KWENTO NG AKING KAIBIGAN… Nagmahal. Nasaktan. Nangarap Muli
By: “BraveHeartKid” Libert Ong (@libert_ong)
February 8, 2017
Nang kayo’y nagkakilala,
Mundo niya’y nagbagong bigla;
Mula sa inyong hi at hello,
Nauwi sa pagiging isa ng inyong mundo.
Pagsasama ninyong dalawa ay kaysaya,
Mundo’y tumigil dahil sa inyong tuwa;
Halos lahat ng pangarap ay natupad,
Tila bas a lupa ay hindi na sasayad.
Ngunit isang araw nagbago na lang
Pagmamalan ninyo’y tila ba kinalawang;
Tiwala sa isa’t-isa’y biglang naglaho,
Unti-unti nawala ang kinang sa mga puso.
Natigil ang dating kaysayang pagsasama,
Mga pangarap tila ba bigla na lang nawala;
Ngunit ang aking kaibigan ay patuloy umaasa sa pagbabalik
Ng mga pusong sa isa’t-isa’y sabik na sabik.
Naitulak kang palayo ng aking kaibigan,
Ngunit unang nangulila ay siya naman;
Inakala niyong tunay na pag-iibigan,
Nauwi na ngayon sa pusong nagsasakitan.
Ang kwentong sana’y wala ng hanggan,
Ngayon ay nasa nakaraan na lamang;
May iba ka na raw yatang natagpuan
At sa kanya naman ay may nagpaparamdam.
Minsan kanyang inakala na mayroon ng pumalit,
Ngunit puso ay sadyang mayroon pa ring pait;
Hindi sapay upang punan ang inyong iniwan,
Nawa’y aking kaibigan maging masaya naman.
Salamat sa binigay mong pagmamahal sa kanya,
Hanggang ngayon siya’y nangungulila;
Ngunit huwag kang mag-alala masyado,
Dahil tunay na matatag ang kaibigan ko.
Ngayong Pebrero mukha lamang siyang malungkot
Pero tuhod niya’y di naman kailangang bumaluktot;
Sapagkat alam kong sa tamang panahon,
May bagong kwentong darating na hinding-hindi na maibabaon.
Salamat sa inyong istorya,
Nakagawa na naman ako ng isang tula;
Ano mang mangyari sa pag-iibigan dito sa mudo,
Sa Panginoon lang natin makikita ang katunayan nito.
Ang Panginoon ay gagawa ng inyong tunay na kwento,
Kwentong hindi malilimot kailanman ng buong mundo;
Kwentong magbibigay ng panibagong pangarap kasama Siya sa dulo ng walang hanggan,
Kwento ng pait tiyak na mapapalitan ng tunay na kailgayahan.
18 years ago, a group of friends (my classmates), asked me this question, “If you were to die today, do you know where would you go?”
I answered quickly, “in heaven!” Because I have read already in the Bible that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But reality sank when they asked me a follow-up question, “Are you sure?” From that moment, I give in, I am not really sure, I just read it and put the idea in my mind without taking it to the heart.
The moment I surrender my “intellectual thinking” of eternity, the moment God reigns in my life. He became the center of everything. The intellectual became spiritual and the happiness became joy.
Today, it marks the 18th year anniversary of the moment I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The moment I realized that more than putting eternity in an intellectual mode, it should be more of spiritual. Less of me, more of God. I am nothing but Christ gave up everything for me to have a real meaning.
18 years have passed, ups and downs surpassed, unfaithfulness even ruin some of the great plans and dreams, unfaithfulness I know hurt the Holy One but 18 years and counting, He is still faithful and just even if I am not.
Lord, thank you for being You.
All honor glory and praise belong to You.
Today, let me also lead you to a prayer similarly to the one I utter 18 years ago…
Heavenly Father . . . I acknowledge that the separation between us . . . is because of my sin . . . I confess that I have sinned . . . and have fallen far short of Your glory . . . I thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus . . . to pay the penalty for my sin . . . I believe that He died on the cross for me . . . I believe that You raised Him from the dead . . . I am sorry for my sins . . . and I ask You to forgive and cleanse me . . . I want to turn away from everything the Bible calls sin . . . and receive You as my Lord, Master, and Savior . . . help me to love, serve, and obey You . . . for the rest of my life . . . in Jesus’ name . . . Amen!
“If you have sincerely prayed that prayer, the Bible promises that the old has gone and the new has come!”
