Thursday, September 26, 2013

Trying Seasons

"God can take me now. I know Niniw could handle everything when I'm gone"

These were my mom's last words before she was rushed to the hospital the next morning. She was well and healthy but In a span of 1 week, she's gone with our Father in heaven.

This was the start of a totally different season for me. 

From a mere income contributor, I was suddenly the head of the family. I used to just hand money to my mom and she will take care of everything. Now I am the one who budgets, plans and decides on almost everything. I'm just thankful that I have very supportive siblings who shares with me the responsibilities as we don't want to burden our ageing father anymore. 

Me and my siblings used to just point whatever we want to eat in our Mom's canteen. She can cook 8 different dishes in 2 to 3 hours. We love food and all we have to do is request what we want to eat. Now we learned to experiment on food. Me on baking and my sisters on traditional dishes. 

My routine used to be home-work-play-home when Mom was still around. Now less play as I have to attend to meetings, sideline work and sometimes check ups for our father. 

Mom's passing was the most painful and the most difficult time in my life. It's like our current weather where the rain just seems to never stop. It still move me to tears whenever I remember her. She was the funniest, sweet and tough, cool and smart mom I've ever known. But knowing how strong of a woman she is, I moved on and face the challenges she left for me to take. She is my best example and I want her to be proud of me, her lovely Niniw.

All through these struggles God has been holding my hand to guide and lead me. He has sent me angels in the form of friends and distracters. He taught me to be strong, understanding and patient. And true to His promises, He gave me overflowing blessings.

Several seasons passed and we are still going strong. Still learning and struggling sometimes. But at the end of the day, what matters is how well we have grown as a person all throughout the changing seasons. 

Ella Ganzan

This was written for the Expo Feast Bulletin Reflection. During my Rest days if it falls on Sunday, I write as part of my service with the Creative Media Ministry of Light of Jesus Singapore. I wrote this Reflection as a tribute for my Mom who is celebrating her birthday today, September 26. Though she is no longer with us, her memories and her love for us remain in our hearts.

Happy Birthday Nanay. 

We love and miss you so much. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013


I remember that I have promised myself that I will serve in Light Of Jesus community when I reached Singapore. On my first Sunday here, I went to Expo and met a friendly girl on the Registration table named Achie. I told her I inquired through the LOJ-SG FB page where the venue is and informed her of my interest to serve. She gladly welcomed me and I attended the Feast every Sunday.

It must be the most blessed decision I made in my life as an OFW. I was blessed with friends, spiritual mentors and financial mentors as well. My love tank was filled through their genuine care and love especially when I get attacked by homesickness. The community is my home away from home. Here I am exponentially blessed.

The Kerygma Grand feast Asia is on it's 2nd year. I was lucky to have been given a chance to serve last year on it's first ever Kerygma Grand feast Asia. So now let me invite you to join us again and be Exponentially blessed.

You can buy your tickets now for KERYGMA GRAND FEAST ASIA 2013 "ARISE & CONQUER"
12 October 2013 Saturday| Singapore Expo Max Atria

Pls. contact:
Ely - 8181 9704 or Erilyn at 9169 2858
Allan at 9739 1177 or Gee 8691 9357

24 seats only. 2nd row seats. 4 authographed books

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For more information pls. visit:  Kerygma Grand Feast Asia

The biggest Catholic learning event in the Philippines
returns to Singapore!

LOJFSG is a Catholic Charismatic Community and a recognized society by the Registrar of Societies in Singapore.

The Preachers.

Bro. Bo Sanchez
Bo Sanchez was only 12 years old when his parents, Gene and Pilar, brought him to a prayer meeting. Seeing Bo, then a student at the Ateneo de Manila, the leader of the prayer meeting prophesied that he would be preaching to thousands - a prophecy now being fulfilled.

Bo founded the Light of Jesus Family, a faith community that branched out to various ministries, the latest of which is the Feast, a Sunday prayer gathering at the PICC with Holy Mass, lively worship, and Bo's talk on practical Christian living. Bo, who was awarded one of The Outstanding Young Men or TOYM for 2006 and the recipient of the Serviam Award, the highest award of the Catholic Mass Media Awards, has partnered with various charitable organizations for orphans, street children, unwed mothers, and abandoned elderly.

Bro. Pio Español
Formerly a Senior Manager at San Miguel Corporation, Pio Espańol left his corporate role and became one of the pioneer elders of the Light of Jesus Family. He has established Light of Jesus chapters in the Visayas as well as in North America. He now leads the Feasts in Rizal (Philippines) and assists in the development of Light of Jesus Family Singapore.

Bro. Arun Gogna
Arun Gogna is a much sought-after national and international lay preacher. He started to preach when he was sixteen years and though he has a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from De La Salle University, he has chosen preaching to be his life mission.

He acquired his Masters in Theology Degree from Don Bosco Center of Studies, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is the founder of Creative House Inc., an organization specializing in retreats, recollections and values formation seminars for companies, schools, universities and organizations.
He is also recording artist with two Christian albums recently turned platinum namely "Ikaw Lamang" and "Big in God's Eyes". He is the author of the best-selling book entitled "Happy Secrets to an Obedient Life". He is regular columnist of the number one Catholic inspirational magazine in the Philippines, "Kerygma", and its sister publication's "Fish". He has also been serving for more than half his life in his various capacities as concert director.

Bro. Alvin Barcelona
Alvin Barcelona, rock singer-turned-Kerygma preacher, has a weekly show on TV Maria titled Nakita Ko (also the title of his book) and a radio program on Radio Veritas. Healed from a lingering disease, he has really championed his trials. He is the Feast Builder of the PICC PM Session, Manila, and Bulacan.

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. 
And this is the victory that has overcome the world...OUR FAITH" 
1 John 5:4

(Preacher's Bio taken from Official website: