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by Raymond Golez

What they’ve done to football afficionados in the Philippines was PRICELESS. No Amount of money raises Filipinol enthusiasm about football. Thanks to their patriotism they’re able to raise eyebrows from foreigner s that fils has a potential to be great in a sport unwanted by majority of Filipinos.
Nevermind about basketball were Filipinos are still midgets as compared to theircounterpart . It would take centuries befor PHL become a supreme power again in ASIA not the world . To think bout that is unrealistic…. You can have all the passion but wthout the height needed… It’s not gonna happen as to FootbaLL .

AZKALS: Philippine National Football Team

Praise the LORD, Filipinos has the talent for it where height is not a big factor.

And who knows football is the number 1 sports in EUROPE AND. LATIN. countries and to be notice and a treat to their supremacy would be the greatest accomplishment a small country like Philippines could ever have…….


along the bay…


How Can I Live Without You?

by Raymond Golez

In the last 3 years of my life, I’ve been living alone in our house. It’s amazing how God has been training me to live just by myself which I believe is preparation for something better. It’s not that easy to maintain our house with 3 rooms and only 1 being occupied. I’ve learned to juggle the responsibilities involved in things i love to do and my work (part-time in events, and full-time as training officer and restaurant manager), it also adds up to that is my being involved in the ministry (and, hopefully, in being a world missioner, where my hearts belongs to) and living on my own. These entail cleaning the house, washing my clothes, cooking (which has improved a lot lately, more delicious, but I only do it very often), paying water bill, internet broadband bill and the ever-increasing Meralco bill and of course, going to the places where I could explore several things I am into, like the campuses (to prepare for the world campus missions ministry…still praying!), arts/trade shows/exhibits, fashion districts, etc.

at my hostel room in Baan Hua Lamphong, Bangkok

I live in a small, remote subdivision in Rizal. Going to work and coming home involve a lot of walking exercise, sweat and character-building moments from sometimes going up flights of stairs of the MRT Quezon Ave. station to squeezing into the train especially during rush hours and standing beside a “powerful” passenger, but more frequently,enjoying the natural “dark” breeze of air while inside the jeepney . In times like this, I beg the Holy Spirit to give me His fruit oflongsuffering (KJV) while inside the train or while riding a jeep or a bus.

inside the MRT Subway in Bangkok

It’s wonderful how God has been moving in my personal ministry. Of all the times that He would bring somebody for one2one follow-up and discipleship. God continues to lead more people, whether students or young professionals. Praise God!

water baptism in Cristina Villas –
Victory Weekend

I lived alone for 3 years and I believe God prepared me for something better. God showed me things that I could not have seen had He not allowed me to experience brief loneliness. Whether living alone or living with my mom and my siblings, I can’t live without GOD! I press on toward something better and look forward to the great things that He is going to do in the near future. I am ever excited as I continue to accomplish the task that God has assigned me to do.

In all of these circumstances, I couldn’t imagine how I can live without God. Indeed, He will never leave us nor forsake us. Although there are times that I feel alone particularly during Sabbaths in our house, I believe it’s just a season which has a beginning and an end. I would describe it as tough yet maturing. I must admit that I am realizing more  and more that it’s not good for a man to be alone.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata……

at Lumphini Park, Bangkok
in Badian Island, Cebu



Angelo Reyes kills self: My Thoughts

by Raymond Golez

Sec. Angelo Reyes dead. Committed suicide after visiting mother’s grave at Loyola Memorial Park.

Angelo Tomas Reyes was the Secretary of National Defense, Interior and Local Government, Environment & Natural Resources and Energy of the Philippines under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2001 to 2003.

Some sectors view him as “corrupt” and “bloodthirsty” but for most people, Reyes was a professional worker with remarkable public relations skills.

ANGELO REYES, former AFP Chief of Staff and DILG, DND & DOE Secretary



Angelo Reyes committed suicide on the 51st birthday of PNoy. I’m wondering what Gloria Arroyo has to say.

