On the Counting of Blessings

On the Counting of Blessings

By Apolinario Villalobos


Many who thought they are “successful” because of earned scholastic degree from prestigious learning institution or in position of wealth that they are  enjoying, but amassed by their parents, unfortunately, do not know how to ”count” their blessings. We find these people in the high-end business districts of the city surrounded by hundreds of their staff; in government halls, occupying top and sensitive positions; and ritzy subdivisions as they immerse themselves in luxury. Surprisingly, many of them are far from being satisfied as their thoughts are occupied with schemes on how to earn more money – at all cost.


It is this selfish desire on the part of business moguls to get richer that made them forget the plight of those who sacrificed to build their pedestal of affluence. They forgot to return the favor, so that while they are wallowing in prosperity, those who are responsible for their wealth subsist on sub-standard wages.


Many government officials who became influential and those elected by the people forgot that their wages come from the pocket of ordinary citizens.  Instead of being grateful and do their best for the benefit of those who voted for them, they rob the government coffer, or worse, act as if they are the master of those who put them where they are.


Instead of counting their blessings and be grateful to God for what they already have, many people still want more at the expense of others. That is the simple logic why the world is convulsing with strife today. Take away selfishness and what takes place is compassion. Take away greed and what takes place is altruism. Take away exploitation and what takes place is care. Take away hatred and what remains is love. But these are just suppositions, as in unfortunate reality, greed prevails among men.


Counting our blessings will not take hundreds of fingers unless we include the spoons, forks, cups, beddings, clothes, and everything inside our home. That is not what I mean. Blessings can be translated into the comfort in life relative to the situation where we are. If we are in the city, comfort is viewed differently from the one being enjoyed in the countryside. Most importantly, we should not compare ourselves with others, as their blessings are definitely different from ours, if we base what we have gained on the standards that man, himself, has invented.


Blessings may not always be tangible or recognized. They can be felt such as satisfaction in life that cannot be described but can be translated into happiness, yet they can be counted if we are diligent enough to count the days when we are happy or sad. But nobody wants to do that, instead, we just do not give a damn if it is a Monday or a Tuesday or a Wednesday when we had been joyful or sad.


For as long as we are happy, let us just be in such state and be thankful that we still breathe. WE SHOULD LEARN HOW TO COUNT OUR BLESSINGS, INSTEAD OF ASKING FOR MORE. LET THE OTHER BLESSINGS BE ENJOYED BY OTHERS!

Huwag Sayangin at sa Halip ay Gamitin sa Kabutihan ang mga Biyaya

Huwag Sayangin at sa Halip

ay Gamitin sa Kabutihan ang Mga Biyaya

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Lahat ng bagay sa mundo, lalo na ang may buhay tulad ng tao ay may mga kabuluhan batay sa mga biyayang ibinigay sa kanila. Kung gagamitin lang sa kabutihan ang mga biyayang ito, magkakaroon sana ng tinatawag sa Ingles na “harmony” o samahang matiwasay sa ibabaw ng mundo. Subalit dahil ang bahid ng kasamaan ay naging bahagi na ng tao, hindi maiwasang magkaroon ng mga mapagsamantala. Ang iba naman, dahil sa sobrang pagkakimi o pagkamahiyain ay hindi inilalabas upang maipamahagi ang kanilang biyaya upang kahit papaano sana ay mapakinabangan ng iba…sila ang mga mapag-imbot, subalit hindi nila ito alam.


May isang libro ngayong tanyag na isinulat sa Ingles, mahal ang presyo kaya hindi ko mabili-bili, at ang sinasabi ng titulo na “Purpose in Life”,  ay hindi yata naiiba sa tinatalakay ko. Pero maski wala ang librong yan, common sense ang magdidikta sa atin na lahat tayo ay may kanya-kanyang layunin sa sanlibutan, dahil kung wala….hindi na tayo ipinanganak!


