Philippine Book Fair at Outlets Lipa

It was a rainy Friday of August 5th and I set out to attend the Philippine Book Fair at Lipa. The Outlet is a perfect venue for this event and added to it is the already cool climate of Lipa City. It’s a 40 kilometers journey from my place to that location. On top of that is the usual traffic, so it took me almost two hours of travel. I came late at the venue and the guest, National Artist for Literature, Virgilio Almario is wrapping up his opening remarks.

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Comicbook Review: “Perpetua” (Art Ayris and Jeff Slemons)

Summary: Perpetua is a story of one of the earliest Christian women recorded outside of Scriptures that suffered persecution because of her faith. Little was known of her but here death under the hand of Rome is an incredible story.

Cover Art: Similar to cover the of Martyrs comicbook but Slemons gives a sweeping cinematic look that you’ll always want to stare at. While that comic is minimalist cover, this one is masterpiece in itself. If this comic is on the shelf with other comics, surely this is an eye grabbing cover and you’ll be picking it up and read it on the spot. Slemon rendered his art on the cover (and interior) that can only be called epic.

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National Baptist Day: Milestone or Millstone?

Recently, Senate Bill No. 2252 passed third and final reading which ensure the National Baptist Day to be celebrated annually every January 16. It is sponsored and co-authored by Sen Win Gatchalian. This is considered a milestone for the Baptists here in the Philippines as the government considers our group as partners to nation building. You can read the about it here and on congressman Benny Abante’s FB post.

I have no problem with folks celebrating an event nor I’m not proud of being a Baptist. I’m 100% proud of being a Baptist and we should observe this annual event in our church. However, when these kind of religious activities are mixed with some sort of politics, then there is a need of discernment.

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3 Things I Did This Morning After Election Day

I’m so excited to vote this 2022 election. My chosen candidate has a great reputation and qualification to fit the highest power in this country. I’ve seen the rallies and support. I’ve seen transformation brought by this political brand. This will change to course of history. Unfortunately, my mother in law was admitted in the hospital in Manila so I can’t vote. We spend the first week of May preparing her for her surgery. This is the first time I missed out the presidential election.

Nevertheless, I waited for the results. Then it came. The results are in. And it was disappointing. I was hurt. I can’t believe what just happened. My heart sank. I want to shut myself from social media. There are lots of things running in my mind. Its one of those days that I don’t want to go through. The following days will be rough for me. I know I can be all gloomy. I need to lift me up. I had to. This morning, I did three things:

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Judging A Digital Comic Contest for the “Day of Valor”

I’ve been busy since the beginning of April. Deadlines and back logs kept me up. Whether it’s offline or online, day job or sidelines there is something that needs my attention. I think I need a break or a sort of diversion. Something new and fresh. But that got me thinking: do I have time for that?  When a FB friend who is a VP of Veteran’s Bank (here in the Philippines) asked for volunteers to judge in an upcoming event, I quickly raised my virtual hand 😁. The event is a digital comic contest for the “Day of Valor”.  I love comics and any opportunity to represent my hobby or the comic community to others is something that I don’t want to pass. This is my first time to be a judge for a competition and it’s online through Zoom meeting.

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book”Who Is Jesus?” (Kate and Joe Hox)

Thank you for praying for our church. We had a successful dedication service last Saturday and an extended celebration on the following day, Sunday. God is truly blessing us through the pandemic and we pray our faithfulness to Him will grow stronger each day.

Anyways, Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, Who Is Jesus by Kate and Joe Hox published by New Growth Press. You can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“If you are a child of God, you are a child of Abraham. One of those stars was lit for you! You are loved and pursued as Abraham was. You are forgiven and righteous. You will have blessing and great inheritance. You are blessed to be a blessing.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #127

I have two prayer request and I hope you’ll include it in your list. First, comfort for the family and friends of Augusto Hermosilla who passed away recently. He is a good friend and a believer that I cherish our friendship for years even if we haven’t met face to face. Second, is our church dedication program tomorrow. May it will bring glory to God and a great encouragement to us members as we thank God for the new building we will conduct our worship and prayer meeting.

Let’s end the week with some freebies curated just for you. And hey, please do share ok. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE audio and video “The Ultimate Defense of the Resurrection of Christ” – Just in time for Lent. The free bundle includes some of the best theologians, Bible scholars and apologist coming together to defend one of the defining moment in history.

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book”5 Things to Pray for Your Spouse” (Michael and Melissa Kruger)

Kindly pray for my mother in law who had a mild stroke due to diabetes. She’s also needs to undergo MIR scan. So please lift her up in prayer.

Anyways, Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, 5 Things to Pray for Your Spouse by Michael and Melissa Kruger by The Good Book Company. You can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“What is your spouse anxious about today? Whether it is a stressful job situation, health struggle, or relational conflict, pray they would experience the peace of God guarding their minds in Christ Jesus as they turn to him in prayer.”

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Comicbook Review: “Fleeing Darkness” Chapter 2 (Matthew Page and Various Kingstone Artist)

Summary: The story continues as the three Christian friends struggles as the communist take over the city. One of them Jae, gets a way to maneuver the soldiers and set to find Jang and their kids in war torn city.

Cover Art: As usual Jason Metcalf did a superb cover art. It’s in line with what the interior art is. Unlike Chapter 1, it’s just a “mug shot” portrait of a man with two guns on both sides which can draw an intense vibe as you open the comic. But like the premier issue, (spoiler!) you can find this image inside the comic. Regardless, it brings that intensity needed for such kind of book.

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Comicbook Review: “Fleeing Darkness” Chapter 1 (Matthew Page and Various Kingstone Artist)

Summary: Fleeing Darkness tackles North Korea coming to communism and the persecution of Christian through the perspective of three friends.

The setting of this comic is unlike the usual Kingstone books that I read in which we find the story in neither biblical times or early church times. Even if the story was set 70 years ago, you can digest a bit of the “modernness” into it. It gives you a sense that persecution is not limited in a period that is forgotten and buried in time.

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