…What could be the motive?…

That’s the very first thing that popped up my mind when I learned about the news yesterday. is this for real????????????????? i never liked this man, but i have never wished his life to end like this…

I believe I am not in the proper position to comment thoroughly on this matter, I can’t help, but to. This just goes to show that the allegations hurled against them may be TRUE after all. He may be guilty and I presume that he could no longer defend himself and the easiest way out was thru committing suicide.

Too bad..What he did was a remorse (a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs..)..If he turned to God for genuine repentence, he’d be in a rightful place..  Committing suicide is definitely not right..

Death is a common occasion for denial. I’m not into psychology but I think related ‘yung situation ni Reyes sa studies ni Freud– Tanatos Drive, defense mechanism etc.




at the facade of Cebu City Hall




kinda makes ya think

by Raymond Golez

Ang isang frap mo sa Starbucks ay katumbas na ng isang araw na pagkain ng isang pamilyang pilipino.

These past two consecutive days, I was in our corporate office for a very important engagement. Seems like everyone were so occuppied with so many things that needs to be done in the soonest possible time. Everyone were in a hurry and doesn’t entertain the idea of wasting time, especially if you’re in the field of corporate training.

While mingling with my colleagues, I noticed a post-it note prominently displayed on another officer’s workstation just a couple of seats away from me. I’m neither a Frap fan nor a Starbucks denizen but I kind of get the point.hmmm.Is she trying to make a statement or is  she just trying to to make the rest of us feel guilty? who knows. MAYBE. maybe the rep who wrote it is trying to be ironic or something. It isn’t really something that I would lose sleep over but it did bug me for a couple of hours. It just kinda makes ya think doesn’t it? hmmm.

I mean, if you really think about it, the things we splurge on-on a daily basis mind you-can literally feed a low-income family of five for a week! I usually spend my salary on food food and food. my thinking is, i worked my ass off for that money I might as well spend it on something temporary but fulfilling. food can be quite comforting too.the more expensive the better. i dunno, it just does something to your psyche that more tangible things like cellphones, gadgets, etc. can never do.

oh well.

I’ll burn that note when i get the slightest chance.


…because of ENLI!

by Raymond Golez

my solo pic---Graduation Day

This coming March 2011 will mark the second year anniversary of my graduationfrom Every Nation Leadership Institute or ENLI . Having been bestowed with a Certificate in Christian Discipleship Ministry is one of the many things I am thankful to God for in 2009. Some kind of a fulfillment for me!

ENLI served as a gateway for a lot of changes and opportunities on the aspect of spiritual and biblical growth not just for me personally, but to all my classmates and batchmates as well, particularly, ENLI1Martes (you know who you are! ).

There were lot of things that  ENLI contributed much on my journey as a Christian which brought a huge impact on my spiritual upbringing, I was able to dig into God’s Word as never before. For the first time I was doing formal, in-depth study, and the Bible was revealing many of its secrets to me. Because of ENLI, I was able to read the Bible from cover-to-cover, which I consider as one of my greatest achievements, per se. Thanks to the “compulsory” (sorry for the lack of a better term) Spiritual Discipline Calendar which entails us ENLI students to read at least 4 chapters (minimum) from the Scripture everyday.

As I continuously read, study and meditate the Word, God is bringing me to a new dimension of trust and faith in Him. His Word makes me feel secured that I am special in His eyes and His love never fails. His Word is my double-edged sword.

Truly, God uses different avenues and opportunities for us to be more in-love with His Word. And for sure, many of my ENLI classmates and batchmates would definitely agree with me on this…that it’s all because of ENLI!

…And because of ENLI, I now have my 12 Most Loved Bible Verses which I share with you, guys.

To help you in your everyday life!

1. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotton Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will have everlasting life.”

>>This verse is so important because it shows that God loved the world (Every person who has ever been born or will be born) so much that He was willing to allow His one and only Son to be born into the sin filled world; just so we can live eternal life with Him one day, if we chose to.

2. Deuteronomy 31:8 – “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. he will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

>>In this verse Joshua is speaking to the Isrealites, telling them not to be afraid to battle with their enemies beause the Lord will never leave their side. This verse is so comforting to us, as Christians, because God says that He will never leave us or forsake, He is always there. So whenever one feels alone, he can know that God is always there beside him, every step of the way.

3. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.”

