Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dear Alma Mater

How can I speak English if I am to observe silence? Hehe.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Von Saw, "Sa Akong Heart" [OPC Hits 2015.2.22]

After debuting on top last week, Cebuano talent Von Saw is still king of the Pinoy Picks chart. His song, which premiered in time for Valentine's Day, had its music video shot at the USJR Basak campus. A song that reminds me of Faber Drive's "Candy Store," here's "Sa Akong Heart" on its second week at #1:

OPC Hits
February 22-28, 2015

112@12Avril LavigneGive You What You Like
224@16Maroon 5Sugar
3432Ariana GrandeOne Last Time
4542Natalie la RoseSomebody [feat. Jeremih]
5652Von SawSa Akong Heart
6-61MadeonPay No Mind [feat. Passion Pit]
7-71Family Force 5Hold Your Hand
8325Taylor SwiftStyle
9772Tori KellyNobody Love
10826Kelly ClarksonHeartbeat Song
112@15Matthew WestDay One
2-21Audio AdrenalineLove Was Stronger
3225Hawk NelsonDrops in the Ocean
432@15Chris AugustThe Maker
5433MandisaPress On
6543NeedtobreatheBrother [feat. Gavin DeGraw]
7-71Vineyard UKI Love Your Presence [Live] [feat. Dana Masters]
861@14Hillsong Young & FreeThis Is Living [feat. Lecrae]
9724Greg SykesYou Are the Anchor
10834Tenth Avenue NorthFor Those Who Can't Speak
[feat. Derek Minor and KB]
112@12Von SawSa Akong Heart
221@13Sam ConcepcionTeka Break [feat. Jungee Marcelo]
3-31Sponge ColaMove On [feat. Jane Oineza]
431@14HaleSee You
5426AbraDiwata [feat. Chito Miranda]

Sunday, February 22, 2015

God Wants His Steak Well Done

God went to a restaurant and ordered steak. The waiter asked him, "Do you want it medium rare, God?" He answered: "Well done, good and faithful servant."

That's exactly what the master said in Matthew 25:21 and 23. And while the Biblical story is not talking about steak, we could still learn from this:
  • God wants us to be well done. God doesn't want his sons and daughters to be half-cooked, he wants us to be well done. The world's standards may say "medium rare is best," but may we instead follow God's standard to keep pressing on until we are cooked to His well-done perfection.
  • God puts us in heat to make us well done. God allows trials, challenges and problems in our life not to burn us out but so we can be who He wants us to be. When we're out of the pressure cooker, God can then tell us, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
  • God wants us to persevere and be patient. Well done steaks take longer to cook at a higher temperature, thus it will also take patience and perseverance to not give up during the process. Just trust God that He will take you out of the heat in His right time (He's never late).

God is interested in developing our character and making us find our strength in Him. So let's bring delight to God and endure as we are being cooked, because there is plenty at steak (pun intended).

Monday, February 16, 2015

OPC Hits: Avril Lavigne, "Give You What You Like"

Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne scores her 10th number one hit on this blog's charts as she debuts anew with a tune featured in the movie Babysitter's Black Book. Lavigne, who asked for prayers as she revealed that she was having undisclosed health issues late last year, now has a total of 30 weeks on top of the OPC charts. She appears to have recovered, looking perfectly fine in the music video for "Give You What You Like," which dethrones Maroon 5's sweet "Sugar" song at #1:

OPC Hits
February 15-21, 2015

1-1@11Avril LavigneGive You What You Like
214@15Maroon 5Sugar
3324Taylor SwiftStyle
4-41Ariana GrandeOne Last Time
5-51Natalie la RoseSomebody [feat. Jeremih]
6-61Von SawSa Akong Heart
7-71Tori KellyNobody Love
8225Kelly ClarksonHeartbeat Song
9442IncubusAbsolution Calling
10-101Nick JonasChains
181@14Matthew WestDay One
2224Hawk NelsonDrops in the Ocean
312@14Chris AugustThe Maker
4332MandisaPress On
5442NeedtobreatheBrother [feat. Gavin DeGraw]
651@13Hillsong Young & FreeThis Is Living [feat. Lecrae]
7623Greg SykesYou Are the Anchor
8733Tenth Avenue NorthFor Those Who Can't Speak
[feat. Derek Minor and KB]
991@15UnspokenGood Fight
10101@18Kerrie RobertsMy Heart's Lifted
1-1@11Von SawSa Akong Heart
211@12Sam ConcepcionTeka Break [feat. Jungee Marcelo]
321@13HaleSee You
4325AbraDiwata [feat. Chito Miranda]
5552Juan Karlos LabajoRunaway Baby