Ang mga imbentor ay matatalinong nilalang na ang layunin ay gumawa ng mga bagay para sa kapakinabangan ng tao. Hindi nga lang inasahan ng ilan sa kanila na ang kanilang inimbento ay gagamitin sa masama, tulad ng bomba, dinamita, baril, bala, at marami pang iba. Pati ang computer at internet na dapat sana’y para sa kabutihan ng mga tao ang gamit, inabuso at ginamit ng mga may mala-demonyong isip para sa sariling kapakanan at pangmulestiya ng kapwa. Ginagamit ang internet upang makapanloko ng kapwa upang magkamal ng pera, at upang harangin sa pamamagitan ng pag-bash ang magandang layunin ng iba na maipamahagi ang mga nasa isip nila. Kung gagamitin lamang ang kaalaman ng mga swindler ang  kanilang talento sa maayos na paraan, marami rin sana ang makikinabang. At, kung ang mga basher ay gumawa lang din ng sarili nilang blogs upang mailahad ang kanilang saloobin, marami sana ang matututunan ng mga mambabasa.


Ano pa nga ba at tila hindi natatakot ang mga taong walang pakundangan sa paggamit ng kanilang mga kaalaman upang makapanloko, sa maaaring mangyari sa kanila ayon sa Gintong Kasabihan (Golden Rule). Dahil diyan, ang pinakamagandang gawin na lang ng iba ay huwag magbigay ng dahilan upang sila ay gawan ng masama, at lalong higit ay mag-ingat sa loob ng 24/7!

Angels are Just Around


By Apolinario Villalobos



Yes, angels are just around. I have encountered many of them who in their subtle way extend a hand to others, or to put it simply, unselfishly share the blessings they earned the fair way. While some do not hesitate to share with others what they also need to survive to the point of sacrifice or deprivation, others share their excess but still given with sincerity.


The latest angel I encountered surprised me with an amount that she easily pulled out of her purse when we met. She had been reading my blogs about children who do errands to earn, the latest of whom were “Pango” and “Macmac”. The money she handed to me was for them and the rest of children whom I have been regularly visiting.


She vehemently asked me not to write about what she did but I insisted that what I would be sharing with viewers is her “good act”, with a firm promise that her name will not be mentioned, though I added that I would refer to her as “Ms. Di”. I explained that she and the late British princess Princess Diana had a profound similarity in character. Just like Princess Di, the angel I just met also has a strong character, an almost flawless face that stands out in a crowd. Like Princess Di, she also has a penetrating and soulful stare.


My new angel, as found out, also has scholars, for whom she found part-time jobs. She told me that she has done her best in helping her siblings and that, it is now time for her to focus on the plight of others who are deserving of her help for as long she can afford it. Aside from the working students, she has also been helping unfortunate families. Not only is her heart full of soft spots for others, but she also speaks with softness that can put even a stranger at ease to which I can attest. Before we parted ways, all she asked me are prayers to keep her going…


From what “Ms. Di” gave, both Macmac and Pango got 2 new sets of school uniform, several pairs of underwear, and a folding umbrella each. As both are also saving money in their “piggy bank”, they also were given a little cash. The rest of the money was spent for the purchase of folding umbrellas to be given to other kids due to the onset of the rainy season.


A Filipina in America also sent two boxes of children’s wear, food items, shoes, medicines, several new clinical instruments, and 6 New American Standard (NAS) Bible.  The medicines, food supplements and clinical instruments are for a patient. The boxes arrived several weeks after “Perla” sent several boxes, too, which contained reading materials, food items and clothes. A Filipina in London and another in Canada sent money for the boat fare of a family back to their province in Cagayan de Oro when their shack got demolished, with the excess amount to be used as a seed money for their business so that they would never think of going back to Manila. Many others are extending help and though I cannot mention them here, in the future, definitely I will, as an update on my RAS (random acts of sharing).


I do not encourage the giving of donations by my viewers. Those who have been sending help are old-time friends who I trust and who trust me. I am sharing this information so that others will know what we are doing for which I ask for their prayers….

No Blessing is a Grain in Size

No Blessing is a Grain in Size

By Apolinario Villalobos


A single greeting with a sincere smile

Is a blessing that makes a morning lively

Gladdens the heart and makes it perky

Makes even the humble grass look pretty.


A peck on the check of your loved one

Is a blessing that can buoy her up the air

Makes her sing her heart out like no other

And gives her comfort, so warm, so tender.


No blessing is a grain in size, each is huge

Can’t be measured, weighed, nor reckoned

Such is more gorgeous than mounds of gold –

Priceless gift from the ever caring, loving Lord!