>>Whenever you feel you can’t go on, or something is too difficult, think of this verse and know that you can do all things through Christ, because He is the one giving you the strength.

4. Matthew 6:33-34 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

>>Important for anyone who worries a lot.

5. Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

>>A good reminder that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.

6. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

>>Everything that happens to us occurs for a reason. We can grow stronger through suffering. We can comfort others after experiencing our own losses/illnesses. With God there are no accidents.

7. Mark 11:23 – “For verily I say unto you that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea’, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he sayeth shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he sayeth.”

>>Because “silent” faith does no good. The work of faith is speaking. One gets what one needs not by only believing it, but by saying it.

8. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord: thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

>>This illustrates a loving God, not a cruel judge, who wants the best for mankind.

9. Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

>>Jesus died for all mankind so that we could have eternal life.

10. Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

>>Shows that every challenge and temptation you face is a test from God, and everything you are faced with, you can overcome.

11. Genesis 4:7 – “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

>>Shows that everyone is faced with a decision to do wrong or right. However, you may not be accpeted if you do wrong, but you will have God.

12. James 1:19-20 – “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

>>Everyone needs to talk less and listen more.


ENLI1Martes Gang

Kuya Ronnie, Joel (ENLI1Martes Class President), and Me

Ms.Joanne Co, Ms.Lei Bautista and yours truly

Ptr.Chinkee Tan, The Author, Ms.Marilyn Alocillo,Ms.Jacque Oda,Ms.Elvie Mirano,Ptr.Marc Constantino,Mr.Ronnie Cruz and Mr.Word Topacio

The Author,Mr.Glenn Rufino, Ms.Audrey Rufino,Ptr.Earl Matienzo,Ms.Queenie Matienzo, Ms.Judy Cabiling,Ptr.Ferdie Cabiling,Ms.Elvie Mirano, Mr.Ronnie Cruz


with my leader, Ptr.Earl Matienzo



with ENLI Ortigas Director, Ptr.Nuel Nanez


By the River Pasig she sat down and crapped

by Raymond Golez

I am so tired I cannot sleep. Rummaged through my old journals. This was written exactly six years ago today.

Went around Manila during the Halloween break for the first time in a really long time.
Manila still looks the same, smells the same, feels the same, but it’s not the same. I am not the same.
Manila is slowly becoming an actual livable, breathable city-for a third world country.


The Recto station of the new LRT line is now open so you can go there without any fuss. You can still use the old Imelda LRT line if you so wish and alight at the Avenida or Doroteo Jose stations. Once there, you can walk around the “New Avenida” minus the honking jeepneys and choking smog. The streets are well lit at night and pretty pleasant to look at even at daytime (be prepared for gigantic tarpaulin with the face of the city mayor splattered all over the place though).There is a National book store(all five floors of it) in the middle of it all so in case you get bored and listless you can always read and kill time inside an airconditioned environment.


Pasig River during his glory days



If you’re inclined to undertake in a novel and daring enterprise, try picking up a hooker and “check-in” one of those really cheap motels that line the whole avenue. You can also watch a movie in one of the cinemas there if you like the smell of urine and clorox. Sadly, most of the cinemas along recto are in such a state of total decay that even a masochist of Nazi proportion will think twice before entering.

