“Nakalaan”

Para sa mga taong nagmamahal, naghihintay, naghahanap at umaasa laging tandaan may isang taong nakalaan para sa’yo at darating s’ya sa tamang panahon.

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Para sa mga taong nagmamahal, naghihintay, naghahanap at umaasa laging tandaan may isang taong nakalaan para sa’yo at darating s’ya sa tamang panahon.

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Maraming taon na ang lumipas nung huli akong sumulat ng isang tula. Nais ko lang itong ibahagi sa inyo. Happy 31st Weeksary ALDUB at ALDUB Nation!

P.S. Sana malapatan ito ng tunog para maging ganap na isang awitin at ‘yon at lubos kong ikagagalak

 

My Heart’s Silent Wish

Just want to share a poem I wrote last June 2007 and it was from my Friendster Account.

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Loving him was a feeling that made me feel alive

Though he was the one who broke my heart

Someone told me that I am no longer sane

For I have loved him who left me nothing but pain

Loving him was a feeling that made me happy

Being in love with him really drove me crazy

Whenever he was around there’s nothing I can’t do

Because I was afraid that he might leave me too

 Why do I have to lie and can’t admit to myself?

That he’s no longer mine and he’s happy with somebody else?

Why, even though I have shed so many tears?

Still I can’t forget the memories we’ve shared through the years?

 

How I wish I can find a man who will love and take me as his own

How I wish God will bless me with the man who’ll never leave me alone

How I wish this time I’ll be better with the man God will provide

How I wish I’ll end up with the man whom I’ll spend the rest of my life

But then again, I cannot control where fate would lead me

I’m just a woman who dreams of being happy and be loved by somebody

Somebody who can be my best friend, my life partner and my lover

Who will make me feel special, will cherish and will love me forever

 

How I wish that somebody could be you

How I wish that you won’t hurt me too

How I wish that God thinks of me when He made you

How I wish that God will give me you.

Wedding Preps In The Eyes Of A Wedding Planner

What a Wedding Planner thinks, feels, and sees in every Wedding she does.

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I never thought that planning a wedding would be this fun and exciting. It makes me stay awake until the wee hours of the morning chatting with brides or grooms in other time zones, answering emails, and updating the nerve-wracking RSVPs not realizing that I still have to sleep and prepare for another hectic day. 

 It makes me wake up  early and look forward to whatever “To do” that I could accomplish every day. Time is very important. Every minute counts. We are given chances to grab, opportunities to take and no second to waste.

As a wedding planner, I have timelines to be followed, guidelines to be observed, deadlines to be met, limitations to be seen and most importantly goals to be realised.  Satisfying and making every couple happy is my major task. I always want to be on the right track. Should not miss anything. I have to be always ready and must be on the go. Must always be up for new challenges; making sure that we are still working within the budget and having some brain-draining sessions just to explore my team’s creativity and think of new and useful ideas for every wedding we plan. From choosing the perfect song for the bridal march, thinking of the designs for the candles and matchboxes, organizing the program and a whole lot more.

 Some people think that a wedding planner/coordinator’s job is so easy. Others would say we are just ushers or helpers at the church and reception. Some of the guests would think we are just ordinary people, I’ve been hearing people calling us “alalay” or “yaya” but I would like to let them know that we are not. We are professionals. We are coordinators. We are the partners of the couple in making their wedding a truly wonderful and memorable one; working hand in hand together with equally professional wedding suppliers.

Imagine how a wedding would be like not having a professional planner to coordinate on that day. How chaotic it could be without us? You might probably see a panicking bride, a stressed mom, a perspiring groom, or a sister who was not able to witness the ceremony because there are so many things that need attention to detail and they have no one to act on it. We, the coordinators take care of it and we implement what is planned. We assume possible circumstances, anticipates urgencies and we are always ready for unexpected situations. Name it, perhaps we had experienced it. From sunny to stormy moments we have to stay put and perform our duties. We always put our hearts in everything that we do. Just like what they say, don’t sweat on the small stuff. Let the professionals handle it.

Let the suppliers do it. Just make sure to hire the right people to make your wedding a success. On second thought we are not fairy godmothers. We don’t do magic. We can only do so much with what the couples give. Wedding suppliers have so many duties to do, hundreds of people to please, and high expectations to be exceeded; and it is not an easy thing. We all need a lot of patience, proper time-management, pure dedication in everything that we do. Every successful event is a fruit of our hardwork. We study, we plan, we strategize, and we execute the event in the best possible way we can. It’s not all about the money. There’s more to it. Sometimes it’s about passion, personal growth and achievements.

