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A Catholic Prayer Meeting of the LIGHT OF JESUS FAMILY October 21, 2012

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Today, I receive all of God’s love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s universe. Today, I open myself to God’s blessings, healing, and miracles. Today, I open myself to God’s Word So I would become More like Jesus every day. Today, I proclaim that I am God’s beloved, I am God’s servant, I am God’s powerful champion. And because I am blessed, I am blessing the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

IN THIS ISSUE

TODAY, I’d like to talk about Heaven. Obviously, I’ve never been there yet. So I can’t describe it to you. If I was able to make an ocular inspection of Heaven, you can be sure that I would have never gone back to Earth to tell you how it looked like. Unless I got kicked out by an Angel the size of a Sumo wrestler. My message today is not to tell you how beautiful Heaven is and why we should abandon what we’re doing now and rush to go there. Instead, my message is for you to find a way to see heaven everywhere. Even in your trials. Especially in your trials. Especially in your unanswered prayers. Especially when there is more sadness than joys. Especially when there are more questions than answers. Here’s my message: Every pain in your heart contains a promise of Heaven. Every need that won’t be met on Earth will be met in Heaven. Every desire that won’t be fulfilled on Earth will be fulfilled in Heaven. Every dream that won’t come true on Earth will come true in Heaven. Truly, God’s rewards program is unlimited. We need to see Heaven everywhere. We need to remind ourselves that Heaven is coming.

--Even in Your Pain
JUMP! JC Libiran (left) and Audee Villaraza seem to levitate as they lead Worship before the series on Rewards. More on page 2. --Photo by Ramel Robles

See HEAVEN Everywhere

Have a very wonderful Feast today! May your dreams come true,

BO SANCHEZ PS. Our next talk series is titled How To Deal with Emotional Vampires. You and I have them. We all do. How do you deal with them in such a way that will bless them and bless you as well? I encourage you to bring your friends to the Feast so that they too will be blessed.

ROCK! Zak (left) and Niki Yokingco shake the Kerygma Conference registration at the PICC Plenary Hall Lobby. More on pages 4-5. --Photo by Blaise Gomez

