrifices of her grandma. Yet, she didn’t allow these to hinder her from doing the right thing. She knew there’s still time for stepping out of the box and make a move. With the love and sincerity pondered in her heart, she made a way to give back the help to people like her ‘lola. With her pure intentions she came up with a brilliant purpose and idea; to construct a way for OFWs to help, connect and communicate to their loved ones in the Philippines on a much easier way; wherein OFWs can send their family’s requests and necessities directly rather than sending them money. With this new system, they can assure themselves that their help was really used for the intended purpose. It will also be personalized, so that a gift no matter of the price will be more precious as their loved ones would receive it.  In this way they can budget their money well because after all, life in both sides is tough.

Indeed, as Bayan Mall Online Shop is sailing forward today not just for mere business but also for millions of dreams. Dreams of OFWs around the world that someday they will be much understood by the people they left, with open minds and hearts. For in BayanMall, every transaction is an equivalent of overflowing love and affection. Every request and order is a reflection of their longing hearts and pure intentions.

As you would commit your trust to us, BayanMall Online Shop would also commit and assure you our liability and honesty towards you. In BayanMall we are one family, one race, one nation with the same hopes and dreams.

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