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Message/Lessons Learned from Ondoy and Pepeng

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As I reflect and see what happened during the past week, aside from typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng coming into our lives, there seems to be a SUPER TYPHOON of VALUES and LESSONS learned from everything that has happened.  I was right when I said GOD HAS A REASON FOR EVERYTHING and He seems to be sending us many signals and messages.  It is so abundant that it is FLOODING  our hearts! ( Heart2Heart normally does not write a lot, but do take time out to read this )



Filipinos are very quick in HELPING.  Immediately, people were organizing task forces, everyone donating, Filipinos form all over the world, even non Filipinos helping our country!

 I heard that even victims were helping other victims! Thank you to everyone for your kind and generous hearts!

 ” when you find yourself in a position to help someone, be glad. god is answering that person’s prayer through you”

 How You can Help?  September 28, 2009

Starbucks and The Ateneo Taskforce Ondoy September 28, 2009 

What You can Do for Typhoon Ondoy Victims September 28, 2009 

Bawat Pilipino  Bayani September 29, 2009




2.)  God has a reason for everything

And God is With Us September 29, 2009 

There are 2 versions, watch both





Related entry:  Posted in  Heart2Heart in 2007  ( This is the TRUTH December 31, 2007 )


3.)  Prayer

The Power of Prayer October 2, 2009 

The Beauty of Prayer October 3,  2009 

 “God knows our prayers even when we cannot find words to say them for god knows our hearts better than we do.   We often get impatient and take things into our own hands, but god says,”be quiet, trust me, i know your needs better than you do. just wait, let me work and give you the best.””  

 “Be aware that god’s answers are wiser than your own. “ William Culbertson 


4.)  Gratitutde

Aren’t we all suddenly so grateful for everything we have?  For those who were spared, aren’t you grateful you still have your house- no matter how small, no matter how old, no matter what state you are in you have a place to live in? You cannot imagine how GRATEFUL I am for EVERY SINGLE little thing that we have been blessed with 


*   some tips to live by:

1) make your future bigger than your past.

2) make your contribution bigger than your reward.

3) make your performance greater than the applause.

4) make your gratitude greater than your success.


*   those who thank god even in trials turn the burden into blessings. so keep your faith close to your heart and god shall provide the comfort you need.

*   if the only prayer we say in our entire life is ‘thank you, lord,’ that would be enough. gratitude makes us see our many blessings.

*   at times, god fills our cup full and running over, not so we can boast or brag, but so we can spill over into the lives of others.

*   if you cannot be grateful for what you have received, then be thankful for what you have been spared. yiddish proverb

*   in all things, always remember to give thanks. you might not be where you want to be but neither are you where you used to be. if it hasn’t happened yet, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. remember a delay is not a denial from god; in his own time, he will make all things beautiful.

*   “a thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” marcus tullius cicero

*   may god give us wisdom to hold things lightly, to let things go, to give attention to things that last forever, and, to simplify our life for his glory. 


5.)  Preparing ourselves

 Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic,  wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. 

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him.

“Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. 

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming!  Tie things down before they blow away!” 

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured.

Everything was tied down. 

Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew. 

When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the  wind blows through your life? 

The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms. 

 Super Typhoon Pepang Checklist October 2, 2009



 Once again the Filipino spirit is alive… This proves how Filipinos are so good in trying to find ways to get out of a bad situation and turn it into a happy one.  No matter how serious the crisis, filipinos take the time to find humour in it. 

 We have been through so much, that we are so strong, WE WILL SURVIVE ANYTHING!

From Rocio Pantaleon

 compliments of my friend Jackie Mendoza : My kumare asked these men,: “mga bakla ba kayo?” sabi nila,”hindi. pero eto lang ang dumarating na tulong e. suotin na

namin.” still taken at bgy bagong silangan, payatas, qc.


From emodeadsick





Continous efforts are being done to feed and send donations to the victims.  After we have all maxed out our ability to give financially, how do we move on and  have a long term solution for all of this?

Heart2Heart is not looking anymore at photos of what happened during the storm or what donations are being made…….Heart2Heart is now  on the lookout for people organizing CLEAN UP TASKFORCES, photos showing  signs of recovery – people cleaning up,  people moving on, people doing something to help our country even in their own little way..