LAST WEEK

In one seminar, a man shared to Bo that he felt regret for not having left his job. He was never promoted for 18 years. He wished he had the chance to hear Bro. Bo’s talk years ago, and then he would have looked for another company that would appreciate his efforts and get himself rewarded. Bro. Bo also shared the story of a woman who was a talented wedding planner. She would deliver beautiful and organized ceremonies and receptions to her friends for free. One day, she found herself needing money. Bro. Bo advised her to charge services, but she was squeamish about it. Indeed, there are people who LAST week’s Gospel from think they should not monetize their Mark 10:17-30 tells the story services. But Bro. Bo encouraged of a young man who goes up to them to go ahead and charge. Jesus to ask, “What shall I do to They have a difficult time putting inherit eternal life? ” The Marshmallow Test a price tag on their work because Jesus tells him, “Go and Bro. Bo explained Earthly they feel unworthy and afraid sell what you have and give to Rewards through the Marshmallow to be criticized. the poor. And you will have Test conducted by the University Earthly harvest however, will treasure in Heaven, then come of Stanford in 1972. About 600 always be imperfect. “Prosperity follow me.” children aged 4 to 6 were brought will always come with persecution. In his homily, Fr. Alex one by one in a small room devoid Abundance will always come with Balatbat asked: “Are you rich and of distractions except for one adversity,” he said. This is because happy or are you rich but sad? If piece of marshmallow on a table. earthly rewards are incomplete and you are not happy then there must Each child was instructed to wait imperfect. The perfect reward is the be something missing from your for 15 minutes before eating the blown away by their planting. Eternal Reward. yearning heart.” They have been planting for marshmallow-- if he does, he Bro. Bo shared the story of decades, and they have not Fr. Alex said that having will get two instead of just one his high school classmate, Felipe, stopped.” Bro. Bo said. who bragged about attending parties many possessions does not mean marshmallow. Some children ate In the recent Truly Rich the marshmallow before the time and discos, and taking in drugs to you are rich. If your business is Club Super Conference held in get high. Bro. Bo, who was already nothing but money, then that is a was up. Some closed their eyes, Dos Palmas, Palawan, Bro. Bo serving the ministry when he was 12 poor business. Business is more jumped or ran around just to avoid met Nicole. She is a 20-year-old eating the marshmallow. After 15 years old, attended prayer meetings than money, more than material Filipina who came from the United and got high through Light of minutes, the children who waited possessions. Life is not only States to participate in the event. He Jesus seminars. about material things, life is about patiently happily received their found the young woman admirable second marshmallow. Twenty Years later, Felipe could no the business of relationships. because she spent her own money years after the experiment, the longer go to parties because of his As written in 1 Timothy for this endeavor. numerous health problems. Bro. Bo, 6:10: “For the love of money is a researchers checked on the children How did she raise the money on the other hand, is now building who took the test, and found that root of all sorts of evil, and some those who succeeded in getting without asking for help from her parties all over the world. “These by longing for it have wandered parents? She sold food, worked as a are called Feasts,” he said. their second marshmallows grew away from the faith and pierced up as intelligent, well-adjusted, and secretary, and offered photography When he was 14 years old, themselves with many griefs.” services, among other things. Bro. successful adults. he gave up time for his parents Fr. Alex said it is okay Bro. Bo said the Marshmallow Bo said, “Before she stepped into and siblings at home. He went to to possess money, but never the conference, she was already Test illustrates the Law of the Farm, slum areas and prisons to share the allow money to possess you. He growing and learning.” that is, harvest is not immediately Gospel and hold prayer meetings. added: “The Feast is the happiest present after planting. By not People who need to harvest. He even lived in Anawim for There are people who keep delaying three years with the abandoned place on Earth because it is a enjoying all of the harvest at once elders and orphans. “I gave up celebration of truly rich people.” and delaying gratification, one gets to gratification, until they die without having experienced it. Low selfmy youth, my life, my comfort,” The happiest people in the world reap even more. worth is one of the reasons people Bro. Bo said his message he said. are called givers. The more they was for two groups of people: those do not enjoy their harvest, as they Bro. Bo is now harvesting give, the more riches they gain. feel unworthy to receive blessings. who need to plant, and those who what he planted in his youth. They are not afraid to lose their Some have a distorted religious need to harvest. “God has returned to me a material wealth because God’s People Who Need to Plant. belief that expecting earthly rewards hundredfold whatever I had blessings are overflowing. is unholy, and thus, they postpone given up.” Jesus taught the man to sell Though the reward is not yet present, you must continue planting growth and advancement, and Indeed, his life is a testimony all his possessions and give the refuse promotions at work. so you have something to harvest. of God’s earthly rewards. “I want money to the poor. Fr. Alex said Bro. Bo encouraged us Bro. Bo said there are people who you to believe that God will reward in the same manner, we should to aspire for earthly rewards. envy the rich person, particularly you, even in this age. It will be invest on greater things. We his harvest. But they do not see how As Proverbs 10:5 puts it: incomplete, but it is a reminder that should focus on the real treasure “He who gathers crops in he planted, the hard work he did there is a perfect reward waiting for and that is Eternal Life. summer is a wise son, but he to have a harvest. Bro. Bo talked you,” Bro. Bo said. -- Anna Modesto of his business mentors who are who sleeps during harvest is a --Cessna M. Papas Photo by Chino Modesto incredibly wealthy. “But I am more disgraceful son.” Photo by Ramel Robles

Real Treasure

IN last Sunday’s Feast, Bro. Bo Sanchez discussed Earthly Rewards, the second topic in the Unli series. Bro. Bo said he searched on Google about Earthly Rewards from God, and found that many are not comfortable talking about receiving rewards as they believe that people should focus only on Eternal Rewards. Bro. Bo said that God wants to reward us even while we are still on Earth. He read from Mark 10:29-30: “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”

Plant and Harvest: God’s Earthly Rewards

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TODAY REFLECTIONS My Delayed Reward
By CES ARCILLA IT had been five years since I was absorbed by the company. Within that period, I was the only one who was not promoted. My officemates had already two or three promotions. I never had one. At first, I was a silent worker, not thinking about any promotion. I just worked and worked, delivering what was expected of me-- actually, even exceeding what was expected of me. But as the days wore on, I began to think: “Am I not good enough to be promoted?” Yes, I began to lose confidence in myself. In 2011, my boss recognized my contribution, praising my work in front of our team. I received a trophy “for consistently maintaining a positive atmosphere in the team and always available to assist teammates.” I felt good. But still, I did not get promoted. Nevertheless, I continued to work hard. I figured, I should just be thankful that I had a job and I could fend for myself and support my family as well. I just made a decision to surrender to God my desire for a promotion and let His plans come in His own time. Then, last October 5, my manager summoned me to his office. On my way to his room, I thought, “Had I done something wrong today, or yesterday or the other day?” When I got to his room, my boss said, “I wanted to tell you the good news: your promotion.” I was dumbfounded. My boss said, “You look so surprised.” “Yes, I am,” I managed to say. And my boss said, “It is a good surprise then. Now your hard work has paid off.” Right there and then, I thought that instead of my boss, it was God telling me those words! Last Sunday, as Bro. Bo Sanchez talked on Earthly Rewards, I couldn’t agree more with him. He said God keeps records of the good things that we do and He will reward us in His own time. True. At first, nobody seemed to see the hard work I had done for our company. But yes, God had been watching me all the time. And indeed, as Bro. Bo put it, “Rewards don’t come instantly, but in time.”