Another sad thing is the demolition of the Odeon theater. I’m not sure if the Odeon in Manila holds as much prestige as the one in London (?)or as much history as the Metropolitan theater in Kalaw,but that theater is very dear to me because it was the only theater which allowed us(me and my classmates) to watch a screening of “Schindlers List” all those years ago eventhough we were undoubtedly underage(we just wanted to see what a ” pumping scene” really looks like and ended up really liking the movie .I even cried, mind you).
Nearby Chinatown is still alive and kicking if that’s what interests you.
Quiapo church is still there and Plaza Miranda beside it is totally unrecognizable from it’s dirty and bloody past.While there,try asking the Black Nazarene to make you look as good as Jericho Rosales or Angelica Panganiban. Pray to him with all your heart that if you could look as good as them, you are ready to live a poor,stinky, miserable life as a devotee selling abortifacients and lagundi leaves beside the church-This is inreference to the movie Santa Santita which was shot in and around Quiapo.
Once you’ve had enough of downtown Manila, you can go to Lawton via foot using the bridge whose name escapes me now, and watch the fountain in front of the Post office change into different boring colors;sigh at the sad state of the Metropolitan theater;sit on one the parks spruced up for the tired bodies of students and workers waiting for their respective rides,and try walking along the new underpasses just for the kick of it.You can also go to Intramuros if that’s your kind of thing but I’ve talked about Intramuros so many times I’m getting sick of it.
Another new discovery is the Arroceros Forest Park which will soon give way to a National Teachers Building or something.Why the city of Manila is willing to kill a forest for a stupid building that can be erected somewhere else is just as mysterious to me as the origins of the universe. Whatever happened to the Hall of Justice that’s supposed to replace the Art Deco Jai Alai building designed by the same guy responsible for the Los Angeles International Airport? Just asking.



The Arroceros forest park is just a fraction of land compared to the hideous SM City Manila, but once inside you can’t help but marvel at the quality of the air you breathe. You can really inhale the difference. It’s amazing.We should have more trees! I walked around the forest for almost an hour and I can safely say that my lungs are still thanking me up to this day for that one precious hour. The park is situated beside the Pasig river and if the river isn’t in such a horrible state it would be perfect.

While I was “admiring” the Pasig, I saw a bunch of people gathered on the other side of the river acquainting their kidneys with alcohol-we are about a hundred meters apart or less. I am not so good with measuring distances. They all waved at me so I waved back at them.Some of them screamed” I lab you” or some inanities so I gave them the finger.It was all in good fun.Frankly, I wouldnt be that audacious if we are not- literally-rivers apart. This went on for about ten minutes until we realised how stupid it really was.
Just when I was about ready to leave,I saw a woman stealthily leaving the group. I followed her with my curious eyes and saw her descend a flight of cement stairs(meant for boat passengers I suppose).Once there, she took her shorts off and……crapped! She really did! Maybe she’s already inebriated so she couldnt care less and kept crapping for the whole world to see. I know it’s crap and not piss cos I can see the water go splonking ang splashing as if stones were being thrown at it.

It was really mortifying.

Just imagine, all the people living along the river,all of them with no toilet. It’s mind boggling! If they continue filling that river with crap and piss and garbage and chemicals for the next decade or so, I wouldnt be surprised if a monstrous creature suddenly emerges from all that filth and gobble everything in sight.


in Bangkok





Point and Shoot

by Raymond Golez

Just finished watching “Full Metal Jacket” by the late great Stanley Kubrick . Has seen the movie before but it’s only now that I got really affected by it.Maturity must have something to with it. Fantastic movie. Kubrick is like a poet who uses pictures instead of words.You always end up stupefied after watching any of his movies; they may not always be your cup of tea but they really make you think.

Really don’t know much about The Vietnam War; all I know is that the Americans lost not only that War but their pride as well-if only for that particular moment in time.And a musical called Miss Saigon was inspired by said war which also gave tons of jobs to a lot of talented but underappreciated pinoy talents.

Curiosity aroused, I began browsing for more stories about the war and came across this Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by Eddie Adams.

The man was shot in the head by a communist guerilla in Saigon. In broad daylight.

Powerful image.

But I pity them.

in Cebu



Up! (a film review)

By Raymond Golez



Up (film poster)



Though I may look like weird, but, yes, I mean it. I’ve just seen the film last night on DVD. Very late to consider ‘coz ’twas shown in theaters almost 2 years ago (2009, if I’m not mistaken). I still don’t know what took me to see the film this long. But as the saying goes, “better late than never“!


Imagine thousands of balloons lifting a whole house up created by a 78-year old widower whose final reason for living is to fulfill a childhood promise to his wife of exploring South America and landing the house on top of Paradise Falls.


Add to this a precocious 8-year old whose only goal in his young life is to earn a Wilderness Explorer “assist the elderly” badge.


By a funny twist of fate, the old guy and the kid became partners despite their 70-year age difference and went on an adventure around a mysterious continent filled with talking dogs,a giant colorful bird who likes chocolates, a blimp and a villain whose obsession with redeeming his tarnished name clouded both his reality and morality.