Related Entries:

How You Can Help?  September 28, 2009 

Starbucks and the Ateneo Taskforce Ondoy  Sept. 28, 2009

What you can do for typhoon Ondoy victims  Sept. 28, 2009

And God is with us September 29, 2009 

Bawat Pilipino Bayani September 29, 2009 

How to Clean up After a Flood September 30, 3009 

The Power of Prayer October 2, 2009

Super Typhoon Pepeng Checklist  October 2, 2009

The Beauty of Prayer October 3, 2009   


Itayo Natin Ang Ating Bandila!

By | Great Achievements, Proud to be Pinoy!, Tributes, What's New at Starbucks? | 7 Comments

 I have been hearing about this woman from my sister Krie and from Dad and Mom…and I had the chance to finally meet her. Her name is Mercy Corrales.  

Heart2Heart is very proud to feature her as I am sure she will be an idol to many women and Filipinos out there – just like how she has made me proud.


Mercy started off in Human Resources for Levis ( LSPI ) in the Philippines and even knew my grandmother working with her in Rustan’s.  She later on became CEO of Levis in Brazil and then in Japan. She was with Levis for thirty years. Afterwhich, she became the CEO of Starbucks in Japan which has almost a thousand stores and sales of around a billion US dollars. 

Imagine a woman being the CEO in a male dominated society like Japan?

She is the only woman who was awarded by the Harvard Business School in Japan as Business Statewoman of 2008. 

And recently she was asked to be the President of Starbucks Asia Pacific which includes the Philippines.  


I heard Mercy telling my Dad about her conversation with Howard Schultz over the phone when Howard called her about the new job offer..  Mercy told Howard… “I am going to SHAKE THINGS UP and I am going to disagree with you sometimes!”  Howard was very happy to hear that and agreed that that was what he wanted.  I also heard that she even dictated her terms as to what countries she could cover and how often she could come back to the Philippines…..that’s how good she is!

Mercy has given talks in Japan to many people from all over the world… many of them are amazed and asking her how she did it and how she made it to where she is now.  

She told us over dinner that one of the reasons she wants to retire already is because she wants to be able to do something for the country…. she said that most of her career she has been helping overseas countries and companies. Hmmm…. the fact that she represents our country and makes us proud to be Filipinos…is already great service to our country!  

“Itayo natin ang ating bandila,” she says!



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Heart2Heart supports and will support anything and anyone who promotes LOVE OF COUNTRY! and of course most especially LOVE FOR THE PHILIPPINES!

Heart2Heart is so proud to feature this new venture of our friend, Sam. ( Previous Entry :  Sam’s Visit – October 20, 2007 ) You have to have a lot of guts to start something from scratch in New York and she DID IT!



At the heart of I Love Pinoy NY is a concept that shows our love for everything Pinoy*.



This was made possible by Pinoy die-hard Samantha Lopez Productions (SLP), a new

production outfit that aims to make the Pinoy stand out as it takes new bold directions

in Philippine arts, culture and entertainment shows in the greatest city of the world.



In the city Pinoys have grown to love as much as its own country, it’s time I love Pinoy NYC showcases Pinoy culture…served up with a defining New York City twist.  

I love Pinoy will be launching it’s first project this coming September, so for those Heart2Heart viewers over there in New York, hope you will support and watch the show!



logomed.gifa night of comedy with

Rex Navarrete


A comedy show featuring top three Filipino stand-up comics from

Hawaii,Rex Navarrete; from Canada, Ron Josol and from New York,

Air Tabigue. In the show, the performers poke fun at both their Filipino

heritage and Western upbringing. Nothing is sacred but the three

comedians do their acts in a politically correct manner that will send

the audience laughing hard on such sketches as how Filipinos have

played Chinese, Indian and other Asian characters in Hollywood but

never themselves.

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a night of comedy with

Rex Navarrete

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

199 Chambers St. (btw Greenwich and West)

New York City, NY 10007

Doors 7pm – Show 8pm


Special guests: ron josol and air tabigue


Tickets are available at:

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Call Box Office at (212) 220-1460 or visit and

Orchestra: $75 and $60 – Mezzanine: $50 and $35


Taken from their website:  ILovepiNoY!