09.12.14

LETTERS FROM OUR SEMINARIAN

April 1, 2014

Hello,  ma’am Guia, peace and all Good !  thank you for your unceasing support to my studies.  I would like to inform you on what is happening to me here in the seminary.

First, I was elected as a community president.  I am the elder of the community or so to say, the President of the seminarians.  At first, I thought  i cannot handle this kind of responsibility because this is a very challenging role in my part because this is my first time, but through the mercy of God,  I passed the challenges He gave me as an elder.  In fact, my rector appreciated my efforts so much as an elder of the community…. in one of our conversations, he told me that I should continue exerting effort for the seminary and for my brothers.

Second thing is, this past week, the Formators had their evaluations of the seminarians.  I am happy to tell you they approved of my letter of intention to continue in the seminary.  Next formation year, I will become a fourth year seminarian!  Yes, at last !  and part of transition period is what we call the “exposure”, a part of formation in the seminary which the seminarian will be sent to the provinces where they will “makikipamuhay” with the farmers, fishermen, etc….  Ma’am, today, I will go to Bicol Donsol, Sorsogon to “makipamuhay” there for a month.  They will let me live with a family who will become my foster parents for one month.  Pray for me Ma’am, that I may learn from their simple way of life.  And as I continue to journey in the religious life, may this exposure help me to understand our brothers and sisters who are in need of evangelization.

I will continue to update you, Ma’am, what is  happening with my journey inside the seminary.  In silence, I am always praying for your Good health and more blessings to come.  May God bless you and your loved ones !

Once again,  Thank you very much !

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September 6, 2014

Hello, Tita Guia !  How are you?  Like before, i would like to update you on what is happening in my journey as a seminarian.

First, i would like to thank you and your Friends in New East,Inc. for your unceasing support, most especially in my studies.  I always include you in my prayers, most especially your Family and friends.

I’m glad to inform you that i am now a 4th year seminarian.  I am writing my thesis now, the final requirement for graduation.  My thesis title is  “The Dromologized lifestyle of the call center agents; A philosophical analysis based on Paul Virilio’s Critique of speed as violence.  Basically, my thesis would like to expose the effects of technology most especially to call center agents.

I am also active in the glee club of our seminary and also am actively participating in the community activities.

Thank you po  and God bless.

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08.19.14

Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind

 The following item  from World Pulse in Yahoo news last May 15th, 2014  struck a chord in me.  It was entitled   PHILIPPINES: Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind.  Here’s an excerpt from it:

“A former victim of human trafficking, today, Myrna Padilla is using her success in the IT industry to create an online network of support connecting women and girls who might otherwise fall through the cracks.  She said:  “I was born among the poorest of the poor in a small, undeveloped fishing village on an island in the Philippines in 1960. A former victim of human trafficking, today I own an IT business with a focus on mobile and social media technology. I also use technology for advocacy to empower millions of the most vulnerable women among us to join in the world’s fight against human trafficking and modern day human slavery………..”

Someone who comes from the poorest of the poor might end up in human trafficking if he or she does not possess job skills which can give him/her the human dignity to stand on her/his own.

Myrna’s  badly needed  EDUCATION gave her a powerful tool not to end up in such an inhumane condition.   This is exactly why the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) established the YOUTH Educational Program  as one of their FMM programs for the poor,  and New East, Inc. (NEI)  is supporting the youths  with their dream to acquire knowledges and skills  for decent jobs.  The sisters believe that education is a way to empower the young, especially the less fortunate, “not just giving fish
(dole out) but teaching them to fish.”
  The lack of opportunities leading to helplessness pushes them to give up their dreams and worse, not to dream at all.  But through the grace of God, the new generation of young people in Brookside, Bagong Silangan, as a fruit of the sisters’ endeavor in Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS), has given birth to youths aspiring to become lawyers, medical technicians, teachers, accountants,  computer specialist,  business managers, etc.

With  the unfailing charity of our dear benefactors,  thru NEI,  there are children who find themselves in classrooms and universities instead of in the streets falling prey to human trafficking

PLEASE, PLEASE,  don’t let our youth of today fall through the crack.  Let  us all help through EDUCATION, JOB SKILLS and EMPOWERMENT of these  youths ….let us not stop supporting them!  

Whether big or small,  all donations help….as far as we are concerned,  every penny, every dollar counts in the education of our youths !   GOD BLESS YOU ALL !

Ask me how you can donate easily, painlessly …………….galbelda@sbcglobal.net……

 

 

 

11.22.13

TYPHOON VICTIMS STILL NEED HELP ! SOS !

We are still at it ! New East,Inc. is still at it ! We’re not “ningas kugon”!

Still at it… The people, the victims of Haiyan or Yolanda typhoon still need help…

so, we’re still waiting for your checks payable to

New East,Inc.

1300 Ave 64

Pasadena, CA 91105

 

Please….HELP  !!!!

11.13.13

PLEASE HELP !!!

To our  relatives,  friends,  and  to-be-friends  !

We regret cancelling  the Christmas treat planned for  the community of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Philippines, our usual beneficiaries.   Instead, we have diverted all current and  future funds of New East, Inc.  to buy emergency necessities for the calamity victims of the Visayan islands, especially Tacloban City, province of Leyte, Philippines.

 Through the kindness of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), we shall try to help our poor suffering  people who survived the calamities that  befell on them the past month; namely, the earthquake, followed by the severe, vicious typhoon/cyclone named  Haiyan or Yolanda  on Nov  8, 2013.

 All donations will be added to the funds that will buy FOOD, DRINKING WATER and BLANKETS  for the abovementioned  victims .