Talk 3: Eternal Rewards Every Pain in Your Heart Contains a Promise of Heaven
Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.... But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:1-4 Be careful not to do your `acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Revelation 2:23, 26 I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations. Philippians 3:13-14 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Personal Reflection and Group Discussion: What unmet needs and unfulfilled desires do you have now that you know will be met and fulfilled in Heaven?
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The trophy Ces received for consistently maintaining a positive atmosphere in the team and always available to assist teammates.

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MINISTRIES

Kerygma
By KRISTINE MUTUC

Klicks!
FOR several weeks now, The Feast has featured the Kerygma Conference 2012, giving you a glimpse of the biggest learning event happening at the Mall of Asia Arena and the SMX Convention Center by the Manila Bay. Today we give you pictures. “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Following the popular saying attributed to Confucius, we feature winning entries in Kerygma Klicks, the first ever photography contest mounted on the Kerygma Conference 2012 Facebook fan page. Opened to attendees of previous Kerygma Conferences, the contest gathered the most FIRST PLACE: Glory to Glory! memorable pictures attendees By MELCHOR JAYPEE PILAR themselves took as their souvenirs MELCHOR JAYPEE PILAR, or best known as Jaypee has been a of the conferences. member of the Light of Jesus Family since 2003. He attends the Feast Since they shared their Quezon City in Diliman. He serves in the Media Ministry, and is a blessings in the Kerygma caring group member under Bro. Bob and Sis. Edith del Rosario, heads of the Feast Quezon City Media Ministry. Conference, God gives the contest Jaypee works as architectural designer in Noli Bernardo participants their rewards worthy of & Associates. Jaypee’s winning photo was taken during the Kerygma a CHAMPION! Conference 2011 Grand Feast held at the Cultural Center of the And the winners are… Philippines Grounds on November 18, 2011.
Jaypee won two Premium tickets for Kerygma Conference 2012.

FLASHBACK!

But the people wanted more. Meditating on God’s directions for His people, Bro. Bo Sanchez realized God has THE very first Kerygma Conference was held already given what His people need and all at the ULTRA in Pasig City on November 23, they have to do is discover those treasures. To bring this message to God’s people, 24, and 25, 2007, centering on the theme You Have the Power: Be Nourished. Empowered. Bo called for a second conference-- Kerygma Conference 2008, held on November 29-30, Unleashed. The conference addressed which centered on this divine revelation: persons who suffer hunger, weakness, Awaken the Miracle in You! and imprisonment of the spirit even in the Countless miracles of conversion midst or perhaps because of the raging and deepening faith happened in Kerygma technology revolution. Conference 2008. Spiritual wonders happened at the Here are testimonies of the Kerygma Conference 2007 —the lame 2008 attendees: walked, the downtrodden found new hope “I was moved. I really need this kind of for a better life, those who hungered for retreat so I can move on after losing my job.” spiritual nourishment had their fill of God’s — Liza Caraballo, Makati City power of love.

“I thank God that I had the opportunity to attend the Kerygma Conference. I cried tears of joy and I hope that I can attend again next year. I hope that God will extend my life by a few more years.” — Simona Llanes, Baguio City “I cried practically the whole length of the Conference. God was really present in this gathering. Thank you for all the wonderful talks, the music,the organizers’ efforts. God bless you all!” — Jasmine Barrios, Manila “The conference confirmed what God told me before — that I am His miracle!” — Patricia Paterno, Quezon City

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SECOND PLACE: Holding Hands
By LAURIE ARCEO LAURIE ARCEO first attended the Feast at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City, on July 20, 2008. She was invited to the Feast by Jill Vicente, her officemate. It took one year until Laurie decided to give the Feast a try. She attended the Feast on her son’s eighth birthday. Laurie works at the Philippine Geothermal Production Company as a technical assistant in Information Management. Together with her husband, she is a member of the Caring Group of Bro. Rolly and Sis. Cecile Agustin in the Feast PICC. Laurie’s photo was taken during the Kerygma Conference 2011 Family Stream. She won a special Shepherd’s Voice Publications gift pack.

