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Mountain View College, The School of the Light

Keeping Alumni and Friends in Touch
MVC Website: http://www.MVCollege.org
MVC Email Address: mvcollege at eudoramail.com
Editor/Coordinator: Evelyn Porteza Tabingo

In This Issue
Editor's Thoughts
News from the Hilltop
Voices of Thanksgiving
Sulads Corner
On a Lighter Note
Prayer Requests
Meet the Editors
Closing Thoughts


Editor's thoughts...
Leaves were flying in all directions with each gust
of wind. I look around and see the trees once
clothed with the vibrant beauty of Autumn now
almost stripped bare of most leaves with a few just

clinging to the branches. I smile when I imagine

the leaves and the wind as little children playing
a prank game of "race to the other side of the
street and mess up the neighbor's yard!"

Last week, driving to work early morning, I watched

the full moon in all its glory slowly fade from
view as the day dawned. Two days later, a steady
rain came and a thin blanket of fog covered the
city. Ah, the beauty of nature, God's gift to
Come and let us be a part of the "Voices of

Stand with Naomi on the rooftop in Zamboanga

and view the rising black smoke from the buildings
Travel with Harville among the crocodiles on
the Luangiga River. Hold on to the grasses to
prevent the long boat from being carried away by
the strong current.
Stand with Danny as he witnesses for the Source
of all blessings to his co-workers and offering a
prayer of thanksgiving.
Accept the challenge given to Jemima to "think
of 1000 things or situations we were thankful
Ask ourselves, "Why am I grateful?" Come up
with reasons to sing praises of gratitude to God
with Lolit and "think of how great and awesome God
Be thankful like Jon for the joining of hands
all over the world, to provide assistance to help
the victims of typhoon Haiyan that devastated
several villages in the Philippines.
Marvel at the miracle of rain on the drought
season in Sakie providing Rupelin's family with
enough water to fill the two barrels! Praise God
for over 6000 children are fed daily in a remote
village of Ethiopia.

Yes, my friends, "there is so much for which to be

thankful." Each new day brings the miracle of life
and the blessings only a loving God bestows upon
His children. Praise God for the many difficult
challenges along the way and the knowledge that
there is always Someone beside you.
No matter what comes our way, thank God, for in the
midst of the chaos of this world, He is still in

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for

his mercy endureth for ever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
Lyn Tabingo

News from the Hilltop
The faculty of the School of Agriculture and some
students, headed by Dr. Loida Solis, Dean, are
currently attending the 7th Federation of Agriculture
Students in Mindanao (FASMIN) Congress and Mindanao
Agri-Development Forum at the Camiguin Polytechnic
State College Intensive of Agriculture. The congress
started on November 19 and will end today.
The FASMIN aims to develop the skills and
knowledge of the students, foster camaraderie, and
provide updates on the trends and developments in

Agriculture, as well as to have

direction of the member schools.



The participating schools will join the following

skills competitions:
Propagation, Pasture & Forage
Identification, Feed
Formulation, Live Weight Estimation, Rodeo Skills, Load
Carrying and Tug of War.
Speech, On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest, Battle of
the Brains, Poster-making Contest, etc.
There will also be a Search for the Mr. & Ms.
FASMIN 2013 and a Vocal Duet Competition.
School of Agriculture faculty Mr. Goram Balansag,
Mr. Beb Palingcod, and Miss Rennielyn Fetalsana are
also attending the Congress.
The student delegates are Sanje Moreno, Danny Catigay,
Gene Lou Cornelio, Eser Morala, Nihl Abarquez, Phatric
Santisas, Dave Sagnoy, Clevin Caparida, Rowena Eslit,
Marvin Mangubat, Ivan Fergie Verallo, Janneth Tomatao,
Junnie Escuardro, Joseph Vegare, Jomar Sulatan,Greg
Lapura, and Venus Star Curilan.
--by Darlene Caliso

There is always, always, always something to be

thankful for. -- Author Unknown


Years Most Outstanding Senior Student (MOSS). She got
the highest overall result of 72.62%.
Mountain View College started the Search for the
Most Outstanding Senior Student of 2013-14 on Monday,
September 23 at the Accreditation Room. The interview
and essay writing started at 8 oclock in the morning.
The evaluators were: Dr. Chliejvferwyn Catolico, VPAA,
chairman; the School Deans; Pastor Carlos Aganio, VPSA;
Dr. Apolinar Paulican, Director of Quality Assurance;
Community Extension Coordinators; and two faculty and
student representatives from each school.
The nominees were the following:
School of Education -- Eden Eve Robantes
School of Business &
Accountancy -Haries Ben Gulliermo and Jonette Rose Canillo
School of Nursing

Eimarlouyd Mansaguiton
and Anchie Veh Mariano
School of Arts & Sciences -- Remnyl Joyce
Pellerin, Azor Garlet, Debwimlambstar Mojica, and
Rachel Anne Valera
The criteria for the selection of the MOSS
included: Academic Performance, Leadership, Social
Responsibility, Spiritual Life, Pleasing Personality,
and Communication Skills. These were the rubrics of the
interview: Attire (10%), Delivery (30%), Stage Presence
Integration (30%). These were the rubrics of the essay
Understanding, Support and Values Integration.

