Survival without purpose is like living poor, especially when the only thing you are abundant with is money.
I came from a poor family.
Maybe I got the highest chance of winning in a game called Who’s the Poorest of Them All if there was a game like that.
We, Filipinos, are proud to tell our success stories. I never run out of enthusiasm to tell my story – the “partida” of life – every time there’s an opportunity. May I share with you a snippet of my story?
I had experienced selling guava, macopa, banana-cue, camote-cue, yema balls, butong-pakwan, sweet beans, pentel pens, oh yes, even expired shampoos, when I was in elementary just to get by.
I was a cigarette vendor in a cockpit arena every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday during school vacations from fourth grade to the first year of college.
I had experienced going to college even if I knew I had no money for my fare back home. It took me 4 hours to muster enough courage to stand up and approach one of the bus drivers at the station. In my mind, I was saying, “Oh, boy. This is a whole new level of a pitiful situation. Don’t put this on your resume!”
I knew it doesn’t make sense to put all those pitiful situations in my resume.
But ironically, I’ve observed that people are more interested to hear my struggles behind the successes.
I fought a tough battle in the survival stage of my life.
It certainly felt good when you can experience every week what you used to experience once a year.
But once everything syncs in, once the then miracles become ordinary in your life, that’s when you will ask, “What’s next?”
Then you get bored.
Then your boredom gives birth to a new breakthrough in your life.
That breakthrough is the search for meaning or purpose.
I’ve realized that there’s more to life after winning the game of survival.
Because of where I came from, my family and I have volunteered to become part of Caritas Tarlac in Tarlac City.
Caritas Tarlac is the social services arm of the Diocese of Tarlac.
If you know Caritas Manila, you already have an idea what Caritas Tarlac is.
Caritas Tarlac has counseling, healthcare, education, justice and peace, relief and rescue, environmental care, and livelihood and employment ministries.
Caritas Tarlac is not exclusive for Catholics in Tarlac. For as long as Caritas Tarlac has the ways and means to help across all those ministries I’ve mentioned above, help will come. We will be there.
Caritas Tarlac has a raffle draw this December 2018 to raise some funds for the rehabilitation of a building which will become the Caritas Tarlac Center in San Luis, Tarlac City.
I know that the forecast amount that we’re going to raise from the raffle is far from enough to rehabilitate the building.
My default frame of mind when I encounter a situation that needs a solution is to exhaust what I can do on my level first because that’s where I have the most control.
The Board of Directors of Equilyst Analytics, Inc. and my wife and I have agreed to donate 3 percent of the net profit of Equilyst Analytics, Inc. from its EquiPicks service from July 12, 2018 to December 14, 2018.
Starting today, whether you will subscribe for 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year, 3 percent of the net income from the EquiPicks service from July 12, 2018 to December 14, 2018 will be donated to Caritas Tarlac.
Instead of Equilyst Analytics, Inc. being highlighted when we hand over the donation to Caritas Tarlac, I will have the individual names of the subscribers within that period to appear as the donors.
I know some of you would want to give more. You can contact me through the Support page of this website and mention that you’re contacting us regarding your donation for Caritas Tarlac. Please leave your mobile number. I have already informed my team to forward such email to me so I can personally contact you. Then, I will connect you with Rev. Fr. Randy M. Salunga, Spiritual Director of Caritas Tarlac, Bro. Rex Igoy, Servant Leader of Caritas Tarlac.
Friends, I’ve already seen, heard, felt, and tasted what God can do to me. It’s about time to see what God can do through you and me.
Here are some of the pictures from our past activities with Caritas Tarlac. In the pictures and video, you’ll read “Caritas San Sebastian.” San Sebastian is one of the parishes in the diocese of Tarlac. We started at the parish level. The plan is for each parish to have a Caritas Tarlac sub-center. Ironic as it may seem, the “child” came before the “mother.”
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