By REN POLUMBARIT

THIRD PLACE: I Serve

REN POLUMBARIT’S family has been attending the Feast since 1997, back when it was still held in Teatro Aguinaldo, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Ren is a third year student, working for a degree as Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). Today, he serves as a Caring Group head at the Feast PLM and drummer in the Feast Manila and Feast Pasig Music Ministries. Ren’s photo was taken at the Kerygma Conference 2011 Youth Stream. Special thanks to Nicki Roque, his subject. Ren won a limited edition Kerygma Conference 2012 shirt. Truly, when you shout out to the world that you have been blessed, God will give you rewards worthy of a CHAMPION! Be a victor and experience the Kerygma Conference 2012: Champions Arise! Get quick, timely updates on the Kerygma Conference 2012. Follow us on Twitter: @kerygmaconf now!
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CARING GROUPS
“HEY, I just met you! And this is crazy…” Be honest, you sang the next line in your head. Carly Rae Jepsen’s song, Call Me Maybe, is the latest craze, and international and local stars, and kids, and teenagers, and even mommies and daddies are singing the song, dancing to the tune, and making videos of their Maybe performance. Not to be outdone, two Feast Caring Groups recently joined forces to make their own Call Me Maybe music video. Jason Jake Zabala, head of a Caring Group calling itself D’ Fence, came up with the idea. “It was just for fun. We didn’t do it to promote the CG,” Jason said. He invited Happy Tribe, a Caring Group led by Melody Reyes, and together, the CGs shot the music video last August to celebrate the birthdays of some of their members. D’ Fence is a CG composed of single men aged 20 to 30, dedicated to tackling issues encountered by men. The group thought of its name after Bro. Bo Sanchez’s talk series on LifeSavor, which was dedicated to the “Approval Addict, the Chronically Nice, the Spiritually Abused—and Everyone Else Under the Sun Who Needs to Love Themselves More.” In Talk 4, titled Give Yourself the Gift of Limits, Bro. Bo said you can savor life more if you set boundaries around your body, friendships, finances, and helping others. He added that “instead of restricting you, boundaries actually free you to be who God meant you to be.” “Men also need to build their fence around their special someone,” Jason said. Now you know why the CG was named D’ Fence. During CG meetings, D’ Fence members share stories about their blessings for the week, insights about the Feast talks, and personal concerns. They regularly attend the meetings of God’s Gentlemen, a new group composed of single men attending the Feast, every third Sunday of the month, organized by Single Men Core Team. Meanwhile, Happy Tribe is a CG composed of single ladies aged 20 to 30 who share their blessings with each other. They easily bonded together, like God had all along planned for them to be the best of friends. Melody shared, “We care. We love. We are the Happy Tribe.” The group members reflect on Bible verses, discuss Bro. Bo’s talks, share lessons learned, and life-chaging realizations. They also attend events sponsored by the Singles Ministry. The CGs go on outreach missions at He Cares, the Feast partner beneficiary taking care of street children. Also, Happy Tribe celebrates birthdays together with D’ Fence once a month. They go to amusement parks, play bowling, and have dinner together. And last August, they had the most memorable birthday celebration – the making of their version of Call Me Maybe music video.

Call Me CG
By BETHANY ANNE P. DECHAVEZ

SURE FUN, from top: D’ Fence and Happy Tribe members belting out Call Me Maybe; visiting He Cares; sharing a meal; celebrating a birthday; bowling.

“Honestly, that video was not part of our plans,” Melody said. The CGs choreographed easy steps that everyone could follow on the spot. Using a cellphone to play the music, the members, even the shy ones, danced like crazy before the video camera. D’ Fence member Czar Patrick Ebesate edited the video. Check out the video, titled Call Me CG, on YouTube. Single men, D’ Fence invites you to join the group. Says Jason:”To those who do not have a CG yet, we encourage you to join

a Caring Group so that you’ll feel more of God’s presence and God’s blessing in your life. It’s either you’ll be blessed or become a blessing to others. Nothing to lose, my friend. As you’ll see in our Call Me CG video, it’s more fun at the Feast where great friendships are built. I found Love at the Feast. I found great friends at the CG.” Says Melody: “Open your heart to experience God’s love and surprises through Caring Groups. Come and be blessed! God bless you more! Smile!”