When asked to comment about her winning the

MOSS award, Robantes said, Being the most outstanding
senior student doesnt mean that you stand above
all the other senior students because, in the context
of multiple intelligences, we excel in our own ways.
But it means that amid pressures crises, difficulties
of student life, a most outstanding student outstands
them all. To those who want to be the MOSS of their
batch, start preparing now and live daily in excellence
and according to Gods will. Grab the opportunities to
develop yourself and maintain balance in all aspects of
life. Read your Bible and pray every day and youll
grow, glow, and go according to Dr. Garilva. Lastly,
its never a competition with others but with self.

--by Mary Joy Edralin

Blessed are those that can give without

remembering and receive without forgetting. -Author Unknown
Mountain View College, through the Guidance
and Counseling Center, observed the Dangerous Drug
Awareness and Prevention Month, November 11-15, with
the theme: Make Health Your New High in Life, Not
Every day, various activities were offered.
These were open for everyone in the College and High
School levels. From November 11-14, there were film
viewings during lunchtimes. The films shown were Way

to Happiness and Drug Education for Teens. The

videos entitled Marijuana, Alcohol and Alcoholism,
Methamphetamine & Other Stimulants,
Teenage Drinking were also shown. Assoc. Professor
Geraldine Jugan, office secretary, and the Peer
Facilitators (PF) took charge of the program.
In the early morning of November 12, Dr. Jimmy
Adil and the PF led the Fun Run at the Flagpole area.
The winners were given cash prizes: P300 for the first,
P200 for the second, and P100 for the third. For the
Male Category, Dan Namanya got the first place, Jesse
Rex Rosario, the second, and Ariel Palma, the third.
The Female Category winners were: Ezel Mae Tadlas,
first; Hazel Tagaca, second, and Dorish Carillo, third.
In the afternoon, On-the-Spot Poster Making and
Slogan Writing Contests were held at the M.T. Oliverio
Hall supervised by Asst. Prof. Emelita Baul and the PF.

Rain Jumawan, first, and Jecris Tuacao,
second; Poster-Making Joemarie Patiyagon, first;
Hilbert Estrera, second; and Lee Mark Manito, third.
The first and second year college students
required to attend the lecture in the evening and the
third and fourth year students were required to attend
the November 14 lecture. The speaker of this seminar
was Mr. Michael Schambacher, a German national studying
theology in MVC.
The final activity of the program was held at the
Alumni Church during the Social Orientation.
The Guidance and Counselling Office would like to

participated in the activities

Facilitators for their assistance.





by Star Mojica
Prof. Chona Ramos, Registrar, has released the
summary of enrolment for the Second Semester of AY
Out of the 1,749 accepted students, 1,697 are
officially enrolled:
The enrolment by department is as follows:
AB-English Language 79; AB-History 30; ABTheology 227; Assoc. in Office Administration 13;
Automotive Technology - 50; BEED 85; BEED-ENGLISH
1; BS-Applied Mathematics 2; BS-Biology 32; BS
Accountancy 86; BS Accounting Technology 108; BSAGAnimal Science 20; BSAG-Crop Science 74; BSBAFinancial Management 111; BSBA-HRD 40; BSEDBiology

BSEDMusic/Arts/PE/Health 72; BSED-Mathematics 24;
BSED-Social Studies -- 13; BSED-Tech & Livelihood Educ
-12; BSED-Values Educ -- 12; BS Information
Technology -- 95; BS Medical Technology -- 145; BSN -235; BSOA-Office Management 49; Master in Management
--by Daphne Salasayo

It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you

thankful, but what you have in your heart. Unknown


The MVC faculty and their families went on a
retreat to two places.
Thirty-one faculty members of Mountain View
Mergrande Resort, Davao City, October 20-23.
Before going to Mergrande Resort, they
visited Malagos Garden Resort and watched the Bird Show
and listened to a short lecture on How to Take Care of
the Environment.
On Monday, they rode a shuttle bus to DLeonor
and toured around the place. The next day, some
faculty members went shopping while some
just stayed and continued their swimming
Mr. Leodegario Elona, Jr., Dr. Hope Aperocho, and
Mrs. Genevev Vidal were the leaders of the Davao group.
This three-day retreat was a way for the faculty
members to have family bonding, relaxation from work,
and spiritual enhancement.
Mrs. Monyfer Porquez who joined the Davao retreat
stated: To visit different places in Davao City like
the Malagos Garden Resort and DLeonor is one way of
exposing ourselves to the beautiful spots and scenery
that God created for us.
---by Lovelane Balajadia
The faculty and their families (numbering 178
people) bound for Dakak left Cagayan de Oro City at 3

a.m. on a Fantasy Land bus provided by Dakak Resort.

