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Why we love Cy!

*This blog is supposed to be my 20th birthday gift to Cy, unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish this (and now she’s turning 24). Finish or not, it’s my thoughts that counts… haha… Cy, this is for you. Happy 20th Birthday! hehe… 🙂

20 LOVELY FACTS ABOUT CYRYLLE CAI C. MAGHIRANG:

1. Cy hates CATS…

“Yung pusa papasok!, yung pusa papasok!…” that was Cy’s scream when she saw a cat entering Aireene’s house during our teambuilding, there we found out that she dislikes cats, and everytime she sees cats she gets irritated…poor cats! (Cash, Cys’ brother,  also don’t like cats.)

2. Cy loves DOGS!

If Cy hates cats then she definitely loves dogs, she has a puppy named Casel (I’m not sure about the name).

3. Cy is Cash little sister…

When  asked who are the people that inspires her in service, Cy’s first answer is no other than Cash, she really looks up to her Kuya Cash, every decision that Cy has to make she consults her brother first and Cash is always there to support her one and only little sister.

*There are supposed to be 17 more reason why we love you Cy (for this blog of course), but this is not the end yet. I know there are more reasons why we love you, and it’s definitely countless. 🙂

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Why MDC?

*This blog was published last October 2008 in my Multiply account.

Ever since Elementary and High School, I wanted to be enrolled in a prestigious school in Davao; I went to Maryknoll H.S. of Panabo City. It is where I learned  how to be competitive and excel. I was a consistent honor student, a member of different organizations, part of student government and even an officer of CAT.

(my beloved Alma Matter)

My cousins and friends excelled in different fields; music, dancing, modeling, sports, etc. while I am the so-called “lampayatot” (weak and thin). I was not inclined to any sports (thank God I’m a cheerleader, I have an excuse every time they tease me for not being physically active). Whenever there are sports fests in our village, all of my friends and cousins are out in the field playing different sports, while I’m inside a room playing mind games (scrabbles, word bugle, quiz bees, etc.) They can all sing and play different musical instruments while music never loved me (again I thank God I’m a theater performer, I’ve got something to show off as a talent)… I’m totally different from my cousins and other children at my age, and the one thing that separates me from the rests… I am the most competitive among them all.

I’m a competitive student, but I never compete with my cousins, friends and classmates… I compete with myself. Ever since the day I could remember I entered school, I’m already conscious with my grades, recognitions, awards, medals, certificates, etc.  All I want is to have high grades; I was never satisfied with a 99 for I always aim for a perfect 100.

During senior year in high school, I only have one choice of school for college and that is University of the Philippines while my cousins and close friends are in Ateneo. Fortunately, I passed the UP CAT (UP College Admission Test) but  my relatives and my mom won’t allow me to enter UP, they were afraid that I may become an activist or become a member of fraternities, so I ended up enrolling myself with my cousins and friends in Ateneo de Davao University.

(my dream University)

Before the start of my class in College, my mom called me, telling me that she wanted me to live with her here in Manila, and so I cancelled my enrolment in Ateneo, and flew here in Manila. It was already June, Colleges and Universities are already closed (no school is open for me anymore), my mom asked her friend which is the Dean of West Bay College to accept me, so I enrolled and stay in that college for a year but then I needed to transfer for I was not satisfied with the kind of education they have there.

CONFUSION, FEAR and HATRED ruled over me on those times that I am in search for a school to transfer; confused if I would still pursue BS Nursing for I never liked the course. Fear of being rejected by the new people I’m going to deal with. Hatred for my mom because I blamed her that if only she let me enter UP or continue my studies in Ateneo maybe I’m already happy and satisfied with my college life. In those times, I cried pails of tears,  I packed up all my things and called my relatives in Davao to prepare a plane ticket for me, I was not talking to my mom for almost a week for I really hated her for ruining my first year in College.