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With a new hope, I again looked for a job. By God’s grace, at about this time, call centers mushroomed in Metro Manila so I trained in computers to be able to qualify as a call-center agent. In December of 2009, I was down with high fever. So I went to the Philippine General Hospital for a check-up. The doctor told me I should be confined. I did not heed his advice. I went home. But I was so sick, I had to go back to the hospital the next day. It was Christmas Eve and there I was to be held at the St. Francis Church in confined in the hospital which at the time Mandaluyong City on February 14, 2009. was bursting at its seams with patients. There I didn’t even know what “intercessors” was no bed available for me so I just sat meant. Still, I attended the meeting. Then, the on a wheelchair. following Sunday, February 22, I attended “God, My Father in Heaven, have the Feast Pasig at Valle Verde Country Club, mercy on me,” I cried. carrying with me a heavy, heavy burden. My sister was with me, helping me This is my story. eat, because I was so weak, I could not even I had a sari-sari store and a gift shop. hold a spoon. My body ached all over, I just In 2009, I mishandled the business. I had needed to lie down and sleep, debts left and right. Using my checking so I begged my sister to look account as my collateral, I applied for a loan even for a cardboard I could to pay another loan, then another loan to lie on. She didn’t find any so pay the latter loan, and so on. But I couldn’t I stayed on the wheelchair all keep up with the payments. The interest on night long, feeling so sorry my loans piled up. I swallowed my pride for myself. God, I wish no and borrowed some more money from one would suffer what I’d anyone. A friend advised me to close gone through. shop, don’t save my business Prayer. That’s what anymore. But I simply didn’t strengthened me. I held on to know how to go about my rosary and prayed, asking it, what with my debtors God to forgive my sins. running after me. Bro. Bo said that To be able to sometimes, it takes several pay my debts, I tried trials before you learn your to look for a job. lesson. That was what “Even as a janitor,” exactly happened to me. I I told myself. suffered the consequences of But I was already my transgressions. 35-- there just was no But God did not abandon vacancy for me. So I me. He came to me through thought of applying for the Feast, particularly Bro. a job abroad. A medical Bo’s series of talks on Awaken certificate was required the Healer in You. The series for the job application helped me overcome my overseas, so I went to the emptiness and brokenness. San Lazaro Hospital for I continue to attend the the medical examination. Feast and of late, I’ve found Anyway, I really loving and understanding needed to go for a checkfriends through a Caring up. With all my problems, Group. I tell them my struggles I hadn’t been feeling well. and I feel the presence of God I had been losing weight. through them. By ROMMEL PADUA as told to AILEEN GRACE ALVAREZ And I had these itchy To all you my dear Illustration by ANA MELLA rashes all over my body. brothers and sisters in the After a couple of Light of Jesus Family, I say don’t give in to I’m thankful to God I read the January months, I got the results of the medical exam: temptations because they can ruin you. 2009 issue of the Kerygma magazine where Hepatitis: Negative. Today, I still struggle through all Diabetes: Positive. I was not surprised. I learned about the Feast. No one invited sorts of diseases and I still need a stable me to the Feast. The Holy Spirit led Diabetes runs in my family. income to be able to afford my check-ups me there. HIV: Positive. At the Feast, Bro. Bo Sanchez said bad and medicines. Please include me in your The doctor who examined me prayers. Yes, there is a healer in me. God has debts could really drag you down. True. My explained that HIV, or the Human given me such grace and every day I just debts had pushed me down what seemed Immunodeficiency Virus, causes Acquired claim my healing. a bottomless pit. But Bro. Bo also said no Immunodeficiency Syndrome-- yes, the matter how dark our past had been, with much dreaded AIDS-- which so weakens Editor’s Note: Have you a similar story God’s grace and unconditional love, we can the immune system that one’s body can how you have received blessings from God? still look forward to a bright future. Such no longer fight life-threatening infections Share! and let the world know miracles still message made me change my mind about and cancers. Usually, one gets HIV do happen today to give hope especially to the committing suicide. I realized that my life still lost. For details, email feasteditor@gmail. through blood transfusions or com, or call 09399044065. has meaning. sexual intercourse.