They arrived in their destination at 12:30 p.m.
For three days and two nights the MVC families
enjoyed the seven free meals served. At one time, lunch
was served on a floating restaurant.
The second day of the retreat was family day at
the beach which included jet skiing, banana boat
riding, and kayaking. Unlimited buffet lunch was served
and in the evening a barbecue dinner on the shore with
a cultural show was provided. At 7:00 pm, they then
headed to Fantasy Land and watched the 11:30 fireworks
On the third day, the group went on a historical
tour of the Rizal Shrine and the Puntod de Embarko
which features supersized statues that reflect their
great significance to Philippine history. Lunch was
served in Burgos, Dapitan City.
Dakak provided a tour guide to the group during
the whole time of their travel.
--by Raiah Truta
Associate Professor Flordelys Montecastro, MVC
Elementary School principal, has released the names of
the pupils who landed in the Principals List during
the second grading period.
They are:

Eleuterio, Ahava Lourzen Julia Espero, Kyle







Grade 11 Reyeon Junn Delos Reyes, Keefe

Matheson MJ Marco, Tahan Ark Sunico, Erika Mae
Barnuevo, Kirsten Blaze Langot,
Ellianne Joelle
Lucagbo, Kiara Stephanie Pesanos, Jenyfer Mae Porquez,
Gwenyth Lovely Pueblo
Grade 111 --- Zyrryll Lou Ava Aguillon, Kelina
Corazon Eleuterio, Karyll Chsyka Elona, Preach
Paulican, Marconi Restauro
Grade 1V Eric Ismael Barnuevo, Joseph Robert
Manuel 111 Espero, Jade Glabe Utlang, Ziraili Oriel
Vidal, Alyzza Myrrh
Shekenah Ernestien
Grade V Sydrech Rosalejos, Kyla Rios, Gwyneth
Luigi Pueblo
Grade V1 Argee Lloyd Doa, Crizza
Bretaa, Liezel Vonne Caballero, Irish Jhane Opao


Sent by Nelson Madriaga


Voices of Thanksgiving
More than a month ago, many people expressed concerns
about the collateral damage from the partial shutdown

of U.S. government. Fears and worries almost paralyzed

thousand of furloughed employees not knowing what would
happen if the impasse lags on. Personally, I have
ambivalent feelings about the outcome of this political
drama but the Lord reminds me of His promises found in
the book of Isaiah 41:10 (ASV) Fear thou not for I am
with thee; be not dismayed for I am thy God; I will
strengthen thee; I uphold thee with the right hand of
my righteousness. Sometimes, I am worried so much of
my incomprehensible journey in this world instead of
rejoicing on the blessings God has bestowed upon me. I
tend to focus on mundane issues rather being grateful
for what I have, even in hard times. There are numerous
reasons to be thankful for even in the toughest time of
my life.
Let me rewind my life changing experience that had
happened fourteen years ago. I was enjoying the
blessings the Lord had given me. I got a stable job
that I loved most. I had all the qualifications to
buttress my credibility as an assistant professor in a
Judeo-Christian university. I was at the peak of my
life as a wife and a career woman. One day, on my way
to attend a seminar to update my knowledge, skills, and
competence in critical care nursing, an 18-wheeler
almost whisked my life away. I was not given much hope
to preserve my life. On the road to recovery, a severe
infection on my right leg made my life at highest risk
of septicemia if amputation below the knee will not be
performed as soon as possible. Even if I survived from
this near-death mishap, majority of my care providers
doubted my ability to go back to work but the Lord has
another plan for my life. I returned to my full-time
job after 18 months of intensive rehabilitation, which
was still considered a fast recovery from the major
injuries I sustained.

I thank God for saving my life with my two legs to walk

4 miles 4 times a week. I thank God for families and
friends intercessory prayer to save my life and my leg
from amputation. Not all people have families to lean
on during tough times. I thank God for friends who were
there for me during the best and worst time of my life.
God has given me alumni and church family who prayed
for me even if I was a stranger to them. Not everyone
has caring alumni and church family to lift them up
when they are at the lowest ebb. I am forever grateful
for my late husband who made sure I would survive when
he is gone. Not all wives have a life-partner who is
responsible enough to make provisions for his loved
ones to make it through the hardships in life. I thank
God for allowing thorns and thistles to penetrate my
comfort zone. This challenging experience made me a
better person every time I came out from it. Its
through this pandemonium that I learned to see a glass
half full instead of half empty. Finally, I thank God
for Raylene, Evelyn, Joy, Eddie, and Jessie for their
service of love as CF editors. They may have been
depriving their loved ones of their personal time just
to meet the deadline for making the weekly issue
available to the alumni around the globe. I surely
enjoyed receiving the fruits of their tireless labor.
More power to each of you.

We often take for granted the very things that most

deserve our gratitude Cynthia Ozark

Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!