LOST & FOUND
“Brave Heart Kid” Libert Ong
December 6, 1999
AB Mass Communication 1 – Block A
College of Human Sciences, Saint Louis University
Baguio City, Philippines
I was walking on earth
When I saw a different place;
I went there without a purpose
Then I saw a total darkness.
I love to be in that place
Because there are no hindrances;
I like to be in that place
Because there are no poverties.
Everything became good,
Nobody is wrong;
Everybody is okay
And they don’t care.
I’m so happy with my life,
Whatever you do is right;
The people will not rebuke you
And they will make you happy.
But one day I realized something;
They said I have a problem.
They just looked at me and laughed,
They even leave me alone.
I said to myself: I was lost,
I don’t have any hope;
But in the dark I saw a light
And I follow that special guide.
When I touched that firing light,
It warmed me but I was not burned;
That was the greatest gift I’ve found,
It came from heaven above.
I haven’t written a blog for quite some time. It’s time to be back! =)
Last Monday, I attended a Youth Forum regarding HEROism and I’ve learned a lot including the new languages of the millennials including the quick statements like “Nagmahal. Nasaktan. Nagkilay.” and the likes.
I have read also a lot in social media ranting against the Philippine president or ranting against the people who are opposing our president. Sadly, I am one of those people who also expressed what’s inside of me by ranting and breaking some of the ethics of social media which ironically I discussed with some of the CCPF students earlier this year.
After quite some time, realization came to my senses that I AM AN IRRESPONSIBLE USER of Social Media. And it’s time to really do something. So it’s time to really apply our #ChangeIsComing motto for the sake of honoring God and reaching the people around us by being responsible social media user.
I have a lot of thoughts in my mind but let me just sum it up by saying this:
Ipinanganak. Nag-aral. Natuto. Nagtrabaho. Nagmahal. Naging Makabayan. Naging Environmentalist. Nag-Broadcast. Nag-Rant sa Social Media. Nagkamali. Humingi ng Tawad. Natutong Muli. LUMUHOD. UMIYAK. NAGDASAL. NAGPURI KAY JESUS!
After I ate my lunch (Korean food) earlier, I walked for a while and felt like I’m looking for a classic.
So, I choose to take my route at Sangitan and remembered my elementary days when Nikki (my cousin) and I will go to their house for lunch. We so much love the cartoons “Sonic the Hedgehog” during those times. He always ride his bike while I walk following him just like the fast Sonic and his buddy Tail.
I was not satisfied with my cravings for the classic, so I went to my elementary Alma Mater, Wesleyan University-Philippines and I looked for one man – MANG MANING!
Mang Maning is already an “institution” in the university as we already knew him since our elementary days selling classic flavored ice creams.
As I am about to approach him, I saw two mothers paying their bills which Mang Maning refused to accept. The alumni ladies want to bless Mang Maning and pay the ice cream that they “bought” but the other stuff happened, Mang Maning was the one who blessed them with his ice cream.
That generous act of Mang Maning gave a smile in my face as I finally found ONE CLASSIC ACT. The classic act of generosity came from a person who took pride and joy in what he does.
When Mang Maning, asked me what flavor I am ordering, I said “halo-halo na lang po.” He mixed the chocolate and cookies and cream flavor to another one which I don’t know yet. When I tasted it, it’s “AVOCADO FLAVORED” ice cream! It’s been decades since I’ve tasted that flavor of an ice cream. Then, I sighed and said, “THIS IS A GENUINE CLASSIC!
If you can drop by near WU-P, I recommend that you buy Mang Maning’s “CLASSIC” ice cream! =)
I haven’t written any blogs for quite some time.
Today, I can’t even write more words except…
“I AM ITCHING TO BE BACK IN THIS PLACE… I WANTED TO BE AT MY BEST AGAIN AND THIS PLACE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME… ALWAYS!”
Picture credits: https://www.facebook.com/baguio/
REKLAMONG WALANG KWENTA!
Libert A. Ong (Brave Heart Kid)
January 12, 2016
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa gobyerno,
Kung saan-saan mo naman itinatapon ang kalat mo;
Gobyerno, huwag mo nang hintayin pa dumami ang reklamador
Upang gampanan ang tungkulin mo sa bansang nasa equador.
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa mga magulang mo dahil maliit lang ang baon mo,
Aba’y matuto kang magtipid at maging magalang dahil matindi na ang hirap nila sa iyo;
Sa mga magulang naman na reklamo ng reklamo dahil sa pasaway na mga anak,
Tingnan din ninyo baka nga naman may pagkukulang din na nagaganap.
