#Racqui_Says: #FeelsFest2017 Recap

Usually, Mama Lelen and Inay were my constant companions during literary events but this time, I enjoyed being with my HS best friend, Andrea (Iza Calzado) hehe. We arrived just in time. Like 2-4 minutes before 2PM. ahaha sorry! Traffic. We (Aeus, Yeyet and I) were supposed to have lunch but it ended up a hi-goodbye thing. Haha Bawi ako sa susunod. (I will make it up next time) ahaha. we got selfie before A leaves ahaha

Well, I enjoyed at Commune… why?

  1. Got to launch my autobiography there! It’s like a dream come true for me to share my story to the live readers and the rest of the romanceclass community as well.
  2. I got to meet Kaith(finally!), Rix, and Yeyet… my editors!
  3. I got UNLI hugs from GIO GAHOL! ahaha and the words from him after the event is love! ahaha
  4. Spent time with my fave people! Romance class community!
  5. 2 of my books were sold! That’s a blessing!
  6. Happy birthday MINA!!!! Yes, we were able to surprise her for a change.
  7. But she made bawi ahaha THE STAGED AND THE KISS! I am not prepared at all… I was like staring while holding my heart ahaha I want to faint  sana ahaha kaso I cant ahaha
  8. Spent time with JOHANNA! FINALLY! I think she surprised us ahaha
  9. The most exciting part is the reading from Yeyet… My words . . . Her voice!
  10. Share your blessings. I gave loot bags for those who helped me in promoting A Triumphant Detour . . .
  11. The International authors!

I just want to take this time to thank the romanceclass community for the acceptance. I may not be able to go to our gatherings as often as it should be but you will be in my heart forever!

To the live readers, thank you for all the feels. See you soon! Take care!

For Amazon users,  A Triumphant Detour is available for only $1.99.

PAPERBACK COPIES are available now. To order, send me an email at racquelcastro2884@gmail.com 🙂

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Binan City’s First Paralympics 2017: Breaking Limitations #Paralympics #PWD #PutoLatikFestival

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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I was so privileged to be one of the organizers for the First Paralympics 2017. Held last May 18, 2017 for the 7th Puto Latik Festival, the persons with disabilities of Biñan City rejoiced as they participated in the very first Paralympics 2017 at Alonte Sports Arena.

Highlighting their abilities, the PWDs of Biñan City broke their limits by engaging themselves into sports. “Abilidad at Kakayahan, Higit sa aking Kapansanan”, the theme boldly stood up as their voice became louder.

Photos from Gender and Development Office FB Page

With the support of the local government of Biñan City, its Gender and Development Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and Serbisyong Arman worked hand-in-hand with the Biñan City PWD Federation in establishing another first for the city of life; the first Paralympics 2017. It was made possible because of the partnership we had with Go Forward Biñan Foundation, University of Perpetual Help – College of Occupational Therapy, Pavilion Mall – Biñan, Isuzu Philippines, SM City Sta. Rosa, Globe Telecom, Laguna Waters, and Handyman.

The program started at eight in the morning with a parade of athletes and the tear-jerker torch run where every team had selected a representative. With the PWD focal person, Joeffy Salandanan, it ended with the lighting of the Olympic torch.

Aside from that, the athlete’s prayer and oath were delivered by two inspiring PWDs, Ate Che and me. I led the athlete’s prayer while Ate Che led the oath with sign language. Ate Che is completely deaf.

Ms. Olay, the CSWD head, welcomed the guests, the parents, and the stars of the day, the PWDs. Ms. Des Dimaguila, the GAD Office head, inspired the players with how we managed to pull off this event in just a short notice.

The most awaited event was the sportsmanship message and declaration that the games were open by Mayor Arman Dimaguila. He also announced the implementation of the city ordinances regarding PWDs.

After that, the sporting events such as Tug of War, Baton Relay, Obstacle, Basketball, Individual Blind Marathon, Wheelchair Bike Marathon, Standard Wheelchair Marathon and Rough Rider Marathon.

Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Ms. Des Dimaguila, and City Councilor Liza Cardeño engaged themselves in the games and inspiring the PWDs with inspiring messages. Vice Mayor Gel Alonte also delivered a very short but very powerful message for PWDs.