Lolit Taroy-Valdez
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1975

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter
words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald


It started Monday dawn on September 9, 2013. I

spent the night at the school because, I was assigned
to prepare the food for Pastor Segundino Asoy, our week
of prayer speaker. Before breakfast, I turned on the TV

for the morning news. I was shocked to hear the news

about the Moslem National Liberation Front (MNLF)
attack. This will take more than a week of prayer and
more than a month of earnest prayer.
Classes were suspended, Pastor Asoy stayed at the
school thinking that the war will last for a short
time. But as the days went by the war got worst. The
MNLF took several civilians as hostages and tied them
by ropes to prevent escape. Ambulances were busy
transporting the wounded military, civilian victims and
the MNLF, as well as the casualties.
The shore in front of our school was a busy
traffic of navy boats and military vehicles who brought
in the military to guard the city from the enemies
coming from outside the city limits. Above the noise
of the boats, we heard guns and mortars bursting like
popcorn. From our rooftop, we saw helicopters
monitoring the activities of the enemies. Heavy smoke
filled the air as buildings and homes from different
sections of the city burned to the ground.

The war lasted for days. Several lives were lost

and buildings destroyed. But to God be the glory,
every student of CALDWELL ADVENTIST ACADEMY was safe.
Classes were suspended for over a month. Instead the
school, together with the Adventist Community Services
(ACS) prepared food for the evacuees. With the help of
Zamboanga Peninsula Mission and other mission around
South Philippine Conference, we were able to solicit
for used clothes and food for the evacuees. ADRA also
provided bed kits for the victims of the war.

By the end of September, the military chopper drop

several messages for the rebels to surrender. Only few
surrendered, dropping their weapons and waving white
flags as instructed. However, many of the rebels did
not surrender. Some of them might still be alive today
had they humbled themselves. But woe unto them who were
arrogant and proud for they landed in a mass grave.
Amidst these crisis, I prayed for our dear beloved
students who were residing in the war-zone area and
that God will spare their lives so they can continue to
study in the Adventist institution without disruption.
I prayed for their parents and family members as well.

I remember the stories of battles fought in the

Bible as I experienced the war here in Zamboanga
city. I also recall the verse in Matthew 25:40 that
says: "Verily I say unto you, 'Inasmuch as ye have done
it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have
done it unto me."

This is not the final war. God will come again and take
me, my family and all His faithful children to a safe
place He has prepared for us.

Naomi Ancero Batac

Bachelor of Elementary Education, 1989


God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you

used one to say thank you? ~ William Arthur War


Every year on Thanksgiving day, my department

celebrates this holiday by having a meal together,
including the supervisors and department heads. Each
worker is assigned to bring a particular food, drinks,
sweets, cutlery, etc. It is this time of year when all
the staff to could be together as a group for an hour
or two.
Christmas parties are done differently in that staff is
divided into two groups that would have separate meals,
a week apart. On the several occasions when
Thanksgiving parties were done, I had noticed that

everyone was just occupied with eating and chatting

with each other. No mention of thankfulness is made. no
one seems bothered with the real significance of this
day. I am not even sure if these folks, especially the
younger ones, know how this event came to be. As soon
as the scheduled time comes (usually 12 noon) everyone
lines up, plate, fork and knife on hand, buffet style.
No welcome, no preliminary talk (we expected the
manager to do this), no prayer.
And so it was that last year, I came early to the venue
to help with setting up, but with a mind to start the
event with a prayer. I was apprehensive at first,
knowing that I was the only SDA in the staff, and did
not know if the others would mind me praying. When it
was announced that a prayer would be offered prior to
the meal, I was surprised at the reception. Not only
did they appreciate the prayer, they also thank me for
reminding everyone that Thanksgiving is a time to
express our gratitude to God for the year's blessings.
Thanksgiving is also a time to share with others what
blessings we'd received. Hopefully, what started as a
simple thought to pray on this occasion would again be
repeated this year and perpetuated in the years to

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven". Matt. 5:16
To God be the glory.

Dan Samson


Not what we give, But what we share,

For the gift without the giver is bare.
~James Russell Lowell

My wife, Ellen, and I worked at Yuka Adventist Hospital
in Kalalbo, a remote rural area in the western province
of Zambia, Africa.
From September to November, transportation from Yuka is
on dirt road. However, when the rainy season comes in
late November to February, the plains are flooded and
the only means of transportation is by boat the rest of
the year. Boat travel is on the Luangiga River, a
tributary of the Zambezi River, which is one of the
main rivers that flows to the famous mighty Victoria
Falls in Zambia. Luangiga River is home to crocodiles

and hippos that attack and kill people.

The hospital owns one small speed boat purchased in
the 1980s and a long boat (a passenger/cargo boat)
that could load 30 people. The long boat is run by a
25 horsepower old generator which was converted into an
engine for the boat.