Reklamo ka ng reklamo mo dahil mahirap ang pinapa-exam ng guro sa paaralan,
Mga iho’t-iha, nakinig ba kayong mabuti ng itinuro nila ito upang kayo’y may matutunan?
Sa mga guro naman na reklamo ng reklamo dahil sa mga sakit sa ulong mga estudyante,
Ginabayan ba ninyo sila ng mabuti o nagtuturo ka lamang para kumita ng malaki?
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa liit ng iyong sweldo,
Pero ayaw mo naman ayusin ang trabaho mo;
Reklamo ka ng reklamo dahil mga empleyado mo tamad na tamad na,
Ngunit ina-alam mob a ang kalagayan nila o puro ka na lang utos at pang-aabuso sa kanila?
Reklamo ka ng reklamo sa mga bagay na walang ka-kwenta-kwenta,
Pero kapag ikaw na ang may sala, hugas kamay ang siyang namimihasa;
Reklamo ka pa rin ng reklamo dahil ‘di ka naman tinataman kahit ng nakakasakit na tulang ito,
Sarili mo naman kasi ayaw kumilos upang ika’y magkasilbi at tigilan na ang pagrereklamo!
Nakakasawa na ang mga reklamong walang kwenta,
Lalo na kung nagsisimula ito sa mga taong wala namang disiplina;
Kaya kung ako sa iyo tigilan mo na ang parereklamong walang silbi,
Magbanat na lang ng buto, makipagbayanihan at pairalin ang disiplina sa sarili.
Kung gusto mo na tigilan ang pusong puno ng pagrereklamo,
Ika’y pumukit, lumuhod at sa Kanya magsumamo;
Humingi ka ng tulong sa ating Panginoon,
Tiyak ang tagumpay sa Kanya upang ika’y maging mahinahon.
Mahirap makamit ang pagbabago sa pagiging reklamador,
Ito ay proseso kahit itanong mo pa sa imebstigador;
Ngunit desisyon mo upang baguhin ang ugaling nakagawian,
Hudyat ng pagbabagong inaasam-asam.
Kung sa Diyos natin iaasa ang mga kahilingan natin,
Tiyak lahat ng ito’y Kanyang sasagutin;
Hindi na kailangan pang magreklamo pa sa Kanya,
Alam na Niya ang mga kailangan natin dahil Siya ay Diyos Ama.
MONTERO START IN 2016
Libert A. Ong (Brave Heart Kid)
January 3, 2016
After 16 years, eight months and 27 days,
The Lord once again showed His mighty ways;
A group composed of Derick, Myra, Errold, Baham, Alvin and Libert
Come together to toast for a renewed friendship berth.
Joyride started the 10-hour journey,
Isdaan ‘protégé’ in the first place became funny
As the group went there just to see a renovation
But brilliant minds won’t stop and made the mistake into a photo session.
They looked for a place where there’s alive and fresh fish
But ended up dining at Max’s Restaurant with a lot of dish;
Greater stories of the past were finally revealed.
And those lines broke the barriers and the shield.
After filling their stomachs with food while minds with memories,
“#Cabanatuan” in SM City has come to their senses;
Photo session in that place became so fun
Especially when they jumped for a shot and got tired without a run.
Starbucks experience revealed more secrets,
The stories will just remain there as a code of friendship;
Bar Side at Quimson Street took part of the reunion story,
More things were shared before going to the next territory.
The get together won’t be complete without the visit
To the school that mold their character and wit;
Sci-Hi will never be forgotten no matter what,
Especially with Batch ’99 always on the watch.
Great things happened on the second day of January 2016,
Expect more to come from Batch ’99 to reminisce years of teen;
To all the members of these batch in Cabsy Sci-Hi,
Soar together on high without forgetting the humble tires.
Libert A. Ong (Brave Heart Kid)
December 7, 2015 9:40 AM – 9:50 AM (Cabanatuan City)
It’s been 17 years already
Since I’ve known You personally;
There were lots of times that I’ve failed you
Yet You remain faithful in what you do.
Thank You Lord for the 17 years of walk,
Sorry for the times that I didn’t make my talk;
I have promises that I failed to do
Yet You always gave Your best so I could honor You.
Seventeen years of ups and downs,
I have hurt You lot of times;
Yet You still smile at me any time of the day
And said “My child, I love you no matter what.”
Again, thank You God for sending Your Son,
Lord Jesus for dying for me as a ransom;
Holy Spirit, guide me in my next journey
So I would still give honor to God Almighty.
To my friends who helped me know Jesus personally,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity;
Let me tell You that I won’t forget that until eternity
And together, let us give Him praises, honor and glory.