For those of you who have either donated or are planning to donate to New East, Inc. for this cause:  Thank  you very much for your gift of love, a sign of your faith in action, a fitting response to the Catholic Church’s  Year of our Faith. 

New East, Inc. is still in dire need of funds to buy those emergency necessities for our dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are hungry, homeless and hopeless right now in those affected Visayan islands.  All monies will be turned over to the FMM who untiringly and unceasingly take care of poor people.  Even though the FMM nuns do not have a convent in Leyte, still, they are there to help as much as they can.  They only need your financial assistance as they do not receive any remuneration or salaries for the work they do.  Like  Blessed Mother Teresa, they labor only for the love of Christ.

We, the directors and volunteers  of New East,Inc., thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Please send now your pledge, check or coins to:

New East, Inc. @ 1300 Ave. 64; Pasadena, CA 91105

Please feel free to contact us for any questions you may have at:
neweastinc@sbcglobal.net or galbelda@sbcglobal.net                                                               or 323 254 6728

 

 

11.12.13

PHILIPPINE CALAMITIES

PEACE  to all our donors and readers of this website !

In light of the tragic events that happened to theVisayan islands of the
Philippines,  i.e.,  the cyclone in August,  the 7.2 earthquake in October, and the terrible typhoon/cyclone on November 8th,  all current and future donations  to New East, Inc.  will be given to the  victims in terms of FOOD and DRINKING WATER  thru the kindness of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM).

So far, a donation of $4,000 has been received by the FMM, but this is just a drop in the bucket, so, much more help is needed for the victims.  Please send your pledge, check, coins, even pennies, to

New East,Inc. @1300 Ave. 64, Pasadena, Ca 91105.

As Mother Teresa said:  “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

So, PLEASE, PLEASE, donate now.   All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged promptly.  For any questions, please  holler or call (323) 254 6728.  If no one answers, we might be on another line….so, please  leave a phone number and a message and we’ll ring you up at once.

Also, please include all the victims and rescuers, helpers and donors, alike, in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.20.13

EARLY CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR THE CHILDREN

Christmas in October 2013

One of our faithful donors, the family of Ed Gomez of California,  gave an early Christmas treat to more than 300 children of the Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS) and public schools of  Brookside, Bagong Silangan and its vicinities. The Gomez family had the Charlie Chicken of Cubao, Quezon City,  catered to the luncheon given at the premises of SMAS, Brookside.  The children of SMAS, teachers and Sr. Elvie, the FMM nun-in-charge, then gave a welcoming program for the benefit of the Gomez family in thanksgiving for the latter’s generosity.  Everyone had fun in this visit.   Deo Gracias!

(Photos of the occasion to follow)

08.23.13

THE WOODEN BOWL

The Wooden Bowl

I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year
-old grandson.  The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and
failing sight made eating difficult.  Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.   When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.  ’We must do something about father,’ said the son.  ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.   There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.    Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

 When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.    Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
   He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded, ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.’  The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless.  Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.  Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family.  And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:   a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
   But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.


08.6.13

Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Dearest Lord,

teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
save that of knowing
that I do your most holy will.
Amen.

 

 

08.6.13

Even a little amount would help!

Edmund Burke, classic political thinker and philosopher (1729-1797), said :

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.’
‘nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.’

Please be a Monthly Angel now !

How can you become a Monthly Angel ?

The amount of donation does not really matter.  We accept any amount that you can send us.  As the saying goes “Beggars are not choosers”  and like St. Francis of Assisi, we are begging for your generosity.   Please be a MONTHLY ANGEL… Maybe $5 or $10 a month, please send us thru your bank as in a  paybill program ….donations are tax deductible if made payable to

 NEW EAST,INC. @ 1300 Ave.64, Pasadena, Ca 91105. 

If you have any questions, please holler.  I am only an email away…..   galbelda@sbcglobal.net

04.14.13

MONTHLY & YEARLY ANGELS of NEW EAST,INC.

To all of you,  MONTHLY  and  YEARLY ANGELS  of  NEW EAST,INC. ,

 we dedicate this poem by Helen Steiner Rice:

THANK GOD  for  FOLKS LIKE YOU

In  this troubled world

it’s refreshing to find

 

Someone who still has

the time to be kind,

 

Someone  who still has

the faith to believe

 

That the more you give

the more you receive,

 

Someone who’s ready

by thought, word or deed

 

To reach out a hand

in the hour of need.

 

OUR MONTHLY/YEARLY ANGELS 

(As of  April 12, 2013, in alphabetical order)

A&G  Partners

Paraluman Abano

Luminario & Nena Alano

Macelle   Albelda

Marigrace  Albelda

R & G  Albelda

Victorina  Albelda

Anonymous – a kind heart

Ruby  Barcega

Eufrocina  Basa

Carl & Perla  Boudreaux

Julieta  Cagalawan

Elmer & Lapurisima  Chang

Daniel & Rosa Ciciora

Mary  Cristal

Filomena  Faner

Wilhelmina  Faner

Estelita  Glenn

Joshua & Ma. Katrina Greear

HS69 Stellans

Judy  Hwang

Stacey  Jarasa

Frank & Grace  Lesaca

Roderick & Raquel  Lucido

Efren & Virginia  Manimbo

Michael  &  Mayflor  Marfori

Gerald & Rosario  McMahon

Patricia Mejia

Mario  Pacheco

Stephanie Pacheco

Norman & Asuncion  Quinto

Cora Coral Reyes

Normandy &  Rosana  Romasanta

Gerardo & Maria  Sabino

Eric & Julie  Sanchez

James & Josephine  Sharratt

Augusto  & Margarita  Tayag

Vergara Jr., Gonzalo & Emma

 

Please continue your faith journey with us.  Thanks and may God bless you a hundredfold !