 

The champion team was the Blue team but I guess everyone enjoyed. Mayor Arman Dimaguila even said that the Paralympics would be happening twice a year.

The PWDs of Biñan City were so blessed to have the support of its local offficials.

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Stop The Power of Stigma #GreenRibbonCampaign #cerebralpalsy

I was moved by what we are… PWD? Disabled? A girl living with cerebral palsy rode on a jeep. The passengers judged her that she could not understand everything. The innocent looks at her eyes were looking at them; one of them laughed, others were questioning through their eyes, but a man helped her. The girl spoke to her mom. Her mom and grandma were just ignoring the stigma of a cruel society we are all in.

#REALTALK That girl is obviously me 🙂 By the grace of God, I handle every judgments very well. Thank you for the patience Father God!

What is a stigma?

a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

Help me in telling people about cerebral palsy.  Help me eradicate the stigma of being a PWD. We are not Persons with disability… we are persons with different abilities… we are able . . . we are special . . . we are the people who needs your compassion not your pity. we are the people who needs your understanding not your judgment. we are God’s workmanship too… so help instead of laughter . . . love instead of cruelty . . . care instead of gossips.

We are Persons with different Abilities . . . we need your understanding, care, and love.

Stop the stigma against Cerebral Palsy…

Stop the stigma against AD/HD, Down Syndrome, HIV Patients, Blind, Mute, Deaf . . . disabilities!

we need your help! Help us stop the stigma!

God bless you!

I love my work #GoForwardBinanFoundation

It had been a surprise seeing me working in a real office with real office mates. It was surreal but I enjoyed the pressure of capturing the smiles of those people. Go Forward Biñan Foundation is a non-profit organization that catered the needs of every Biñanense.

I enjoyed the company of new friends too. I hope I could encourage them in every way I can. I considered them  family. 🙂

In the span of two weeks, I was part of:

  • Distribution of Tricycle-Type Wheelchairs
  • Pre-elementary Graduation ceremonies
  • Assessing a SPED school
  • Gatecrashed another department’s birthday party LOL

Thank You, Father for giving me the opportunity to experience employment 🙂 Thank You for the crossroad with Ms. Des Dimaguila. Thank You Father God for another field to sow! You gave me a very nice birthday gift even though its one month late . . . Your clock is always on time. I know I know.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Des for making all of these possible. I thank the Lord for your life. It is truly an inspiration.

I got to know more of my officemates (sounds legit! because it is legit!) We had bonding sessions during lunch breaks and coffee breaks.

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To God be the glory!

Be blessed by being a blessing to others. 🙂

[Guest Post]+[Review]+[Giveaway]: Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

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happy birthday to me!

Keeping the Faith in Love by Ana Tejano

There were a lot of things about this book that’s close to me, other than the fact that this has been one of my older stories since 2010. When I went back to writing this book, I had finally declared that I had moved on. I thought this should make the writing easy, because I had all the hugot for the plot. And I did get that, and while Faith’s story wasn’t entirely my story, I admit that a lot of my younger self lurks in the corners of this book.

Jodi Lynn Anderson wrote something in her book, Tiger Lily, that reminded me of my process in this one: “Human hearts are elastic. They have room for all sorts of passions, and they can break and heal and love again and again.” My elastic human heart was forgetful, because there was a time I thought I was pulling from a fictional experience. Sometimes I wondered if I should have been writing this book at all, but I kept at it. Partly because I believed that Faith’s story was one worth telling, and because I’ve already written and invested so much time in it. Sayang naman. 

 

I’m glad because that meant I was totally past that. But wow, talk about really hard writing! It helped me, though, to practice some skills of asking questions, looking for other sources of feels (thanks, #romanceclass), and just pushing on until I got it. And I think it worked? A lot of the writing helped me process and see things in a different way, and then I used all my own and other people’s past material and formed it into something that I hope was good. Something that I hope could keep them company in whatever they were feeling – be it heartbreak, happiness, or hopefulness — and to affirm them that love is still – and always is – possible. J

Book Title: Keep the Faith

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Author: Ana Tejano

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Blurb: As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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CrossRoads: The Way, The Truth, The Life

 

Listen to music from JCRBCC’s Music Team . . . Experience THE WAY . . . THE TRUTH . . . THE LIFE . . .

Join us on November 27, 5:30 PM, that led toward the crossroads . . .

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