BLESSING time got to know L THE first FeastIwas through the about the O Kerygma magazine. huge title on I saw the January 2009 issue of Kerygma with the G the cover: Don’tatWorry. I bought Troubled the time, I in the mag S a copy.bereadIntercessors’that there would an Meeting

I must admit, to forget my troubles, I hang around in bars and bathhouses. There I met people who lured me into illicit sex. I had sexual relations, carelessly, with both men and women. And so now, I have HIV. The doctor prescribed some tablets. “It’s not a cure,” he said. “But the medicine might prevent the HIV to progress into AIDS. You’ll have to take the medicine for the rest of your life.” Not a cure. The doctor could have just said No cure. I hardly had a cent. How could I buy these tablets that I had to take every day-until God knows when? Suicide crossed my mind. But I thought of my parents. My mother already carried a heavy burden. She was taking care of my father who, early on, suffered a stroke. If I killed myself, she would be devastated, to say the least.

...even as my disease has no cure

I Claim Healing

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ONE MORE MIRACLE

The Phantom Haunted Me!
By AILEEN GRACE ALVAREZ I’D always wanted to watch the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera since it began its series of shows at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila last August 25. But the tickets were sooo expensive, ranging from P1,750 to P7,000. I told myself I would be willing to pay for the P1,750 ticket-just for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I asked some friends to buy tickets too, so I‘d have a companion to go to the show. One agreed to buy the P1,750 ticket. Alas, we found out online that the tickets were sold out! The next lower priced ticket cost P2,250. Too much. I decided to forget the Phantom. I removed the show’s soundtrack from my playlist. But the Phantom haunted me. On my way to the Feast PICC every Sunday, I saw the Phantom poster at the CCP waving at me. “Oh come on, I think you will remain just in my dreams,” I told the Phantom. One time, I rode an FX on my way home. And there it was-- pasted on the back of a bus the FX was following was the Phantom poster-- mercilessly glaring at me. I snapped at the Phantom, “Again? What do you want? I will not be watching you!” But the Phantom would not leave me alone. One time, I was watching TV Patrol, the newscast of ABS-CBN, and-- you guessed right-- the news included a report on the Phantom, complete with an interview with the cast, plus a video of the chandelier that would fall at the end of the musical. I watched a dream crashing on the ground. Then one busy Wednesday, I got a call from my sister. “Do you have any plans for tonight?” she asked. “So far, I don’t have any. Why?” I answered. “We will be watching The Phantom of the Opera! Cousin Joan has four premium tickets given by a friend. Wanna come?” Do I ever! Did I hear it right? Premium ticket? The one that cost a whopping P7,000! The night of the Phantom, I felt the Angel of Music ushering us into the CCP Main Theatre. My heart thumped as an usher led us to our seats. No way! Front row seat! I could almost faint! This was really a Point of No Return! I never thought this could ever happen! There I was, enjoying The Music of the Night. After the show, I was like having this conversation with God. God: “My child, the P1,750-ticket was sold out because I already reserved a Premium seat for you!

Aileen (left) with sister Geleen and cousin Joan at the musical.

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Me: Lord, this is overwhelming! You are a God of Surprises! I’m super thankful! God: Just believe Aileen… That’s All I Ask of You… But wait there’s more…God is not only a God of Surprises. He also gives bonuses! Bonus number one: Before the play, I saw athlete turned model and host Chris Tiu. I wanted to have a photo with him but he was with some friends. I consoled myself, “At least I saw him.” After the play, I saw Chris standing at the Lobby-- alone. So I pulled my cousin and sister to Chris’s side and dared ask to have a picture with him. He said, “Sure!” Bonus number two: I liked the Facebook page of Jonathan Roxmouth, the actor who played The Phantom. I wrote on his wall thanking him for the unforgettable musical play, and I asked him if they could come back next year. After a few hours, I saw this post from Jonathan Roxmouth: “Thanks, Aileen. Will work on that... and, he added “xx.” You now, that means “Kisses!” Oh my God! As I savor this amazingly, breathtaking experience, I can’t help praising and thanking God for how He orchestrated this wonderful event to happen. How could I have forgotten that He has the power to make our dreams come true, far more than what we expected!
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8 THE FEAST October 21, 2012

The FEAST, published by the Light of Jesus Family, is distributed during The Feast by the Manila Bay, a weekly prayer gathering of the Light of Jesus held at the Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, every Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The FEAST holds office at The Lighthouse, 60 Chicago St., Quezon City, with telephone numbers 725-9999, and email address feasteditor@gmail.com.

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