FAMILY IS LOVE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EAGLE! ❤️

LIESL BATUCAN


My brother Carlo. I bless the day you were born. I celebrate you and the strength and winsomeness of your character.

Just like Dad, you are a truly truly good man. Excellent to the core. To the core. Genuine, strong, brave, and true.

There is a reason I call you EAGLE.

I always knew you were destined to SOAR.

You were born for high altitudes and that’s where your character and heart and skill shine brightest.

You inspire me endlessly.

How do you do it?

You are effortlessness personified.

You take everything—no matter how challenging—in stride, or should I say, in wing, in flight.

With ease and precision, you get things done. And flawlessly.

Just like the drumbeats you play. Done and dusted. Eezy breezy too easy.

You must have been born with secret superpowers you’ve never told me about.

But I know your secret: You live a life rooted in unshakeable faith in God. And that is why you soar. You are His Eagle. His stamp and signet ring.

I, your sister, fix my eyes on the horizon and proudly oh so proudly watch you SOAR.

I love you so very much and for always, EAGLE CHEF CARLO 🦅 HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LOVE, PRAISE, AND WORSHIP

WHERE ART THOU, O LORD? ❤️

History narrates how Generals of Faith sought God throughout the valleys of their lives. Others sought Him in desperate moments when they wished that miracles would wipe away their sorrows.

“Where art Thou, O Lord?” This may be a question that some among us ask in the deepest recesses of our souls. When we look around and see the unsettling uncertainty, the pervading sadness, the paralyzing fear, the debilitating angst, the polarizing disdain, the cantankerous commentary, the ubiquitous toxicity, the engulfing pride, the intoxicating greed, the boiling-point frustration, the tempestuous anger, the looming danger, the painful deaths, the haunting grief.

One naturally questions to make sense of what is happening globally in an unprecedented magnitude and intensity. Oftentimes, when one seeks answers, he looks outward. He scopes the environment to gather data intelligently, to weigh the facts, to think critically, to assess the current situation, to map out strategies, to navigate the territories, to recalibrate if need be.

We are all human. And humans ask questions. Questions are never our enemies. On the contrary, questions are our friends. For they help us focus our attention on seeking answers, on generating ideas, on providing solutions.

And questions don’t necessarily need to be answered with a period, or even an exclamation point. Questions can be appreciated more reflectively with an ellipsis, pretty much like an ongoing journey in life and discovery.

Do you have a lot of questions today? It’s okay. Remember, we have a Big, Loving God! And He longs to answer all of our questions. He relishes it when we invite Him in our faith walk, our love walk, our hope walk, our everyday walk. He is so real, in fact, even more real than you could ever begin to imagine. And we are so immensely blessed and privileged that we can ask Him any question at any point of our walk. He is with us 24/7.  He is always ready to listen. Always ready to answer. Always ready to guide,  provide, protect, refresh, re-energize,  re-invigorate, nourish, embrace, and simply love us. To solidly be there for us.

So where do we find God today? How do we find God today? We find Him in the deepest recesses of our souls. We find Him as we humble ourselves before Him. He says in His Word, “I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)

In the stillness of our hearts, in the quietness of our souls, we will find Him. And He will gently whisper His Word in Love, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

The deeper impactful question to ask is “How does God find you today?”  Are you making yourself available to Him? Do you post a welcome sign at the door of your heart? Do you prepare a feast of pure yearning for Him? Do you lovingly invite Him into your life?

Oh, what joy awaits you!!! He longs to bless you, He longs to empower you, He longs to fellowship with you, He longs to comfort you, He longs to stay with you. He longs for you.

And blessed is that day when you say “Yes, Lord, You are welcome here.” For that will open the floodgates of Heaven: the inundation of your palpable inspiration, irrepressible joy, emancipating hope, indomitable faith, enduring patience, unyielding fortitude, impregnable gentleness, transformative kindness, calming steadfastness, and humble victory. Truly, all fruits so sweet and refreshing.

LOVE OVERFLOWING. That is the mark of God’s Holy Presence. May you be touched with His Love today.

YBP LOVE POSTS

BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE ❤️

LIESL BATUCAN


These are dark times, yes. And yet somehow, deep in our hearts, a voice resounding and true. In the midst of darkness we look to the Light.

We offer this prayer:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
How beautiful and peaceful and good to continue to encourage one another and to love one another, and to champion the true Light.
There is enough darkness. Let’s seek the Light.

Thank You Most Beloved Jesus for the price You paid on the cross for all mankind. You are Risen.
Darkness cannot overcome the Light.

FAMILY IS LOVE

75 BILLION KISSES FOR MOMMY ❤️

IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE. IT’S ALL ABOUT MOMMY.

March 7, 2021 was Mommy’s 75th Birthday and there was a beautiful zoom celebration hosted and organized by Ang Ligaya Ng Panginoon Community to honor this very special milestone. Our Titos and Titas in Ligaya asked us kids (me, Lizzie and Carl) to shoot a video with us singing—as a surprise for Mom. Okay, I kinda froze for a second there. Oh dear. I have totally mixed feelings about singing in public. On the one hand, what a thrilling adventure, and on the other hand…..hmmm.

A little backgrounder: In the early 90’s I had the guts to sing in front of THE Bibot Amador (the Founding Artistic Director of Repertory Philippines) in an open call audition at the William J. Shaw Theater in Shangrila. I was absolutely confident I would nail it. I smiled, closed my eyes, clasped my hands, breathed deeply, and sang the first strains of my audition song: “….. You who I cradled in my arms, you…..”“THANK YOU, NEXT!” boomed the voice in the darkened theater. It was the voice of Tita Bibot Amador crushing my theater dreams to bits. I held my chin up and summoned the chutzpah to gracefully walk off the stage. I blew my sister Liesl a kiss as it was her turn up next.My sister Liesl nailed her audition (but of course) and ended up being cast, and thus began her theater career with Repertory Philippines. (She went on to become a multi-awarded actress and is now REP’s Artistic Director, and I am hands down her biggest most ardent most loving fan.)

But back to my story: In the early years when Liesl was doing back-to-back straight plays and musicals with REP, she would beg me again and again to audition whenever there were open calls at REP because she intimated that her secret dream was for me to alternate with her in a show. “Just think how much fun it would be, Yekkie…..!” she would sweetly coo. Hay naku, she would ask me incessantly until one night I finally ended up having a nightmare of Tita Bibot’s looming face screaming at me because I did not know my lines. (I knew what a formidable terror THE Bibot Amador was from Lizzie’s stories of rehearsals.) I finally put my foot down and said “NO, LIZ, I will not audition for REP, so please stop asking me. I don’t want any more nightmares. How stressful!” Hahaha I laugh now thinking of this memory because guess what, fast forward to 2021, and I got secretly excited at the prospect of singing for Mommy’s birthday! And singing with Liz at that! What a sweet honor! And hurrah our awesome brother Carlo (based all the way in Australia) would be in the video too, I mean how fun and precious is that! Something we three could work on together as a labor of love to honor our beloved Mommy, our Sweetest Blessing, who we absolutely love and adore to the moon and back.

This video was just supposed to be internal for our zoom honoring for Mom. But I’m overflowing with so much love for Mom and want to share our video gift for her—which Carlo, Liz, and I performed in virtual togetherness despite being physically apart. IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE. IT’S ALL ABOUT MOMMY. Happy 75th Birthday Mommy!!! We love you beyond measure. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

🎥 Thank you very much SACTOnline creatives for the beautiful video editing.