Boats owned by the hospital

Preparing to go on a boat trip

One day in July 2008, the Medical Director of Yuka

Adventist Hospital requested me to go to the town of
Mongu, 75 kilometers away, to purchase materials for a
building that needed renovation. This was during rainy
season and travel by boat downstream from Yuka to Mongu
takes eight hours and the trip back upstream takes
twelve hours on the 25 horsepower engine long boat.
Harrington, the coxswain (pilot of the boat), Dr.
Braulio Concepcion, a Missionary Voluntary Intern from
Argentina, and I started our journey at 4 o'clock in

the morning on board the long boat. Arriving Mongu at

noon, I purchased the construction materials: pipes,
round metal bars, plywood, galvanized iron sheets and
bags of cement and loaded them on to the boat. We left
the next day at 2:00 o'clock in the morning hoping to
reach Yuka in the afternoon. Because of the heavy
load, I expected a slow trip up the river.
The first ten hours was smooth sailing. But at noon,
the propeller of the boat got damaged. Due to the
boat's heavy load, the propeller was needed to stir the
boat upstream and we could not go any further without
having to fix the damaged propeller. Using the knot of
the pipe as a washer to cover the damaged thread of the
propeller shaft, we continued our journey slowly. Three
times we had to stop to fix the damaged propeller,
meanwhile holding on to the grasses along the river to
keep the boat from going downstream. Finally at 6:30
in the evening, the boat could not travel any
further. We decided to stay in Mapungo, a village
along the river while Harrington took a passenger boat
to Yuka to get help.
While waiting for our rescue, Dr. Braulio and I went to
the shore to bury our feet in the sand to keep warm. I
was shivering from the cold winter air that penetrated
my thick maong pants. Fortunately, some kind village
women built a fire to keep us warm and kept us from
being devoured by the mosquitoes. A few hours later,
two men volunteered to watch the boat while we kept
ourselves warm in the Health Center, 100 meters away.
Secretly some kids told us not to trust the men because
they were two of the feared thieves in the
village. One of the men was begging to have my thick
winter coat for himself.

Time seemed to move very slowly. We had been on the

river for 20 hours and I was very cold and
hungry. Finally the speedboat from the hospital
arrived at 10:00 o'clock that night. Thanks to my wife
who sent us some food which Dr. Braulio and I ate in no
We started our trip back to the hospital. To our
dismay, the loaded long boat was too heavy for the
small speed boat to pull against the strong current of
the river. I was discouraged. I knew we could not
reach home in this condition. I prayed, "Lord, please
come and help us. I know that You are in control."
After trying several times, someone suggested, "Why
don't we tie the speed boat to the side of the long
boat?" We followed the suggestion and side by side the
small speed boat and the heavy loaded long boat moved
together up the river towards home.
We were thankful that with God by our side, we finally
reached home after the 24 hours journey on the
Luangiga River.

Harville & Ellen with children: Sheryl Diana & Sharlene Dawn
Zambia, Victoria Falls at the background

Harville Valenciano
BSC Major in Accounting 1983

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in
every situation, you will discover that your life will
suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that
nurtures the soul.
-- Rabbi Harold Kushner



Photo Credit: RichardMacaraeg

My family and I want to express our sincere
appreciation and profound gratitude to all the
kindhearted people in all the four corners of the earth
who remembered our countrymen ~ the victims of the
world's strongest and fiercest typhoon that has
devastated the islands they once called home ~ a
paradise to many now left in desolate biome. Your
support, encouragement, inspiration and your LOVE
manifested in various ways have kept our spirits high
giving hope to the hopeless.
On behalf of those that are suffering from their
injuries, those in sorrow for the loss of loved ones,
the children that have been orphaned and those that
have perished and had been silenced forever, THANK YOU
all from the bottom of our hearts. May God abundantly
bless you for your outstanding act of benevolence.

Jon Blaza
BS Bio, 1974


Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without
forgetting. -- Author Unknown

Thoughts on Thanksgiving
I was at a worship meeting and the topic of the day was
Asking if we had ever tried jotting
down the things we were thankful for, the speaker asked
us if we could think of 1000 things or situations we
were thankful for.
I thought for a while, thinking,
Wow! A thousand things to jot down is a lot. It will
take a lot of pages!
I was challenged, however, and
I wanted to know if I could really think of a thousand
things to be thankful for.
I asked myself, where could I start?
As I was
thinking, the thought of starting from my head to my
feet came to mind! And yes! This is number 1. Thank

you Lord for this thought.

But then, this is not
really the number 1, because God had to be thanked for
challenging me to think!
Ok, but this is not number
one either. If I didnt come to the meeting, I
wouldnt have this thought of thanksgiving. If I
didnt have this job, I wouldnt have the privilege of
attending this meeting. If my parents didnt send me
to school, I wouldnt have had the job. If my
grandparents didnt instill in my parents mind the
importance of school, I would be cleaning floors. If
the worship speaker didnt prepare, I wouldnt have the
thought, if the speaker And the list went on and on
and on.
I concluded that truly, every breath, every second and
every moment brings a lot of things to be thankful.
thousand thankful thoughts is just the beginning
because if we really think deeply, if we take time to
open our hearts and explore with our minds the things
we can be thankful for, the list is endless.
As I went through the exercise of jotting down things I
was thankful for, it gave me an opportunity to think of
how great and awesome God is.
Every situation, every
experience, every detail, every person that I could
think of gave me countless reasons to be thankful.
Even those situations or experiences that were not very
pleasant, I smiled because, through them, I found
reasons to be thankful.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians

Now I understand better why it is the will of the Lord

for us to exercise thankfulness.
It is not for Him to
feel good but it is for us to feel His closeness, it is
for us to feel loved, for us to know how rich our lives
are when He is there.
So let our Thanksgiving be a daily Thanksgiving.

