MAY 30

4 a.m. got up to get ready for my 4th run event this year, the NATURE VALLEY RUN.   I am running 5kms with my 4 beeeautiful nieces and some friends, hoping to beat my P.R. of 32 minutes from my 3rd Mizuno Race.  

5:40 a.m. gunstart for 5km runners. Around 5 minutes into the run, i was sweating profusely due to the hot and humid weather, despite the fact the sun was not up to its full glare yet and to the effect that my earphones conked out on my 4km mark because of my perspiration.  Hmmm, i do not believe it was hot flush hehe, no, not yet i hope. 


Sadly, i finished at 35.53 minutes.  But it’s all right, the day isn’t over yet, and there will be other days to do better. I still L-O-V-E running.


 8 a.m. left the running venue, after waiting for my friends, Allyn and Benson, who both ran the 21km distance, for photo ops with them.

  Atom, Allyn’s pride, got his baptism of fire, finishing his very first half marathon! Auntie Lugs is so proud of you!

Unexpectedly too, saw my other friend i met at the Mizuno run clinic last year,    Roselle (running diva – good to see her again..

Other snapshots:


1:15 p.m. left home with my nieces and my sister to meet up with Lift-a-Heart Foundation organizers/members for our trip to COTTOLENGO FILIPINO, the orphanage for special children, my second time, the group’s first time.  We were 4-car convoy, from our meeting place to Rodriguez Rizal, took us around 45 minutes travel time. 

3 p.m. arrived COTTOLENGO and unloaded our donations of rice, cooking oil, powdered milk, diapers, medicated soap, vitamins, sugar, courtesy of LIFT-A-HEART foundation, as Father Julio, the chaplain in charge, entertained Lift-a-Heart members, touring them around the facility and introducing the kids to them.


4 p.m. we finished having merienda with the kids, who, in their innocence, were all happy to be with visitors, in the place they call their HOME.

We left COTTOLENGO by 5 p.m, all tired but with hearts and spirit lifted up…. 🙂

 Photos below courtesy of JiMmY LiN 🙂

It was a long but fulfilling day for all of us. For me, I ran in the morning and lifted the hearts of children in the afternoon, both good exercises, one physical, the other spiritual.  These made my ordinary Sunday an extraordinary one!  I thank God for Lift-a-Heart group, for their enthusiasm to share what they are blessed with! 

Oh, and there’s another thing before i forget, because i ran, a tree will be planted back to nature! (

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)






APRIL 01, 2010

This is the day that the Lord has made!

8:30 a.m. Thursday, we all gathered at my still empty living room caused by Typhoon Ondoy (or Hurricane Ketsana).  We prayed a little prayer for our trip to Rodriguez, Rizal.  All 11 of us were ready, only Kuya Obing was left behind to look after the house. 

8:44 a.m. we were on the road, Abigail driving the Innova with 7 passengers including her, and i drove the car with 4 of us there… 

9:47 a.m.  we arrived at the gates of COTTOLENGO FILIPINO,  where Father Julio was already waiting for us.  He was supposed to celebrate mass in Antipolo but since it was a Maundy Thursday, no volunteers showed up so he could not leave the center. He is the person in charge.

The center is on a 3 hectare property in Rodriguez, Rizal, almost near the Wawa river where we used to go for a swim when we were little kids.  So, the place is surrounded by the mountains of Montalban. 


There are children with stories on how Father Julio got them and adopted them.  You see these children are officially adopted by the center.  Some were left in bus terminals, like Feb-Terminal, yes, that’s his name, he is a young boy and no speech, that’s why they gave him that name because he did not know it himself.  There’s one, Jose, was brought to the Barangay by someone who found him on the streets.   The barangay officials not knowing what to do with him, called up Cottolengo if they would like to adopt him. Now, Jose can walk, though limply, and has gained weight as compared to when he first arrived at the center, he is now way much, much better.

GILBERT:  a wide eyed little boy, who got limbs but no fingers and toes.


MICHAEL: This tiny tot got more than what he can bear, a colostomy bag, a hole in his tummy and a hole on his throat.


 JESSIE: young boy with hydrocephalus.


10:30 a.m. MERIENDA TIME:

The children were brought to the cafeteria for merienda of pancit malabon that we brought for them. 

We were glad to be able to spoon feed some of them.


This is a happy and fulfilling morning for me.  I am glad that we made it to COTTOLENGO….

I have learned more about the DIVINE PROVIDENCE.  Father Julio asked us for prayers, as there are days they run out of funds to care for these children or to pay for their workers (there are workers and volunteers).  It is a feat to run a center like this, and to care for these children who are only a fraction of the many others in the streets or abandoned somewhere. 

JOHN 15:12-13 & 17 says:  “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  “This is my command: Love each other.”

Indeed the greatest of all is LOVE.  Nothing like this would be possible without LOVING others.  We are able to do things with nothing and for nothing through LOVE.  Just like our Lord Jesus, who gave up His life, for what? for us, sinners.  That’s because He loves us dearly.

To God be the Glory!  


NOTE:  COTTOLENGO FILIPINO celebrates their 10th year anniversary on MAY 15, 2010.