#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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Just A Matter of Seconds… A day at B-Braun Dialysis Center #hemodialysis #dialysis

Nurse Amer Hussein Pagadilan facilitated the first phase of dialysis session

 

You all know about my father as I shared to all of you that he is undergoing dialysis. I visited my dad in B-Braun Dialysis Center. It is located at the 2nd floor, Unihealth Southwoods Hospital and Medical Center.

Dad’s Journey:

Click on this link —> An Amazing God We Serve

Some of my observations:

  • There are some patients who are positive despite what he/she had been going through
  • There are patients who are not smiling at all. Maybe they were undergoing certain things on their minds…
  • The nurses . . . aside from their good looks (naks . . . mga kapatid ko kasi yan ahaha) they treated all of their patients as their extended family.
  • I talked to some of the dialysis patients and I can see how God is molding them to be strong like Dad’s disposition.

I want to make a shout out to those families undergoing dialysis treatment:

  1. Accept: The first thing you need to do. Just like any other disability or ailment, we need to accept and embrace that sickness with open arms and know that we have a BIG GOD to help and overcome our fears, anxiety and pain.
  2. Listen: Listen to the doctors… they know what they are doing. If they say to have a fistula, go for it!
  3. Research: Get a book about dialysis and ask the doctor if possible.
  4. Get Involve: We assure our Dad that we visit him or just check on him when he is scheduled having a dialysis. It will help the patients if they know that you care and love them
  5. Pray for them: The weapon to every problem is a prayer. It is the most important task I guess and the most powerful one too.

Thank you to our friends and the dedicated nurses of B-Braun Dialysis Center namely:

  1. Conrado C. Carvajal II “Ron”
  2. Carlo Nino G. Cayco
  3. Amer Hussein Pagadilan
  4. Klarise Ann Paris
  5. Marites Medina
  6. Kevin Murillo
  7. Irwin Paras
  8. Christian Rotap
  9. Charisse Frejas
  10. Ma. Kassandra Venturosa “Casey”
  11. Gerald Malabanan

Mga kapatid . . . salamat sa pagmamahal at sa weekly na pagligtas sa buhay ng madaming tao lalo na ang dad ko . . . Mahal ko kayong lahat!

(Bros and sissies . . . thank you for the love and for saving the lives of many people especially my dad . . . I love you all.. )

A Triumphant Detour: Cover Reveal and Save the Date for the Book Launch #ATDRacqui #ATriumphantDetour

A Triumphant Detour by Racquel Sarah A. Castro

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Be inspired. Be blessed. Be like Racqui who is experiencing God’s faithfulness her life.
Racqui, a woman living with cerebral palsy, challenges you to be like her in trusting God in tough times.
If Racqui can, you can. Anything is possible.

A Triumphant Detour
Racquel Sarah A. Castro

Coming this August 12, 2017!

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(Image by: Cheska Taino)

What: A Triumphant Detour Book Launch
Author: Racquel Sarah A. Castro
When: August 12, 2017       Saturday, 1PM
Where: Jesus Christ Rules Bible Christian Church
Block 2 Lots 1 – 4 Juana 1 Complex, Brgy. San Francisco,  City of Binan, Laguna

Why do I have to be there?

1. I want to be inspired by Racqui
2. I want to support Racqui on her advocacy on cerebral palsy awareness
3. I simply love Racqui so I have to be there…

[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?

Buy now!

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31228888-keep-the-faith

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PETA PRESENTS: Sticks Stones Broken Bones

 

 

 

The PETA Theater Center presents:

STICKS, STONES, BROKEN BONES

A shadow puppet comedy show, made from bits of rubbish.

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Sneaky chickens, flying Ninjas, brain surgery and an unforgettable horse race!  Welcome to the surreal shadow puppet world of Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones.