These are but some of the things and scenarios you will encounter when you watch Pixars latest animated movie UP.


UP is such a good,inventive and creative movie it would be a shame if you do not get to see it. I advice that you see it in regular cinemas though because the 3D version may be too distracting. The story alone can carry the whole movie.


And boy what a story it is.


It’s brilliance lies in the way the dialogues and the characters were interwoven and fleshed out so thoroughly that even if it’s “only a cartoon” and a work of fiction, one cannot help but be touched at how heartfelt and genuine it is.


I really like how lessons on friendship, love and loyalty were laid out in such a manner that is not sappy. One of the more emotional parts of the film are in the first 30 minutes. The montage about the life of the husband and wife, told minus dialogue is a work of genius.


It’s also very interesting to note that a lot of the subjects the movie touched on were mature stuff that only adults can handle.But dont fret for they did it in such a manner that even kids will be able to somewhat understand.


And the movie is also very funny and entertaining. A very good mixture of both humor and heart.


Kudos to the musical score as well.


I just can’t say anything wrong about this film. It’s perfect. I’m not sure if it get nominated for Best Picture that year, there is no justice in the world.


Forgive me if this review sounded more like obsessive fawning than a real review. The movie is that good. Words fail me.


I highly recommend it.One of the,if not the best, movie of the year-so far. And the best Pixar movie for me so far. Better than Wall-e in my humble opinion. And Wall-e is nearly flawless mind you.


For a movie with such a short title, UP certainly says a lot.





Very nice quotes from UP :


Sometimes, it’s the boring things I remember the most- Russell



Thank you for the wonderful adventure, now go have one of your own – Ellie




in Badian Island, Cebu






Too soon…

by Raymond Golez

I have this friend whom I haven’t seen in years. Our communication in the last three years was sporadic to say the least. I would text him once in a while but he rarely replied if at all. I would later find out that he has changed his number. Again. He just keeps losing his phone.In the weirdest of circumstances if I may add.

Last October, he greeted me a few days after my birthday. I asked him how he was. He told me he is sick and that he just got out of the hospital after two weeks of being confined.There’s something wrong with his pancreas the doctors said. He said that there was supposed to be a last test involving tubes and micro cameras but he left the hospital to go back to work because he knows that the last test will only confirm what he has known all along: That he is dying. I told him to shut up and just go through with the last test.

He did. For once, he actually listened to me.

Was supposed to visit him at the hospital two weeks ago but the morning before I was supposed to go, he called to say that he had already been discharged from the hospital…that everything is okay.

Four nights ago, I texted him to ask how he was. His reply was: Am in the province.I have stage 4 cancer. Just like that.

Called him after recovering from the initial shock an hour later, but the phone just kept ringing. After a million tries, he finally answered. He said that he is in so much pain; that he opted to go back to his home province and be with his family instead of getting further treatment; that he is just waiting.

I,on the other hand got tongue-tied and just mumbled meaningless nothings.Words literally failed me. I told him that if money was not an option, I would visit him bearing boxes and boxes of “champoy.” We have this private joke aboutchampoys and I was trying to make him laugh.

I failed.

Soon after, without any hesitations, I asked him about his relationship with God and his thoughts about life with the Father. My tongue was so mumbled but I still pursue the courage to ask him about where he will go if ever he is about to go to the way of the earth? Silence was in between the two of us, then he answered my question, he told me, “I’m not sure!”

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Those are the verses that my mouth immediately uttered the moment I heard his response. I want him to know Christ before it’s too late!

Then we prayed

I prayed for him and I asked him to open his heart and receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I told him to just believe and and have faith. And I believe, he did!

He cried after hearing that. He cried so hard a relative had to take the phone away from him. The relative then talked to me to say thank you and to keep praying for my friend. That was the last time I talked to him. I still text him everyday but no replies so far. The phone just keeps ringing. I guess I am still in a state of shock, disbelief and denial all rolled into one. He’s not even 30 yet.

I didn’t even get to say goodbye.

I wonder if I’ll ever see him again.

But one thing I am sure of. He’s with HIM.