Thursday, January 24, 2019

GRAB YOUR SECONDS

Written by Carla Jane Muega | Essay

Seconds are important for they are the starting point of minutes that turn into hours that turn into days which turn into weeks, months, and years.

The moment the seconds of your life elapsed, you can never grab them back and decide to use them differently.


Grasping this, you will soon realize that small as they are, seconds are precious to you and to God because they are both a creation and a gift of God. The Father has a plan for our life and that goes down to the very second of your life. That's why it's important to put value in every second that you got. In spending our time we should take into consideration how the Father wants us to spend it since we are called to live this life for His purpose and will. No other perfect time to reflect how we spend our precious time than NOW!

The apostle Paul understood this and urges us to "Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the MOST of your TIME, because the days are EVIL" (emphases mine) in Ephesians 5:15-16.

Taking advantage of every God-given opportunity is to show wisdom.

Opened doors are given opportunities for us to serve God in ways that He also shows us. What we should always bear in mind is we are not guaranteed of second chances so the seconds that you have now may be the only seconds that you will get. It is only wise to be mindful of where our time goes considering that we are bombarded with distractions every day.

Ask yourself: If you only have few seconds left alive, would you rather waste them or redeem them?

P.S. Writing this, seconds of my life passed by and there's no way I can grab them back.

January 2019 | Essay 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Megaworld formally unveils iconic Delgado monument in Iloilo Business Park | Press Release


Iloilo City - Philippines, January 19, 2019 - In Iloilo where the city's rich history is present in every corner, the 8.8-meter bronze statue of the greatest Visayan 'revolucionario' General Martin Delgado in Iloilo Business Park (IBP) is something that is hard to miss.

Spanish Sculptor Gines Serran-Pagan with Iloilo Tourism Officers
and Great Grand Sons of Gen. Martin Delgado. January 19, 2019 

A masterpiece created by Spanish sculptor Gines Serran-Pagan, one of the world's most renowned international contemporary artists, the Gen. Delgado statue has become nothing short of a landmark in the City of Love. Located at the Casa de Emperador inside Iloilo Business Park, the statue stands proudly as a tribute to Ilonggo hero's historic feat.

The 8.8-meter bronze statue of General Martin Delgado 
This year, in the occasion of the annual Dinagyang Festival, Megaworld homors Serran-Pagan in a ceremonial inauguration of Gen. Delgado's statue. The event, which coincides with the kick-off of the Dinagyang Festival, serves as a celebration of Delgado's legacy and the rich history of Iloilo.

"We are very happy to have such an iconic masterpiece here in Iloilo Business Park, especially one that bears a stamp of artistic greatness courtesy of Gines Serran-Pagan. This statue is truly a fitting reminder of the continued emergence of Iloilo as a progessive city that puts the arts, history, and culture at its very core," says Kevin L. Tan, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Megaworld.

Dinagyang Festival 2019 - Iloilo City
The distinguished guests with Dinagyang Ati Tribes in
Casa de Emperador, Iloilo Business Park.

The statue was first made in clay, then fiber glass, and eventually casted into bronze by Serran-Pagan himself. It took almost a month for the statue to arrive here in the Philippines from China where it was created, but the overall design and preparation of the massive artpiece took more than three years to be completed.

It stands tall and proud. This monument is a legacy
for all the people of Iloilo.
"I feel really proud because General Martin T. Delgado deserved this honor for having sacrificed his life for Iloilo. The bronze sculpture has the durability of thousands of years. His legacy will be an inspiration to future generations. My gratitude to his family, the people of Iloilo, and to Dr. Andrew L. Tan and his company Megaworld for giving me the opportunity to create this monument and commemorate the most famous son and hero of Iloilo," shares Serran-Pagan.

The iconic monument of Gen. Delgado with
the artist himself, Gines Serran Pagan. | 01.19.19

Born in Ceuta, Spain, Serran-Pagan has devoted his life in developing communities by combining art, anthropology, history and culture. Some of his remarkable sculptures include the Pillars of Hercules: Abyla and Caipe and The Union of the World: Monument to World Peace, deemed to be the largest works of art depicting Classic mythology in the contemporary world which are both in Gibraltar.

Serran-Pagan story-telling how he created the iconic
monument of Gen. Delgado.
Just recently, Serran-pagan was feted with the Lorenzo de Medici Medal of the Artism Miami, Florida for his valuable contribution to the arts in the world. The recognition was bestowed upon him by Prince Lorenzo De Medici himself, the direct descendant of the Renaissance sponsor of the Arts.

With over 250 exhibitions across 20 countries, international news agencies and organizations consider Serran-Pagan as a western artist who has had more exhibitions in Asia. He earned a master's degree in Anthropology from New York University and a PhD from City University New York. Serran-Pagan's artworks are collected by major museums around the globe, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Iloilo Business Park was recently named by the prestigious Philippine Property Awards as the Philippines' "Best Township Development", the IBP highlights the importance of art in further developing communities. Perfectly blending urban architecture with art, history, and culture, the 72-hectare Megaworld township has become the place where art enthusiasts discover more about their craft at the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary (ILOMOCA). One of the latest additions to Iloilo Business Park, the museum happens to be a sanctuary where Ilonggos and tourists alike can feed their love for the art with various paintings and sculptures from local and international artists.

Inauguration of Gen. Martin Delgado moument in Iloilo Business Park.

Dinagyang Festival 2019 - Iloilo City

A beautiful and massive art piece in the heart of the Philippines.

Fore more information about this year's Dinagyang Festivities, visit Iloilo Business Park's on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IBPofficial/

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Let's talk about generic sickness

Let's talk about generic sickness

Most of the people I encounter in my sustainable lifestyle journey are: first is sickness of pride; and the other is thriftiness disease.
A gorgeous lifestyle. 
Pride and Thriftiness in One. Every time I take chances sharing what I knew about lifestyle, business and finances, and especially health topics, the people I cared for, aren't too open for ideas. I always say that money is just temporary and what is now is more important. Our life is brittle and our health has no price. We all need to save money for the future, but we always tend to forget investing in what we utilize to build our riches to forever, which is our fragile body. We do not like investing for ourselves now because we care more for what is tomorrow. My point is, save but do not compromise what is now!

Let's take the example of our health status. We always forget to feed and nourish our bodies and don't buy ourselves vitamins, healthy food because we most think it's too expensive... And can't even afford to buy fresh fruits and veggies for a typical salad. And then suddenly, an unknown sickness came, diagnosed with a severe disease, in some cases, an illness that may put your life at high risk. And we get to gather all the wealth we've saved, and certainly give it to that hospital for treatment. We will of course, make all the possible way to make all things stable, we must. But in the first place, if we have taken good care of our selves, and if we just knew how we can maximize our good health and the money we've saved, things will be better.

Pride and Thriftiness in one. Let's be open for new knowledge and ideas and let us start investing in our health, right now.

Gorgeous Lifetyle Ph Blog / Jan 13, 2018