But in spite of the tons of work that need to be done, planning my GEMBSO couples’ wedding gives me so much eagerness and satisfaction. It makes me smile and imagine how it would be like on that big day! I always see things in a positive way. Because, I know that I’ve invested so much time and effort to make everything fall into its proper place. I never thought that this would somehow change my attitude towards trusting other people too. I realised that sometimes taking a big risk could also do you good. Working with couples you haven’t seen and with wedding suppliers whom you do not know is somehow stressful just like dealing with different kinds of people with various personalities. But in the course of planning a special occasion I found out that trust and communication are just few of the essential keys for having a smooth sailing wedding preps and a seamless wedding day 🙂 I also gained a lot of friends in the wedding industry and my clients too became my buddies, friends and ‘kumares’ 🙂

Now, having worked with one of the best team I know, My Gembso Team, I just feel that on every wedding I plan and coordinate with my ever-reliable angels, yes they are my Angels. Every detail will be properly taken care of. And to tell you, every wedding is as special as the couple’s love story.

I always look forward to see happy couples, grateful parents, appreciative guests, friendly suppliers and I love to end every event with a happy heart knowing that we were able to make another GEMBSO Event at its finest and beyond.

As I put myself to sleep after every event I planned, my heart is always filled with happiness and heartfelt gratitude to God. Because I know that He was there with me; watching me, and guiding me in every decision I made.

By : Majella Magpantay                                                                                       @JustMeMajella

 

Let God Write Your Own Fairytale

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In Every little girls life there is this dream she keeps in her heart. Like her favourite fairytale, where she imagines herself as the princess anticipating to meet her knight in shinning armour in the most special way.  She has imagined the man she wants.  A man who is fit for the love that she can give.  A man of honour who is true to his vows.  A man of faith who fears the Lord.  A responsible man who will work hard for their future.  A man strong enough to protect and fight for her. A kind-hearted man who is willing to understand and accepts her flaws and most of all she wants a man who will love her unconditionally.

She fervently prays for a him everyday.  She hopes and looks forward to meet him someday. As to how, when or where, she just leaves it up to God.  Though sometimes it feels like searching and waiting will never end, she does not lose hope.  She keeps on believing in the power of love.  She understands the God is still busy writing their love story.

 Time will quickly pass by. Chances are she can’t have  everything she wished for in a man.  She knows God has a better plan for her.  She holds on to her secret dream that In God’s perfect time their paths will cross in the most unexpected moment.

With God nothing is impossible.  Just keep the faith and believe in the power of love.  Great things come to those who wait and everything becomes more meaningful when it happens ‘sa tamang panahon’. Who knows, in the middle of an ordinary life LOVE could make extraordinary things happen and her favourite love story, the best among all the fairytales she has dreamt of, will be written.

Let’s All Look Up And Say A Thanksgiving Prayer.

A Thanksgiving Prayer for Eat Bulaga, EB Dabarkads, AlDub,  AlDub Nation           and Tamang Panahon.  Let’s all look up and say a prayer!

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Eat Bulaga’s Advocacy And The Legacy TVJ, ALDUB And EB Dabarkads Have Instilled In Us, Filipinos.

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Eat Bulaga! – A famous household name, “Bukambibig ng bawat Pinoy” – the more appropriate description. It is the longest running noontime show on television that has been with us for the past thirty-six challenging years. Eat Bulaga has touched the lives of Filipinos all over the world in more ways than you can imagine. EB is not just an ordinary show. Eat Bulaga has a perfect combination of great hosts with versatile talents too. For its viewers, watching EB has become a habit, like you’ve never want to miss any episode. Watching Eat Bulaga for the past three decades has made a lasting impact in our lives. TVJ and EB Dabarkads are not just hosts, “Pamilyang Pinoy” considers them as family.

eb_1Today, even more Filipinos are getting hooked to this “pinag-uusapan at kaabang-abang” na noontime show. Eat Bulaga also paved the way for the discovery of various talents that made a name in the entertainment industry. Though it seems so natural for Eat Bulaga to make their audience laugh with tears and help them fulfill their dreams via EB’s various segments – Little Miss Philippines, Bulagaan, Pinoy Henyo, Bulaga Pa More, Juan for All, All for Juan : Bayanihan of d’ Pipol, and KalyeSerye just to name a few, Eat Bulaga’s pursuit to giving joy doesn’t end there.

