Saturday, February 6, 2016

LOOK: Ethel Booba's Everyday Tweets Of Wit And Humor - She's So Smart That You Could Not Help But Love Her

Screengrab from her Twitter account
Learn life's lessons from Ethel Booba... undeniably,
she does make a lot of sense! Well, we all need a good laugh, right?!

1. On "May Bubwit sa Kape Ko" issue

2. On dealing with "frenemies"

3. On "FEB-Ibig"

4. On being a "crush ng bayan"

5. On her being a good grammarian

6. On politics

(*USB - flash drive)

7. On #RealTalk

LOL!  :-)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Starbucks Partner Marco Carlo Calibara: What He Says About The Issue 'May Bubwit Sa Starbucks Coffee Ko' Of A Certain 'Jessica'

Starbucks is love. Everyone likes Starbucks. SB has a good image, a nice reputation ... but now faces health and sanitation issues... allegations that still need to be proven and verified.

While we all wait for the "findings" and perhaps the TRUTH... let us take it from this man's point of view. 

Marco Carlo Calibara said he was a Starbucks partner for more than 3 years and so many netizens believe that what he shared on his Facebook account indeed makes sense -- it's now trending.

I've worked with Starbucks for more than 3 years and this is my opinion Re: the issue, (Tataglish-in ko nlang para...
Posted by Marco Carlo Calibara on Thursday, January 28, 2016

ABS-CBN news on the latest Coffee Fiasco!


Issues have been raised. Stories have been told. Inspection has been done. So what's next?

Be the judge: What do you think about this "May Bubwit Sa Starbucks Coffee Ko" issue? 

Would you still dare to go to Starbucks and have some gulps of your fave frappe and coffee? 

Well, we do! Starbucks is Starbucks -- it's not the coffee, it's actually the 'memory' you make with families and friends whenever you're in!


Mommy Mai

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Farewell Message To A Very Dear Friend -- Mrs Jeanette Dela Cruz-Vasallo

Photo Credit:  Sis Jaja Fabio Dela Cruz
Taken on the third day of her wake,
a lovely butterfly stays with us all throughout.
We love you, Ate Jeanette... a great friend who will be forever missed. 

A Prayer for a Friend... 

Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Your daughter, Jeanette, whom You have called from this life. 

Give her eternal rest as You let her pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard her from all harm; and on that great day of resurrection and reward, raise her up with all Your saints. 

In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins she may have committed and grant her eternal life in Your kingdom. 

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave up Yourself to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. 

Listen to our prayers; look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for Jeanette. 

Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive her sins. By dying, You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You; may Your perpetual light shine upon her. 

Receive her soul and bestow her to God, the Most High. By Your glorious power, give her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live forever and ever.  Amen. 

Gaya ng ating napag-usapan, gaya ng ipinangako ...

We will surely finish the story of your life -- very inspiring. 

We will write about it and let the whole world know how you, your life and your big heart have blessed and moved so many lives. 

Meet our "Principal in Heaven"

Photo Credit: Kuya Joel Dela Cruz
Congratulations, Ma'am Jeanette. 

You truly deserved this!  We are so proud of you! Yours is indeed a celebration of life.

I'd like to share her loving husband's message... 

The husband, Sir Benedict, finds strength and comfort from her "perfect" wife. He knows that even up to this time, she is still making ways for the entire family to feel how much she loves them all. Their faith in the Lord is admirable that their strength has always been so contagious, very inspiring.

To our dearest Ma'am/Ate Jeanette, we love you so. You're indeed a gift and a blessing to all of us.

Be our angel and send our kisses to our dear Lord. 

Til we meet again, my friend. I love you.


♥♥♥ Mai, Ren and Eieo  ♥♥♥

Watch this video... her favorite song: 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

An Inspiring Story About Blended Families -- Ex-Husband To The New Hubby: I'm Supposed To Hate You Because You're Doing The Things That I Could NOT Do -- BUT I Love You For That, Man

OMG. This video made me cry. 

It's about how brave and humble an ex-husband and an ex-wife in dealing with the new ones, the stepparents of their only son... amazing and admirable. 

I've just become emotional -- not that I could relate -- because their words are so moving, so powerful that they'd make you grab tissues. Sniff.  :-)


Mommy Mai

P.S. What hit me? Oh, these lines...

A challenge to his manhood:

Jamey: "You're doing the things I couldn't do, and I love you for that, man!" 

... "You are a man of integrity, a man of skill. You are a beautiful husband."

... "I admire you and am grateful for you."

... "I know how powerful it is for a boy to see that his mother is loved because that's how he's going to treat his wife. And you're doing it for him, doing the things that I could not do. Am supposed not to love you for that but I do."

Disclaimer: This is never intended to promote divorce. The author/blogger always believes in a lasting marriage and a happy family. She hopes and prays that hers becomes the union that God wants their marriage to be. 

Cheers to a love of a lifetime!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Crowns as Miss Universe 2015

Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines.

Every Filipino is happy and proud of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for being crowned as Miss Universe 2015.

Initially, Miss Universe host, Steve Harvey, mistakenly announces Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, as this year's winner.

More from the Netizens...

Miss Universe 2015 (Miss Philippines): I had conflicting emotions when the mistake happened: joy when I was told I was indeed the winner and not first runner-up, concern for Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Aravelo, who had previously been mistakenly crowned, and confusion at the whole situation.

The video that says it all... 

