Christian Matters: Victory Worship released new worship song about #BeautifulLove of Jesus

How do I listen to music? For me, my qualifications are 3 things: lyric content, musicality and the most important one – SONG STORY. In worship songs, I believe that there’s more to it than proclaiming gospel lyrics and good vibes. It’s about the GOOD NEWS of the love of God in our lives and the AWESOME LOVE STORY of a Savior who died a beautiful death so we can reconciled with the Father who loved us first. It will never be about cheesy lyrics nor upbeat tunes, it’s the matter of the heart that wants to reach out to people. And that’s how the Filipino worship team Victory Worship wants to present to a lot of people.

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As they released their new 3rd straight digital single “Beautiful Love,” Victory Worship aims to be true to their purpose of leading people towards “missional worship” to God through the Jesus Christ. This worship song is the follow-up ballad to its No.1 worship anthem, “Safe” which sung by Isa Fabregas. 

“Beautiful Love” was written by Victory Worship member Lee Simon Brown with Every Nation Music songwriters Franklin Asuncion, Moira dela Torre (the singer behind the song “Malaya”), James Murrell, and Kensho Yo. The song takes inspiration from 1 John 4:10, which says,

“. . . true love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent
his Son as the way to take away our sins . . . ” (ERV).

By combining the passion of Christ to take on a punishment He did not deserve, so that we may receive salvation that we did not earn. Taking inspiration from “Beautiful Love” makes the declaration that the kind of love that moved Jesus to take on this ultimate sacrifice, can only be described as beautiful.

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Picture courtesy by Ganns Deen.

As of now, this song is now no.1 at iTunes Philippines after their other new songs “Safe” and “Awit ng Bayan” released. This marks a good response in our Filipino music industry, as we launched our own worship songs not just in the Philippines but also around the world. 

Get a copy of Victory Worship’s “Beautiful Love” at http://bit.ly/beautifulloveonitunes, or stream it directly on Spotify at http://bit.ly/beautifuloveonspotify

Teacher’s Beauty Finds: Nailaholics celebrate #NationalPamperingDay again!

All of us need to relax sometimes. As a both teacher and blogger (plus a Financial Advisor as well), I tend to forget to treat myself sometimes. With all the business meetings and blog events I went, I tend to forgot that pampering at least once a week is essential to tame ourselves down and apply this perfect word: RECHARGE. More than that, it will help us be more presentable and neat than haggard. Just imagine, seeing me as a unpleasant teacher/blogger/financial advisor; NOT A GOOD THING TO SEE. So when it comes to pampering, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa is one of the known place to be.

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And on it’s national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

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The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

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“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas added Amaro.

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So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

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Picture courtesy by Ms. Cie Cisneros.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and SpaTwitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

Geeky and Techie: New Nokia 8 Flagship Smartphones are here in PH

Do you remember your first Nokia phone? I did remember my first phone during 3rd year high school. During the existence of internet connection to students, my Nokia 3210 phone (if you don’t know that model, better google it kids) is one of my good call/text companion; and even a cheap thrills to kill a boredom with its games.

Now in this present year, Nokia keeps on bringing people together with a dash of entertainment and more. As they launched Nokia 8, a new versions of mobile communication technology in a new level and marks three world first for Android smartphones.

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The “BOTHIE” CAMERA FEATURE

The new Nokia 8 smartphone features the first-ever “Dual-Sight” camera, allowing users to capture or livestream moments in both first- and second person perspective. The 13MP front and rear cameras, co-developed with ZEISS, can simultaneously and show images in a split-screen mode, making it be “less selfie, and be more BOTHIE.”

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The Nokia 8 also pioneers the use of OZO audio for more precise 360-degree partial surround sound. This high-fidelity playback complements 4K videos and brings Hollywood technology in mobile technology. Now talk about HD features!

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If durability is your concern, the Nokia 8 has the “Qualcomm Snapdragon” 835-powered phone features that comes with its seamless unibody and full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe for better heat dissipation. It helps the phone move smoothly even when you use demanding apps like facebook, netflicks, and so on. It runs with the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1 and comes in single- and dual-SIM variants for more contacts storage than ever.

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More than just the launched of the Nokia 8, they also offers a wide range of smartphones to address the needs of everyone in different terms.

The “Nokia 3” is one of the simplest yet powerful memory with its 16GB internal memory, plus expandable 128GB microSD slot. It also has the aluminum frame that supports the Gorilla Glass HD Screen and 8MP camera for a cost of P6,990 only.

The “Nokia 5” smartphone, on the other hand, has the fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM for fast access for your apps. For P9,990 pesos, you can have this phone with its 13MP camera with dual-tone flash, 5.2-inch HD screen and “fingerprint sensor” for that extra security.

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For the full-entertainment experience, the “Nokia 6” has the 5.5-inch full-HD in cell hybrid display with a wide viewing angle and wide color reproduction. It also has a dual speakers with Dolby Atmos and a smart amplifier, good for video hopping. And with its 16MP main/8MP front camera and 32GB internal memory capacity, this phone is worth the keeps for your entertainment pleasures at a price of P11,990 pesos.

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These new Nokia smartphones will surely make “connecting people” more and more accessible and fun to people. These Nokia Smartphones are available today at your nearest Nokia Stores and Mobile Gadgets nationwide. 