Looking back to what Eat Bulaga, Tito, Vic and Joey, and the EB Dabarkads have been doing through the years, I can’t help but wonder, How did EB maintains its popularity to its millions of viewers and yet it has managed to gain an incremental number of followers everyday? Suddenly, I realized what sets them apart from the rest. It is because the people behind Eat Bulaga have real genuine hearts, “may PUSO”. EB has the kind of heart that is truly “Pinoy”, a heart that you will be proud to have.  A heart that gives hope to the helpless. A heart that has the courage to be resilient in spite of the never-ending trials. A heart that cares for the less fortunate. A heart that listens to the society. A heart that humbly shares its blessings. A heart that is not self-seeking. A heart that forgives and most especially a heart that appreciates and gives back.

Eat Bulaga never fails to help our less fortunate brethren with the special projects that it has launched. Education is one of EB’s many advocacies. Eat Bulaga believes in the importance of education and thought of projects that can help alleviate the problems in our society. Do you still remember the thirty Eat Bulaga Excellent Students (EBESt) scholars? As of today, two batches of scholars that are composed of thirty poor but hardworking students were sent to school by Eat Bulaga.

First batch was launched in 2009 and graduated 2013. To show EB’s unwavering support to the EBest Scholars, Eat Bulaga also helps them go through with their College Education. The second batch of EBESt scholars was launched last 2014. Here is a video of Eat Bulaga Best Excellent Students Awardee Graduation 1st Batch of EBest Scholars. EBest Scholars 2009 – Batch 1 Here is the video of the launching of the second of batch of EBESt Scholars EBest Scholars 2014 – Batch 2

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Have you also heard the “Isang Lapis, Isang Papel Project”?  This was Bossing Vic Sotto’s Birthday Anniversary wish. Isang Lapis, Isang Papel ProjectBossing Expressing his thanks to EveryJuan

            “Ito lang ang wish ni Bossing sa kanyang birthday, ang sama-sama nating pagbabayanihan upang makatulong sa pagtupad ng mga pangarap ng mga mag-aaral na nangangailangan.”

Eat Bulaga had The EB Classroom Project where they built classrooms and libraries.Part 1 : EB Classroom Project Turnover – Lakdayan Elementary SchoolPart 2: EB Classroom Project Turnover Lakdayan Elementary School EB Classroom Project : Silid Aklatan/Silid Kaalaman – Unzad Elementary School Brgy. Unzad, Villasis, Pangasinan  June 17, 2011

Eat Bulaga also had EB – Ryzza’s Classroom Project wherein she auctioned her  dresses for this cause. “Ang mga maiipon sa bibilhin niyo, gagamitin sa feeding program ng ilang mag-aaral sa Pampanga.  Dahil bawal ang gutom, dapat busog!” – Ryzza Mae Dizon

Eat Bulaga’s “Juan for All, All for One, Bayanihan of d’ Pipol” segment hosted by Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros, also known as JoWaPao, the new generation of TVJ shows the true purpose of Eat Bulaga — to relentlessly help less fortunate Filipinos and to give happiness to every Juan who supported them throughout the years. Part of this segment is the “Plastic ni Juan Project, where they collect plastic bottles then recycle into armchairs and donate to different  schools around the country. For years they have helped thousands of students, schools and barangays throughout the Philippines, “mula Batanes hanggang Jolo.”

The “Kalyeserye” entitled #KiligPaMore was also launched July of 2015 a segment that teaches good and traditional Filipino values and lessons about love. In line with birth of the phenomenal love team AlDub, (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, aka Yaya Dub), Eat Bulaga has been even more blessed. Eat Bulaga continues to dominate the ratings in its daily noontime slot. It is also evident with the obvious growing number of TVCs   and sponsors who have put their trust to EB. As they say, 2015 is the rebirth of Eat Bulaga, a stronger, a better, a more meaningful Eat Bulaga offering “mas masaya at mas makabuluhang panood.”