Jemima Orillosa
Bachelor in Science, 1983
Major in Office Administration


A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances.

A complaining soul complains even if he lives in
paradise. Bahaullah

Thank You Lord
Thirty years ago, my late husband, Artemio (Temiong)
Gorospe, and I were called to serve as health care

providers in a small clinic located in a very remote

village of Sakie in southern Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a
beautiful place with beautiful and very hospitable
people, and the place where one can find the best food
in the world, as decided by my children. Ethiopia is
the only Christian country in the horn of Africa and it
is well known as the land with 13 months of sunshine.
How could this land have 13 months of sunshine? It is
because even during the rainy season, the sun still
shines even just for a couple of hours a day. There
are 13 months in one year, with the first 12 months
having 30 days each, while the thirteenth month has 5
Life in Sakie was very difficult and challenging,
epidemic and calamities often afflicted the villages
thus rightfully describing the word Sakie, which means
disease in the Ethiopian language. In spite of the
difficulties we often faced, there were a lot of things
to be thankful for during the six years of working with
the people in Sakie and the surrounding villages.
Rupelin with the clinic dresser (nursing assistant) in front
of the clinic-1987

Sakie Clinic taken 2013

To reach the highway 16 kilometers away, we had to walk

over dirt and gravel road. During the rainy season, the
roads were impassable by car so we did not own a car.
However, God had been so good to us and provided us
with money to buy a motorbike which made life easier
and more pleasant. Oftentimes, the five of us would go
on a road trip in the surrounding villages. On the way
home we would stop at a little store for a treat of
biscuits and soft drinks. The mission bike greatly
helped Temiong travel to the nearby villages to
immunize children, and also manage the six feeding
centers where over 6,000 malnourished children were
being served daily for three years.
The drought turned out to be a blessing for we saw
Gods hands moved in many ways. One time we had only
one gallon of water at home for the weekend. It was a
Friday afternoon and the boys we hired to fill the two
barrels of water from a spring down the mountain slope
about a kilometer away did not come. It was getting
late and we decided to pray for rain. Imagine praying

for rain during the drought season with the hot sun
shining bright in the sky! Knowing that nothing is
impossible with God, we used the last gallon of water
to clean the two barrels and placed them under the
gutters. Then we prayed earnestly for rain. Just as we
said Amen, rain started to fall on the roof and it
poured stronger and louder for the next thirty minutes
stopping abruptly when the two barrels got filled.
Temiong could not believe what he witnessed that
afternoon, so he went outside to investigate the extent
of the rain. He found that the ground in the campus was
very wet, while outside the gate the ground was dry. He
came back home and asked me, How do you explain what
happened? How come it only rained in the compound? Of
course we knew the reason and we were the only ones and
God who knew about it. Calamities and epidemic were all
around us, even just outside the gate, but we never got
Our children also learned lessons in sympathy and
compassion and in being channels of blessings to the
poor hungry children. One Sabbath morning while Temiong
and I were still in church, our two boys ages four and
five asked all the children in Sabbath School- about 50
of them to come to the house if they wanted something
to eat. Everyone came, and our boys gave away all the
bananas in a bunch and biscuits from a big can.
There was a time when people suddenly got sick and
died. We did not know what caused their sickness. Some
children lost both parents and parents lost some if not
all of their children. Family members were buried in
the same grave and those who carried the dead bodies
also died the next day. Animals got sick and died from

the epidemic. Sometimes there were no chickens or eggs

sold in the local market.
During one of the epidemics, an elderly man got very
ill and had given up to die. He told his relatives not
to take him to the hospital about 35 kilometers away,
but instead take him to the farenje hakim meaning
foreign doctor. He got very good medical and nursing
care from the clinic and recovered after three days.
After a week he came back to our house bringing a big
white hen as a thanks offering to Temiong for healing
him. Temiong pointed up telling the man that it was God
who healed him. That chicken helped us through the
drought by laying eggs twice a day for one year even
without a rooster around. When the drought was over,
the hen stopped laying eggs. There were also dangers
from wild animals in the place where we lived. One dark
early morning Temiong was walking through the forest,
when a pack of hyenas ran after him. With his heavy
backpack on this back, he ran as fast as he could and
climbed a tree. Thank God for the adrenaline, the fight
or flight response hormone, his life was spared.
Temiong and I were so thankful to God for sending us to
Sakie. Even the bad situations turned out to be great
blessings. We wished to serve longer than six years in
Sakie, but our children needed to start school. Home
study was not an option because mail reached us within
three to six months and sometimes a year after it was
posted. So we moved to Ethiopian Adventist College,
about 220 kilometers from Addis Ababa, the capital city
of Ethiopia. Life was better then, but the unexpected
happened. As we were driving to the lake on a camping
trip to get a much needed rest, a bandit stood in the
middle of the road and fired a fully loaded machine gun