One night, my mom entered my room, asking me to choose between Manila Doctors College and Philippine Women’s University for my new school, I have no idea that there is an existing Manila Doctors College (all I know is Davao Doctors College), then my mom told me that it’s better to enroll in MDC…having no choice I enrolled there.

(the school where God wants me to be)

For a year, I enjoyed my stay in MDC, I found good friends whom I hang out, party, and get away with; but despite all those happenings, I’m still the competitive grade conscious student. Not until last summer (April 2008), during the Youth For Christ – International Leaders Conference in Tagaytay City when God talked to me, saying: “Faye, bring Youth For Christ in your Campus…” during those times I feel like I was Moses talking to God in the burning bush, ASHAMED AND DOUBTFUL, I answered God: Lord, who am I that I should do this?” and He replied, You are only my instrument, it is I who will work in your campus.”

And just like what God did to Moses, He provided me everything I needed for my mission. He gave me Cy who shared with me the same vision for YFC – MDC, we worked together in this mission. From five members (Cy, Mark, Aireene, Lea, and Me) we reached 250 plus members who signed up for YFC, in those times I remembered what God told his disciples: “Follow me and become a fisher of men.”

It is overwhelming, every time MDC students approach me, asking me how they can join YFC, telling me how happy they were during fellowships and assemblies, texting me for updates of the next YFC activities. For five months time, I have been so blessed not by material possessions, nor by worldly gifts but by different people who became not just good friends but my family.

Wonderful things happen to those who obey the Lord, and these are the things that happened to me, as I obeyed God:

  • I became closer to my mom.
  • I’m not weak anymore for God is my strength.
  • I begin to love music not to show off but to sing praises and worship for God.
  • I was not competitive anymore; however, God is my competence.
  • I’m not guilty anymore for not pursuing UP; nor envy my cousins and friends who are enjoying College life in Ateneo.
  • And the best part of it, despite of my services in YFC, I still manage to have good grades.

I may feel unworthy with all these blessings but God called me to be worthy. 

 

Now, I believe that God called me in this place, because he has great plans for me here in Manila Doctors College.

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3 Reasons Why I’m in Love

First, I was born out of love.

I maybe born outside marriage, my parents have not planned me but my mother told me, I’m not an accident; for in the book of Genesis, God is the Creator of man for a plan and a purpose, plans that will prosper me and will never harm me. I know I am loved even before I was born. God planned me and so I was born out of love.

Second, I’m not unloved.

Quoting the lyrics of the YFC Song, All For You – “Love came down to save, pierced and crucified, conquered death, gave new life, it saved my soul now I’m alive.” All because of the love of Jesus Christ, I live not in darkness but in light. However dark my past is, how bitter it was when I met Christ He made alot of difference. His love let me live in the present with gladness and praise, to be as sweet as honey with a heart as light as a feather. And everytime I see that cross where love gave His life for me somehow I felt unworthy but not unloved.

Lastly, I have no reason to be in the opposite.

  • If I hate my parents for letting me grow up alone, will it prosper me? I don’t think so. I just can’t hate my parents for I love them so much even though it was hard for me to grow up without them. I can’t blame them for they were merely actors of a tragic beginning of a beautiful plot written and directed by God -my life. It was written “Honor your father and your mother” and it was the first commandement with a promise.
  • If I hate all those people who have hurt me, will it take away the pain?  Ofcourse not, for even Science can’t produce an analgesic for emotional pain.
  • If I hate myself for not getting all the things that I want, will I be satisfied?  It was said that: “The only person in this world that can diminish you is yourself” so how could and why would I hate myself? This is my only life, it seems to be a disaster but it’s beautiful, a beautiful disaster. And if I couldn’t love myself then how can others love me?
  • Lastly, If I hate God for all the sad things that happen to me, will I be happy? My answer is also a question,”How can I hate someone who loves me so much?” and “How can hating makes someone happy?”

Now, I ended up without a single reason to be in the opposite of being in love.

I’m happy in love, I’d stay in love.