Using household objects and bits of rubbish, Bunk Puppets transforms simple objects into hilarious silhouette stories. In each scene, the puppetry is performed in front of the shadow screen, so that the audience gets a close look at the visual trickery.  Old toys, brooms, boxes and discarded clothing are deftly stitched together to create shadow puppet stories and characters.

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Delighting audiences in dozens of countries, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a hilarious fusion of shadow puppetry and physical theatre. It’s a visual feast for the imagination!  Come, experience one man’s playful vision of wonder and nonsense. Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a wordless and imaginative puppet comedy show for all ages running for 50 minutes.  (Though some bits are a wee bit scary for under 6 yrs old).

 

Based in Melbourne, Bunk Puppets company director, Jeff Achtem explains Traditionally, shadow puppeteers create their silhouette performances by manipulating puppets behind a screen. We perform Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones in front from the screen, which means we can use cinematic effects like close-ups and zooms. The audience gets to witness every bit of the puppeteers moves” he says.

 

Performed by Tim Sneddon, created and directed by Jeff Achtem,

 

  • Award Winner: Best Newcomer (Edinburgh Spotlight): Edinburgh Fringe 2010
  • Award Winner: Spirit of the Fringe (Mervyn Stutter’s): Edinburgh Fringe 2010
  • Award Winner: Adelaide Fringe 2011
  • Award Nominee: Total Theatre Award: Edinburgh Fringe 2010

 

QUOTES in the reviews:

‘His imagination is glorious! This one-man show has so many characters and interesting situations, you can’t help but be captivated.’      –  The Adelaide Advertiser

 

“As he carefully brings the pieces together, it is impossible to be certain what you are about to see until it is finished and projected onto a large screen, where the intricacy of his creation is amazing.”                                                        – Edinburgh Evening News

 

“… more entertainment than a multi-million quid McMusical.: –  The LIST (Edinburgh)

 

Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones comes to the Philippines on May 3-7, 2017 with seven limited performances at the PETA Theater Center. To complete this rare experience, there will also be a series of puppetry workshops for kids and adults alike facilitated by the founders of Bunk Puppets. Tickets and workshop slots may be booked through Ticketworld or by texting (0917) 807 3069. For more information about the show, visit http://www.bunkpuppets.com and http://petatheater.com. 

 

 

 

All show photos are by Andrew Wuttke.

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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[REVIEW]: Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano

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After six sizzling nights with hot IT consultant Layne Sto. Domingo, writer Kate Borromeo realizes she really sucks at love. She’s thirty-five, she just recently moved on from a destructive unrequited love situation with her longtime love and best friend, only to end up in bed with someone who isn’t going to give her what she wants.

So when gorgeous corporate finance wiz Rob Salcedo, Kate’s first love and best friend, turns over a new leaf and finally proposes marriage to her, promising to make up for all the hurt he caused her, Kate accepts and prepares for the wedding of her dreams.

But when Layne waltzes back into her life, seemingly ready to finally let her into his heart, it appears the universe has other plans for Kate.

Or does it?

 

I will give a hug to Yeyet when I see her. I will give the story 5/5 stars. The reasons are:

  • I never like Layne in its beta edition because I was rooting for Rob that time. But the newer one just blew me away! I love Layne na! hahaha I met him na daw ahahahaha
  • The scenes were well crafted!
  • Kate has a tough decision to make and she chose . . . BUY THE BOOK! HAHA
  • Although I blush for a time, I enjoyed it.

About the Author:
Yeyet Soriano has been writing her entire life, first as an angst-ridden teenager, then as a single working woman, then as a married working woman with kids. Though the themes of her written works have changed over the years, she held on to one truth—she needed to write to keep the voices in her head at bay.

Based in Manila, Philippines, her day job is that of an IT manager for the Asia-Pacific region for a multinational corporation. She is married to a man who reads only to fall asleep, and they have three wonderful kids—two of whom love to read and one, only starting to learn to read.

Kate, Finally is her first self-published romance.

Email:  yeyetms@gmail.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ysrealm
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Yeyetsorianowrites

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