at us. Temiong and our Ethiopian housemaid were hit and

died instantly. What good would come out of this? I did
not know. It was hard to understand that a loving God
would allow three children to be without a father.
A couple of years later, as a result of missionary
outreach by Chris Howell and Beniam Andarge, the bandit
studied the Bible and both he and his cellmate were
baptized. I recall Chris would come to my house every
Sabbath afternoon asking for leftover food, and once
asked for clothes and a blanket. When I asked him what
he would do with the food, he said he would give it to
the bandit who killed my husband. I havent heard
anything more about this man except that he was
imprisoned for life.
I left Africa in 2007 after 25 years of service and
came to America. Early this year, twenty-two years
after our family tragedy in Ethiopia, my stepson
Marcel, his wife Kim and three children came from
Maryland to visit us in Tennessee. Kim told me of a
certain Ethiopian who asked her if she knows Rupelin
Pichot. She said, Yes, she is my stepmotherin-law.
The Ethiopian said, I have heard about Rupelin, but
havent met her. Please tell her that her story of
forgiveness for her husbands murderer is used as the
theme for the Sabbath School Lesson for the children in
Ethiopia. You see, our people have tribal conflicts and
even the present generation does not know the cause of
the conflict, but they just want to kill each other. If
they learn to forgive, there will be no wars.
During Temiongs memorial service, in Addis Ababa, I
sang the song, Thank You Lord for the Trials that come
My Way. It was difficult to sing this song at that

time, but I knew that God is in charge and only He knew

the reason for such a tragedy to happen.
Yes, indeed God knows the beginning to the end. As what
Mrs. Ellen White said that we will never question the
way God leads us if we know the beginning to the end.
David the Psalmist said, In everything give thanks
and everything means good or bad.

The Gorospe family taken in 1987

Rupelin D. Gorospe Pichot

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1980

Thank you, Lord, for the trials that come my way.
In that way I can grow each day as I let you lead,
And thank you, Lord, for the patience those trials bring.
In that process of growing, I can to care.

But it goes against the way I am, to put my human nature down,
and let the Spirit take control of all I do.
'Cause when those trials come, my human nature shouts the thing to do;
and God's soft prompting can be easily ignored.
I thank you, Lord, with each trial I feel inside,
that you're there to help, lead and guide me away from wrong.
'Cause you promised, Lord, that with every testing,
that your way of escaping is easier to bear.
I thank you, Lord, for the victory that growing brings.
In surrender of everything life is so worth while.
And I thank you, Lord, that when everything's put in place,
And in front I can see your face, and it's there you belong.
Dan Burgess

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington, D.C.October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been
filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and
healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so
constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the
source from which they come, others have been added,
which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they

cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart

which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful
providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war
of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has
sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to
provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with
all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have
been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed
everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict;
while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the
advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful
diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of
peaceful industry to the national defence, have not
arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe
has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the
mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious
metals, have yielded even more abundantly than
heretofore. Population has steadily increased,
notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the
camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country,
rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength
and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years
with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand
worked out these great things. They are the gracious
gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us
in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered
mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they
should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully
acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the
whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part
of the United States, and also those who are at sea and

those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart

and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a
day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father
who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them
that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to
Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they
do also, with humble penitence for our national
perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender
care all those who have become widows, orphans,
mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in
which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore
the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the
wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may
be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full
enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of
October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the
Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln

From: The History of Thanksgiving and its Celebrations

Get down on your knees and thank God youre still
on your feet. Author Unknown


Sulad's Corner


By Perfecto Tecson, Gospel Outreach Evangelist
Coro, Colorado, Jabonga Agusan del Norte
During 2012 we accomplished the work in Coro, Colorado,
Jabonga, Agusan del Sur. We conducted an evangelistic
campaign and also house visitation. We offered Bible
Studies to the people of the village, made fence,
comfort rooms (CR--bathrooms) for their homes and
improved their water system and also beautified their
village. We brought non-Adventist young people to
attend FriendshipYouth Camp, in Tubay Trenus, Agusan
del Norte. As a result eleven of the young people were
Every Wednesday we have our Small Group study. We also
visited the Mayugda Church. Most of the members were
poor because they belong to indigenous tribal
We have our home division whenever we gather together
during Sabbath. The Municipal Mayor gave us a lot so we
could build a church but our problem is the money for
church construction.
In April and May 2013, we agreed with the brethren that
we would visit with the Lumads in the mountain of San
Miguel, Surigao del Sur. We were very happy because we
were able to help the brethren in their church
construction in Upper Bagyang, San Miguel, Surigao del
Sur. Praise the Lord we were able to establish another
When June came we went back to Coro for a while to

