The best of LSPO

"What keeps her paralyzed is her inability to understand why they have always to be away with one another..."

I have been to a few organizations when I entered college, but I found the real essence of joining one in LSPO- Student Lasallian Animators. In LSPO, you don't just get to socialize with other volunteers, it's the feeling of having a family, a family that serves a community together, a family that makes you feel loved and appreciated all the more.

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~Student Lasallian Animators~

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~our facilitator and coordinators: ate evelyn, ate gina, kuya ric, kuya andy, and Fr. Thon~

Just last Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, the SLA had a retreat in Guadalupe, Makati. I begged my mom to allow me. She's worried because her little girl will go to an overnight retreat. So I assured her that everything's going to be fine, transportation will be provided (as well as meals), and that our coordinators will be there to look after us. After my mom signed the waiver and after asking permission from dad, I rejoiced!

The retreat was held at the San Carlos Seminary. I never thought it was really such a nice place (though Ninang Del told me it was). Amid the hustle and bustle of the city life, lies a quiet sanctuary for those who would want to go soul-searching and meditate. Once the golden rays of the sun strike your face in the morning, it calms you down and revives your senses.

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~sun shines at its best: beauty of the morning~
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~the girls' room~
One would often have the connotation that retreats are boring and you'll just spend the day praying. Well it's not. It's a retreat with a twist. We had lots of activities and one of the activities that I enjoyed the most was the mask-making. Kuya Pau was my partner, he'll do my mask, and I'll do his. We applied petroleum jelly on our faces, wet the plaster strip (the strip used for those who have fractured their arms) and place it in our faces. After 15 minutes, the strip will eventually dry up into a cement, we can't laugh because the cement will crack. After it had hardened long enough, it can already be lifted and removed once we move our jaws and frown. The whole point of the activity was to let us feel how the "paralytic" in the Bible scripture felt. Being helpless, and dependent, yearning for other's love and care.I also enjoyed the other activity which was the taking away and bringing back an individual's freedom. The group members should do their assigned tasks to free their leader (I was one of the four leaders who were tied, blindfolded, and handcuffed.). My groupmates, japs, kuya pau, kuya ryx, and kuya jofel dug the trash can just to get the last task. Then without holding my hand, I should get back to the session hall only with my groupmates directions (left left, right, right pa konti!) So there I go, in the dark, almost creeping, gliding, just to reach the session hall.

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~my groupmates: kuya pau, kuya ryx, japs and kuya jofel-- all smiles after a tiring game~
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~last photo op~
Every activity is worth the exhaustion. We came up with several realizations that will surely help us in our emotional, social and spititual development. Everything has to come to an end. Looking forward to another SLA Retreat!

Thank you Dear God for the invitation to join LSPO, for the grace of intoducing me to a whole bunch of wonderful people!

Mom, Dad, Happy 24th Anniversary!!!
I'm always praying that you'll stay together forever.
We love you so much!

March 14, 2006 marks the 24th wedding anniversary of my mom and dad. It weakens and saddens me the most when this day comes, and yet my mom and dad are not together to celebrate their specal day.

Others may have not noticed, but I felt I was in blur that whole day. But not until the 5:30 mass ended, for I had the chance to talk to Miss Lou and tell her how I feel. I dont know why and how, but everytime I talk to her, I really really feel inspired and happy. I felt a whole lot better after talking to her. We ended up talking till 6:30, that Mang Abe (the sacristan) had locked the chapel and my bag and other stuff were still inside. I was able to get my stuff after borrowing the key from Ate Gina. The funny part was that Ms. Lou and I hadnt noticed that the chairs we've used in the prayer room have dried and dusty white paint on it, so when we entered LSPO, I was shocked to see her black blouse almost white (because of the white dust) and my jeans with white blotches!

March 14 became a great day because of Miss Lou's company. I'll never let nostalgia get in my way and make me blue. For the celebration, my mom treated me and my two brothers to dinner, and we had coffee at starbucks afterwards. It's really nice to spend time with your loved ones and have a tete-a-tete. How I wish my Dad was also there, eating and drinking frappe with us. Nonetheless, Ms. Lou assured me that my dad's in spirit!

"...sometimes it's hard, but what keeps us holding on is our goal and God being with us..."

I'll now leave you with this...

"Spend your time counting your blessings-- not airing your complaints."

Have a blessed day everyone!

p.s. At long last, I was able to deliver my speech for our Engltri class. I was really nervous at first, but when I began talking my heart out, and looking at Mary and Kaymee smiling, I felt at ease. And... Green Media Group, here I come :D

1 comment

Ryx said...

Wow. Bakit ngayon ko lang nabasa to? I miss the LSPO family..