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Together with AlDub, the AlDub Nation was born. A nation that makes EB and AlDub trend everyday with at least 7-digit number of  tweets. This nation is the only Fandom that received an Achievement Award for spreading “KalyeSerye” values online through inspirational posts and tweets. It continuously breaks records in history one of which is the 25.6 million tweets for #ALDUBEBforLove and they are also planning to break their own record of tweets for the upcoming Tamang Panahon Celebration. TicketWorld also announced that The Tamang Panahon Event had the highest ticket sales accumulated for just a day.

One way to give back and celebrate the overall success of AlDub, Lola Nidora, portrayed by Wally Bayola announced on Eat Bulaga’s October 17, 2015 episode of “Kalyeserye”, that the most awaited “Tamang Panahon” is bound to happen on October 24, 2015, Saturday at The Philippine Arena – The world’s largest indoor arena that has 55,000 seating capacity. #TamangPanahon will come to reality exactly 100 days after the birth of Aldub, – July 16, 2015.

eb_2“Tamang Panahon” is not just for the “Kalyeserye lovers” – Alden and Yaya Dub. It is for the whole AlDub Nation too. Lola Nidora has invited the AlDub Nation to be part of this historical event, EB’s biggest extravaganza ever. To make it more meaningful, she encourages everyone to join them by buying tickets to be able to watch the show. Lola Nidora said that 100 percent of the ticket sales will be used for building “ALDUB LIBRARIES”, Eat Bulaga’s latest project in cooperation with the whole AlDub Nation. Just a few hours after the announcement, tickets were selling like hotcakes and almost sold out over the weekend. This goes to show that the AlDub Nation is not just a nation that tweets. It is also nation that helps, shares, cares and supports projects with a noble cause for the benefit of many. The power of the united AlDub Nation and Eat Bulaga will exceptionally show the real essence of “Bayanihan”. “Isang gawaing may kabuluhan at di makasarili lamang!”

aldub nation             Since the real number of AlDub Nation is not just equivalent to 55,000 people, there were several petitions through tweets and FB posts from the AlDub Nation worldwide those who consider themselves as #TeamAbroad #TeamBahay and #TeamReplay asking of other ways to help. They have been calling the attention of Eat Bulaga hosts Tito, Vic and Joey, other EB Dabarkads, Alden, Maine and EB producers and staff. There were also tweets asking the help of the sponsors of EB as well. In response to this plea, Eat Bulaga and Tape, Inc. incooperation with BDO one of their sponsor banks an Account for ALDUB has been set up to receive monetary donations from all over the world. Isn’t it heartwarming to see a real worldwide “bayanihan” in the making?

Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, Alden & Maine, and EB Dabarkads, you just don’t know how much you have touched the lives of so many Filipinos. Thanks for inspiring more people to help through their own little ways. You taught us to be selfless. You never fail to inspire us, by encouraging us to support such sensible projects with a magnanimous cause. This is indeed a really “humbling experience for the supporters and lovers of Eat Bulaga and AlDub.

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There are so many unexplainable reasons why we, Filipinos love Eat Bulaga. But,  I must say we have learned to love Eat Bulaga and its Dabarkads because we believe in them, we journey with them and we continuously admire and adhere their “Mabuting Hangarin para sa higit na nakararami.” Let us all remember,  sabi nga nila …“Hangga’t may bata, may Eat Bulaga!”

Congratulations Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, EB Dabarkads, AlDub (Alden and Maine) and AlDub Nation! This is just the beginning. More to go!

PS : During “Tamang Panahon” Charity concert of AlDub last October 24, 2015 held at The Philippine Arena, there were 55,000 people who gathered and partied with the whole AlDub Nation and EB Dabarkads. Worldwide Bayanihan was so evident. Aside from TeamArena who watched the show live the TeamBahay, TeamAbroad and TeamReplay watched from different parts of the world through Live Streaming via YouTube, on their television sets, mobile phones, and via Pinoy TV simultaneously. This Tamang Panahon episode of Eat Bulaga got a rating from AGB Nielsen in Mega Mla 50.8% audience share of 82.8% vs its competitor 5.4%/8.8%. The highest among all of Eat Bulaga’s episode for the past 3 decades. Almost fourteen million pesos were raised through ticket sales alone. There were also donations sent by OFWs and other Filipinos who were not able to buy tickets. BDO facilitated an account for ALDUB through Tape, Inc.’s account. The accumulated number of tweets for #ALDubEBTamangPanahon reached 41 million. There was an official statement by Rishi Jaitly from Twitter about this.

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Photo Credits : Eat Bulaga Facebook Page