observe them and determine if they could stand in their

new-found faith. The good news is that they could
stand. They visited another church in Mayugda, Jabonga,
Agusan del Norte for nurturing with the other
Last August we started church construction in Coro,
Jaboanga. The Datu or the tribal leader of Mamanwa
tribe helped us to process the documents for the church
lot. We made friends with him and he accepted a Bible
Study with a happy heart. The church building now is
in process. It is already standing as a skeleton. We
worked to encourage the small group to flourish. We
conducted other activities while the church building is
going on so that the members will grow. When the
church is completed, they will be encouraged and will
be comfortable in worshipping God.
This coming November we will conduct a Family Life
seminar and will have a blessing ceremony for the new
church. We will develop many activities for the
SULADS International, Inc.
If you would like to support this mission program
dedicated to taking the Gospel to the people of
Mindanao, please write a check to Gospel Outreach. Mark
it for the SULADS and send it to: Gospel Outreach P.O.
Box 8 College Place, WA 99324 You may also donate to
the SULADS using your credit card by logging on to
Gospel Outreach's donation site (www.goaim.org) and
follow the directions. Again, mark it for SULADS. If
you would prefer, you may write your check to the
General Conference of SDA and mark the donation for
SULADS and send it to: General Conference of SDA
Donations 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD

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On a Lighter Note

I am thankful for all those difficult people in my

life, they have shown me exactly who I do not want to
be. Unknown


Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth

Thursday in November in the USA.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second
Monday in October in Canada.
The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate
the Thanksgiving.
They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the
fall of 1621.
The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught
the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradfort,
had organized the frist Thanksgiving feast in the
year 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampnoag
Indians also to the feast.
The state of New York officially made
Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.
The annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade
tradition began in the 1920s.
Californians are the largest consumers of turkey
in the USA.

10. By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims who

had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The
survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to hold
a Thanksgiving feast.


Cyberflashes want to convey our condolence to: Arthur
Brondo for the death of his father, Ponciano Brondo and
to Gemini Peduche for the death of his brother, Rene
Peduche. May you be comforted by Gods love during
these moments of grief.



Philippines Disaster Relief

Please share this announcement with your church family and
community regarding disaster relief for the Philippines:
The Waterman Visayan Fil-Am SDA Church is spearheading
the relief effort of sending a 40-footer container
van by the first week of December, 2013.
We are currently accepting relief goods in the form of
appropriate clothing (no winter clothes/shoes),
toiletries, shelter (tents, tarpaulins), hygiene &

sanitation kits, canned goods, bottled water, water

filtration systems, office supplies (chairs, tables,
filing cabinets, bond papers), kitchen utensils, etc.
We would really appreciate it if you can put your
donations in a sturdy box and place a label outside the
box about the contents.
This container van will go direct to East Visayan
Conference in Tacloban City, Philippines, the region
badly devastated by typhoon "Haiyan," locally named,
The above mentioned goods will be received @ 882 S.
Waterman Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408 from 9 AM - 3
PM daily except Saturday until December 1, 2013.
For further information or inquiry please call: (951)
Elbert Moralde
Senior Pastor
Waterman Visayan Fil-A SDA Church


Prayer Requests
Let us pray for:
The bereaved families of Ponciano Brondo, Rene
Peduche, Dinah Rodrigo, Ana Teorima-Faigao, Archie
Villagracia, Calape Damayo, Darlinda Mullaneda,
Corneta, Eunice Ferrer-Layon, Landon Alamo
Merginio, Priscilla Arafiles, Sarah ZauldaSamillano, and others who have lost loved ones

Our brethren and other Filipinos who were affected

by that super typhoon, Yolanda, which caused a lot
of damage in the Philippines especially at Tacloban
City. Let us pray for the citizens of Tacloban and
other places affected by that typhoon.
Alumni and friends who are ill: Allan Magie,
Florence Rivera-Alconcel, Ave Catalon- Lorieza,
Benny Banaag, Betsy Costanos-Wooljer, Doug
Holstein, Esther Ba-al, Evelyn Lipay-Florendo, ,Ivy
Catolico-Robles, Jil Fadre, Jo Tortal, Nefre
Dichoso, and Violeto Bocala.
For the health and safety of all our missionaries
and their families all over the globe.
For the work of the Sulads and the ministry of the
Gospel Outreach.
For our leaders of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
The leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni of MVC as
they Shine On Till Jesus Comes.
For all the different alumni groups that are in the
Philippines and other countries rendering medical
services and evangelistic efforts and all other
projects they do for The Master. For our alumni and
friends who are in dangerous places or war-zone
areas of the Philippines and the Middle East.
Each other as we raise our voices in thanksgiving
to Him who gives us blessings everyday.


Thank you to the following who contributed to this
week's Cyberflashes: Lovelane Balajadia, Darlene Caliso
, Mary Joy Edralin, Nelson Madriaga, Star Mojica,
Elbert Moralde, Daphne Salasayo, Perfecto Tecson and
Raiah Truta.


A big Thank you to those who contributed to:

Voices of Thanksgiving: Naomi Ancero Batac, Jon
Blaza, Jemima Orillosa, Rupelin D. Gorospe Pichot, Dan
Samson, Lolit Taroy-Valdez, and Harville Valenciano.

Thanks HAVA

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Closing Thoughts
In Happy times
Praise God,
In difficult times
Trust God.
At all times
Thank God.

Give thanks with a grateful heart,

Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.
And now let the weak say, 'I am strong' Let the poor say, 'I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
Give thanks

Happy Sabbath