Congrats, Ms. Pia! Cheers!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What the 'Dumagats' Have Taught Me - I Learned Something from Them I'd Never Forget

When I joined the clergy, army, medical workers, and other volunteers in a mission to help and serve the indigenous people on Monday, December 14, I realized a lot of things about life and am sharing most of them with you...
The Dumagats make a cheerful ‘toast’ as they enjoy their glasses of milk.

1. Appreciate life. Life is always at its best - no matter how tough it may be.

2. Always be grateful. Saying thank you is NEVER hard and a challenge to them.

3. Be contented and happy with what you have. Contentment is such a big word. 

4. Recognize and respect leadership. Their leader matters and so as his words and decisions.

5. Be self-less. Think of your fellows. Period.

Fr. Nap Baltazar hands over some school bags and clothes to the Dumagat children.
I also featured this experience at CBCP NewsSharing Kindness to the ‘Dumagats’ of Bulacan.


Mommy Mai

For donations and pledges, please feel free to message me or Fr. Nap Baltazar, the parish priest of Nuestra Señora de Lourdes Parish, and the director of the Indigenous People Apostolate in the Diocese of Malolos.

Thank you very much!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cardinal Tagle on BEC 2015: God sent me a “teacher”.

I would like to share this story from our beloved Cardinal because it has inspired us. This may be a simple and ordinary story to some, but hubby and I think that its meaning is overwhelming. 

When we were listening to Cardinal Tagle during his talk at the 3rd CBCP BEC National Assembly held on Nov. 13 at the Paco Catholic School Auditorium, we felt so blessed and happy. And we believe that most BEC delegates, observers and guests experienced the same blessing, bliss and fulfillment.

Just a few words of wisdom from him... read on and be inspired!

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle inspires the BEC participants during his talk. (Photo: Rainier Policarpio)
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also shared a story of his ‘humbling encounter’ with a little girl in a slum area. He said that the child recognized him as someone who looked like the one in a poster placed on their ‘chapel’. He then decided to play along with the kid, saying it was not him. But the young girl insisted as she was sure that he was the man on the poster. He still denied, which made her ask, “Eh sino ka?”

He was moved by this experience, claiming that God has sent him a teacher, the precious little girl. He realized that the little girl goes to the ‘chapel’ often to pray, making herself familiar with the man in the poster. Despite their life’s condition, it is really amazing that she finds peace and comfort through prayers. 

He called upon everyone to be like the little girl and consider praying as your personal sanctuary, where you can find serenity even in your darkest hours.

He ended his talk by reiterating the call for everyone: “Let us be the living reality in our neighborhood, in our BECs.”

Myraine Carluen Policarpio/CBCP News

Cardinal Tagle on BEC National Assembly 2015: Unity doesn’t eliminate diversity.

His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle encourages all Christians to 
respond to the call of communal discipleship. (Photo: Rainier Policarpio)
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle emphasized the essence of unity and diversity in his talk during the 3rd CBCP BEC National Assembly held on Nov. 13 at the Paco Catholic School Auditorium. 

Unity is what Christians have in common but they must remember that their personal responses to God’s call nurture their communion in sacrament, service, and mission.

Since there must be shared responsibility in the life and mission of the Church, it is hoped that BECs will strengthen such participation of the lay people – making them respond both individually and as a community. 

“Every Christian grows in faith within a community,” he said. “And we are all equal in Christian dignity.”

With the theme, BEC in the Philippines: Responding as a Community of Missionary Disciples to the Challenge of Pope Francis to be a Poor Church for the Poor, his talk focused on the relevance of participating in the life and spirit of the Church and committing oneself in becoming a follower of Christ.

He also discussed about the perspectives of addressing the reality, the culture and the economy of exclusion as a direct threat to communion. 

“We should say no to the economy of exclusion and inequality,” he continued, encouraging everyone to practice such as also reminded by Pope Francis.

“BECs should say no to exclusion of communions,” he added. “I hope that all BECs will be examples of including the excluded, outcast ones.” 

Every Christian community shall do its share in enriching personal and communal encounters. ###

Myraine Carluen Policarpio/CBCP News

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

WATCH: A Second Chance - Popoy and Basha - Teaser and New Clips

November 25, 2015 on cinemas nationwide... Everyone's excited... so do I.  

This is John Lloyd and Bea's gift to their fans. 


Popoy and Basha's love story is just like anybody else's - loaded with joy, sadness, triumphs and struggles. 

UPDATE: Here's a new clip from Star Cinema.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Box Office: Spectre 2015 Movie Reviews [Watch Trailer Videos]

Screengrab/Twitter: James Bond
Everyone's excited about Spectre... another spy movie to watch out for!

The Verge: 

Spectre is a film that is utterly devoid of surprise, rotating through a series of rote beats with almost no sense of invention.

Dares you to not to laugh on the film's more romantic scenes...

Every 007 movie ends with that title card: "James Bond will return." 

Before they start work on the next installment, I hope the producers just ask themselves one question: "Why?"

See The Verge's full movie review of Spectre here.

INQUISITR -- Rotten Tomatoes is a great place to search out the truth about the good and bad of movies. With the newest of the James Bond films, Spectre, making its debut in time for the start of holiday movie-going season, Tomatoes is offering up “The James Bond Movie Countdown” as part of their “Holiday Guide 2015.” 

The Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus for Spectre states, “Spectre nudges Daniel Craig’s rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it’s admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.”

Watch Spectre's official trailer video here:

Another one to excite you more...


Spectre opens in the U.S. on November 6, 2015. 

Get ready for the action, suspense and romance!