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For more updates about the new Nokia smartphones, just visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NokiamobilePH/ and website https://www.nokia.com/en_ph/phones

Teacher’s Insights: The Launch of “Pre-need, Memorial Life” Plans on the new “Cosmopolitan Climbs”

All of us have money needs (and wants) in every aspect of life. In fact, earning it is not that easy if you will see it. However, when calamity or deep need strikes, where will you get the funds? Family relatives? Friendly neighbor? Nearest Barangay office? Well, you don’t need to make it complicated if you know HOW and WHERE to get the funds you need. Good thing that last week, the merging companies of “Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels” and “CLIMBS Cooperative” takes on to a new venture of making financial needs to less fortunate Filipinos more accessible. 

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The “Cosmopolitan Climbs Life Plan, Inc. (CCLPI)” aims to bring Filipino a more convenient and affordable pre-need plans, in anywhere in or outside the country. This partnership is first of its kind in a private-cooperative sector and it will give ways for more accessible and convenient service to the public.

With the approval of the Insurance Commission of the Philippines, the CCLPI will now ready to serve you with their “Pre-need Memorial Life Plan” that is now relevant and it will benefit our Filipino people. The insurance packages of CCLPI will be available in public soon and it aims to bring security and protection to people and their love ones in times in need.

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Apart from their pre-need plans, the “private cooperative” side of Cosmopolitan Climbs will still be available for many people. The members of the coop will offer the pre-need plans to their customer and rest assure that the people from the Insurance Commission will be hands-on with handling and training these members for better service to people.

A private sector and a cooperative has merged together. Our promise to the public is to make sure their protection not only now but in the years to come,” said by Mr. Renato Dychangco, the Chairman of CCLPI. He assured the public that the aim of the company is to protect the people with their services with no partiality.

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For more updates and insights about Cosmopolitan Climbs, just visit these sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cosmopolitan-Climbs-Life-Plan-Inc-429730784095489/

Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels – http://www.cosmopolitanfuneral.com.ph/

CLIMBS Cooperative – http://climbs.coop/wordpress/

Teacher’s Reflection: Financial Literacy is Nothing to me, Until…

When I was I kid, I learned to earn my first income at doing different errands with other people in our neighborhood. From elementary to high school, I learned to earn money in doing many things like babysitting, managing family business, selling school supplies at school, and so on. My income continues to be bigger as I work in a fast food chain for almost 3 years while studying in college. I also entered freelance work after graduation and get my first teaching job as I strive to earn more money.

All of my life is centered on earning money. From childhood till’ now, I was mold to be “business-minded” in my engagements. But none of these things taught me about “Financial Literacy.” Now that I’m 26 years old with unstable earning and savings in the bank, I learned that working alone will not take my money further. I may be earning, but without savings or a plan to prepare for my future goals, the money I have will only serve as a “small tool.”

With all the training and books I read as an adult, I learned that I neglected the fact that I need to be diligent and responsible for handling my finances. But in reality, these learnings will be just mere words to me, until I learned how to appreciate and apply them to what it is.

Financial Literacy is something I don’t really care that much. When I hear people talked about money, it made me feel uncomfortable because it is a sensitive topic for me. Until…

1. I learned the REAL purpose of it

Financial Literacy, in general, is all about WISE EDUCATION IN HANDLING MONEY AND POSSESSION. Technically, fake news taught me that financial literacy is all about “sheer investments” and “money market,” which is not the real case. Financial literacy made me realized that it’s merely about “money management” and how to make money work well with everyone. Rich or poor, having 100k/month salary or 500 pesos in your wallet, you have to find purpose to the money you have. Because more than just having that money, you have to do something with it, with a proper money management skills.

2. It should have applied to my family

When my father died, one of the struggles I’d been through is entering college. I want to enroll at University of Santo Tomas and take an Education course. But being financially broke because of the death of my dad makes that goal into an end. My mom and dad could have made an emergency fund or savings at the bank to stop these financial problems. But we were not taught by our parents nor our teachers to prepare financially for disaster.

So the sad thing is this, financial literacy will only be an information to many people unless a loved one is dying in a critical illness and you don’t have any money to send them to hospital. I could have entered at UST if my parents saved for it. But now as an adult, I believe there’s more that we can do to not let the financial mistakes of our parents pass on to us. Make money management a serious matter, because every financial decision can affect you and the next generations to come.

3. I learned to START taking the FIRST STEP FORWARD

With all the stress I had when it comes to earning money as a teacher, a friend of mine from church taught me a financial lesson that might save me today and future milestones: GET AN INSURANCE. Once again, fake information taught me that “all insurance is all scam.” But when the REAL information sets in, I learned that insurance is what WE REALLY NEED to protect us in any storms and conflicts in life that involves money. Now, having my first insurance policy, I learned that sustaining a “money protection plan” for me and my family can teach me many things when it comes to money. Being tight to my monthly budget and teaching myself a proper money discipline is hard at first, but it’s all worth it. Knowing that this money I’m saving will help me big time in reaching Financial Freedom.

Taking small steps towards financial freedom is never easy, but it’s worth it. And it’s not applied in insurance alone. There are many ways that you can do to make money management possible like mutual funds, income protection fund, and so on. You just have to get what is suitable for you to make your financial freedom possible.

Looking back at my previous money decisions, I learned how the learnings I have about financial literacy today could have saved my past money mistakes. I could have a new car and travel to different destinations I learned these principles earlier. But today is a new day to start new with my financial goals. Make every good steps count and make the most out of my money and time. As for you, you don’t need to experience what I’d been through for you to start saving and investing for your future. Talk to a reliable financial advisor now and choose to live brighter for today and your future goals ahead towards #FinancialFreedom.